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The yoghurts we use at Dimples are pro biotic yoghurts because they contain live bacteria that helps keep your child's gut healthy.
All children over the age of one year are served honey whilst they are at nursery as it contains various ingredients including pollen allergens and components of honeybees, which is a natural remedy for symptoms of allergies and asthma. Locally produced honey helps to reduce the effects of hay fever while the children are at the nursery because it contains pollen as the bees have harvested from the locality.
Ofsted's recommended ratio in pre-school (over 3's) states there should be one adult to every eight children however we believe this is too high and always try to have a ratio of one adult to every six children. The higher ratio of staff to children ensures there is more staff to interect with the children. We also go to the woods, field, park and on trips so extra staff keep the children safe.
At Dimples there are many things which we believe make us outstanding. Some of these things were seen by the inspector such as our professional and dedicated staff who look after the children daily planning their activities to ensure your children are experiencing a fun and stimulation day. However this page has been designed to let you know what else at Dimples makes us Outstanding.
We use a local butchers to buy our meat from, and a local green grocers provide our fruit and vegetables. Our eggs are also bought from the local butcher so they are fresher than eggs bought in the supermarket. All food is freshly prepaired on site by our cook and her assistant who are both highly trained chefs with recent and upto date food hygiene qualifications.
The milk we serve the children at Dimples is organic because it contains higher levels of vitamin E, Omega 3, essential fatty acids and antioxidants which help beat infections.
Children should be allowed to be children. The child is at the centre of everything that we do and children are given every opportunity to follow activities that interest them and to learn through play. We follow the framework of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) which supports a play based approach. There has been much in the press about the new ‘baby curriculum’ and there are fears that many nurseries will revert to a ‘worksheet’ ethos where children are taught by rote where they sit at desks and are forced to write and begin to read. We WILL NOT be one of these nurseries. We cannot endorse the importance of play enough. We are not being lazy and opting for the easier approach. Our children will not be behind children who attend nurseries who offer the ‘worksheet approach’, In fact, research shows that children who follow their interests are more engaged and they learn more. Children have more opportunities to be creative, they develop their problem solving skills, they have high levels of well being and their involvement is higher. In short, we have happy, stimulated children who learn skills for lifelong learning. They are confident, happy, independent and motivated.
This is a main focus at Dimples. Think back to your own childhood, what is your happiest childhood memory. Whenever we ask this question we are usually given an answer that involves playing outdoors: on a bike, climbing a tree, kicking a ball, sledging. Children learn ‘real things’ when they play outside. They learn concepts such as enormous and small. When children look in a picture book at a tree and a lady bird they cannot accurately comprehend their differences in size. However, when outside children can look in awe at an enormous tree and in wonder at a lady bird on their hand. They can feel the effects of trekking to the woods on their bodies as they learn about the benefits of exercise and compare colours of leaves from brown to gold to red. All five senses are stimulated and these are the things that really make a difference to children’s learning.
Work based learners-we offer (on average) 3 young trainees per year the opportunity to train for an early years qualification whilst working for Dimples. These trainees are ‘supernumary’ when they first start, which means they are not counted in the adult to child ratio. Many nurseries employ work based learners (WBL) and count them in the ratios immediately because it is a cost effective way of recruiting and employing staff. However, with our very high standards we no not believe that this makes for a quality service. We employ these students as extras so that they can learn good practice whilst shadowing more senior practitioners and it also increases our adult to child ratios. We believe that this is extremely useful as we spend so much time going to the field, woods, country park and on trips. Due to the fact that these young people learn the ‘Dimples Way’ they have very high standards of care, affection and interaction with the children. They receive training from a nationally recognised training provider as well as excellent support from the mentors within the nursery and from in-house training. Once qualified many of these trainees progress to permanent employment with us and some of our senior staff started out as Work Based Learners.
It is not enough to gain an ‘Outstanding’ inspection grade with Ofsted. To ensure that we offer consistently high quality care and education for our children we constantly reflect on what we do to assess how we can improve upon it. All practitioners are involved in team meetings, team leader meetings, whole staff meetings and training on a weekly and monthly basis. Each room runs like a mini nursery so that each team can reflect on what works for them and to make changes that benefit their children. The Dimples team are very much like a family. We communicate with one another very well and we strive for the best for our children.
There has been a huge amount of research that shows that nurseries who have highly qualified staff offer better quality care and education. We believe that constant reflection and training to improve practitioner knowledge and understanding is vital in maintaining quality. Life experiences and staff personalities are also very important. New staff attend working second interviews so that we can see how they interact with children and our team and the views of our existing team members are sought before any decisions are made to employ. Good team dynamics are extremely important and many of our parents comment on the fact that the teams are so solid and fantastic. Staff are given an article or piece of research to read every month so that they are kept up to date with current thinking.
We believe that children should be allowed to take risks in order to develop their confidence, independence and life skills. We are not reckless. We do still risk assess but if our risk assessments show that there are small risks present but the overall experience outweighs these risks, the children will be allowed to proceed.
The children can play with real fruit and vegtables to role play going to the supermarket or making dinner in the home corner. We believe playing with the real food gives children more of an understanding to the true colours of fruit as plastic items all seem to be the same colour however in real life brocolli is a different shade of green to a pear. Real food also helps children to experiment with weights learning concepts such as heavy, light, bigger and smaller.