Abbey Wood Grange Nursery
South Croydon’s Premier Nursery School

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Preschool Private Day Nursery South Croydon

Located in South Croydon, Abbey Wood Grange is a private Day Nursery offering superior quality care for babies and children aged between 3 months and 5 years. Check out our brief 40 second YouTube video showcasing our outstanding facilities and personalised playrooms and facilites on You Tube.

Abbey Wood Grange Day Nursery operates from a largely extended 3 storey house situated on a private road within tree lined grounds. The local area is well served by public transport,with Kenley train station just a few minutes walk away.

Abbey Wood Grange benefits from large light rooms, substantial well resourced gardens, indoor soft play and a long serving highly motivated staff team who work closley with children and parents to ensure every individual thrives and develops within a safe and enjoyable learning environment.

Abbey Wood Grange is a unique nursery, established in 1990 we have a reputation built on trust, care, professionalism and mutual respect.

The Management Team have a combined service of over 65 years, their decades of experience and passion along with the entire staff team are committed to nurturing young minds.

Our friendly team and homely environment means Abbey Wood Grange really can be an extension of the family home.

The Best Nursery covering South Croydon, Purley and surrounding areas – Abbey Wood Grange

Ensuring the best environment for your child…

  • Family friendly atmosphere
  • Quiet residential surroundings
  • Large indoor Soft Play area
  • Large enclosed fully equipped outdoor play areas
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • All staff Paediatric First Aid Trained
  • Fully inclusive
  • Nutritious snacks/menus provided by our in house chef
  • Early Years Government funded spaces available

 



Early Years Funding Childcare Support from the UK Government

Apply for 30 hours free childcare all you’ll need your details (and your partner’s, if you have one), including your National Insurance number and Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR), if you’re self-employed.

You’ll get a childcare account if your application is successful. You can use it to get your code for 30 hours free childcare. If you pay for childcare and want to use Tax-Free Childcare to get help with costs, you can also
apply using this service. It usually takes 20 minutes to apply. You may find out if you’re eligible straight away, but it can take up to 7 days. Apply now.

15 and 30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get free early education or childcare. Some 2-year-olds are also eligible for 15 hours free childcare, for example if you get certain benefits.

The free early education and childcare: Must be with an approved childcare provider (Abbeywood Grange have been approved since 2005). 
When your child starts in reception class (or reaches compulsory school age, if
later), this is when the childcare support stops.

15 Hours Free Childcare Per Week

All children in England get 570 free hours per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year, but you can choose to take fewer hours over more weeks, for example. 

You can get it from the term after
your child’s 3rd birthday. Contact us find out more.

30 Hours Free Childcare Per Week

You may be able to get up to 30 hours free childcare (1,140 hours per year, which you can choose how you take). If you’re eligible for the extra hours, you sign up online to get a code to give to your childcare provider to
reserve your place. You’ll get the extra hours once the next term starts. If you’ve already registered, you can sign in to your childcare account.

Check Your Early Years Funding Childcare Eligibility

You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are in work – or getting parental leave, sick leave or annual leave, or each earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage
for 16 hours a week (this is £120 if you’re over 25).

Please note: This earnings limit doesn’t apply if you’re self-employed and started your business less than 12 months ago. You’re not eligible if  your child doesn’t usually live with you, the child is your foster child,
or either you / your partner has a taxable income over £100,000 per annum.

You can get 30 hours free childcare at the same time as claiming Universal Credit, tax credits or childcare vouchers.

If you can’t work you may still be eligible if your partner is working, and you get Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance, Carer’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance.
Read the original source article here.

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Feb 24 2021

Preschool Nursery At-Home Activities During Lockdown

Keep your Preschool Nursery children entertained using everyday items

The warmer weather brings hopes of freedom and fun. But with lockdown still upon us for the next few months, it can make freedom seem a long way off and life with a little one very challenging!

Thinking of continual ways to entertain our pre-school children without breaking the bank means we all need to get creative and make use of what we have indoors.

