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and compassionate team
Outstanding by Ofsted
parents and guardians
your little ones
We are pleased to inform you that The Close Day Nursery will remain open as normal in November 2020, following the recent government guidance.
We are very happy to be welcoming back all of our children and parents.
You can view our COVID-19 policy and risk assessment on the policies page of this website.
Welcome to the Close Day Nursery
We are a family run nursery and pre-school based in Banbury, for children aged 3 months to 5 years. We are consistently rated by OFSTED as Good or Outstanding.
We are open 8am – 6pm, 50 weeks a year, and offer both full time and term time contracts. We are closed during bank holidays, one week at Christmas and one week at Easter.
Our team of highly qualified, experienced and compassionate Early Years Practitioners has created a ‘home from home’ for your little ones.
We are thrilled for you to come and visit us.
What we offer
A safe, secure environment is obviously of great importance to any parent leaving their child in a Nursery setting.
Our Admissions policy is meticulous and at the time of booking your child’s place you will be asked to complete an ‘Authorised Persons to Collect your child’ on the registration form and only these people will be allowed to collect your child. Your child will be signed in on the Room register at the start of each session and signed out at the end.
Any visitors must produce a form of ID before they gain access to the Nursery and they are required to sign a visitors book.
Health and Safety also plays an important part in Nursery life. We ensure that our Nursery provides a safe environment for all children, parents and staff. Our staff receive regular training and updates on Health and Safety issues.
Our policies and procedures are found here.
At Close Day Nursery we practice the Key Worker system.
We introduce new children and parents to all staff working in your child’s room, and after a couple of weeks we allocate a Key Worker who we feel the child naturally migrates to.
This Key Worker will build a close relationship with the child and parents, assist your child in a smooth transition to the nursery, and support the child’s progress in all areas of development.
At Close Day Nursery, we ensure we provide parents with verbal feedback concerning their child’s experiences at nursery and the progress they are making.
Each child has a Personal Learning Journey, which covers all aspects of their development. This contains observations, photos and examples of your child’s creative achievements. The Learning Journeys are accessible to parents at all times and we encourage parents to take them home. We discuss the child’s next steps’ with parents on a termly basis.
Parents are also requested to be involved in a 2-3 year old assessment (a legal requirement for the nursery), where you will be asked to celebrate your child’s achievements at home and nursery, across the prime areas of communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development.
We believe that mealtimes should be social, happy times where skills can be developed and food is enjoyed.
We provide breakfast for our early starters, a light afternoon tea for those children staying after 5pm, and mid-morning and afternoon snacks, all of which are carefully planned to meet the individual needs and requirements of each child.
Parents provide packed lunches for children.
The local authorities regularly inspect us to ensure we are meeting; we are pleased to say that for the last three times we have been rated 5* for our hygiene standards.
At Close Day Nursery we endeavour to involve parents in their child’s experiences at nursery. We have an ‘Open Door’ policy where parents are welcomed into the nursery to discuss advice, guidance, or any other matters of interest.
We organise workshops with parents to share insights on how parents can support children in their development. Subjects such as healthy eating and outdoor play are promoted.
We hold Parents Evenings where children’s progress and future needs are discussed. At these regular sessions, we work with you to prepare for upcoming transitions – for example, if a child will be moving to an older group at Close Day Nursery, or transitioning to primary school.
We organise events throughout the year, such as Christmas Play and Summer Parties for parents to attend (and participate in if preferred!).
We are delighted to have received kind feedback from our parents.