Strawberry How Nursery School

Strawberry How Road, Cockermouth, CA13 9XR  Tel: 01900 823322   Emailshnschool@outlook.com

A warm welcome to Strawberry How Nursery School

An Ofsted Outstanding Private Day Nursery since 2013 (Last inspected 14th August 2019 ) 

 

          Strawberry How Nursery School in Cockermouth is a private Day Nursery. We are the only modern, purpose-built, Day Nursery in West Cumbria.  Within the Cockermouth Area we are the only setting with specialist facilities and trained staff that cares for babies. Furthermore, we are the only recently inspected Ofsted Outstanding nursery/school in the Cockermouth Area. Needless to say we are all proud of our Nursery.  Within our setting we seek to offer professional, high-quality childcare and early years education within a friendly and caring atmosphere for children aged 3 months to 5 years old.    FIND US ON THE MAP  

  

  • We are open daily between 7.30am - 6.00pm Monday to Friday for 51 weeks of the year.
  • We have a separate facility for babies (with under floor heating and air conditioning) staffed at 1:3 (minimum) by specialists in this area. 
  • We have free taster sessions.  Babies can have the first one-hour session accompanied and two further two-hour sessions closer to the start date. 
  • All our staff are DBS checked, have a paediatric first aid certificate, a safeguarding awareness certificate, a food hygiene certificate and a manual handling certificate. We have had a 5-star food hygiene rating since 2009. 
  • We do not charge by a Day Rate rather our fees are charged by the hour. Our rates are competitive and good value - our hourly rate is at least 50p/hr less than most of the Workington Nurseries. We progressively discount fees dependent of the number of hours attending (sibling's hours are combined) and we offer the Government's Extended funding over 51 weeks/year.
  • We continuously invest in our equipment, materials and staff.
  • Our Nursery facilities are second to none. We have recently benefited from a generous extension that increased the footprint by 40%.  This means we now offer spacious accommodation within three dedicated (0-21mths) (22mth-33mths) and (34-60mths) rooms together with a separate dining room and separate and three secure free flow ground floor play areas from all rooms.  All the entrances are secured by either coded or magnetic locks operated by fobs and monitored by CCTV.
  • We have the highest accreditation from Cumbria Childrens' Services and we were not only recognised by Ofsted to be "Outstanding" within the new EYFS but rather Ofsted classed us as "exceptional". Please read our Inspection Report. 
  • Many nurseries and child-minders are only qualified to Level 2.  All our staff are fully qualified at least to NVQ3 although four are qualified teachers with teaching degrees.  Eight of our staff are mothers themselves. Most importantly our staff are all full-time. This means our children have the security of seeing the same adults each day. 
  • Our nursery is managed by Mrs Julie Richardson an experienced Early Years Headteacher. She also continuously manages the professional training of our staff. Our staff engage in continuous training often at weekends. Ofsted commended our nursery on its dedicated approach to offering extensive educational experiences that went beyond the requirements of the EYFS.
  • We use Tapestry the online reporting journal - that links to your phone.  The records are transferred eventually to school.
  • We publish our thematic planning for our 3 areas (within this website after log in and on Tapestry) for parental access.
  • Our staffing ratios are always higher than that recommended by Ofsted who, it should be said, specifically commented on the happiness of our children. 

We do not have open days - rather you need to arrange an appointment to view and to discuss your requirements. Please use the contact form on the last page of the website.

 

 

 

    
         

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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