Life at SilverBirch

Menu

SilverBirch has their own in-house cook who is responsible for designing a healthy and nutritious menu that will meet the needs of all of our children. We will ensure that all of our ingredients are locally sourced and of the highest quality. Our cook will design a 4 weekly menu that will be posted on the notice board of each room. This menu will be rotated and updated regularly to ensure your child is getting a healthy and varied balanced diet.

Healthy snack will also be provided which the children will be involved in making where possible to promote independence and encourage the children to try new foods.

As part of the registration process parents are asked to highlight any allergies or preferences as it is important these are immediately highlighted to all staff.

Settling In

Before your child starts with us for full sessions, we recommend that you bring your child to the nursery for an hour or so, for a few days. These periods will not only help your child to acclimatise themselves to the nursery, they will also allow you to see if our nursery is appropriate to your child. Each child and family is different we respect each person’s views on settling in if you wish to do it a different way please speak with a member of management and they will be happy to assist you decision

 

Key Person System

During admission every child is allocated a key person (a member of staff). The key person role is to make the child feel cherished and thought about by someone in particular while they are away from home. The key person must ensure that parents know all about their child’s day. Key person responsibilities include:

  • Settling the child into the setting
  • Liaising with relevant staff and other agencies to discuss any concerns
  • Communicating and liaising with parents/ carers
  • Making observations on the child
  • Updating your child’s learning journey (see below)
  • General care of your child
  • Planning activities for your child.

 

The key person has a powerful impact on the child’s well-being, their mental health, and their opportunities to think and learn. Through a strong key person relationships and daily observations of the children we are able to plan appropriate activities which meet the children's interests