Welcome to the award winning Bright Beginnings Childcare Centre based on the University of Leeds campus.
Our state of the art Childcare Centre opened in April 2010. As a staff team, we regularly review our practice, policies and procedures, to ensure that they meet local and national guidelines and requirements, whilst ensuring the care we offer is of the highest quality and standard.
The Centre is registered with Ofsted and can accommodate up to 168 children aged between 3 months and 5 years. We operate a Playscheme during school holidays for 32 children aged between 3 and 11 years. The Centre opening times are Monday to Friday 8.00am-6.00pm (last collection at 5:50pm). The Centre will close on Statutory Bank Holidays and those days when the University is closed.
The child/staff ratios are set by the governing body Ofsted who are responsible for the registration and inspection of the Centre. Our Systems Manager will always work with the staff team and supply agencies to ensure these ratios are met at all times.
These ratios are one member of staff:
- For every three children under two
- For every four children aged between two and three years
- For every eight children over the age of three
Childcare and Education
At Bright Beginnings Childcare Centre, children have the opportunity to grow within a caring, secure and stimulating environment. Offering space and time for children to explore and discover the world around them, providing opportunities for children to take controlled and calculated ‘risks’. Our children come from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and beliefs and this is reflected in our respect for each individual child and the way in which the Centre is managed.
Our children are given praise and encouragement to develop their self-esteem within an atmosphere where they feel secure, valued and loved. We want our children to be confident and develop a sense of achievement through exploring and discovering, learning through experiences that are pleasurable and rewarding.
Children participate in a range of activities which take due account their developing physical intellectual, emotional and social abilities. Children are encouraged to think and talk about their learning and develop self-control and independence. There are appropriate periods of time for learning through sustained involvement in concentrated activity. Our children are encouraged to establish effective relationships with peers, adults and be sensitive to the needs and feelings of others.
We encourage an interest in learning by providing varied activities and having a range of toys and equipment available for children to choose from. Self-help and social skills are developed through adult interaction and support. Children are encouraged to discuss their experiences and activities undertaken at the centre. Practitioners will observe and assess children following the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a stage of children’s development from birth to the end of their first (Reception) year in school.
The EYFS Framework describes how early years practitioners should work with children and their families to support their development and learning it describes how your child should be kept safe and cared for and how all concerned can make sure that your child achieves the most that they can in their earliest years of life.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children.
As well as being the core document for all professionals working in the foundation years, the EYFS framework gives parents the confidence that regardless of where they choose for their child’s early education, they can be assured that the same statutory commitments and principles will underpin their child’s learning and development experience.
Bright Beginnings believe that good quality staff are the most important resource. Staff are valued and are encouraged and motivated. Individual opportunities are supported through the provision of appropriate and relevant training opportunities. The centre closes for 2.5 training days per year at Easter, June and December as it is very important to train as a whole staff team.
Members of staff hold a range of childcare qualifications including BA Hons, Early Years Professional Status Foundation Degree, EYPS, Nursery Nurse (NNEB), BTEC and Level 2/3 NVQ qualifications in Childcare. All staff are vetted to ensure they are a suitable person to be working with children following DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service).