Children thoroughly enjoy their play and engage happily with their activities.
It is obvious that the staff at the nursery genuinely care for the children and this is their main priority.
My child feels very safe and secure in the nursery and this is entirely to the credit of her carers and hugely reassuring to us.
There are excellent systems in place to work in partnership with parents.
Basingstoke Hatch Warren Lane Nursery (formerly Early Years Childcare) is located on a rural site formerly known as Hatch Warren Farm next to The Portsmouth Arms Pub.
There are two buildings on the site – one for babies and children aged 0-2 years and the other for children aged 2-5 years. This building also holds a separate designated after school club for children up to the age of 12.
Both buildings are beautifully converted Grade 2 listed barns, which retain many of the original features.
The M3 Junction for London/Portsmouth is easily accessible and is approximately 1.5 miles away so it is in a great location should parents need to head off to work in either direction! There is also a bus route outside the nursery which heads into the town centre on a regular basis.
The Basingstoke Hatch Warren team are very committed to their role and have excellent relationships with all families and in particular their key carer children.
The staff provide an exciting variety of activities for the children to experience in the rooms, the sensory room, or in the 3 designated garden areas on the site which incorporates free flow play. Children are also able to go for local walks within the neighbourhood in small groups with their key carers, and this includes babies. Daily fresh air is an essential part of a child’s day whatever the weather.
Exercise is also a daily part of the child’s routine with Wake and Shake initiative for 2-5’s – a programme which includes music and dance and exercise to stimulate the child’s mind and body, and enable them to focus on their learning and concentration after a little workout whatever the time of the day!
There is a designated staff team in the after school club for children aged 4-12, and we provide a pick-up service from several designated schools in our own minibuses. These children also have the opportunity to chill, play in the garden, complete their homework, creative activities....whatever they choose to do after a hard day at school!
A parent partnership group is now evolving in order that parents can have a greater input into the nursery, support new parents, listen to parents thoughts and help us to develop the nursery and with social events.
The emphasis on home/nursery partnerships is paramount to enable the children and families to thrive.
Julie Weedon has over twenty years of childcare experience and her expertise is with working with children with additional needs. Julies experience ranges from working in settings within the Armed Forces, working as a Special Support Assistant for children with special needs with the Local Authority, managing a variety of small family owned nurseries, large corporate nurseries, after school clubs and holiday play schemes, and she has also co-ordinated the set up of a new corporate nursery from its foundation to recruitment, marketing, and seeing it through its first successful OFSTED inspection.
Julie loves managing the nursery, and she feels that some of the best aspects of the role is having the autonomy to run her part of the Busy Bees business, and knowing that both she and her team have such an important input into the individual children’s development and their families as a whole.
Julie holds a NVQ 4 in Leadership and Management, NNEB, and is also an A1 NVQ Assessor in addition to being the Special Educational Needs
Co ordinator, Behaviour Co-ordinator and Lead Child Protection Officer within the nursery.
Julie, like most of the staff at nursery also holds qualifications in Paediatric First Aid, Health and Safety, Level 4 Safeguarding certificate and Food Hygiene as mandatory training.