We all know that preschool nursery children are often far more entertained by the packaging than the content, so with everyday resources and a little imagination you can have hours of fun!

Top tips when planning for pre-school nursery activities:

  • The age and developmental stage of the child to ensure the activity is suitable
  • The child’s mood, a well fed and rested child will be more receptive to activities
  • Be mindful of how long you expect an activity to last, a child’s level of concentration is 1 minute per year of life

Activities are a chance to develop language and inspire imagination. By using descriptive age appropriate language we can introduce new words and excite young minds. Here are some great activities & games designed to do just that (as well as keeping your pre-school nursery children entertained whilst cooped up at home):

The Imagination Tree

Preschool nursery imagination tree
Resources needed:
Toilet/kitchen roll tubes
String
Benefits:
Colour recognition, hand and eye co-ordination

Shape Sorting

Preschool nursery shapes and colours
Resources needed:
Coloured card, sharpie, coloured shapes
Benefits: shape and colour recognition. Vocabulary development

Rainbow Rice

Preschool nursery rainbow rice
Resources needed:
Large container, rice, food colouring, scoops and funnels (sand toys)
Benefits: tactile development and fine manipulative skills

Serving Letter Cookies

Preschool nursery serving letters
Resources needed:
Plates, foam letters, baking tray and spoon
Benefits: letter recognition and fine manipulative skills

Arts & Crafts Busy Box

Preschool nursery busy box
Resources needed: paper, pens, and scissors
Benefits: mark making, fine manipulative skills and hand and eye co ordination

Balls in a Box/ Colour sorting

Preschool nursery balls box
Resources needed: box and coloured balls
Benefits: gross motor skills, colour recognition and hand and eye co ordination

Rainbow sticks/ Colour sorting

Preschool nursery rainbow sticks
Resources needed: coloured lolly sticks, box and coloured card
Benefits: colour recognition, fine manipulative skills and hand and eye co ordination

Shaving Cream Painting

Preschool nursery shaving cream
Resources needed: shaving foam and paint
Benefits: tactile development

Sensory Box Guessing Game

Preschool nursery sensory box guessing game
Resources needed: box, variety of toys/objects
Benefits: descriptive language, imagination and tactile development, memory recall

Animal Mix-up

Preschool nursery animal mixup
Resources needed: duplo, animal pictures
Benefits: hand and eye co ordination, language development, memory skills

Spider’s Web Discovery

Preschool nursery spiders wed
Resources needed: basket, string and toys
Benefits : problem solving

Cereal Stacking

Preschool nursery cheerios stacking
Resources needed: playdough, cheerios and  spaghetti
Benefits: hand and eye co ordination

Crunchy Box

Preschool nursery crunchy box
Resources needed: box, tools, cereal
Benefits: language development and gross motor skills.

Jelly Fishing

Preschool nursery jelly fishing
Resources needed: jelly, numbers, letters tweezers, bowls
Benefits: hand and eye co-ordination, letter and number recognition, fine manipulative skills

Animal Bath

Preschool nursery animal washing
Resources needed: bowls, water, brown paint, scrubbing brushes, animals, soapy water
Benefits: sensory development, self care, language development

 

The following websites offer a variety of inspirational activity ideas, designed to excite and engage preschool nursery children whatever your budget or time constraints:

www.pinterest.co.uk – search for activities for early years

www.theimaginationtree.com

www.twinkl.co.uk

www.busytoddler.com

 

 

Feb 12 2021

Preschool Nursery Children and the effects of COVID19

Preschool Nursery Children and the effects of COVID19

Pre-school Nursery Children and Babies are unlikely to be seriously ill with Coronavirus, studies say. However it would appear that the pandemic is taking a toll on our children in other ways.

The closure of Schools

Preschool Nurseries and Schools are places where children develop. They thrive within a structured learning environment. Not only are pre-school nurseries and schools a vital part of a child’s education, it’s where they socialize, learn key life skills and for some, it can be a safe haven from a troubled family life.

