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The OFSTED Registration number for La Maternelle Wistaston is EY291818.

During our last inspection this facility was awarded OUTSTANDING in all areas of care and education by OFSTED. To view this report please visit http://www.OFSTED.gov.uk.

La Maternelle Wistaston was established in September 2004.  It offer nursery and pre school children for children aged 0 – 4 years.

The nursery is open from 7.30am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday all year round.

If you would like more information about our facility at Wistaston Church Lane Primary or to arrange a visit please contact Vicki Brown on 01270 664466.

nursery

La Maternelle Day Nursery & Pre School is set within the grounds of Wistaston Church Lane School, Wistaston, Crewe. It is just a short drive from Crewe, Nantwich & all the major road links including the A500 & M6.
The setting is enhanced by a safely enclosed outdoor learning environment & also makes full use of the surrounding fields & woods which give the children the space to explore the environment.
La Maternelle Day Nursery & Pre School was opened in September 2004. I, Victoria Brown manage the setting and lead the Early Years Practice within the setting. I am a fully qualified Early Years Teacher, Early Years Professional & Early Years Professional Status Assessor.
La Maternelle was recognised as an ‘outstanding setting’ by Ofsted in July 2007. We were also awarded 2nd place in National Setting of the Year in September 2007. We continue to develop the day nursery in order to maintain outstanding care & education for the children & families in our care. We continually reflect upon our practice & invite feedback from parents to further improve our service questioning ourselves ‘what is it really like for a child here?’
As the nursery is now well established we feel as a team we are ready to extend our service to provide care for children from birth to 2 years. Now as a ‘Mummy’ myself I feel confident that I know as a parent the environment within which I would like my own child to be cared for & aim to provide this for all the children who attend La Maternelle from birth to 4 years.

Parent comment from our annual questionnaire

“We have been exceptionally pleased with the care provided particularly the child centred approach & focus on play based learning. It is a relief that Alex is outside learning about the world.”

The Team of Early Years Practitioners

You will always receive a warm welcome to La Maternelle. Practitioners develop warm, caring, friendly & professional relationships with children & their families.
I am very proud to be part of a highly dedicated & professional team of Early Years Practitioners. I believe that the team at La Maternelle Day Nursery & Pre School make it a very special place. All practitioners are carefully recruited for their dedication to providing the best care possible for children. Practitioners are highly valued & supported to develop professionally in order to improve the outcomes for children & to ensure the outstanding standards of La Maternelle are maintained. Our strict recruitment procedures ensure that all staff are suitably qualified & hold an enhanced criminal record bureau disclosure.
Parent quotes from our annual questionnaire
• “Everyone is friendly & helpful. Both our children have formed good relationships with staff easily & I have always felt confident that staff look after children exceptionally well.”
• “I like the continuity of care – the same people looking after my child with no great turnover of staff. The staff smile & take an interest in my child and the whole atmosphere is of staff that care.”
• “Nothing seems too much trouble. The staff are always smiling & welcoming, and most importantly put the children first.”

Promoting the themes of The Early Years Foundation Stage

The setting follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework 2008 (EYFS).
We work to promote the themes of the Early Years Foundation Stage to a high standard.

These are-
• A Unique Child
• An Enabling Environment
• Parental Partnership
• Learning & Development
Further details on the EYFS can be found at http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/eyfs/.

Parental Comments from annual Questionnaire

“The environment is child focused with plenty of everyday items for the children to explore rather than being an environment designed to be visually appealing to adults- some of the other nurseries we looked at had clearly missed the point and it was one of the things as parents we liked about La Maternelle”
“Abbie has developed fantastically attending La Maternelle she is very independent. She has been able to express herself in a caring environment”
“I particularly like the high standard to which you know about every child and how you cater for individual needs”

The Indoor Environment

The rooms are designed to be warm, welcoming & stimulating to ensure that children feel comfortable & at home so their personal, social & emotional being is fostered. We encourage children to take ownership of their environment & develop their independence with well balanced adult support. This is done through engaging children to make decisions about the nursery & listening to their interests, views & opinions. This in turn makes children feel valued and raises self esteem & confidence. The rooms, displays & resources promote inclusion, diversity & equal opportunities.
There is a wealth of opportunities & resources to support children to take part in meaningful open ended play experiences which enables children’s learning & development to thrive. We continually monitor the environment through careful observation & add resources to the continuous provision based on children’s interests & development needs. We provide a balance of natural, manmade & everyday items for the children to play with.
The room is divided into different areas which promote opportunities for children over all the areas of learning & development of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
• Construction Area
• Small World Play Area
• Messy area
• Sand & Water Play
• Role Play & imagination area
• Music & Dance area
• Reading Corner
• Mark Making Table

The rooms also have rest, changing and food/milk preparation areas to ensure children’s individual needs are met.

