Tigers Day Nursery
Tigers Day Nursery has been established for 26 years and is a happy, safe, fun-filled day nursery set in beautiful countryside close to the A4 in Thatcham, Berkshire. Caring for babies and children from 3 months to 5 years we have a homely feel in our barn conversion with fantastic outdoor space that sets Tigers above the rest.
Tigers have exceptional facilities and resources both indoors and outside. With a large wild garden, mud kitchen, tents and large mushroom tree under which the children have picnics, drinks and stories. We have a lovely planting area where the children can grow their own flowers and vegetables. There are multiple spacious outdoor play areas, all with safety surfaces and high-quality equipment for the children to explore. Inside the children enjoy stimulating, well-equipped rooms, each with its own bathroom and hand-washing facilities, as well as the sensory Bubble Room and mirrored dance studio. We offer extra activities such as French, dance and Forest School sessions for the older children. Our on-site cook produces well balanced meals from fresh ingredients daily and caters for all allergies and dietary requirements. The children also have access to fresh fruit throughout the day. We use the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework to provide stimulating activities based around the children’s interests to support the children’s learning and development. Each child has a key worker who tracks the children’s development and uploads observations with pictures and videos, so parents are involved with their child’s learning using the Parentzone app.
The senior staff are well qualified which ensures the children are receiving high quality early years education and all staff have regular training opportunities to enhance and build on their existing knowledge. Our experienced management team have a hands-on approach and are involved in all aspects of the Nursery.
3 months – Walking age
The Little Cubs room is an open plan area where children enjoy sensory messy play activities such as water play and painting. Children can access their own resources at a low level and enjoy practicing crawling and walking skills. There is a quiet area which allows the children to have a sleep when required and the children’s individual home routine is followed to help and ensure consistency which helps them feel safe and secure. Mealtimes are an important focus time as the children at this age explore food and discover different textures. The children are provided with balanced meals including fingers foods to encourage their exploration of different foods and tastes.
Cheeky Monkey Up and Cheeky Monkey Down
Age 1 - 2
The Cheeky Monkeys have 2 rooms, one upstairs and one downstairs. Both are open plan areas which provide a variety of resources to explore such as puzzles, small world, messy play and art activities. There is also a home corner and a cosy area where they have access to a variety of books. The children’s individual home routine is followed to help and ensure consistency which is important at this age.
The children have access to the outside play area which has age-appropriate equipment and have fun exploring in the large wild garden and looking at the horses in the nearby fields.
Chatty Parrots and Happy Hippos
Age 2 - 3
For this age group we have 2 rooms, Chatty Parrots and Happy Hippos which are large, bright and airy open spaces.
The children at this age love exploring in the home corner to role play life experiences such as pretending to cook tea for their friends which encourages social skills and communication skills. Both communication and social skills are important at this age as the children are becoming more vocal and building on their language skills as they interact with their friends. The children usually begin toilet training at this age and the staff offer a potty-training bag for the children to borrow to help the parents and their child transition from nappies to toilet. The potty-training bag includes a reward chart, baby doll, potty and books about potty training to help prepare them. The children have access to the garden and wild garden to explore throughout the day.
Laughing Lions, Tall Giraffes and Owls
Age 3-5 years
We have 3 rooms, Laughing Lions, Tall Giraffes and Owls for this age group.
With a wide variety of resources and activities available which encourages the children to learn and explore through their own interests.
We focus on promoting children’s independence and confidence with hygiene and self-care routines. The children’s literacy and phonics skills are encouraged throughout the daily routine for example, the children practice their phonics whilst participating in activities and their literacy skills are encouraged throughout the day when they go to their named trays or pegs which encourage letter and name recognition. The children participate in dance, French, and Forest School classes throughout the week and they have access to a free flow garden and the wild gardens throughout the day where a variety of equipment and activities are provided such as going on a bug hunt and exploring in the mud kitchen making mud pies for their friends. To help encourage the children’s physical skills by exploring on the big tunnels, climbing equipment, and riding the on the scooters and bikes. All this fun is supporting the next step to school.
