Our Story

Day Care at Saint Martin’s was sown 15 years ago when our founder, Sarah Beattie, was researching childcare for her own three children and decided to create the nursery that she dreamed of. 

Our aim is to provide a caring and nurturing environment where children have the power to play and follow their interests with the love, care and support of our dedicated team.  

We are committed to a culture of excellence and a celebration of the magic moments in childhood.

Our Mission is to celebrate the joy of children; nurturing their confidence and developing their independence so they can thrive. 

Our Approach

We’re friendly and approachable! We like to be on first name terms with parents and carers and have a partnership approach to the care and development of your child.

We nurture each child as an individual, encouraging them to explore the curiosities that their world presents them with, whilst facilitating new learning experiences from all that surrounds them in our rich environments.

Our skilled practitioners build trusted relationships with the children and follow their interests to cultivate their skills;

Babies and young children must start strong roots in their personal, social and emotional development. Only when they feel settled, secure and bonded with their KEY WORKER will they be ready to learn.

The trunk or stem of learning is provided by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is followed by all nurseries and preschools in England. This is a strong, mutually supportive combination of seven key areas of learning; Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

The branches of a tree mirrors how we take these seven areas and build on them to follow a rich and ever-changing curriculum which stretches in different directions depending upon the influences of individual children and families. We are not rigid in our approach but enable children to follow their own interests, branching in their own direction, supported by our skilful team of practitioners.

On these branches, buds unfurl and burst into leaf to form the overarching, verdant Canopy layer. The unfurling symbolises the learning and each leaf symbolises knowledge or skill that has been achieved. This is where the magic really happens as children grow, develop and thrive.

Inclusivity

At Day Care at Saint Martin’s we pride ourselves on being fully inclusive and actively celebrate diversity. We are experienced at providing personalised routines for children with specialist needs. We have a specialist team of three practitioners led by Sophie, who are trained to work with children with SEN.

We always start with the child, get to know them and help them feel settled and comfortable and we work closely with parents/carers and external advisors to create an individual plan to help your child thrive.

Check out this edit in Nursery World where we were featured for our work with two beautiful little girls:

Nursery World Feature

Never Be Average

If you’re content with an average nursery then Day Care at Saint Martin’s is not for you. Nothing about your child is average, they are unique, special and individual and we support and encourage each child to be the best version of themselves.

Day Care at Saint Martin’s Magic

Every moment is an opportunity for a child to experience or encounter something magical.

At Day Care at Saint Martin’s we harness this magic by:

  • Understanding each child and encouraging them to follow their own interests
  • Creating environments & opportunities that inspire awe and wonder
  • Seeking and highlighting the fun and delight in everything we do

Our role is to enable, capture & celebrate these magic moments in a child’s early years

A Partnership

We understand the many challenges facing parents as they juggle workloads and family life. Whether you wish to establish successful routines, learn about healthy nutrition, manage challenging behaviours or start potty training, our staff are there to help and support you.

We work to build strong relationships with parents, where they feel involved and listened to, because this is fundamental to understanding each child and helping them reach their full potential.

‘Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul’

 

Friedrich Froebel

‘The quality of teaching is inspirational and highly responsive to all children’s needs. Staff plan meticulously using what they know about the children. They expertly adapt activities to ensure that all children remain highly absorbed in their learning’

 

Ofsted 2019

 

Let’s Get Started

Get in touch if you have any questions, we’d love to hear from you

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