Tigers at Theale Day Nursery
Tigers at Theale Day Nursery is situated in the quiet village of Theale, which is a few minutes from junction 12 off the M4. The nursery is within walking distance of the railway station and bus stops which provides easy links to Reading and London. We have provided quality care for children in a homely environment for many years and pride ourselves on our family feel atmosphere and child centred approach to learning.
The nursery is divided into four rooms which cater for the individual needs of the children. There are two outdoor spaces which are used daily and equipped with age-appropriate resources to ensure both gardens provide learning opportunities for all children. We also have our very own bubble room, complete with bubble tube, UV lighting and musical resources. Children of all ages have access to this sensory space. We offer extra activities such as French, dance and Forest School sessions for the older children. The cook provides well balanced meals including breakfast, lunch and tea with all allergies and dietary requirements catered for. 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 Honeybee room is a bright open plan room where areas of toys are set out and the children can access their own resources. Mealtimes and messy play activities take place in this room and include playing with cornflour, playdough, paint, water and many more tactile resources. The children’s home routines are closely followed when children initially join the setting, this helps the babies settle into nursery life. As the babies spend most of the day crawling around the room the Honeybees have a no shoe policy, this ensures the safety and increases cleanliness for the babies. Exploring food is a focus in the baby room, the children are provided with balanced meals including finger foods where they can discover new tastes at their own pace.
Toddler room 15 months - 2 years
The Ladybird room is divided in to 2 areas, a cosy space where the children can play with resources on the floor, this includes small world models, puzzles and transport toys. The cosy space also has a story corner where children can access a range of books independently. The second area is a large space where the children can explore a range of activities such as tactile play, mark making activities and imaginative play. The children visit the garden daily and engage in a range of activities whilst using the outdoor space.
Age 2 - 3
The Caterpillar room is a large open plan room with a separate cosy area where children can relax and look at their favourite book. The home corner is always available, the children enjoy engaging in role play whether it be making cups of tea, dinner for their friends or helping with the washing up! The children are always busy and have a wide range of learning opportunities available to them which focuses on their interests. Communication and language is a focus in the Caterpillar room as the children are becoming more vocal, building on their communication skills allows the children to build friendships and become more independent. The children usually begin toileting at this age, the staff offer a potty-training pack to parents and children to take home which supports the transition from nappies to toilet. Reward charts and books about potty training help the children prepare for this change.
Pre-School Room Age 3-5
The Butterfly Room is a spacious open room with a wide range of resources which are placed at the children’s level, so they can instigate their own learning. The room focuses on preparing the children for school, this is achieved by promoting the children’s independence skills such encouraging them to be confident with hygiene and self-care routines. Literacy and phonics activities are accessed through play and daily routines such as children having their own pegs and trays which encourages name recognition. All activities are initiated from the children’s interests which keeps the children focused and simulated, the children also take part in French and Dance classes once a week. The children have free flow access to the garden where a range of activities take place, such as making mud pies in the mud kitchen, going on bug hunts or developing physical skills on the climbing frame, bikes and scooters.
Many of our staff team at Tigers at Theale Day Nursery have been with the setting for many years, gaining new qualifications and experiences over time to ensure the children are given the best care and education possible. Staff have access to online training courses as well as places reserved for them at Tigers Training Centre for all courses provided, ensuring they have the most up to date and detailed knowledge of all aspects of childcare and education. The staff have a detailed knowledge of the EYFS curriculum and know how to meet the needs of rapidly developing children through play activities such as painting, messy play, outdoor fun and imaginative games. For our Pre-School children we offer extra activities such as dance, science classes and French to support their all round development and preparation for school. With free flow facilities in our downstairs rooms to allow children direct access to the garden, the children can learn to develop their independence and making their own, safe choices and preferences. We support independence throughout the setting ensuring resources are stored at children’s heights so they can self-select what they would like. Water is available at all times for children to help themselves to and we promote self service at mealtimes while children develop their own sense of themselves and what they like and dislike. Sensitive staff support this and will encourage children to try new experiences and foods within trusting relationships to support their developing confidence and self-esteem.
Our cook is extremely experienced and provides home cooked and nutritious meals for every child. We are happy to cater for children with allergies or intolerances and will provide special diets for those children who follow a particular religion. The cook spends time in the room with the children, baking with them and ensuring they have an understanding of basic nutrition
Children are cared for in small groups in up to four base rooms with equipment, toys and resources suitable for their stage of development and with staff who are knowledgeable about the care they need to support them. Groups of children spend time together in mixed age groups for short periods of time, as they would do in their own families to support and encourage children’s understanding of others and their social development.
We use a key worker system to ensure all children’s individual needs are met and their interests are developed through interesting planned activities and opportunities. Staff can share their knowledge of the children’s learning on a regular basis with parents and parents at Theale are extremely active in contributing to their children’s learning by providing photos and observations of their child from home. We support parents to be part of their children’s day by extending invitations for them to spend time in the nursery celebrating events and taking part in activities.
Tigers at Theale Day Nursery is an excellent nursery. All the staff are friendly, caring and professional with the children's safety and well-being their top priority. It's great to hear about all the educational and fun activities my son has taken part in each day to help with his learning. I can't recommend them enough!
James H, parent
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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…