Health & Wellbeing

Play & Learn LTD

Health and wellbeing at Derby & Sutton Coldfield

At Play & Learn in both Sutton Coldfield and Derby we offer a loving and nurturing environment that responds to the individual needs of every child in our care. We have a holistic approach to caring for your children and family. We consider your child’s health and wellbeing our top priority. 

Physical exercise  

Physical exercise is vital to your growing child, so we build on their natural desire to run and jump with daily sessions in our soft play room and garden, with its climbing equipment and astro turf or safety surface. As a participating nursery in the Startwell Project our Sutton staff learned how to incorporate physical games into outdoor play to increase exercise value for your child. 

However, when it comes to caring for your child’s wellbeing, we know our dedicated caring Practioners are our most valuable resource. All staff hold qualifications in childcare, paediatric first aid and safeguarding and have experience in the care needs of young children. They have also gone through the Government’s Disclosure and Baring Procedure and passed our rigorous interview procedure.

Your key person 

Your child will be given a key person who will be responsible for coordinating your child’s care and learning needs. The aim is for you and your child to get to know one practitioner on a deeper basis, so you will feel confident to share information about your child. This bond will help you and your child settle into nursery life and provide ongoing support. 

Equality and inclusion 

At Play & Learn we ensure our children are made to feel valued and loved for who they are. Differences are respected and celebrated with additional needs supported. 

Safeguarding 

Safeguarding your child is of paramount importance, so we have robust procedures to ensure the highest levels of safety. All staff must pass the Government’s Disclosure and Baring Procedure, which involves providing three proofs of identity, one of which must be pictorial. In addition, references and childcare qualifications are required, and staff must give favourable office and working interviews before being offered a six month probationary position. 

Toilet training 

At Play & Learn we aim to support families at all stages and will happily advise you when to begin toilet training and how to start. Continuity is vital at this early stage and our aim is for a seamless transition from home routines to us and back again.

Drinking water 

Children are provided with fresh drinking water throughout the day and children 2 years of age and over are encouraged to develop their independence by drinking out of an open top cup.

Food & nutrition 

A Nutritious Start - A Healthy Life 
 
At Play and Learn we want your child to enjoy food, be confident about trying new tastes and texture and develop healthy eating habits so we use fun activities such as taste tables, growing, and eating, our own vegetables. But we still enjoy treats on special occasions. Our Sutton nursery is proud to be part of the Start Well Project, which is linked to Change 4 Life.
 
Our delicious nutritionally balanced menus are culturally diverse, offering a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables each day. Meals are cooked in-house and then served by staff trained in food hygiene. Fresh drinking water is available at all times and there is the choice of milk with some meals.
 
Our meals times are social occasions because eating with friends will encourage your child to try unfamiliar foods, as well as old favourites. Your child will learn to self serve, share pleasant conversation and develop considerate table manners. 
 

Special dietary requirements 

We cater to all dietary requirements at Play & Learn and make adjustments to our meals where feasible. Contact us to discuss your child’s needs.

Music, singing & movement with Jo Jingles 

At Sutton Coldfield we hold Jo Jingles sessions twice a month. Jo Jingles is a hugely popular and fun way to introduce your child to music and movement. Sessions typically involve a different theme each time like colours, shapes, animals and numbers and involve dancing, movement, games and hands on experience of musical instruments.

Frequently asked questions

How secure is the nursery building?

Your child’s safety is our highest priority. A secure perimeter fence protects the building and the main entrance has a 3 point safe door procedure. Staff training and robust procedures ensure that access is strictly controlled. Parents and visitors are escorted into and from the building 
How and when do I pay my fees?

Fees are payable monthly on or before the first of the month. We accept card payments, standing orders, internet banking and childcare vouchers. 
 
All staff must pass the Government’s Disclosure and Baring Procedure, which involves providing three proofs of identity, one of which must be pictorial. In addition, references and childcare qualifications are required, and staff must give favourable office and working interviews before being offered a six month probationary position.


To discuss any questions you have about Play & Learn’s health & wellbeing provisions please call Sutton Coldfield on 0121 355 3248 or Derby on 01332 204 484  
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