What makes a university more than a course or a nursery more than child care is the people who are involved and the partnerships that are formed.
The Campus nursery is an important asset and provides a much needed service for the students, staff and community which can and should reflect the commitment to drive the UK’s best student experience. With an increasing number of University staff registering their children in the nursery, this has made the nursery a valuable recruiting asset for the University and consequently the university staff are strong stake holders. The nursery also strengthens the University’s contribution to the social and economic wellbeing of the town and the wider region and as the towns largest employer the nursery facilities are becoming an increasingly necessary requirement. The current building does not reflect the excellent practise and support we provide to children and families and has a limited life. A clear programme of development is required to ensure the future of this valuable service. The LSU have an ambitious vision for their future and the time is right for the Nursery to be included within this vision.
Develop a five-year strategy to explore the possibilities
- State of the art building which supports outstanding teaching and learning
- Centre of excellence to provide joint professional development and training for the local early years’ community
- Expand provision to provide more places work place nursery for university and partners
Working in Partnership
This year has seen the Nursery reach out as never before to stakeholders and partners to secure the very best outcomes for children and families. It has participated in a range of innovative projects and research with a range of partners. This has provided rich, varied and imaginative experiences in teaching and play that enthuses, engages and motivates the children. Some of these experiences include:
- Research with Nottingham Trent University
- Leicestershire Early Excellence project on transition
- Loughborough Campus Fruit Route
- Action Volunteers activity days
- Review of nutrition and infant feeding
- Improving practitioners writing workshop
- Developing the Web site
- Integrated two-year-old checks
A small scale research project with Nottingham Trent University has been a opportunity to evaluate the impact of the Communication Project on practise and pedagogical leadership. Analysing what made this project so successful has given us an excellent understanding of an effective model to improve practise and provide highly focused professional development. We are looking forward to presenting the research findings at a conference in Autumn 2016.
This year we have worked with Loughborough University Sports Science Service to help improve and optimise our menus to ensure they are as healthy as they can be. MSc Sport Nutrition students have provided an analysis of the menus and made recommendations. In addition, academic psychologists based in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University have provided advice and information regarding child feeding at the Nursery. A whole team training session took place to share the findings and upskill staff.