Pumpkin Patch aims be the leading provider of quality childcare in the local area. Through the use of resources of a high standard and with highly qualified and motivated staff we strive to achieve our aims. Children are valued as individuals and are encouraged to learn through play and exploration in a stimulating environment ably supported by their adults.
Pumpkin Patch Day Nurseries first opened its doors in 2001 and since then have opened two further settings each providing an environment where each child is valued and is able to thrive in a nurturing and small environment. Pumpkin Patch was established by Gill Church who worked as an infant school teacher for 10 years and wanted to use her qualifications and experience to set up a nursery in the local area. Gill holds a BSC and PGCE in Early Years Education as well as becoming an Early Years Professional in 2008.
We offer full day care or part-day sessions, and are registered to receive Nursery Education Grant which allows for up to 15 hours of free funding per week for children over 3 years old.
All of our settings are registered with OFSTED, who carry out regular unannounced inspections. For our most recent inspection report for each setting please visit www.Ofsted.gov.uk. The inspections ensure that we meet the standards required by OFSTED, including those specified by Environmental Health, the Fire Department and the Health and Safety Executive.
All managers, deputy managers and all room leaders are qualified to NVQ Level 3 or equivalent or above and all other practitioners are either qualified or working towards their qualification. Staff are chosen not only for their qualifications but for their understanding of how children learn and their genuine love of caring for young children.
Pumpkin Patch operates a key carer system which enables parents to develop strong relationships with a specific carer for their child. Their key carer is responsible for any nappy changes, daily observations and completion of day sheets and regular feedback in the form of development records and at our regular parent evenings.
At our nurseries our cooks offer home-cooked meals to provide a balanced and nutritious diet. At pre school drinks and snacks are available with meal times an important part of the children's day. Children are encouraged to self serve with child sized utensils and dishes and staff sit and chat about the food they are eating or about their day