A day in the life of….
Zane, aged 10 months
I love the baby room as it’s so light and airy, and you can see the trees swinging in the wind outside. When Daddy brought me in the this morning I was put in my high chair ready for breakfast. I like to try and feed myself, but throw my spoon on the floor just to be cheeky sometimes. My keyworker knows what I’m up to, but helps me all the same. We had a little music time after breakfast and I got some bells to shake which was great fun. Me and some of my friends needed a morning nap, and I have a lovely comfy cot to sleep in. When I woke up I had my milk to drink, and then we had messy play time. I made a lovely picture for Grandma of my footprint. I think my feet are getting bigger! We all had lunch together at 12.00. Jonathan managed to throw his spoon much further than me, but we both got a big ‘No’, so decided it might be best to stop that game. After lunch we had a play on the floor with some of the toys, and then it was time for my afternoon nap. I sleep really well at nursery. When I woke up I had some time trying to stand up and move around the furniture. Everyone seemed very pleased with my efforts. Just wait until I show mum. Can’t wait until I learn to walk. We had a look at some books before tea time. Mine made a great squeaky noise when you pressed it. After tea we went in the garden for a bit, and played out there. Mummy saw me playing with the sand when she came to pick me up. I gave her my best smile.
Amy aged 2 yrs, 3 months
It’s exciting being with my friends at Nursery. I feel quite big now that I’m in the Shooting Stars Room. There’s so much to do. I can play in the sand, use the paints, play in the home corner, or relax in the book corner. We always go out a lot too. We can go to the woods for walks or go and see the horses at the farm. One of my favourite times is sitting together with the Twinkle Stars for my lunch as I get to see my baby sister then too. I can sleep at Nursery when I need to, which is usually after lunch. I’m learning to use the potty now, and I always get lots of claps and ‘well done’s when I get it right. My keyworker cares for me and helps me. I’m so pleased with myself.
Julian aged 4
I love coming to nursery for my breakfast as we all sit together, and I can talk with my friends. Once everyone has arrived for the day, we have some circle time, and talk, sing and learn together. Later on after snacks we all go out into the garden. It doesn’t matter if it’s raining, we get our hats and coats on, and we also have a covered area so our toys don’t get wet. We have a fabulous sand pit, get to plant vegetables in the summer, and there’s lots of space to run and leap and jump around too. Lunch is good. It’s usually something like Cowboy Bean Bake with some crusty bread and Eton Mess for pudding. Yummy! I love our meals here and my friends do too. After lunch some of the younger ones go upstairs for a sleep, while the rest of us play some quiet games. We can choose, and my favourite one is the shopping list game where we have to collect things. Once everyone is awake we might go outside again or for a walk, after our snack. We have great teas here too at 5 o clock. I like tuna pasta bake the best. I’m always pleased to see Mummy when she comes, but I love my days here too.
Before & After School Club
George age 9.
This morning dad dropped me off at 7.30. It’s a bit earlier than normal, but he had a meeting to go to. It was really good because there was just Samuel, my best friend and me to start with. We had a play on connect 4 as some of the other children started to arrive, and then we helped our Play Worker set out the things for breakfast. We all sat round the table and had cereal, toast and milk or fruit juice to drink. I like Weetabix. You can have it warm if you like, but I only have it that way on cold days. Amy spilt her drink today, but she is only 6, and our Play Worker helped her clear it up. After breakfast some of the other children helped clear things away, but we went off to play as we had helped set things out. It seemed to go really quickly today, and soon it was time for school to start.
After School Session
Phillipa aged 7
We had PE this afternoon, so I was ready for a sit down when I got to Young Discoverers. Faye and I did a bit of homework first. I got stuck on a couple of things, but my Play Worker helped me to find the answer, and it helped that we all sat together to do it. Later on I joined in the games that some of the others were playing. It was raining today, so we played indoor games, but we go outside a lot when it isn’t raining. We made a big den with some cardboard, and used some of the art materials to decorate it. Matthew drew pirates on his bit, but I did butterflies. At half past four we all had a snack. I had some slices of apple and a piece of cheese, but I could have had strawberries, or an oat biscuit, or something else. After snacks, I made a lovely card for my sister for her birthday from the materials we had in the craft box. I’m not at Young Discoverers after school tomorrow, but I’m looking forward to Thursday when I’m back because I think we’re doing a treasure hunt then.
Nursery Full Day session £42.00
Nursery morning session £23.00
Nursery afternoon session £21.00
We also provide 15 hours free Pre School Education to children aged 3 and 4. This is available on a fully flexible basis with hours to suit. Whilst this is usually only available term time only, we are currently taking part in a pilot to stretch the funding to provide it during the holidays too. Please contact us for further details and to discuss your bespoke requirements and how we can help.
All of our prices include nappies/pull ups for all children, and meals and snacks for the nursery children, all freshly prepared on site. We will provide a hot lunch daily, and a substantial tea in the afternoon. For babies under one year old, we request parents to bring their own milk, as appropriate until they are able to eat the food prepared, which we can blend. Once weaning, we are able to provide blended fruit and vegetable meals, gradually developing to the meals on our menu which can also be blended, mashed or chopped for whatever stage your child is at.
Fees are payable one month in advance on the 1st monthly. Any adjustments/ additional sessions to the usual ones, will be invoiced the following month. We are also able to take additional ad hoc bookings for children who have regular sessions with us, subject to availability.
Nursery fees are chargeable 51 weeks per year. We allow 2 weeks holiday at half fees during the year, and no charge will be made for usual sessions the week we close at Christmas nor for any of the Bank Holidays during the year when we also close.
Before & After School Club
Breakfast session £5.75
After School session £9.75
Our charges include the provision of breakfast in the morning, and a snack in the afternoon. We provide cereals, toast, and fruit juices for breakfast, and a healthy afternoon snack of chopped vegetables and fruit, with dips and crackers and cheese.
Junior Discoverers fees are chargeable term time only. Children can register for regular sessions or just for ad hoc sessions at Before & After School Club
Our opening hours for the Before and After School Club based at Escrick School are 7.30am until school starts, and from the end of school until 6.15pm. We are open Monday to Friday term time only. We shut for the school holidays, and the Teacher Training Days at Escrick School.
Our nursery opening hours for Shooting Stars and Twinkle Stars will be 7.30am until 6.15pm Monday to Friday. The Nursery is open 51 weeks per year (closed the week between Christmas and New Year). We are also closed on Bank Holidays.