Honey Pot Childwall is a large detached house situated on Childwall Valley Road within the residential area of Childwall in South Liverpool. Formally a doctor’s surgery, the building underwent a huge renovation in early 2012 to make it purposely designed for the sole use of a day nursery. Our doors then opened in April 2012. The setting is registered for 44 children aged between 0 – 5 years of age.
The nursery is situated within close proximity to a range of bus routes and we have access to many local amenities such as the local library and shops. To the front of the nursery, there is a fully enclosed garden especially designed for our youngest children and to the rear, another fully enclosed garden for the children to access on a free flow basis. The setting has two large play rooms on the bottom floor which cater for our babies and toddlers and has one large play room on this first floor which is specifically for our pre-school children.
The nursery is open Monday to Friday from 8am until 6pm. Morning sessions run from 8am until 1pm and afternoon sessions run from 1pm until 6pm. The nursery is closed on weekends and bank holidays. The nursery also closes at 1pm on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve where they fall on a week day.
The nursery is run by a full-time, supernumerary nursery manager named Carla. Carla has worked in early years for over 8 years & has worked for Honeypot Nursery group since 2012. She has an NVQ level 3 childcare qualification & also a degree in working with children.
The nursery manager is also supported by the deputy manager. Each room has an experienced room leader whose responsibility it is to ensure the smooth running of the room and ensure high standards. The rest of the staff team are mostly fully qualified staff who have completed NVQ level three qualifications in childcare and development. We do also have a couple of nursery apprentices who are working full time whilst undertaking study. All staff have received accredited training in paediatric first aid. We have a nursery chef who works every day preparing highly nutritious and tasty meals for the children. The staff team is supported by the core management team comprising of company directors, a finance department, an accounts/HR manager, a food and nutrition manager, two area managers and a quality and training manager.
The self-sufficient baby unit which caters for children 0 – 2 years. The room has access to a separate milk kitchen and nappy changing area. Bumble Bees also have free flow access to their own garden, which is sheltered.
We have regular visits from Caterpillar music, a music teacher who will come into nursery and performs an interactive music and movement session with our youngest children.
This room is the toddler room and caters for children 2 – 3years. This room has its own nappy changing facilities and double doors that leads out into the back garden enabling children in this room to have free flow access into the garden throughout the day.
This room is the pre–school room catering for children aged 3 –5 years. This room also has its own bathroom where there are nappy changing facilities and child-sized toilets which children are encouraged to use independently.
We offer a range of different activities for the pre-school children including ‘Diddi kicks’ (a football session), Yoga bears, Fun French (French teacher) and gymnastics. The preschool children also take part in forest school sessions.
The nursery has a sensory room which is located on the first floor in which the children are able to spend time with their key group to explore all of their senses. There are a wide variety of resources such as a bubble machine, light tables, interactive drawing tables and lots of treasure baskets. We also have a large illuminated fish tank which the children love.
We have a block play room which is located in our out house building in the back garden. The block play room is another area for the children to spend time in their key group. There are many different resources such as large and small building blocks, shape puzzles, loose parts table and lots of different fabrics and materials.
We have a small library area which is located outside of the busy bee’s room. The library is an area for children to sit in small groups and read a story. We also have story sacks and story spoons for the children to access. We have recently embarked onto the NDNA Literacy champion project. As part of the project we have created a ‘Lending Library’, encouraging children to borrow a book for the weekend.
On the side of the building we a have a pram storage area, where parents are able to leave any prams, car seats, trikes etc.
We use an online learning journey software called ‘Eylog’, where staff will send daily observations, pictures, and updates which come through to parents phones.
Between the months of March and October, we have a gardening teacher who comes in weekly to plant and grow different plants and vegetables with the children. We also regularly visit her allotment to see what vegetables she has been growing and use these for cooking!
We have our own minibus that allows us to take children on outings. The nursery also has a 6 seater pram which enables staff to regularly take the children on local walks.