We have completed the registration process successfully and are eagerly awaiting our first OFSTED inspection. We are very confident that we will achieve at least a ‘Good’ rating.
We always recommend that you visit the nursery before registering or joining the waiting list. Appointments must be made in advance in order to reduce disruptions to the children’s routines and to offer prospective parents the opportunity to observe children whilst they play. Appointments can be made at 10.00am or 2.00pm Monday to Friday. In special circumstances, viewings can be made out of nursery hours, however this is not recommended as you will not be able to see the children in the nursery environment.
Once you have made a visit to Mini Miracles Montessori and have decided that you would like to register, you will need to complete a Secure My Place Form, which can be emailed to you. Please return this to the nursery, together with the relevant deposit and registration fee, in order to confirm the days you require.
Security is a priority at Mini Miracles Montessori; we have spared no expense in securing our premises to the highest level. The doors remain locked at all times and our facial recognition scanners are constantly in operation. If any member of staff does not recognise the visitor they will not be allowed into the nursery. CCTV cameras are in operation inside and outside the nursery 24 hours a day and children are not released to non-regular parents or carers, unless a specific password has been organised with their Key Person.
Once you have registered with us you will be asked to provide a change of clothes (including a sunhat in the summer and a pair of wellies in the winter) and a toothbrush when your child has teeth. We will provide nappies, formula milk, wipes, creams, meals and buggies for walks. You may find it helpful to provide a favourite toy or comforter during the first few weeks of settling in.
Not at all, we take children from 6 months old, therefore potty training is not an issue. In fact, if parents have not approached us and we feel that your child is ready, the Key Person will discuss the possibility of starting to train as soon as possible.
Every child is an individual and will therefore settle into a new environment in their own time. We have found that our comprehensive settling in period at Mini Miracles Montessori works well with most children, however, if you feel that you need more or fewer sessions, this can be planned on an individual basis. We need to give children at least 3 months after their settling in period has begun, before making any judgements regarding their progress. If after this time period you feel that your child is not settling, alternative routines can be discussed with the Key Person and Manager.
Every child is assigned a Key Person within the nursery. This is a member of staff who will ultimately be responsible for settling the child in together with the parent. They will write your child’s observations and monitor their developmental progress. The key person will inform you of what has taken place during the day, keep a record of sleep, toileting and feeding patterns and be the main person with whom you will communicate regarding any developmental issues. Although all of the MMM team work very closely together, the Key Person is extremely important, especially for the babies, in order to form a close bond with their carer. Once the child is fully settled, any practitioner in the room is able to offer daily feedback, under the guidance of the Key Person.
All children are given breakfast, lunch and tea along with three snacks whilst they are at MMM. Breakfast is served between 8.00am and 9.00am and is a variety of healthy cereals with and wholemeal toast. The Morning Snack is either breadsticks or vegetable sticks with either houmous or plain yoghurt. It is offered at different times of the day depending on the demand of the children. Lunch is freshly prepared on the premises, it is served at 11.30am and consists of a main course and a dessert and is usually a culinary delight. The Afternoon Snack is a variety of fresh fruits. A lighter Tea is served at 3.30pm and this usually consists of finger foods e.g. stuffed pitas, sandwiches, soups and toast, bagels etc. Young babies will have their own menu and the Key Person will work with parents on weaning when it is time. Menus are displayed in the nursery or are available to view online here.
Fresh air and outdoor play is essential for babies and children of all ages. It gives them the opportunity to play in larger areas thus encouraging physical development. Natural daylight is also a vital source of essential vitamins needed for healthy skin and bones. Babies and children will go into the garden or for local walks every day, regardless of weather, to play with bikes, climbing apparatus, swings, build their own obstacle courses and even water, sand and messy play. This is in accordance with the Children’s Act, which ensures children go outside to enjoy learning every day. We are lucky enough to have a small group of children, which means we can take the children to explore their local environment regularly. Children visit the park, library, fire station, local shops and points of interest at least once a week.
Yes, MMM belongs to the local Early Years Development for Childcare Partnership. This means that we are inspected twice a year, in addition to any OFSTED visits, we receive support and advice from teachers in the borough and members of our team receive additional training throughout the year. For our parents, it means that once your child reaches the age of 3 years, your child’s fees will automatically be reduced to incorporate the government funding. Every child is entitled to receive this funding from the term AFTER their 3rd birthday.
MMM is open 50 weeks a year and is only closed for one week during the Summer Holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year. We are fully staffed throughout the year, as we know families go on holidays at different times. As with all day nurseries, fees are payable regardless of absence due to holidays or sickness.
There is a fee of £100.00 to join our waiting list, which is fully refundable once you join the nursery. There is, however, no guarantee as to when a place will become available. If you decide to take a place at another nursery in the meantime, you will lose your deposit.
If you have more than one child attending the nursery at the same time, each additional child is entitled to a 10% discount on all monthly fees. If you have triplets, a special fee can be negotiated.
As we expect high preschool standards and provide a varied and extensive curriculum, it is important that we develop strong relationships with local schools in the area. Over the years we have established firm ties with independent schools in the surrounding areas and it has eased the enrolment process considerably. Parents can gain an insight into the school prior to visiting and Head Teachers recognise that children from MMM are well developed, active learners with a strong sense of self and outstanding interpersonal skills.