St Joseph’s Nursery & Pre-School has been established since 1998 and is set in the grounds of a large converted property, situated close to the town centre.
The Nursery prides itself on providing a safe, secure and friendly environment to reflect each child’s identity, culture and heritage. The Nursery operates on two levels, offering quality indoor and outdoor provision to children aged 0-5 years. The ground floor hosts the baby unit, toddler unit, office and separate kitchen, the first floor provides separate rooms of play for pre-school children and an office. We are proud to say we are a breast friendly Nursery.
St Joseph’s Nursery is close to many schools in the neighbouring area and we are continually developing our networking to ensure a smooth transition between Nursery and School. Children who access School provision outside the locality are offered the same level of transition opportunities and close liaison is made with the School to ensure the individual child is supported throughout the process.
To provide a safe, secure and friendly environment to reflect each child’s identity, culture and heritage.
To provide a broad and balanced framework, which will promote all areas of learning and development.
To promote the role of parents and carers in their child’s individual learning journey.
To endeavour to meet all individual needs to ensure all children have the opportunity to thrive and develop.
Prices are inclusive of meals, snacks and drinks with the exception of formula milk. Fees are due in advance by cash or credit/debit card payment, on the first Monday of each calendar month. Late payments will be charged at ￡1.00 per day. Extra sessions must be paid for on or before the session is taken.
Our ‘Baby Unit’ comprises of three individual rooms, offering stimulating play experiences to meet individual needs and abilities of all children. We offer the luxury of providing very individual care for our youngest babies in a flexible environment. Our Babies experience a range of activities throughout the day including painting, messy play, sand, water play, small world, construction, fine and gross motor skills, role play and a selection of group activities such as story sessions and musical instrument time. All activities are developed in consultation with ‘The Early Years Foundation Stage’ guidance.
Our ‘Toddler Unit’ comprises of two large rooms of play, one being a messy area hosting sand, water, play-dough, paint and texture experiences. The second room being an area for floor activities such as small world, construction, fine motor skills, role play, a book corner and sleeping facilities. The routine offers a wide selection of experiences throughout the day including outdoor play and a selection of group activities such as story sessions and musical instrument time. All activities are developed in consultation with ‘The Early Years Foundation Stage’ guidance.
Our ‘Pre-School’ comprises of three rooms of play and a child friendly gymnasium which is accessed daily. We encourage the children to make independent choices within the safe environment but also provide structured activities, which are differentiated to meet individual needs and extend the children’s learning. Each room is organised to deliver different aspects of the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ framework, our wet room offers messy activities such as sand, water, play-dough and paint. Our sunshine room offers activities to support numeracy, literacy and ICT skills. Our construction room supports the development of fine motor skills, small world activities and imaginative play. The routine also offers a selection of group activities such as story sessions, letter time, puppet shows and musical instrument time. All activities are developed in consultation with ‘The Early Years Foundation Stage’ guidance.
Our outdoor area includes a soft safety play area designed to challenge and extend physical skills. We have a dance area with mirrors for children to observe their movements, a musical station, large climbing equipment and an area for gross motor activities to be set up daily. Children can express themselves using the large chalk boards situated around the perimeter fences. The children have the opportunity to engage in physical challenges whilst practitioners ensure their safety and extend their play appropriately.
Our outdoor area also has a large open hard surface for children to enjoy activities such as imaginative play, den building, bikes, scooters, cars and a role play hut which is sometimes themed to support the topic.
We have our very own established allotment situated at the rear of the Nursery, which allows all the children to be actively involved in the day to day management of the site. This includes planting, watering, monitoring the growth of our produce, cropping and being involved in the food preparation process. Most importantly the children are encouraged to sample the healthy foods, promoting a positive approach to healthy living. There is also an area for the children to practice their digging and planting skills all year round.
We currently benefit from fortnightly visits from the Library Bus and have a strong commitment to accessing external sources to support the learning and development of all the children. These are some of the examples of external trips previously undertaken, the farm, Chinese restaurant, local bakery, recording studio, park, Worsborough Mill, the Library and many more...
We have four set menu’s which are changed on a weekly basis, the fifth week is used for ‘children’s choice’, this enables us to create a menu of foods the children have really enjoyed over the four weeks or choose new tastes which may not have previously been offered. The children discuss the food groups every lunch time which equips them with the knowledge to make informed choices when creating the choice menu or to discuss with the practitioners appropriate suggestions. Ofsted said “For example, today it is homemade spaghetti bolognese. The children say that the pasta gives them energy, the celery, leeks and tomatoes are part of their ‘five a day,’ the meat helps them to grow and the custard helps to build strong bones. The initiative use of these discussions introduces children to portion size and different groups of food helping children to understand how to keep themselves healthy from a very young age.”
A Typical Day
Breakfast = A Selection of cereals & toast or crumpets
Morning Snack = Crackers & Cheese
Lunch = Roast Beef served with cabbage, turnip & mash potatoes
Pudding = Mixed Fruit Yoghurt
Afternoon Snack = Savoury Snacks
Tea = Macaroni Cheese & Tomato
Healthy Early Years Award
In March 2011 we were the first Nursery provision in Barnsley to receive a ‘Healthy Early Years Award,’ our commitment to achieving the award included a holistic view at how we promote healthy living. This included many aspects of our provision including creating a better knowledge base amongst the team through training, committing to priorities to improve how we support the environment, strengthening links with parents to highlight the key messages and evaluating our current practices in order to create better outcomes for the children. We believe creating positive foundations in the Early Years can help support healthier choices in the future.
Within our last Ofsted inspection we received ‘Outstanding’ in ‘the extent to which children adopt Healthy Lifestyles’. Ofsted said “The children show superb awareness of adopting healthy lifestyles, understanding the need for exercise and a healthy diet. They thoroughly enjoy the well-equipped children’s gym as part of daily routines, with cross trainer, treadmill, balancing beams and an exercise bike. Children are provided with wholesome, nutritious and well-balanced meals and thoroughly enjoy the food offered to them. Meals are freshly prepared using some vegetables and fruit children have helped to plant and care for.”