Hello and Welcome, I am Jo Batson the manager at Broomfield Hospital Nursery.
I have worked in childcare for over 20 years including
five years in
I joined Seymour House in 2011 at Colchester, bringing with me over 10 years of experience of working with children aged 0-5 years. After finishing my BA Hons in Early Years and gaining Early Years Professional Status I moved to Broomfield Hospital to take up the role of Head of Early Years Practice. I am passionate about providing the best possible care and education in order to help children to develop, which I think is both vital and very rewarding.
Broomfield Hospital Nursery has a
community feel, set in the grounds of the hospital. Many
of our parents work at the hospital and some of our
children even live on site! However, we also have many
children from the local community who use
Our Team of 17 practitioners are all qualified to NVQ Level 3 or above, with four team members having degree qualifications. We have successfully merged full day care with delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Each home based room is organised with appropriate facilities for stage of development it caters for. There is space for arts and crafts, messy activities and sand and water play. There is also a book and story area and the IT area which has an interactive table to allow children to develop IT skills.
As well as planned activities being provided both indoors and outdoors, children are able to play with a large range of equipment which they are encouraged to access themselves.
Our newly appointed Early Years Professional is tasked with ensuring that we offer the best start for children’s educational journeys. We believe that the EYFS is a starting block and we look to provide activities that will see our children develop beyond the EYFS and be ahead when they start school.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The period from birth to the end of the Reception Year at school is known as the Early Years Foundation Stage. Children develop more quickly at this stage than at any other time in their lives and lay the foundations for life long learning. Young children learn best through play and exploration. Our practitioners provide the children with opportunities for appropriate play and learning experiences, as well as support for their stage in development. The activities will underpin the skills children will develop when they go to school.
One specific member of the nursery team will be chosen to be your child's Key Person. There role is to provide continuity of care and to communicate with you regularly to ensure your child’s needs are met. They will also invite you to contribute to the planning process helping to ensure that all activities are appropriate for a child’s level of development.
Beyond the EYFS
Please see the ‘Prepared for School’ section of our website to see how we ensure children have the best possible head start as the go to school and begin their educational journeys.
We are very proud to know that our nursery is judged to be ‘outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted.
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