North Northumberland
Children’s Centres

North Northumberland
Children's Centres

Cubs & Kits Day Care Nursery & Pre-School

 

Berwick Children’s Centre is purpose built and has been open since July 2004.  We are registered with Ofsted as Full Day Care providers from 6 months up to 5 years, 8am – 5.15pm Monday – Thursday & 8am – 4.15pm Friday with all year provision (only closed for Bank Holidays and Christmas).

Our Full Day Care aims are:

  • To provide a high standard of quality care and quality first teaching with caring, dedicated and responsive adults; a sense of importance and significance; a way to relate to the world around them; opportunities to move and play; and staff to help structure, scaffold and support your child’s learning. Whilst also providing a warm, secure and stimulating environment for your child to learn and develop through play.
  • To work in partnership with parents/carers to help children to learn and develop
  • Add to the life and well-being of the local community; and we also aim to work closely with other professionals and agencies. For example other settings such as pre-schools, nurseries, health visitors, childminders, Early Family Help Workers, speech and language services, children’s services, midwives and G.P.’s.
  • To offer children and their parents/carers a service that promotes equality and values diversity.

Working together for your children

In our setting we stress the importance of play, hands-on-learning, and whole child development. We offer a good, rich, supportive and nurturing early childhood environment that supports these activities.

  • Rich in experience: Children need to explore, experiment, and learn basic knowledge through direct experience.
  • Rich in play: Play provides a way for children to integrate all their new experiences into their rapidly developing minds, bodies, emotions, and social skills
  • Change and variety: Children seek out a constant change of stimuli – scenery, textures, colours, social groups, activities, environments, sounds, and smells
  • Flexible materials and equipment: Children can use sand, water, play dough etc. in a variety of ways, depending on their maturity, ability, past experience with the materials, interest, and involvement.
  • Places for developmentally appropriate physical activities: Our indoor and outdoor environments provide children with opportunities for a high level of developmentally appropriate physical activities using both gross motor and fine motor skills.

We maintain the ratio of adults to children in the setting that is set in the Ofsted Statutory Welfare Requirements.

Age of child Staff Ratio
6 months – 2 years 1 adult to 3 children
2 – 3 years 1 adult to 4 children
3 – 5 years 1 adult to 8 children

 

Funding

We offer a variety of funding opportunities for 2, 3,& 4 year olds also 30 hours (stretched over school holidays and term time),voucher schemes, Tax benefits as well as wrap around care.

Please speak to a member of staff for more advice and details.

Key Person and your child’s development

Our setting uses a key person approach to ensure that every child’s learning and care is tailored to meet his/her individual needs.

When your child first starts at the setting, their Key Person will help your child to transition into Nursery. Children develop quickly in the Early Years, and our Nursery Practitioners aim to do all they can to help children have the best possible start in life. We refer to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to support your child’s development as we recognise each individual child develops at their own rate, and in their own way.

Allocation of Places

We aim to offer parents and carers as much care as they require but at times places may be limited and subject to availability in appropriate age ranges.

 

Day Care Managers

Jacqui Gibb

Integrated Children’s Centre Co-ordinator

Michelle Fish

Deputy Day Care Manager

Jacqui and Michelle are responsible for:

  • Developing and maintaining a high quality of Daycare provision within Berwick Children's Centre.
  • Ensuring safe, high quality education and care for children.
  • Meeting legal and statutory requirements.
  • Working in partnership with parents and carers to meet the needs of their children.

For further information please contact Jacqui or Michelle on 01670 620461.

Nursery Officers

Nici Lowson

Nursery Officer

Carina Thompson

Nursery Officer

Tamara Gillie

Nursery Officer

Sam Renton-Neill

Nursery Officer

Caz Gibbons

Nursery Officer

Zoe Farish

Nursery Officer

Sue Fairley

Nursery Officer

Sheila Eskdale

Nursery Officer

Lauren Weatherburn

Nursery Officer

Laura Purves

Nursery Officer

April Johnson

Nursery Officer

All Nursery Officers have a minimum Level 3 Childcare qualification, whilst, several are Graduate level.

Our Nursery Officers are responsible for providing high quality childcare and play/learning opportunities through the planning, and delivery, of a wide range of activities appropriate to the child's needs and stage of development.

They ensure consistency in facilitating children's physical, emotional, intellectual and social development whilst working in partnership with parents/carers.

Nursery Assistants

Suzanne Gebbie

Supply Nursery Assistant

Jody Williams

Nursery Assistant

Suzzanne Bryce

Nursery Assistant

Rebecca Wright

Nursery Assistant

Rachel Crawford

Nursery Assistant

Paula Jobson

Nursery Assistant

Lynn Kay

Nursery Assistant

Hannah Breed

Nursery Assistant

All Nursery Assistants have a minimum Level 2 Childcare Qualification with several at Graduate level.

Our Nursery Assistants are responsible for supporting the Officers in providing high quality childcare and play/learning opportunities through the planning, and delivery, of a wide range of activities appropriate to the child's needs and stage of development.

They also ensure consistency in facilitating children's physical, emotional, intellectual and social development whilst working in partnership with parents/carers.

Modern Apprentices

Rachael Johnston

Modern Apprentice

Rachael Rutter

Modern Apprentice

Megan Dawson

Modern Apprentice

Holly Simpson

Modern Apprentice

Our apprentices are in their first steps into Childcare and are working towards a Level 2 Childcare qualification.