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Set in a beautiful farmhouse, nestled in trees and open farmland, Elvington is home to the first and original Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery. Opened in July 2009 – Elvington boasts 420 sq metres in which the nursery welcomes 99 children each day.
The nursery is managed by Amanda Cordingly and our extensive team of qualified staff, who care for children aged between birth to 5 years old. The setting hosts 4 rooms (each of which runs at an Ofsted regulation ratio) where careful thought and planning is applied, to ensure that not only do we follow the areas of learning and development set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (the Government Framework) but also that we provide a secure and inspiring environment where the rooms are warm and welcoming too. We have home corners, small world areas, role play settings, malleable play and construction zones as well as comfy corners for quiet time or a snuggle. For more information on the rooms please click here.
The Little Green Rascals ethos is followed here at Elvington, where our organic menus are prepared in-house daily by our chefs, featuring herbs and vegetables from our kitchen gardens. We have one meat-free day per week and encourage our children to try new ingredients and flavours – our parents and carers are always astounded to hear that their little ones have been dining on some of the wonderful things that we have on our menus – especially when it’s something they point blank refuse to eat at home! Our nappies, creams and ointments all remain organic or ethically sourced and where possible, we use (and suggest) homeopathic remedies before administering a treatment that could/would contain a minimal amount of chemicals.
The physical and mental wellbeing of each individual child is of paramount importance to us here at Little Green Rascals, that’s why we are huge advocates of a good snuggle as we recognise this can help enormously to settle a child when they are feeling anxious at being separated from their parents/carers. We even extend these snuggles to the parents/carers too, as well as a lovely warm drink, a box of tissues and a quiet place to gather yourself back together (we have an open-door policy in all the offices) – the settling in period isn’t necessarily easy for you guys too! It is also why we allow daily access to our beautiful landscaped gardens, it’s quite miraculous the calming influence the great outdoors can have for our rascals - where they can ride bicycles and scooters, play in the mud kitchens, run through our willow tunnels, play giant musical instruments, climb our large wooden play apparatus or jump in the deepest of puddles! Come rain or shine – wellies or suncream - you can feel confident that your rascal will have plenty of fresh air and exercise and will have lots of stories to tell you of their adventures whilst at nursery.
Our Forest School Approach is followed at all sites throughout the Little Green Rascals family and at Elvington we have the most magical of sites Winn Wood, situated within just a few miles from our nursery. With the suitable clothing adorned for the days forecast – we set off in our very own minibus for an adventure where the children can learn 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 thrive, 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.
Parent Partnerships are hugely important to us at Little Green Rascals and we try hard to maintain a great open honest relationship with our parents & carers. We send a monthly communication email to each parent including a little snapshot of our week, along with any important information/news, we use a nursery software package that enables daily updates, instant messaging and automatic reminders – this can be accessed using an app on your smart phone but most importantly we have an open-door policy where we will always take the time to talk and listen to any concerns or feedback – Afterall you know your child better than anyone and if we can improve our services to you in anyway then we are always willing to try.
Mon – Fri
8am – 6pm*
*Please note early drop off from 7.30am and late pick up until 6.30pm are available (at a small additional fee)
Little Green Rascals is open for 51 weeks of the year (we close for Christmas week – which is reflected in your fee structure) and we are also closed for all public bank holidays.
If you would like any more information on our nursery, including pricing, what’s included and availability then please call us on 01904 607959 (option 2) or email our Office Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you.