Carbon Footprints Nursery opened during November 2012 and is operating under the ethos of caring for the planet and the next generation. This custom built green nursery in Duke Wynd is a Milnbank Housing Association enterprise which is committed to providing excellent quality childcare in an environmentally sustainable way.
As a Not-for-Profit service we can offer excellent value for money. Not only are our fees highly competitive , we also offer all meals, formula and nappies at no extra charge. Not only does this mean great value but also ensures busy parents don’t need to create pack lunches and pack bags every morning before dropping their child off. Extra activities such as our language and dance classes are also offered free of charge.
The nursery currently has some places available and offers a very family orientated service, to the extent that staff training always takes place on a Saturday to avoid disrupting nursery provision. We have a parent forum which allows families the opportunity to participate in the development of the centre and the services we offer and we endeavour to become an integral part of our community.
Carbon Footprints believes that giving children opportunity for self-determined play through the freedom to move within the facility and to choose to go outside whenever they want is key to the delivery of a meaningful, child-centred, provision. The quality of learning experiences is enhanced by regular input from a qualified teacher who supports the team when delivering the curriculum. The team record learning and create a learning journal for each child which we actively encourage families to participate in.
The childcare provision reflects current early years practice The playroom is a large, well-lit open space carefully and the custom furniture has been scaled down to reflect the needs of the little ones. The open plan layout and direct access to the secure garden area encourage the children to move freely through the playroom at will, joining older and younger children if they choose. The garden has two “rain chains” to harness the rain and the children use this for watering the planters and for general water play.
Other design features that are unique to Carbon Footprints include the child height hatch which connects the playroom to a fully equipped kitchen so that the children can be actively involved in the serving and clearing up of mealtimes. The children can then prepare the fresh fruit and vegetables that they will grow in their allotment and community garden, observe the process of cooking and enjoy the smells even though they never enter the kitchen. Our cook has a degree in food health and nutrition and ensures that every meal and snack offers the correct nutritional value for our young learners.