The Outdoor Learning Environments

“The best classroom and richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky” Margaret McMillan (1919)

“We need to develop runner beans not couch potatoes”

Children have free access to the secure & stimulating outdoor learning environment. Children have first hand contact with the weather, seasons & natural world. Come rain or shine the children are able to go outside, well equipped in appropriate clothing & footwear. The environment is designed to mirror the indoor environment so children can take part in similar experiences outside, for example, a quiet reading area, mark making area, sand play, singing, role play. In addition to this there are also opportunities to do things in different ways and on different scales than you could possibly do indoors for example den making, riding bikes & climbing. The outdoor learning environment also has a vegetable & herb patch where the children take part in planting & growing their own produce. The children learn about and take part daily in good environmental practices such as recycling & composting. They also learn about and take care of the nursery gerbils, guinea pigs & fish.
In addition to our outdoor learning environment the school fields, woodland area & play area offer the children the space & freedom to explore in a safe & secure environment, where they can be physically active & energetic.

Parent Comment

“Lucy loves the animals at nursery & likes to help take care of them”
“I think the outdoor play is excellent including the ‘puddle suits’!” (The puddle suits are provided for children on particularly wet days so they can play in the puddles)
“The outside fresh air is a great thing and to play outside rain or shine is something very beneficial.”

Your Child’s Time Here.

The day is carefully planned to achieve the correct balance of activities for your child. The environment, activities and experiences are planned based on your child’s interests & development needs through careful observation and listening attentively to children. The activities described below will vary based on the age of your child & their stage of development.

Meaningful Play - Children can freely access the indoor & outdoor learning environment. Children choose the areas & resources they wish to play in & engage in a wide variety of activities & experiences. Practitioners are skilled to support and extend children’s learning & development and track through observations the progress the children are making.

Greeting Time - Children come together when the children have arrived to greet each other and talk about what will be happening that day.

Small Group Time - Children come together in small groups for a play based adult led activity. This is planned by the key worker based upon a child’s interest or development or individual needs. Again key workers observe & track children’s learning & development to plan the next steps for children. In the 2-4 year old room at the end of a morning or afternoon children also sit together in small groups to review & evaluate what they have done.

Large Group Special Time - Children come together in a whole group to do an activity based on observations. These will include stories, rhymes, number songs, team work, outdoor adventure, singing, performing & dancing.

Snack & Meal Times - Children sit together to enjoy their meals & snacks. It is also a wonderful social situation where children can chat to their friends & key worker. This provides opportunities to develop independence as children help to prepare snack, pour drinks, serve & clear down. Children from 2years to 4years will go into the school to have their lunch. Children in the birth to 2 year room will have meals provided by the school cook. This will be served according to your child’s individual needs & based upon information from parents. Key workers will ensure that individual & dietary needs are always met to ensure your child is cared for. If your child has a bottle then we ask that you provide the bottle & formula required each day that they attend.

Rest/Sleep Time - We appreciate that children may also need times of rest & relaxation so arrangements are made for quieter activities when needed. Children who sleep are offered a comfortable place to rest choosing from a cot, a bed or a pram which can be safely put inside or outside in the fresh air if you wish. Each child has their own personal sheets & blanket. This is flexible based on the needs of individual children & your preferences for them.

All activities as detailed above will vary pending your child’s stage of development. We ensure that children take part in appropriate activities.

Catering for the individual needs of children in a mixed age room?

Research shows that mixed age groups are far more beneficial for children than organising children into rooms of the same age. It is not natural for children to spend extended time with children of the same age, size & understanding of the world around them. The benefits include

• Reducing the number of transitions from room to room a child has to go through, enabling them to form closer bonds with children and staff and avoiding the stress of adapting to new routines & faces.
• The younger children benefit greatly. It has been proven that children learn from their peers who are developmentally advanced.
• The older children start to understand different children’s needs and take that into consideration & learn from it.
• Nurturing, cooperation & sharing is encouraged.
• Quiet or withdrawn children gain confidence & improved social skills.
• Children are less likely to express aggressive behaviour or compete with others of the same stage of development.
• Children extend physical, verbal & social skills.
• Children develop an appreciation of the different needs of younger & older ages.