It is also said that the closure of schools and pre-schools (or Private Day Nurseries like Abbey Wood Grange) has played a huge part in children being isolated, feeling lonely and some even suffering from sleep problems due to reduced activity. Is it any wonder when everyone is trying to stay home and stay safe?

The Covid 19 pandemic has already put an enormous pressure on parents to try and replicate school life due to home schooling. None of us want our children to suffer. Sadly, with rising levels of unemployment and financial insecurity though there is a strain on home life across the country, leaving a lot of parents blaming themselves.

It’s important to remember that these are very strange times. Times that none of us could possibly have planned for and that we are all doing the best we can regardless of the unforeseen circumstances we find ourselves in.

Pre-school baby development

Research shows that the first 2-3 years of a baby’s life are the most crucial for their development. But the global pandemic has meant that babies aren’t getting the stimulation that pre-school nurseries and private day care nurseries can provide.

Parents and their babies have been robbed of the ability to meet other parents and babies at social groups. Baby classes have been cancelled and whilst some can still go ahead thanks to the incredible technology we have at our fingertips; it isn’t surprising to hear how many babies perhaps aren’t reaching those all-important milestones that they usually would when mixing with other children, in real life!

Children’s development, education and routines have changed in so many ways. None of us are experts, but you know your child like no one else. They look up to you, love to please and more importantly love to be praised. The most important thing is that you and your child are safe and well. We can only cherish these moments and make the most of the time we have been given.

Mental Health

Unsurprisingly, there are clear signs that the upheaval of our pre-school and school children’s lives is having an impact on their mental health.

With increasing rates of mental health issues and concerns about the rising levels of abuse and neglect, along with potential harm being done to the development of younger babies, the pandemic threatens to have devastating effects in the long term for the nation’s children.

Preschool Nursery childcare covid effects
Source: BBC Article – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55863841

 

The governments across the UK, of course, maintain they have prioritised children. Investment has been made in mental health services and schools and pre-school nurseries are being prioritised as the first things to open once lockdown eases/ starts to lift.

Jan 20 2021

Pre-school Nursery Home Learning

Pre-school Nursery Home Learning

Pre-school Nursery Home Learning – I think the majority of parents will agree that children thrive within a structured learning environment. Whether it be a private day nursery like Abbey Wood Grange or a school, the Covid 19 pandemic has put an enormous pressure on parents to try and replicate this, due to home schooling, closures or self-isolating.

One of the most important things to realise when home-schooling is that it is not the same as mainstream and shouldn’t try to be. Both have things the other can’t offer and children will learn and embrace different positives from both situations.

Never underestimate the power of you.

You know your child like no one else. They look up to you, love to please and more importantly love to be praised. You may not have a qualification but have confidence in your ability. You are your child’s first and most important teacher. You already know what motivates and excites them so tailor your approach accordingly.

Not all learning has to take place indoors and home-schooling means we can be flexible on how we deliver activities. Embrace the fresh air with lots of outdoor play and experiences just like we have here at Abbey Wood Grange pre-school Nursery. Fresh air and exercise is vital in maintaining health and positive wellbeing for both children and parents.

The increased amount of one to one time can be a great advantage and allow you to concentrate on an area of development, such as potty training, shapes numbers or letters.

Establish a timetable that suits you and not someone else. Similar to your child’s pre-school Nursery or School, routines will help children to feel secure. They can help to maintain good eating, sleeping and behavioural habits. Set the ground rules early on. Whilst it may be tempting to have a somewhat free spirited approach with lapse rules around screen time, bedtime, structure etc, it is important to understand the long term effects of this and the impact it may have when trying to re – establish a routine further down the line.

It is important that you work within your resources and abilities, there are many websites available that offer creative ways to stimulate young minds.

Home learning resources available:

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies

www.twinkle.co.uk

www.pinterets.couk

These are very strange times indeed and children’s education and routines have changed in many ways. None of us are experts and some days if it all gets too much, curl up on the settee and read a book together, tomorrow is another day. The most important thing is that you and your child are safe and well.

There is no such thing as a perfect parent so just be a real one.