STOP PRESS… Shine A Light Success!

We were extremely proud to have been shortlisted as finalists in the 2018 Shine A Light awards, which saw Danielle Norwood and Sarah Leary (pictured below with Adam Hess, award’s host) travel down to London to attend the awards ceremony yesterday.

And, whilst we weren’t the overall award winners, we were absolutely thrilled that Juice Nursery was ‘Highly Commended’ by the judging panel, in the ‘Early Year’s Setting of the Year’ category, for our commitment to developing children’s speech, language communication skills.

The 2018 Shine a Light Awards, is a national awards scheme, run by learning company Pearson in partnership with The Communication Trust, and celebrates innovative work and excellent practice in supporting children and young people’s communication development, with winners and highly-commended finalists being chosen across 10 categories, chosen by a panel of experts in the sector.

This achievement means such a great deal to us, recognising the effort and determination of our dedicated team of staff, who work so hard to ensure that we provide the child within our care with the best possible start in life. Well done team, we are very proud of you all!

NDNA Nursery of the Year Awards 2018 are OPEN

We are very proud of our nursery and the quality of care that we provide and would like to publicly acknowledge the efforts of our fabulous team by entering the 2018 NDNA Nursery of the Year Awards.   

The NDNA (National Day Nurseries Association) seek to reward and celebrate excellence across the sector, through an annual awards programme, highlighting the fantastic work of nurseries in supporting over one million children and their families.

The programme is open to all nurseries across the UK and are the ONLY awards voted for by parents. As a setting we have entered the ’Nursery of the Year‘ category, which seeks to recognise exceptional settings, providing excellent levels of care to their children.

So, if you would like to show your appreciation for the work that we do then please vote for us, by clicking here. To support your vote please include comments, highlighting what it is that you (and your child!) love and value most about Juice Nursery.

As well as entering as a setting we have also Danielle Norwood forward in the Practitioner of the Year category.

With a passion for all things early years, and a dedication to ensuring that all the children within our setting receive the highest possible level of care, Danielle is an exceptional member of our team, who has found her vocation in life, working with passion and consistently going the extra mile.

Originally joining Juice Nursery in 2008, on a college placement, Danielle has risen through the ranks, from Apprentice to Childcare Worker, to Senior, before being promoted to Room Leader in 2017.

With a key focus on ensuring that we are a truly inclusive setting, Danielle has been the nursery SENCO since 2013, a role that she relishes.

As well as overseeing our SEND provision, Danielle is a Safeguarding Officer, a role which she proactively developed last year, taking responsibility for ensuring all Policies and Procedures are regularly review and updated, as well as running a Safeguarding Refresher Workshop for her colleagues, covering a number of areas including British Values and The Prevent Duty.

With a wealth of experience, bubbly personality and ‘can do’ approach, Danielle is an extremely positive role model, which has also seen her mentoring Apprentices joining the nursery.

Ultimately aspiring to become a Pre School Teacher within a nursery setting, and part of the management team, Danielle is a reflective practitioner, who strives to evolve her practice and, as a result, proactively seeks to continue her professional development.

To register your vote for Danielle click here, providing comments, if possible, detailing why you think Danielle should be the lucky winner of this award.

Thank you for your support :)

 

 


I CAN Accreditation – it’s good to talk

Hot on the heels of achieving our Millie’s Mark earlier this summer, we are proud to share our success, here at Juice Nursery, in attaining I CAN Early Talk Accreditation at a Supportive Level.

Awarded by children’s communication charity, I CAN, this is an endorsement of a setting’s ability to:
support the language skills of all childrendemonstrate good practice in promoting speech, language and communication development in childrenshow good practice in the identification and referral of children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

We found undertaking this accreditation to be an extremely valuable experience, providing an opportunity for us to reflect on the quality & focus of our practice, as we seek to improve and evolve. In addition, receiving this acknowledgement goes a long way in recognising our team’s hard work, commitment to training and their own continued professional development, as well as their determination to provide the children within our nursery with an outstanding level of care.

Juice Nursery awarded a Millie’s Mark!

We are very proud to have been awarded a Millie’s Mark by the NDNA – National Day Nurseries Association, in association with the Department for Education and Millie’s Trust

Achieving a Millie’s Mark means that we are a setting that goes over and above current requirements in terms of what we do to keep children safe, as detailed in the EYFS, aspiring to achieve excellence in terms of first aid.

All our staff have undergone paediatric first aid training, but also as a setting we have demonstrated that we have reflected on our practice to ensure that there we have tight processes and documentation in place and that our staff are competent and feel confident to apply paediatric first aid practically.

This has been a 6 month process for us, and has seen our entire team working together and we are very proud that our efforts have been acknowledged and endorsed through this very special reward.

Rest assured our focus on continuously developing our quality care and education will not stop here…watch this space for more on our First Aid Workshop for our Juice Nursery parents, coming soon!

Healthy Setting Award

What a great end to another lovely week here at Juice Nursery, which saw us receiving official notification that we have been successful in achieving the Trafford Early Years Healthy Setting Award. This process has taken several months, and started with us submitting a detailed information pack, which covered various aspects of nursery life, but with a particular focus on Healthy Eating, Health & Safety, Physical Play Activity and Emotional Well-being.

A panel of assessors thoroughly reviewed the pack, following up on this with visits to the nursery, meeting with members of our staff to talk about our practice, as well as talking to some of the children in Preschool about their life here at nursery.

Clearly, we are delighted to receive this award and wanted to take this opportunity to give all of our staff a big shout out. Achieving this is recognition of their efforts and the fantastic work that they do in working with the children to promote the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.

‘Star Photo’ awarded to Juice Nurseries by Nursery World

We were absolutely delighted to learn that our Sensory Room has received a ‘Star Photo’ award from Nursery World, and we are looking forward to received our prize of books and posters for the nursery. We know our children love the Sensory Room and it is fantastic to get wider recognition for this. If you haven’t yet had the chance to check it out then feel free to pop in and have a look!