We assure you that the nursery staff provide age appropriate activities for children to access, using the different areas of the room. The key worker system ensures that children of different ages are monitored closely at all times by staff who know their individual needs & levels of development very well.

Partnership

Parental Partnership

We understand that you know your child/children better than anyone else. In order to improve outcomes for the children it is essential that we strive to build trusting & professional relationships with the families of the children in our care.  You can trust that prior to your child starting La Maternelle we will gain as much information as possible to ensure their key worker can provide continuity between nursery & their home life.

Settling Children into La Maternelle

When your child visits the nursery you will both be introduced to his/her key worker. This person will support your child to become familiar with the setting & routines. They will also develop a genuine bond with your child and offer a settled, trusting relationship. We ensure that your child is made to feel comfortable & secure as it is a priority for us that they are happy to come to nursery. We understand the anxieties you may have leaving your child. We always stay in contact over the telephone to ensure you feel reassured about how your child is getting on.  In many cases it is getting children out of nursery at the end of the day that is most problematic!

Parent comment from annual questionnaire

“My daughter loves going to La Maternelle. She is disappointed when it is not a “nursery day”. I think that speaks volumes about the care provided. I would recommend La Maternelle to anyone who wants their child to spend their early years in a safe, caring, exciting & fun environment”

Ongoing Partnership

Within each room there are Senior Practitioners who lead the room and get to know you & your child well. The owner & managers also take pride in developing relationships with families and children within the setting. 

In addition to this each child has a key worker who has a special responsibility for your child during their time at La Maternelle ensuring there is a two way flow of information between nursery & home. The child’s key worker will share information with you about your child informally & encourage you to share information from home on an ongoing basis. We really welcome any information about a child which can help us to support them personally or developmentally. Your child’s key worker will keep track of your child’s development and update their learning journey. This is available for you & your child to access at all times and we encourage you to contribute to this.

In order for the key worker system to run smoothly we also organise a back up key worker who works alongside your child’s key worker to ensure that in their absence they can share information with you & support your child.
There is an information board located in the entrance hall and outside which informs parents of the activities children have been doing at nursery that day. Planning is displayed in the room. We invite you to look at this and encourage you to contribute to it any time. There is also a digital screen which is updated regularly showing pictures of the activities your child has taken part in.
In the toilets there is an information board which details when & why your child has had their nappy changed or their clothes changed. You will also find information of your child’s sleep for that day.
A chart is completed each day after lunch to inform parents/guardians as to how much each child has eaten. Your child’s choice of snack is also registered on this chart. This is kept by the register for you to check as you collect your child in the evening. Menu details are displayed in the entrance hall.
Children in the birth to 2 year room will have individual daily record books detailing important information including milk feeds/meal &  care information (nappy changing & sleep).

We welcome your comments & thoughts at all times. We encourage an open door policy where parents feel comfortable to discuss any suggestions. There are comment & suggestion slips in the entrance hall for parents to complete & return to share their ideas about La Maternelle. We also organise formal opportunities for partnership and communication sending home regular newsletters, running open surgeries, sending out questionnaires, organising information evenings & open evenings as opportunities for you to discuss your child’s progress with their key worker. There is also an annual Christmas Performance & fun races organised for the children who are leaving to go to school. All parents/guardians are invited to join us on these very special occasions.

Parent Comment

“The boards are always up to date & it is lovely to come & see digital pictures of the children having so much fun.”
“The time & effort the staff put in with the children is excellent such as the Christmas production & Sports Day. The children seemed to enjoy it as much as the parents!”

Partnership with the schools & community & other child care providers.

Community

We are very much a part of the local community. We hold a stall at the annual village fete and children help to make produce to sell and decorations/signs for the stall. It is always a lovely day. We also take the children on walks around the local community to the shops, hairdressers & church.
Wistaston Church Lane School

We have strong links with Wistaston Church Lane School. The school welcomes us for lunch each day and invites us to different celebrations during the academic year. We also have good relationships with the Head Teacher and the foundation stage team within the school. During the time children are at La Maternelle they become very familiar with the school environment, teachers & Head Teacher. The teachers visit the setting to meet children in nursery & we share information with them. This aids a smooth transition into school.

