Fledglings Early years is a 49-place provision and open from 8am-6pm all year round for children from 3 months to five years of age.
Our Out of School care provision provides a Breakfast club, after school and holiday care for 36 children aged between 3 years and 11 years who attend the local schools.
We are situated in the heart of Tooting on Derinton Road, offering quality, affordable care and learning for children aged 3 to 11 years.
We believe that an important feature of our setting is our happy atmosphere and our primary concern is for your child’s well-being. A child who is happy and secure displays confidence and independence.
- Qualified, experienced, dedicated and enthusiastic staff team
- Good indoor and outdoor environments to enable and support high quality learning which builds on the children's interests and capabilities
- Flexible full time and part time packages available
- A safe, secure and nurturing environment to support your child's individual needs
- Quality care and early years education
- Nursery education grant funding accepted for eligible children.
- Nursery vouchers accepted
We are committed to making the child the centre of our work. In order to make this effective, we aim to foster good relationships with parent/carers, recognising them as the child’s first and most important educators. We believe that a good partnership between home and the setting will help the child have the best possible experience in their formative early years.
Fledgling’s aims and objectives are to:
- Provide a safe, happy care and learning environment for babies and children from 3 months up to the age of 11
- Ensure children receive the high quality, challenging learning opportunities which build on the children’s interests and capabilities and are carefully planned to work within the Early Years Foundation
- Manage the transition between leaving their home environment and settling into our early years
- Provide children with a naturalistic environment indoors and outdoors where they are encouraged and
- Promote a close relationship with parents, carers and the
- Ensure all children feel valued, respected and
- Provide learning through play both indoors and
- Ensure staff and other adults provide a good role model in their relationships with others.
- Ensure children’s early experiences are of high
- Extend children’s abilities to communicate ideas and feelings in a variety of
- Provide children with opportunities to develop their physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social
- Recognise every child is an individual with their own personality. We encourage each child to develop at their own pace and to explore the delights of being a child, whilst discovering that learning for life is fun and
- Develop the children’s awareness of diversity in the community and respect for each other’s values and
- Be involved with the children’s play, engaging in conversation and interact appropriately, extending their learning and
- Self-evaluate to enhance our
- Promote liaison between nursery and local primary
Fledglings have a team of very experienced practitioners who we believe are our most valuable resource. We pride ourselves on the warm and consistent care we provide and staff understand and the developing physical, emotional and intellectual needs of the children.
All our staff are vetted to meet rigorous requirements set by Ofsted and ourselves. Prior to being offered a position, references from the most recent former employers and Disclosure and Barring service checks are obtained for all. These checks are updated on a regular basis, regardless of length of service or qualifications.
Staff hold a variety of qualifications, and in addition we have practitioners who are undergoing or updating their training. We believe that all our staff should have the opportunity to access further training to keep them up to date on current practice and to support our childcare and education philosophy.
Staff undertake training which include:
- Paediatric First Aid
- Elklan training
- Food hygiene
- Special Educations Needs
- Planning, observations and documenting children’s progress
- Behaviour Management
- Understanding the emotional and mental health needs of 2, 3 and 4-year olds
- Child development
The staff team is wholly committed to giving each child the best care and education that they deserve and do this through the use of a plan for learning (Early Years curriculum) informed by the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Working together for your children
Our setting has a high ratio of adults to children in the setting. This helps us to
- Give time and attention to each child
- Talk with the children about their interests and activities
- Help the children to experience and benefit from the activities we provide
- Allow the children to explore and be adventurous in safety
Fledglings believe that care and education are equally important in what we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the group’s session are provided in ways that:
- Help each child to feel that they are a valued member of Fledglings
- Ensure the safety of each child
- Help children to gain from the social experience of being part of a group
- Provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning
Indoor and outdoor experiences are planned offering a wide variety of opportunities. The routine encourages children to socialise with others and experience small groups as well as investigating resources and activities independently or with a supportive member of staff.
The day is structured but flexible to meet the individual needs of the children. A flexible timetable lets us make the most of moments that arise when the children discover something new that interests them. It allows us to extend play periods, so children gain maximum learning and fulfilment from what they are doing.
In the early years provision the staff plan for their key children and work with them through focused activities throughout the day. Observations and assessments are made, and these inform future planning alongside the children’s interests.
From the moment children arrive there will be a choice of activities set out with materials that vary throughout the year.
We offer a wide range of resources that are set out in an attractive way. Some of the activities offered to the children include:
- Sand play
- Water play
- Role play
- Physical activities (indoors and out)
- Listening activities
- Construction play
- Craft, painting and drawing activities
- Story time
- Musical activities
- ICT activities including digital activities
- Visits to local areas of interest
Play is natural to children and is the way in which they learn. Through play the children learn new skills, develop new interests, encounter new experiences and build on previous knowledge.
At Fledglings we strive to provide a secure and caring learning environment where children learn through meaningful play using materials and equipment carefully selected by staff and children.
The pre-school room (Owls) at Fledglings is designed to encourage your child’s growing independence and need to investigate where they not only build their skills but also gain respect for others and their own sense of confidence. In our safe learning environment your pre-schooler will develop their critical thinking skills, stimulate their curiosity and engage in a range of activities geared to prepare your child for school and lifelong learning such as:
- Construction and Design
- Dramatic Play
- Early Writing Skills
- Creativity and Art
- Listening and Speaking
- Understanding the World
Walking changes everything. Your toddler wants to go everywhere and do everything. At Fledglings our practitioners take great care to create a toddler environment geared for exploration, excitement, exercise and plan learning experiences that stimulate and challenge your child each day to help shape your toddler’s brain, personality, behaviour and health.
We know that children learn best by having a variety of choices in a safe organized environment, that’s why the toddler room (Robins) at Fledglings is designed around activity based learning:
- Active & Gross Motor Play: Rocking and riding toys and climbing structures
- Fine Motor Play: Action/reaction toys, puzzles and stacking toys
- Imagination & Quiet Play: items to stimulate imagination like dolls and accessories, kitchen sets and play food
- Language Development, Music and Movement: CD players, children’s books, musical instruments and puppets
- Creative Arts & Exploration: Art materials, sand and water and natural sensory Materials
Fledglings provides a safe environment where your baby will not only be loved and cared for but where our trained staff will work to stimulate your baby’s cognitive, emotional and physical development through movement, exploration, sensory play and one on one nurturing.
The baby room (Wrens) at Fledglings is equipped with areas designed to stimulate your baby’s learning. In addition to providing care and playtime our early year’s practitioners will engage you baby through:
- Movement: Babies use their senses and bodies to learn about the world. Our Movement Area allows your baby to move and participate in practitioner-guided physical development exercises. In this area you might see soft climbers, mats, balls, push and pull toys, instruments, bean bags and treasure
- Exploration: Manipulating objects and interacting with different materials helps babies to learn early mathematics and science concepts like size, shape and texture, and practice key skills like hand-eye coordination. In the exploration area, your baby will play with soft blocks, big cars and trucks, peg puzzles, nesting cups and more.
- Relaxation: The cosy area is a quiet place where your baby can feel rested and refreshed. In this space, babies and practitioners quietly read books about people, animals and familiar objects and snuggle together with pillows, soft toys and other cuddly objects.
Fledglings will keep a learning journey record for each child. Staff and parents working together on their children’s achievements is one of the ways in which Fledglings and parents work in partnership. Your child’s learning journey helps us to celebrate together their achievements and to work together to provide what your child needs for their well-being and to make progress.
Your child’s key person will work with you to keep this record. To do this you will both collect information about your child’s needs, activities, interests and achievements. This information will enable the key person to identify your child’s stage of progress. You and the key person will then decide on how to help your child to move on to the next stage.
For babies, you will receive a daily log of your baby’s feeding, sleeping, toileting and learning activities, so you can be confident your baby will experience a nurturing and calming environment, focused on developing positive and trusting relationships.
The Early Years Foundation Stage emphasises the importance of key relationships for children, including those relationships between children, their parents/carers and a key person within a setting.
Fledglings operate a key person system. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom they are particularly responsible. Your child’s key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that what the setting provides is right for your child’s needs and interests.
When your child first starts at Fledglings, they will help your child settle and throughout your child’s time at the setting, they will help your child to benefit from the activities and plan accordingly.
All children will be respected and their individuality and potential recognised, valued and nurtured. Activities and opportunities are offered for children to explore, acknowledge and value differences between themselves and others.
Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by Fledglings helps children to continue to do this by providing all the children with interesting activities that are developmentally appropriate.
For children between the ages of 0 and 5 years the group provides a curriculum for the foundation stage of education. This curriculum is set out in a document, published by the Department for Education. The guidance divides children’s learning and development into three prime areas and four specific areas, these are as follows:
- Personal, social and emotional
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Expressive arts and design
- Understanding of the world
For each area, the guidance sets out learning goals. These goals state what it is expected that children will know and be able to do by the end of the reception year of their education. For each early learning goal, the guidance sets out stepping stones, which describe the stages through which children are likely to pass as they move to achievement of the early learning goals. More information on this can be found on our parent’s notice board.
Play helps young children learn and develop through doing, talking and taking their interests forward. Research has shown that this is the means by which young children think. We use the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to plan and provide a range of learning activities indoors and outdoors.
Meals & Snacks
Fledglings take great pride in offering nutritious and healthy food. We focus on healthy eating and the nursery and out of school care team will endeavour to supply varied, visually attractive and nutritious meals to the children in the setting.
Our aims are:
- To provide the recommended portions of fruit and vegetables daily
- To provide children under the age of 5 with a wide and nutritionally balanced diet to develop their health, growth and wellbeing
- To show children that mealtimes are a good time to socialise with each other and to share food together
Children eat with their eyes! We understand sometimes children can be very fussy eaters. Our menus are seasonal and reflect a diversity of cultures, enhancing the children’s experience of the wider world.
