Within the Nursery there are three main teaching areas combining a wet/messy area and a quiet area. There is a large and spacious bathroom with facilities to meet the needs of all children. A quiet withdrawal room is available for assessment purposes and for individual work.
We have an exceptionally well equipped Soft Play Room, a Multi-Sensory Room and a large hall used for indoor play and dinner time.
We have touch-screen computers which can also be operated by switches so that all children are able to access them. A wide variety of switch activated toys also offer children a variety of opportunities to develop their ICT skills in motivating ways.
The outside play areas are secure and fully fenced; they offer a safe and stimulating environment for outdoor learning. Within the outdoor area we have a range of play equipment which is also accessible for wheelchair users, this includes a trampoline! We have a nature area and gardening plot which children use to grow vegetables all year round.
Families are also able to made use of a Book and Toy lending library this offers the children a chance to take home a wide range of books, DVD's, toys and activities.
At Menphys we are fortunate to be able to offer swimming as part of the curriculum, this is educational, therapeutic and fun for all children. Regular sessions are held on a Tuesday morning at a local school in Burbage. This is a small, warm pool where all the children are helped on a one to one basis. i.e one adult to one child. We also have regular sessions on a Wednesday morning at the Dorothy Goodman School's Hydrotherapy Pool. We usually take 4 or 5 children for each session so that all children in Nursery have a chance to experience this activity.
Transport is organised through Leicestershire County Council and there is always at least one person present who holds the Royal Life-Saving Society Proficiency Certificate. For extra safety an adult remains on the side of the pool at all times.
Also there is a hoist at both pools which offer safe access to the pools for children with physical difficulties.
Regular trips and outings enable us to support and enhance the curriculum - these can be local walks to the park, library, train station, shops, etc or trips to further away places such as the zoo, farm, garden centre, etc. Transport is always organised through Leicestershire County Council and special seats and safety belts are used. Children are always carefully supervised, 1-1 with an adult wherever possible. A permission form is required for parents/guardians to sign prior to these outings.
If you live more than 2 miles away from the Nursery you can apply for transport to and from home - however, there is a charge for this - currently £546 for the year. Further information on this is available on the Leicestershire County Council website.
The bus or taxi used for this purpose is provided with child safety seats and your child will always have an escort. You are of course welcome to transport your child yourself.