Quote from Head teacher – Mr Graham Prince

“La Maternelle and Wistaston Church Lane Primary School enjoy a close, purposeful relationship which helps the children receive the very best start to their education. By sharing the same key aims, values and expectations for young learners we are able to create the consistency and continuity which allows children to flourish.
Through daily lunchtimes visits, concerts, parties and fun challenges on the school field, our nursery children develop a real familiarity with the infants which makes their move to full-time education a successful and far less daunting prospect.

Pupils entering our Reception classes thrive following on from the experiences and opportunities they have enjoyed at La Maternelle. The nursery provides the children with a first-class start to the Foundation Stage which helps their learning truly accelerate in mainstream school”.

Parent Comment from annual Questionnaire

“The children are so familiar with the school & environment. None of the children have been worried about their visits & I think a lot of that is down to the confidence & independence they have learnt at nursery.”

Other Schools

Children attend La Maternelle and then go onto other local schools within the area. We ensure that we communicate with these schools and invite the teachers to come and meet the children in the nursery before they start school. We also ensure that all information regarding your child (with your permission) is communicated to enhance their transition to school.

Meals

We provide all meals & drinks for your child during their time at nursery. A varied & nutritionally balanced diet is offered giving the children a choice of different foods. We will support all children with dietary needs. We keep a record of what your child has eaten at lunch time and for snack so you can check each day what & how much your child has eaten.

Breakfast is prepared at nursery where your child can choose from fruit, toast, cereal & fresh porridge.
Snack is prepared at nursery. Children are given a choice of different fruits, different vegetables, crackers, bread, & breadsticks. The choice is varied each day and we incorporate new foods for children to try.

Lunch is freshly prepared by the school cooks during term time.
Lunch is prepared by Cheerbrook farm during holiday periods.
Light Tea is prepared at nursery.

Parent Comment from annual questionnaire

“It would be easy to just give the children food guaranteed to be eaten. By pushing the boundaries, encouraging children and offering a variety of choice we have noticed a willingness to try new foods previously unheard of.”

“I really appreciate that the nursery supports my child’s diet “I like that the nursery encourage my child to follow a healthy diet & lifestyle.”

I hope you have found this information useful. Please contact me (Vicki) or Peter at the Wistaston office on (01270) 664466 for any further information or to arrange a visit.

Kind Regards

Vicki Brown

out of school care

The Team of Early Years Practitioners

You will always receive a warm welcome to La Maternelle. Practitioners develop warm, caring, friendly & professional relationships with children & their families.
All practitioners are carefully recruited for their dedication to providing the best care possible for children. Practitioners are highly valued & supported to develop professionally in order to improve the outcomes for children & to ensure the outstanding standards of La Maternelle are maintained. Our strict recruitment procedures ensure that all staff are suitably qualified & hold an enhanced criminal record bureau disclosure.

Parent quotes from our annual questionnaire

• “Everyone is friendly & helpful. Both our children have formed good relationships with staff easily & I have always felt confident that staff look after children exceptionally well.”
• “I like the continuity of care – the same people looking after my child with no great turnover of staff. The staff smile & take an interest in my child and the whole atmosphere is of staff that care.”
• “Nothing seems too much trouble. The staff are always smiling & welcoming, and most importantly put the children first.”
• “The environment is child focused with plenty of everyday items for the children to explore rather than being an environment designed to be visually appealing to adults- some of the other nurseries we looked at had clearly missed the point and it was one of the things as parents we liked about La Maternelle”
• “Abbie has developed fantastically attending La Maternelle -  she is very independent.  She has been able to express herself in a caring environment”
• “I particularly like the high standard to which you know about every child and how you cater for individual needs”

The Indoor Environment

The rooms are designed to be warm, welcoming & stimulating to ensure that children feel comfortable & at home.  We encourage children to take ownership of their environment & develop their independence with well balanced adult support. This is done through engaging children to make decisions about their club & listening to their interests, views & opinions. This in turn makes children feel valued and raises self esteem & confidence. The resources & activities promote inclusion, diversity & equal opportunities.

