A unique nursery, we have an exceptional rural setting and value our beautiful surroundings. The children get plenty of fresh air return to a nutritious home cooked meal. Each age group has their own indoor and outdoor play areas, in addition to our shared gardens. Our adventures on Stoneleigh Park are very much a ‘hands on’ experience - we even have our own vegetable plot, hens and ducks. Spare clothes, waterproofs and wellies are a must at Wren Day Nursery. We have regular adventures on the Stoneleigh Park site and will sometimes venture further afield for educational outings, especially now we have our own minibus. Parental permission is required for these outings and we often do not charge a fee for these activities. We also have annual 'family' trips when we invite you and your family to accompany us to a range of exciting locations.
Safe and Secure
We want every child to feel safe, secure and contented whilst under our care, and to give you that peace of mind too. Our staff members work hard to bond with all the children, not just those they are keyworker to, so the children always feel comfortable. Our nursery site is entirely secure with a biometric security system that allows only registered visitors access to the nursery via a thumbprint recognition device at the entrance, as well as a personal password system for pick-ups by anyone other than parents/regular grandparents.
We are aware of how healthy eating and wellbeing can influence a child’s health in later years. We encourage healthy lifestyles, playing games and keeping the children active.
Home from Home
Originally opened in 1992, Wren Day Nursery is popular with families from both rural and urban settings, from Leamington, Coventry, Kenilworth and surrounding villages, as well as parents who work at Stoneleigh Park and Abbey Park. We moved into our fantastic purpose built oak framed building on April 24th 2009 and now comfortably accommodate up to 72 children ranging from small babies to five year olds.
We are open all year round, five days a week, from 08.30-17.30, with early starts or late finishes at £2 a day by special arrangement. We offer flexible childcare, and offer mornings, afternoons, full days or part weeks to suit your working hours or commitments. To smooth the settling-in, all children must attend at least two full days per week. This means they get used to being here with us quicker and we get to know them better!
Everyone is welcome at Wren; we respect, embrace and celebrate different cultures, religions, languages and individual differences and have a wealth of experience of caring for children with additional needs.
For all ages, we offer a play-based curriculum to support all aspects of your child’s learning and development. We aim to help them discover that learning is fun – this is vitally important if children are going to remain keen learners for the rest of their lives. We consider their needs, stages of development and plan a challenging and enjoyable experience across all the areas of learning and development.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS), for which we are assessed by Ofsted. This gives us an outline to work within and helps when developing care and learning plans for the children.
Under this framework, learning is grouped into the following areas:
• Communication and language
• Physical development
• Personal, social and emotional development
• Understanding the world
• Expressive arts and design
When your child moves on to primary school you can therefore be sure they will be well prepared. We have developed good relationships with many local schools in the area and some teachers visit the nursery to meet the new children before they move on.
Children all settle in at different rates. To make this as easy as possible for both of you, we encourage you to come in together as often as you like in the early days, so your child gets used to their new room while you are still with them for security. You will get to know us as well (we make a great cup of coffee!) for added reassurance. All children are allocated a designated key person who will be responsible on a daily basis for all aspects of their care and development, as well as daily handovers with you.
As your child's confidence grows, they will start to explore their new surroundings and make friends with their keyworker. We offer two free short sessions for 'settling in', where you leave your child with us for an hour or two, before their regular days begin. Particularly in the early days, many children cry when their parents drop them off which parents can find upsetting. Generally, two minutes later, the tears are dried and they're busy with our huge range of toys and activities. We encourage parents to handover children to their keyworker and leave; prolonging the departure generally makes a tense situation worse as some children then expect you can stay all day, not just ten minutes. Please call us in a few minutes, or peep round the corner from another room, to check they have settled in happily - we do understand how hard it is to leave when your child is upset!
We believe that working in partnership with you is key to supporting your child's learning and development. Regular communication through daily handovers, progress reports, parents' evenings and our weekly newsletter, together with our open door policy, ensures your child receives the very best care.
Parents are always very welcome at our events and activities; family barbecues, tea parties and even a messy play day for dads and children!
Our latest Ofsted report can be downloaded here http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/CARE/200840
As parents/carers you may be able to order childcare vouchers from your employers as part of your salary. By choosing to receive a proportion of your salary in childcare vouchers, you could save as much as £2,134.00 pa on the cost of your childcare. This is because childcare vouchers are non-taxable and exempt from National Insurance Contributions, up to a limit of £243.00 per parent/carer per month. Ask your employer which voucher scheme they use; it may be Busy Bees, Accor, Parent Bond, Care 4 or their own scheme.
Let us know at Wren who you will be using, and we can give you their telephone number and our Nursery ID. Once they are set up they are easy to use and very popular.
You may wish to alternatively set up your Tax Free Childcare account; Tax-Free Childcare is an online government service for parents to make payments to their childcare providers. For every £8 a parent pays into their Childcare account, they'll add an extra £2 to your Childcare Account.
Parents can then use that money to make childcare payments direct to their childcare provider's bank account.
How to access the service
Go to www.childcare.tax.service.gov.uk
Funding is available for some 2 year old children (if they meet the criteria) and for 3 and 4 year olds for up to 1140 hours a year.
Wren will be offering the new '30 hrs' entitlement to 3/4 yr olds from September 2017 as up to 24 hours per week over 47.5 weeks of the year.
Further information can be found at https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/childcarecosts
Please contact us directly for information on our Pre-school funding policy.
Careers at Wren
We are always keen to hear from potential staff, whether qualified or unqualified, who are committed to delivering high quality and who are prepared to work hard to develop their careers
In return we offer good pay and working conditions, a friendly team, sympathetic management and a strong commitment to training.
We believe that close links with outside organisations help children to understand that the world is a huge place and that many families lead a very different life to the familiar one our children understand. Over each calendar year we hold a number of fundraising events to coincide with national events such as Children in Need or Comic Relief as well as supporting smaller local charities. We do appreciate that there are many (often easier) ways to help worthy causes so involvement is always optional for each family. Sometimes it's a Fancy Dress Day, sometimes a social event such as our Annual Grandparents Tea Party, and in December we hold our Christmas Fayre!
Through links with Wren families, we work closely with Myton Hospice and the Ups of Downs (a Leamington-based group for families with a child with Downs Syndrome). We are also a 'home base' for the 1368 Squadron (Warwick and Royal Leamington Spa) of RAF Air Cadets - an organisation which Penny and Phil and their family have been involved with for many years.