Founded in September 1995 by owner Pam Seear (BA Hons Professional Studies in Early Childhood). Pam has over 40 years’ experience in many different types of Early Years settings both as a manager and as an advisor. Tadpoles began in the Woodham Walter Womens club room and moved to the purpose converted premises The Chapel Stores September 2014
As we are still awaiting our full Ofsted inspection for our new premises our 3 Outstanding Ofsted reports from our previous registration can be viewed here:
Our curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage framework which came into practice in September 2008 and was revised for a second time in September 2014.
Using the EYFS framework we start every child with their own individual learning journey. To help them on this journey each child is allocated their own member of staff as their key person. The key persons role is to work with the parents, carers and child to support their learning and development.
Our highly qualified staff team receive regular training to ensure that all areas of practice are kept up to date. Including a qualified first aider on every session, along with Health and Safety, Safeguarding, food hygiene, Equality and diversity designated people. Our staff team also attends regular training in many other aspects of early years.
At The Tadpoles Nursery we have a strong commitment to safeguarding and ensuring that the children and families in our care are aware of our policies and procedures we put in place to promote this. All staff have been trained in the prevent duty and as an extension to our safeguarding policy this ensures that the children are protected whilst in our care.
In order to ensure a safe environment both at Tadpoles and in the wider community we promote and practice the fundamental British values of Democracy – everyone’s voices are listened to and valued, Rule of law – children learn right from wrong which we recently discussed when the policeman visited us, Individual liberty – everyone has a right to say what they like or don’t like, and Mutual respect and tolerance – we celebrate differences in the world around us and introduce this into our daily routines, our British values policy supports us in this.
We value highly our partnership with parents and the local community. As part of our daily planning we regularly invite parents to join us for many activities for example going to our allotment, walking around the village. We also run allotment sessions at weekends and in the holidays so that all the family can attend. Parents and the community are invited in to share experiences with the children, a church representative regularly visits to read a story to the children, parents visit for stay and play sessions. Parents talk to the children about their professions for example a nurse and a policeman.
We also attend local events such as the flower festival and Bell Meadow rural celebrations.