Owner Manager: Clare Hitchmough B.Ed (Hons)
I have over 20 years experience of working in early years and have run Weydown Nursery since September 2003. Previously I worked as a primary school teacher.
I have an interest in early literacy and am committed to ensuring our nursery children have a wide range of valuable experiences during their time with us, that will enhance and develop their natural curiosity, their imaginations and their confidence.
The nursery has a committed and very experienced staff team. The majority of staff hold level 3 childcare qualifications.
All staff regularly update their knowledge through training. This includes statutory training, such as safeguarding children, food hygiene and paediatric first aid and also training for staff development, which benefits the nursery as a whole. For example, a training workshop on “outdoor provision” taken by two staff, led to improvements in our range of equipment for the nursery garden.
The team has a trained SENCO (Special educational needs and disability coordinator) who works alongside parents and staff to ensure the nursery offers the best possible support for children with any specific needs. The SENCO also liaises with professionals and local schools to ensure smooth transitions from nursery to primary school.
"The manager and her staff are well qualified, They work together to provide an environment that is resourced to interest and motivate children to learn"
Ofsted report Nov 2019