At Moonlight Nursery we strongly believe that Early Years lay the foundation for children’s future life and therefore we must consider the welfare and development of each child paramount.
We believe in a child-centred and play-based approach to learning and development where individual characteristics, the diversity of family background, race & culture are valued.
As Moonlight Nursery we aim to ensure that every child in our care has opportunities to be creative and imaginative, develop curiosity and interest in the world around them and become an independent, self-motivated and complete individual.
Moonlight Nursery is Ofsted registered in the heart of Edmonton. We accept government funded placements, if you have trouble getting your code from the council then we are more than happy to help you, we have English speaking, Turkish speaking and Somalian speaking staff and we are open from 9am-3pm from Monday to Friday.
Why should you choose Moonlight Nursery?
Our passionate Moonchild team of educators deliver a programme of stimulating and exciting activities and experiences to navigate children through key childhood milestones.
From arts and crafts, messy play, our big outdoor area and sensory play to home corner and role-play there is a lot to do to challenge enquiring their minds.
The curriculum is devised in line with the EYFS statutory framework and our preschool children enjoy additional resources to prepare them for the next step in their educational journey.
At Moonlight Nursery we take hygiene very seriously, we are unique compared to other nurseries, as we have a no outdoor shoes policy. Child wear indoor shoes in order to decrease the spread of bacteria and germs.
Early years foundation stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that nurseries, childminders and other early years providers in England must meet to ensure that children develop and learn well and are kept healthy and safe. The skills, abilities and knowledge that a child is likely to learn in the vital early years, between birth and age five, are divided into seven areas of Learning and Development in the EYFS: three Prime and four Specific.
The Prime Areas
• Physical Development
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development, and
• Communication and Language
The Specific Areas
• Understanding The World
• Expressive Arts and Design
All the areas are important and interconnected. However, the Prime areas are seen as fundamental in the earliest years from birth to three, as they support all of children’s development and later learning. Without enough of the right kinds of experiences in the Prime areas, children may struggle with their learning, find it difficult to communicate well and their confidence and emotional resilience may be affected.
Importantly, the EYFS recognises that children learn through:
• Being active
• Creating, and
• Thinking critically
It acknowledges to that children develop at their own rate and in their own ways, so ‘stages of development’ have no fixed age boundaries.
Food and Snacks at Moonlight Nursery
Our nursery chefs prepare fresh nutritious meals on-site daily. Having undergone strict food safety and nutritional training, our chefs use the knowledge gained to create menus that are not only nutritionally balanced but also delicious and loved by the children.
All meals are included in the fees and are specially prepared each day on each of our nurseries premises by our on-site chefs using the highest quality fresh ingredients. Children are also provided with snacks in addition to their meals and have water available throughout the day. We cater to all dietary needs and vegetarian options.
5 Star Food Hygiene Rating
The food safety officer inspecting a nursery checks how well the nursery is meeting the law by looking at the following areas:
• How hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored
• The condition of the structure of the buildings – the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities
• How the nursery manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe
• At the end of the inspection, the nursery is given one of the six ratings. The top rating of ‘5’ means that Moonchild Toddlers and Pre-School was found to have ‘very good’ hygiene standards
Daily Moonlight Nursery Activities
At Moonlight Nursery we believe all children learn and develop best when they take part in a wide range of activities. All our activities are age appropriate and fun. Children learn best when they are interested and engaged in activities that interest them.
In both rooms all toys and resources are accessible at all times. They enjoy painting, drawing, playing with sand/water and play dough. Playing with and experiencing natural materials is very important, therefore we we have a wide range of resources available inside and out to stimulate all their senses.
The children become more active and enjoy their time outside in our large garden running, climbing, gardening and making camps. All resources are accessible and promote independence.
The children have free flow play where they can choose to play indoors or out. More structured activities take place according to the child’s age and stage of development.
Singing and stories are an important part of all our children’s day we also enjoy dancing, cooking, going out for walks, and many more exciting planned and unplanned activities and experiences to help all our children to grow and develop and become confident and independent young people ready for school.
It is essential that young children get frequent and regular opportunities to explore and learn in an outdoor environment and this should not be seen as an optional extra.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum, which covers children aged birth to the end of the Reception year, became statutory in September 2008 and places strong emphasis on the importance and value of daily outdoor experiences for children’s learning and development.
It is for this reason, that Moonchild Toddlers & Pre-school have private and secure outdoor play area allowing children of all ages to benefit.
Here are just some of the powerful benefits gained by allowing young children to venture beyond their immediate indoor environment:
• Learning outside the classroom supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being.
• Learning outside the classroom gives children contact with the natural world and offers them experiences that are unique to the outdoors, such as direct contact with the weather and the seasons.
• Playing and learning outside also helps children understand and respect nature, the environment and the interdependence of humans, animals, plants, and lifecycles.
• Outdoor play also supports children’s problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness.