The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The EYFS is presented in 3 parts
- Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements : Regulations and standards that each childcare setting must adhere to, these form the basis for a settings policies and procedures
- Learning and Development : Guidance for practitioners in delivering a high quality learning environment and detailing child development from birth to 5 years
- Assessment : Ongoing assessment takes places through observing children to determine their level of development and current interests and needs, however at the ages of 2 and 5 a full summative assessment is completed.
Both of our settings adhere to the requirements of the EYFS. We focus strongly on play and positively encourage children's independance respecting their thoughts, needs and interests. Through our continuous play provisions and free flow indoor / outdoor environment children thrive, growing and developing at their own pace.
Further information on the EYFS can be found at www.foundationyears.org.uk.
Early Education Funding
We are eligible providers of the government Early Education Funding for children aged 2 to 4 years. This means that parents are entitled to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks = a maximum of 570 hours (Universal Funding) or 30 hours per week for 38 weeks = a maximum of 1140 hours (Universal plus Extended funding) free childcare per year, subject to eligibility.
As a full day care setting operating 50 weeks of the year, all funding is spread across the 50 weeks not 38 term time weeks. This entitles parents to 11.4 or 22.8 hours free each week for the 15 hours or 30 hours funding respectively.
Further information on Early Education Funding is available at www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs
To compliment our existing excellent curriculum we offer several additional activities. These are optional and parents and children can choose which, if any, they would like to be involved in.
- Dance is available on Monday mornings for children aged 3 +
- Football is available on Tuesday mornings for children aged 2 +
- Swimming is available on Friday morning for preschool children (in their last year before starting primary school).
- Music is available on Friday mornings for children in the Nursery group
These activities do incur extra costs as they are provided by outside professionals.
We also visit the library and other local community facilities regularly, including outdoor learning sessions in the nearby woodland.
Further information on the benefits of physical activity for young chidren, is available at
Meals & Snacks
As we are a full day care facility we offer breakfast (8 – 8.30 am), lunch (12 – 12.30 pm) and a light tea (4.15 – 4.45 pm). We have an extensive and tasty choice menu on a 4 week rota which reflects differing dietary and cultural needs and is all freshly prepared and cooked on the premises by our own cook and our kitchen consistently achieves a 5 star rating from Environmental Health. Parents are able to choose from the choice menu what they would like their child to have for lunch each day, in advance.
Additional drinks and snacks are available morning and afternoon for children to choose at their leisure.
Further information on healthy eating and dietary requirements is available at
SEN and Disability - Our Inclusive Approach
We believe that all children have the right to receive exceptional quality childcare and early years education, that promises to recognise and meet their individual needs and interests, helping them to develop and achieve at their own pace and within their own capabilities. Read our full Inclusive Approach policy here.
All practitioners hold a full and relevant early years qualification, these range from Level 3 in Childrens Play Learning and Development to Level 6 BA (Hons) Children Schools and Families, plus a qualified Early Years Practitioner and two Primary School Teachers.
For further information the differing levels and qualifications for early years practitioners, please visit
The Lancashire Quality Award
Busy Bodies Nursery has achieved the Lancashire Quality Award in recognition of the consistent high quality of care and education that we provide, including celebrating childrens achievements, working in partnership with parents, leadership and management and inclusive practice. The Award is audited annually to ensure continuity of standards.
The Quality Award is by far more in depth than an Ofsted inspection and it can take several years to complete, with each module being carefully examined and verified by professionals within the early years sector. .
Busy Bodies Big Kids Club has successfully achieved the Lancashire Step Into Quality Award ensuring consistent high quality out of school care.
Further information on the Lancashire Quality Award can be found at
Ofsted is a government department that is responsible for the inspection and regulation of various settings/establishments that provide services for children. This includes nurseries, schools, care homes and more. Ofsted will undertake thorough inspections every 3 to 4 years. In 2015 both the Nursery and the Out of School Club had Ofsted inspections. The Big Kids Club received an overall outcome of 'GOOD', narrowly missing out on the outstanding we strive to achieve. However, the Nursery was awarded 'OUTSTANDING'. Please follow the links below to read each Ofsted Report
Nursery OFSTED Report
Big Kids Club OFSTED Report:
Busy Bodies Nursery operates an open door policy, parents and children can visit the nursery and talk to staff Monday to Friday throughout the day. Appointments are not necessary but we do ask that parents recognise that some times of the day may not be as convenient as others, such as lunchtime (12-1) and teatime (4-5), so wherever possible we appreciate it if these times can be avoided. Staff in the Big Kids Club are available to discuss places with parents from 3pm Monday to Friday.
Upon enrolment we encourage parents to visit us with your child, prior to starting, as often as possible to help settle them into their new environment. These visits can take as long as you feel comfortable with. Some parents spend time in the play rooms and others retreat for a coffee in our staff room. You will know what approach is best for your child. These visits are hugely beneficial for everyone; it provides practitioners with opportunity to gain vital knowledge about your child, it gives parents opportunity to see how the nursery works and familiarise yourself with the practitioners and most importantly your child will have opportunity to explore and investigate knowing you are close by.
Information booklets are available from both the Nursery and the Big Kids Club. Please contact the setting direct for an up to date copy.