Choosing a nursery for your child is a hard decision and not one to be taken lightly. It is also very true that as a parent you get a feel for whether a nursery is right for your child.

 

Glebe farm is set in 2 acres of land (meadow and woodland) and the building is a converted barn, designed with children in mind. The setting is warm and nurturing; a must see for any parent looking for a nursery for children aged 6 months to 4 years.

 

The staff here are friendly and approachable. Each child is assigned a key worker, who is there to welcome your child in the morning and is then available to talk through what your child has been doing that day, when you collect them.

 

On entering the nursery, you’ll find the cloakroom on the left, where you leave your children’s possessions (spare clothes, nappies, sun cream, wellies, hats etc). It’s here that you’ll find notice boards for your child’s group with photos and descriptions of the activities they have been involved in and any observations made by your child’s key worker.

 

There are separate areas for each stage of your child’s development, including a newly converted extension for babies from 6 months, Glebes ‘Baby barn’. An under two’s room where the children are from 18months old enough to not be in the baby barn and are a bit more independent. The ratio is 1 member of staff to 3 children, Glebe see their ratios as a maximum and more often than not are below the ratio max through choice. There is an adjoining class rooms, for the rising 3’s and 3’s, these ratios are 1 member of staff to 6 children. There is a separate classroom upstairs for the 4’s group, where the ratio is higher 1 member of staff to 8 children.

 

Each child has a learning journal – a card bound book – which staff complete on an ongoing basis. This covers what your child has achieved and includes pictures and key worker observations. Glebe also ask parents to take an active roll and fill in forms with anything noticeable that the children do at home, so these can then be incorporated into the journal. There is a seating area in the kitchen where parents can sit down and read the journals, there is a sign out system so that parents can take them home to read.

 

In terms of facilities, there are low children’s toilets (for ease of use when potty training) and baby changing rooms. Children who are at the nursery full time have baskets where you can store their wipes and nappies, so you won’t have to bring them in daily.

 

There is a homely kitchen area, which over looks the messy play area, and this is where fresh meals are prepared daily. Snacks, lunch and tea are provided as well as drinks throughout the day. Off the kitchen there is the hall stacked with toys, which is where all the children meet in the morning to play together before they separate off into their age groups.

 

There’s an extensive outside area, a vegetable patch, a woodland area and even a fort on a hill that the children adore.

 

With a recent ofsted report of ‘Outstanding’ across all sectors, Glebe Farm is a must see nursery, but be warned there is a waiting list as places are in strong demand, so best to have a look round as soon as you know when your child needs to start.

 

Glebe farm is open 49 weeks of the year, it closes for a week at Christmas and two weeks during August, Monday to Friday 08:00 to 17:30.

 

Glebe Farm Nursery School, Canwick Road, Heighington, Lincoln, LN4 2 RJ

T: 01522 575055

E: enquiries@glebefarm.com

W: http://www.glebefarmnursery.com/