Footsteps Nursery Boxmoor is our small 'family style' day nursery for up to 30 children from birth to 8 yrs. We aim to provide excellent standards of childcare in our stimulating yet safe, intimate and homely environment. Our fabulous team of professional staff work hard to provide quality care for individual children with individual needs.
Footsteps is a family run children's day nursery, preschool and out of school club based in Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead. We believe that learning starts the day we are born. We use a range of educational philosophies, (such as Montessori, Rudolf Steiner, Vygotsky, Reggio Emilia etc), to implement the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum at Footsteps. Our aim is for the Footsteps children to benefit from our holistic approach to childcare and education so that they are fully prepared for starting, (or continuing), school.
Our staff are experienced, well trained and many of them are parents themselves and bring their own children to Footsteps!
At Footsteps we try to emulate what is happening at home. If you are potty training your child, cutting out their afternoon nap, or removing their dummy for part of the day, we will work alongside you to encourage your child to do likewise at nursery.
We believe that healthy, interesting, nutritious meals are of fundamental importance. All of our food is freshly prepared and cooked in our own kitchens on a daily basis. Meals can include morning snack, lunch, tea, afternoon snack and dinner depending on the package you have booked. Our menus are nutritionally balanced and are based on a 3 week rotational menu. Special dietary requirements are catered for depending on your child's needs. We have been awarded Food Hygiene Rating 5 = Very Good.
Children may have breast milk, formula milk, fresh milk or water to drink. We serve milk according to the timetable you dictate and we adapt this on a regular basis as your child develops. If you are breastfeeding, there is no need to give up if you don’t want to. We can give your child your fresh or frozen breast milk, supplied by you. Older children have access to drinking water at all times. Each child has a beaker with their name and photo on it which is stored at child height.
We are very proud of our garden at Footsteps Nursery and believe that the best place for children to play is outside whatever the weather. Our small garden has many activities and the children love their time outside, but the real WHIZZ is the huge park 'Blackbirds Moor' just 50 yards away which we visit come rain or shine and often enjoy picnics there during the summer.
We are proud to have a wonderfully caring and experienced team who are dedicated in the care, education and support of your child. Our team is headed up by:
Our assistant manager Michelle has been at the setting for 10 years and is successfully juggling her own young family with the demands of the nursery.
Emily is Level 3 Qualified and has worked in childcare for 10 years, rising to the role of deputy manager 3 years ago. Emily is a particular specialist in the toddler age group.
Ana has Qualified Teacher Status, and works in the pre-school area of the nursery.
Footsteps will continue, as much as possible, with the routine that you have with your baby at home, being cared for with love and attention in a caring environment. The under two's and toddlers room has a stimulating and peaceful atmosphere atmosphere with your baby's imagination being stimulated by colourful displays, toys, mobiles and music.
In the toddlers room your child will be encouraged to make choices that will enable them to develop their own personality. The equipment and toys provided for this age group are more challenging to further encourage your child to develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. The children will enjoy construction toys, music and movement, stories, arts & crafts, baking and free play. Staff will help children to learn basic social skills, which are developed naturally within the nursery environment through sharing and participating in groups, taking turns, remembering manners and considering others.
The pre-school room is divided up into areas of learning; book corner, laptop table, maths, mark making, art & craft , topic displays, cafe and small world play. We provide a learning environment where children are encouraged to co-operate with others, develop early literacy and numeracy skills and develop their social skills. In addition the pre-school room has freeflow access to the garden.
The children will be encouraged to look after their belongings, put on their own coats, tidy up for themselves and learn how to be resilient and resourceful. Children will gain knowledge of the world by celebrating cultural festivals and learning about different countries and they will be encouraged to learn about the environment around them.
We believe passionately in the power of outdoor learning. Taking the indoors outdoors develops a positive attitude towards learning, making it fun, motivating and exciting. All the children play and learn in the nursery garden as much as time and weather will allow.
On the occasions when all the children are outside, including the babies, a family environment is created where everyone is having fun, socialising, learning, exploring and playing. If activities are more differentiated such as gardening, learning ball skills, races or science investigations, children will use the garden in smaller ability related groups. As well as our lovely small garden we have the delights of Blackbird Moor right on our doorstep. This wonderful area is run by the Box Moor Trust and enables our children to experience nature and wildlife in beautiful and safe surroundings. For more information visit www.boxmoortrust.org.uk
All of our wonderful photos have been taken by our good friend Stephanie O’Callaghan.
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Foster Road, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 1EL
Reuben, Aged 3, Pre-School 2015-16