Happy and healthy in body and mind. Orchard takes an holistic approach to ensuring children are safe and secure, well-nourished and adequately rested in order that they are physically and mentally prepared to engage in deep level learning.
Key Person Approach
This relationship between the Orchard and its Families is built on the trust that is earned when a Key Person takes the time and care to get to know their key children and be first point of contact for parents. Orchard staff work in family-style co-caring groups to safeguard children and facilitate their learning journey.
The Orchard’s daily routine revolves around our meeting the primary care needs of the children. Mealtimes, naps and toileting create structure while skilled practitioners find fun ways to draw out the curriculum and make opportunities for teaching and learning to take place. There is a rhythm to each day reflecting the natural energy levels that young children display and we work with this naturally and with ease.
Food and Sleep
We need food to live. We need rest in order to heal, grow and embed new learning. Integral to Orchard’s provision, mealtimes are social occasions where British Values and new sensory experiences sit alongside physical development and increased independence. Using motherese, massage and white noise and taking parents lead, Orchard adults skilfully create a soothing atmosphere in which children can safely rest for as long as they need.
Personal Care and Hygiene
Care comes first. Every child is tended to with love so they are warm, clean and cosseted during their day at Orchard. Practitioners help children to help themselves. Orchard graciously honours parental preference wherever practicable.
Physical Activity and Nutrition
Physical literacy is embedded within the Orchard Community. Children move freely, and often exceed their limits. Even the youngest child is taught to tend their bodies with exercise, food and water in order to achieve great things. Children cook, bake, grow and harvest, celebrating ingredients and the super powers they receive from food. Orchard Families adopt active and healthy lifestyles and influence us to be likeminded partners.
A good beginning is half of the whole. At Orchard we work perceptively to support the whole family when a child first starts nursery and during any potentially unsettling phase of change or disruption they may encounter.
First Aid and Medication
Orchard is committed to maintaining an environment where all children thrive. All its employees are First Aid qualified and receive regular training to remain secure in their knowledge. Orchard Families are diligent in keeping our community safe and healthy. All children are welcomed to Orchard and we devise effective individual health care plans where needed.