Caring and supportive!
About CleverClogs Longwater
CleverClogs Longwater Nursery and Pre-School is situated at 441 Dereham Road New Costessey Norwich NR5 0SG and has easy access to the A47, the hospital and University. We provide childcare for children from 3 months to school age, Monday to Friday between 7.45am and 6pm all year round, closing only for bank holidays.
We understand that finding the right childcare can be a very emotional decision for any parent or carer, and we are happy to show you around our nursery and do our absolute best to suit your needs.
Our set up at CleverClogs Longwater
A specialist room for up to 15 children aged 3 months to 18 months
Our staff are highly qualified and experienced in childcare with a dedication to provide children with the best start to their learning and development journey.
Our room incorporates an activity area, messy/ food area and a sleep room. Our priority is to ensure your child feels safe, secure and happy, ready to participate in daily activities that will enhance their learning and development.
At this early age, the specific needs of each child is recognised and managed within a very flexible structure. Every effort is made to create an environment of comfort and individual attention. Weather allowing, we take the babies outside every day, and we ensure that there is ample opportunity for socialising with other children in the nursery.
We complete a thorough settling in process which allows us to gain an understanding of your child’s routines and needs to provide a home from home environment. We also provide parents with a two way communication book which informs you of your child’s nappy changes, food and milk intake, sleeps, and activities participated in.
For up to 15 children aged 13 months to 2 years
The children within this room are supported by qualified staff to socialise, explore and learn. Children will be motivated to participate in craft, construction, messy and imaginative play and the layout provides the children with opportunity for freedom of choice activities. Children have free-flow access to the outside area providing opportunities for a wide range of experiences.
Our staff carry out weekly planning based on your children’s individual interests and next steps, and constantly monitor your child’s learning and development.
We provide children with beds with individual sheets and blankets to have a rest or sleep as required. We complete daily diary sheets for every child to record their food, nappies and sleep times.
For up to 21 children aged two to three years
Staff within this room work to support children in making relationships with their peers, developing self-help skills whilst providing enriched activities. Children will be motivated to participate in craft, construction, messy and imaginative play and the layout provides the children with opportunity for freedom of choice activities. Children have access to the garden where they are given the opportunity to socialize with the older children.
Staff carry out weekly planning based on your children’s individual interests and next steps, and constantly monitor your child’s learning and development completing two year old development checks as required.
Children participate in short circle time activities and are beginning to look at different letters and numbers. This room has a separate area for small group focus activities and provides the children with a separate area if they still require a short nap after lunch. Staff provide a board which tells parents what the children have been learning about today, any sleep times and what they have eaten.
Deers and Foxes
Deers room for up to 24 pre-school children aged 3 and half to 5 years
Foxes room for up to 22 pre-school children aged 3 and half to 5 years
Staff are employed for their knowledge and experience of working within a pre-school environment, providing a range of activities to continue to build upon their previous experiences.
Our pre-school rooms develop children’s independence and social skills, giving them opportunities from role play to mark marking. Staff support children to begin to work towards the early learning goals through play and a high level of adult input making the foundations that your child will need when start their educational journey. Staff focus on opportunities for sustained shared thinking along with promoting logical thinking by encouraging children to join in group times, problem solving, messy play, group games, construction and imaginative play. Staff focus on letters and sounds activities along with early writing skills.
Planning is completed on a two weekly planning implemented based on the children’s individual next steps and staff support all children to learn and develop to reach their full potential.
CleverClogs Longwater Curriculum
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is embedded throughout the nursery. Practitioners complete planning based on children’s individual interests and next steps. We provide a balance of child initiated and adult led activities, these activities cover all 3 areas of the characteristics of effective learning.
There are 7 areas of learning these are split between prime areas of learning and specific areas of learning.
The three prime areas (below) of learning reflect the key skills and capabilities all children need to develop and learn effectively, and become ready for school.
The four specific areas below build upon the three prime areas, these are learned through play and exploration, both indoors and outdoors.
Your child’s key worker will document your child’s learning using iConnect.
iConnect is an online development journal where staff compile observations, your child’s art work and photographs of them carrying out activities. These are accessible to parents at all times through a safe login and provide an opportunity for you to contribute and support your child’s learning at home. This journal will also go with your child as it transitions through the rooms.