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About our Day Nurseries
Welcome to Little Green Rascals Children’s Organic Day Nurseries. York’s first organic and eco conscious children’s day nursery.
We have been open and caring for children since 2009 and cater for over 600 families in and around York. We have six Nurseries across York at Tadcaster Road, Elvington Lane, Bishopthorpe, Flaxton and have recently opened new settings in Haxby and 7 Minster Yard (City Centre).
Owned by mother of 3 and entrepreneur Vanessa Warn, the idea was born from Vanessa’s need to want to create childcare which not only had a home from home feel but was also able to provide all things natural and organic – no added nasties in food or skincare. Not only this but the business ethos is such that anything bought into the nursery has to be eco-friendly, sustainable and have as little impact on the environment as possible. Toys are made from natural and sustainable materials and even the electricity is sourced from an ethical supplier.
The Little Green Rascals ethos towards food is such that our organic menus are prepared in-house daily by trained chefs, featuring herbs and vegetables from our kitchen gardens. We have one meat-free day per week and encourage our children to regularly try new ingredients and flavours. Our menus are rotated every 16 days and are seasonal to ensure that we are always using the best possible produce.
The Forest School Approach is followed at all sites throughout the Little Green Rascals family and we are very fortunate to have several private sites in which we can allow the children to thrive. The children are encouraged to take calculated risks, use tools with guidance, and explore the outdoor environment whilst under supervision. From previous experience, it is here where the children really grow, their confidence rockets and their ability to learn as well as their personality’s blossom. The sessions are planned and may include a hunt for fairies, a bug safari or even building a den and a campfire lunch – whatever the activity, you can be assured that your rascal will have a wonderful time.
As well as Forest school we also offer a range of optional extra-curricular activities such as Science classes, Yoga, Drama, French and Spanish lessons, ballet and lots of other sporty classes which are great fun for our little rascals.
Parent Partnerships are hugely important to us at Little Green Rascals and having an open-door policy is key. We also ensure that we have strong communication links by email and newsletter as well as using a nursery software package that enables daily updates, instant messaging and automatic reminders – this can be accessed using an app on your smart phone.
We could shout from the rooftops how truly great we believe our nurseries to be, but without the staff and people involved behind the scenes – we would not be able to deliver such exceptional childcare. Therefore, we regularly invest in training and development opportunities to contribute to a skilled team, which consists of Early Years teachers, Early Years Professionals, numerous graduates and qualified staff. We are very fortunate to have such passionate and professional people as part of our Little Green Rascals family.
Please enjoy having a good look around our website and if you would like to know more about Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nurseries, our settings and our service – then please do not hesitate to contact us or book a visit – your adventure awaits!