Meals are a combination of healthy, nutritious foods, locally sourced, freshly prepared on site in our kitchen and served attractively. We provide a full meal service of breakfast, a two-course lunch and a tea with regular fruit snacks.
Drinks of milk and water are available throughout the day. Children’s individual dietary needs are taken into consideration and any special diets such as dairy free, vegetarian etc. are catered for. We do not add any salt to our meals.
Menus follow a 4-weekly timetable and where possible, to promote independence we encourage children to make choices, e. g. choose fillings for baked potato. If a child is not eating well, we will inform parents.
We will take our lead from you when the time arrives for weaning. Our manager and nursery staff will work with you to ensure an appropriate weaning diet, using fresh fruit and vegetables.
If you are breastfeeding your baby and would like to visit the nursery to do this, please feel free at any time. Alternatively, you may wish to supply us with bottles each day.
Our staff will work with you to ensure your baby is fed in the way and the time that you would like.
Thank you so much for the abundance of kindness you have shown to my son, these past years. It has always been so comforting to know that we were leaving him with people who truly cared and enjoyed hi company. We will miss you all very much.’
My daughter has LOVED her time at Fledglings, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone. It’s a warm, inclusive nursery and I felt very happy leaving her with the people who worked there. She loved both her key workers, and we were kept well up to date on her progress, and the fun things they did. Wren’s felt very settled and Robin’s welcomingly engaging. She’s only leaving as we are moving, and we thought long and hard about keeping her here, but the journey just would have been too long! Many thanks to the manager and all the ladies who work so hard to make it such a good environment.’
Lovely nursery, very caring friendly staff. My son is really enjoying his time there and growing in confidence.
We would like to thank the staff and manager at Fledglings for all the love and care they have shown to our son during his time there. He has grown into an intelligent and confident boy! We will miss everyone.
Fledglings is a real community nursery, which serves the community well. The children are always busy and engaged and there is an abundance of exciting, interactive activities for children to enjoy.
I cannot thank the staff enough for all the hard work they do. My daughter has absolutely thrived at Fledglings. She loves coming to nursery each day and does not stop talking about the things she has done, as well as the staff. I would highly recommend this nursery to parents.
Our son attends Fledglings out of school care and absolutely loves it there. It is good to know that he is in safe hands each evening.
The staff at Fledglings out of school care are a lovely caring team, who provide exciting activities for the children
We had really good feedback from friend’s children who have attended the holiday club and enjoyed it so much, that our children asked to attend too. We have not been disappointed! There are a variety of workshops and planned trips each holiday to keep the children occupied and the staff are accommodating and friendly. Our children really enjoy coming.
The manager evaluates practice routinely. She uses feedback from parents, children and staff well to identify and develop areas for improvement. Following the last inspection, the manager has set clear targets which have improved upon the quality of the nursery. For example, the manager has developed good arrangements to support and mentor staff to enable her to focus on raising teaching skills further. Staff benefit from regular training to develop their knowledge and skills. For example, all staff have attended training to support their interactions with children. This has had a positive impact on children’s communication skills. The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. All staff have attended safeguarding training. They have a good understanding of how to keep children safe and know the procedures to follow should they have a concern about a child’s well-being. Recruitment procedures are robust to ensure that staff are suitable to work with children.
Staff make effective use of observations and assessments to monitor children’s progress well. They use this information to plan interesting and stimulating activities based on children’s individual needs and interests to successfully engage the children. Children enjoy participating in sensory play. For example, they share information about children’s achievements through regular parents’ events and open days.
Staff are warm and nurturing towards the children, supporting secure emotional attachments. Children are happy and confident and settle in quickly when they arrive. Staff provide a variety of activities to support children’s understanding of other cultures and communities. For example, they take children on regular trips to parks, shops and the library and teach children about a wide range of festivals in the nursery. Children have opportunities to extend their physical skills and enjoy playing in the well-resourced garden.
All children make good progress and develop the skills they need for their future learning and in readiness for school. For example, they learn to manage their own hygiene routines and serve themselves at mealtimes, supporting their independence skills. Children develop good literacy and numeracy skills. For example, they recognise letters important to them and use mathematical thinking as they problem solve, comparing shapes and sizes.
Join UsBecome a Fledgling
Making decisions about your child’s care and education can be challenging. Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make your choice of Fledglings a confident one.
Once you’ve decided to join us at Fledglings an initial visit will be arranged so information can be gathered to support your child’s settling in.
Starting any new nursery isn’t always easy. A child’s first day can be filled with anxiety over the unknown and a few tears too. We focus on making the process as welcoming and worry-free as possible, and we’ll always be available if you have any concerns. Your child’s happiness is of paramount importance to us.
We structure the first few weeks of your child’s time at Fledglings in a way that makes the transition as smooth as possible for your child and you. Our friendly staff team are always available for a chat or meeting should the need arise.
When you choose fledglings, you can rest assured knowing that your child is getting the very best of care and education in an exceptional environment.
Come and visit Fledglings and see what we mean! We look forward to meeting you and your little one.
Fledglings is a 10-minute walk from Tooting Bee or Tooting Broadway train stations. Buses: 77, 44, 219