Our Ilford Nursery is purpose built and conveniently located in Axon Place on the ground floor of Centreway Apartments, just a couple of minutes walk from local amenities, bus routes that serve the whole neighbourhood, and walking distance from the train station.
The nursery opened in 2015 and is accessed via secure, coded gates. It enjoys direct access to a sizeable child-friendly garden, with growing and a sensory areas. It was redecorated in 2019, including a soft play area and giant indoor sandpit, and is light, bright and spacious with plenty of wall space to showcase the children’s creative work. Our staff speak a number of languages familiar to the children in the nursery.
The nursery day starts at 7.30am and finishes at 6.30pm, Monday – Friday, 51 weeks a year. (We take a break at Christmas to celebrate with our families!)
Regular outings to the local library and the park form part of our termly themes and plans. Each month we:
- Celebrate relevant festivals or learn about other cultures through tasting their food
- Take part in activities that keep us fit and healthy and learn why healthy living is important
- Discover animals and plants and their lifecycles
- Learn about people who help us and have visits and visitors!
- Have fun finding out about the seasons of the year
The nursery has a five star food hygiene rating and an on-site chef who manages the delicious four week rolling menu that changes according to the seasons and availability of produce. All the food is freshly prepared on site and nutritionally balanced with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to ensure a healthy diet. We take dietary requirements very seriously and ensure that staff know if your child has allergies or other requirements. We make sure our mealtimes are fun and sociable with our staff joining the children to eat.
Our dedicated Sunshine room is filled with bright, colours, textures and sounds to stimulate your baby, but is also transformed into a calm, relaxing environment at nap time. We endeavour to follow your baby’s home routine as closely as possible while they naturally adapt to the routine of the nursery. We work with you very closely (whether you are a parent or carer) to make this transition as smooth as possible. We are very happy for you to call and check on your child’s well-being as often as you need to as they settle in. You’ll also be able to keep up with your child’s day through the Tapestry App, used throughout their years with us.
Our 18 month to 3 year olds enjoy their own dedicated area in the Rainbow room where they can make friends and learn through play with their peers as they use their imagination and initiate games, as well as joining in with adult-led activities. The room includes our GIANT sand pit, messy play area, climbing frame, cosy corners and a sensory area. These are designed to stimulate your child’s imagination, encourage their fine and large motor skills, and provide some quieter corners for looking at books as they start to recognise shapes, colours and textures. The room flows into the younger pre-school Butterflies and Ladybirds’ room, encouraging positive social skills across ages.
The two Pre-School rooms, called Ladybirds and Butterflies are hives of activity that allow your child to learn new things. Staff ensure that all seven areas of Early Years Learning are explored through play-based activities. Both rooms lead directly onto the spacious outdoor garden so that children can choose whether to be indoors or outdoors throughout the day. Children can explore their creativity, develop motor skills, improve their speech and communication skills and co-operation with one another. Children are naturally inquisitive and this environment is designed to support their intellectual, personal, emotional and social development in readiness for school.