Guy's and St Thomas' day nursery

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Location

Grounds of St Thomas' Hospital
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH

Tel: 020 7188 6449
Email: nurseryenquiries@gstt.nhs.uk

Opening hours: 7am-7pm, Monday to Friday

Three boy's playing with trains.The nursery has 102 places for children aged between three months to five years. It has five large rooms in which the children are separated by age.

We accept children from parents employed by Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital or any other NHS trust employee. We also accept families who live locally and not employed by the NHS.

We offer emergency childcare when you are not able to use your normal arrangements. Places are allocated subject to availability. Please contact the nursery to make an enquiry on 020 7188 6449.

  • Learning and development

    A child's experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances.

    The Guy's and St Thomas' nursery focuses on ensuring the children learn through play and exploration, with support for each individual child. We encourage children to develop their imagination, to get actively involved in learning and to make decisions.

    Outdoor play

    Boy and girl playing outside at the nurseryOutdoor play and fresh air is very important in the daily life of children and we have our own dedicated outdoor space. Children are encouraged to participate in daily outdoor activities depending on the weather. The activities are tailored to suit the individual needs and interests of each child in our care.

    We provide toys, games, computers, music and other resources that can be used indoors and outdoors to educate and enhance the development of your child.

    Each day is planned with different resources and materials that allow children to learn and play together in a variety of ways. Our approach is to ensure that children are learning from their environment, rather than focusing only on the toys and equipment around them.

    Children are monitored during outdoor play, and staff carry out risk assessments and safety checks to ensure the area is safe before allowing children to play outside.

    Daily routine

    The nursery is divided into key areas according to age. Each area follows a routine every day to help the children settle. The routine focuses on daily activities such as play time, meal times and nappy changing.

    Each room has a planned activity. The activities being offered each week are listed and describes how it helps to develop each child. Every child is treated as unique with some activities focusing on the individual child interests.

    Special educational need and disability (SEND)

    The nursery has identified staff who lead in supporting families where a child has been identified as needing additional support. The nursery also receives support from local authorities to create a team around a child if required. The nursery is fortunate enough to be based within a hospital so has access to a wealth of knowledge and support when needed.

    OFSTED report

    The nurseries most recent Ofsted report was graded as good.

  • Healthy eating

    Boy eating at the nursery.

    We offer healthy, nutritious and balanced meals and snacks to meet each child's needs and requirements. Our menus are assessed by hospital nutritionists to ensure the food is well balanced and appropriate for each child. We also cater for cultural and dietary requirements.

    The children are provided with a nutritious mid-morning and afternoon snack as well as a hot lunch. Lunch is prepared and cooked on site

    Independence is promoted in all age groups, however children aged three to five are offered a selection of different fruits and snacks which they can choose themselves.

  • Working with parents

    We believe you should be involved every step of the way as your child moves between home and nursery. Please speak to us about any concerns you may have to help us develop a plan to improve your child's time at our nursery.

    You will receive reports about your child's progress. Meetings are also held, allowing you to meet with the people taking care of your child. This will be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your child or just to find out how they are doing.

    We also hold parent evenings throughout the year. These will give you an insight into your child's development and progress. Each child will have a designated key person whose responsibility it is to monitor their progression. You will meet with your child's key person and help plan for their future development.

    On the nursery notice board, we display information relating to activities and outings that are coming up, as well as to keep you up-to-date with what is going on around the nursery.

    Safeguarding

    Our responsibility is to:

    • make the welfare of children our first priority
    • ensure every child is protected from abuse, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, racial origin, language or religious belief
    • provide a safe, secure and happy environment.

    All staff are required to have an enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring) check. The nursery has a named member of staff responsible for safeguarding/child protection. We will respond appropriately to any allegations or suspicions of abuse which will will be treated and dealt with in a prompt and sensitive way, following our child protection policy.

    Our staff are trained in children's first aid to ensure the safety of your child.

    Throughout the nursery our child-to-adult ratios are maintained according to Ofsted requirements.

    Security and protection

    Our nursery has a secure door entry phone/video system and you and your child will be greeted by a member of staff on arrival. Our onsite security teams are able to respond to concerns of safety immediately.

    Your child will not be allowed to leave the nursery with anyone unknown to staff unless you have previously arranged this. You must provide the nursery with information about every adult who will be allowed to collect your child. This includes the adult's name, relationship to you, and a brief description of the individual, a password and contact details.

 

 

Contacts

Tel: 020 7188 6449

Email: nurseryenquiries
@gstt.nhs.uk

Mission statement

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The staff are absolutely outstanding in the care they give to each child. The nursery is phenomenal.

Agatha, parent