At Tigers we strive to provide the very best environment for our children. Our staff are qualified childcare professionals who really care about the well-being and happiness of the children entrusted to them. They provide support, encouragement and guidance, helping children to learn through play, explore the world around them and above all, have fun.
Our high staff to child ratios enable our team to really get to know the children and to provide all the attention and support each individual needs to develop independence and confidence. A key worker is assigned to each child and it is their responsibility to monitor and record the child’s development and achievements, to identify any issues that may need special attention and to build a strong relationship with the parents, keeping them informed and involved in their child’s life at nursery.
The safety of the children in our care is paramount and Tigers has rigorous procedures in place to ensure each child is safe and secure. For detailed information see our Policies and Procedures section.
Visit Tigers Day Nursery and you will see that exceptionally high standards are evident everywhere you look - the huge wild garden with its mud kitchen, tents and spreading tree under which the children have picnics, drinks and stories; the planting area where the children can grow their own flowers and vegetables; the spacious outdoor play areas, all with safety surfaces and high quality equipment. Inside the children enjoy stimulating, well-equipped rooms, each with its own bathroom and hand-washing facilities, as well as the sensory Bubble Room and mirrored dance studio.
Tigers has a number of different areas equipped for different stages of development. We follow Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidelines, providing appropriate activities and support for each age group and recording each child’s progress in detail. For more information on this see our Early Years Foundation Stage section.
“Poppy has been at tigers just after her third birthday I cannot recommend tigers highly enough, Poppy is so much more confident and happy since being there has made so many friends and loves going, all the staff are amazing at their jobs and always look happy to be there which definitely reflects back at the children who are always happy and laughing whenever I pick Poppy up I have never had any worries leaving poppy there as she is so well looked after. Thanks Everyone at Tigers!!!”
Claire K, parent
The Little Cubs room is where we care for the very youngest children in our care, from the age of three months. We can accommodate up to nine babies with a ratio of one staff member to three babies. We provide a home-from-home feel, following each baby’s familiar routine. Each is considered an individual and their development is encouraged and supported at their own pace by the Little Cubs carers.
Little ones move on to one of our three Cheeky Monkeys toddler rooms when ready, not on a pre-set date. We have 12 children in the largest toddler room and nine in each of the other two, which can be opened up to allow sharing of resources and wider socialisation. Our ratio of staff to children is one to three at this age and this ratio is always maintained within each room area, never shared across rooms. Now mobile, our toddlers enjoy choosing their toys, playing individually or together and getting messy! Each day includes plenty of time out in the fresh air in Tigers’ great outdoor play areas and they love sessions in our sensory bubble room and dance studio too.
Between the ages of two and three the children move up to either the Happy Hippos or Chatty Parrots rooms, depending whether they attend nursery all year round or only during term time. Here the staff to child ratio is 1:4, which again we always maintain in each room space. We provide a structured and busy day that includes art and messy activities, construction, music, movement, lots of outdoor play and a sleep after lunch to recharge.
Our three to five year olds can be found in Laughing Lions, if they attend all year round, or Tall Giraffes if they are with us in term-time only. The children are preparing to go to big school and are encouraged to develop independence and to access toys and activities to support their ideas and learning. The children have a computer available at all times as well as books and writing materials to support emergent writing and pre-reading skills. For more detailed information see the Your Child’s Learning Journey section.
Tigers welcomes children with special educational needs or disabilities and provides appropriate care and support, including one-to-one care if needed.
Our children enjoy healthy, nutritious meals, freshly-prepared on-site by our chef. Mealtimes are sociable and fun, with lots of chatter around the tables. We encourage our children to try new foods but never force them to eat anything they don’t like. We cater for any special dietary requirements with care.
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The wellbeing of our staff is just as important as the quality of the childcare we offer. We have lots of initiatives like the 'Appreciation Board' in the staff room where the staff put notes to say thank you to colleagues. The 'Appreciation Mug' is where a staff member fills it with a few surprises…