The Outdoor Environments

“The best classroom and richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky” Margaret McMillan (1919)

“We need to develop runner beans not couch potatoes”

Children have access to a secure & stimulating outdoor environment. The area is designed to mirror the indoor environment as much as possible so children can take part in similar experiences outside, for example, a quiet reading area, mark making area, sand play, role play, and water together with opportunities for team games skipping, tennis, hopscotch, den making and free and found resources to explore i.e. guttering and crates.  In addition the school field and play areas offer children the space and freedom to explore in a safe and secure environment where they can be physically active and energetic.

Parent Comment

“It is wonderful that Jessica has so many opportunities to play outside in the fresh air.  The club is her favourite place to be!”

All sessions are structured in order to offer the children an exciting and stimulating leisure time with us, including both quiet and active periods.  The children are encouraged to share their ideas with the staff either through their children’s council or by means of a suggestion box.

These activities include arts and crafts, painting, mark making, construction toys, pool, snooker, table tennis, table football, role play, dressing up area, DVD player, cookery, computer, messy area, messy play, lego, animals, den making, net area, hamma beads, playdough and much more!  Multi cultural aspects are promoted through all activities.

A child friendly self evaluation board supports the children to reflect on their time in the club and also provides the staff team with a clear vision of which activities and resources the children are most and least choosing and enjoying.  This evidence is then used to help us assess what is working well and not so well and adapt our planning and our activities accordingly. 
Parent Comments

“La Maternelle is like Manchester United - Simply the best!”

“Nick loves it! Especially good to have the male employees - lots of football!”

“Jonny has a social life and an extended family here. He learns new skills and good values - respect of others, team spirit and helpfulness. I don’t know where I’d be without you - thank you!”

“My peace of mind has been how Sian responds to being at club. She is pleased and looks forward to coming. Upon entering the hall, all the children in care are happy and engaged in one of the many exciting activities. All staff are very involved with assisting the children.”
Behaviour

We have a positive child friendly behaviour policy in place which is used by all staff to ensure a fair consistent but firm approach and more importantly supports the children to have a clear understanding of the club rules and the consequences of inappropriate behaviour. 
Promoting the themes of The Early Years Foundation Stage
The setting follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework 2008 (EYFS).
We work to promote the themes of the Early Years Foundation Stage to a high standard.
These are-
• A Unique Child
• An Enabling Environment
• Parental Partnership
• Learning & Development
Further details on the EYFS can be found at http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/eyfs/.
Keyworker & Buddy System

Each child has a keyworker ( a member of staff) who has a special responsibility for him/her during his/her time at La Maternelle ensuring there is good communication between the club and home on a daily basis.  We really welcome any information about your children which can help us to support their personal interests. For the reception children, in line with the EYFS, your child’s keyworker will keep track of his/her interests and development in a Learning Journey file.  This is available for you to access at all times and is on occasions shared with the reception teacher to enhance the children’s leisure time with us.
Parental Partnership

We understand that you know your child/children better than anyone else. In order to improve outcomes for the children it is essential that we strive to build trusting & professional relationships with the families of the children in our care.  You can trust that prior to your child starting La Maternelle we will gain as much information as possible to ensure their key worker can provide continuity between club & their home life.

Questionnaires are sent out regularly in order for us to continue to develop our out of school care clubs.

Parent comment from annual questionnaire

“My daughter loves going to La Maternelle. She is disappointed when it is not a “club day”. I think that speaks volumes about the care provided. I would recommend La Maternelle to anyone who wants their child to spend their early years in a safe, caring, exciting & fun environment”
Partnership with School

We have a strong partnership with school communicating with staff frequently to ensure a smooth transition for the children between class and club.  We work closely with all Head Teachers to ensure consistency for the children.

“The club offers a wide range of activities, so there is something to suit everyone. The children always seem to be enjoying themselves. Staff are very approachable and demonstrate a high level of interaction and care.”

Mrs M Andrews (Former Headteacher of Stapeley Broad Lane Primary)
Meals

A healthy breakfast and light tea are provided.  A packed lunch with an ice pack enclosed must be brought to holiday sessions.

directions/locations

contact information

La Maternelle Wistaston
Wistaston Westfield County Infant School
Church Lane Wistaston
Crewe
Cheshire
CW2 8EZ

Day Nursery & Pre School

(01270) 664466

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