Early Years Academy, Canal Basin, opened in October 2016. It operates from a single level modern nursery building, with plenty of outdoor space, and is situated in the Canal Basin area, close to Coventry City Centre. The nursery is accessible to all children, and each area has their own dedicated outdoor space, as well as the main outdoor play area.
The nursery opens Monday to Friday all year round, with the exception of bank holidays and also weeks during the Christmas period. Our opening times are 7.30am to 6pm. Children can attend for a variety of sessions, including term time only. The majority of the staff hold early years qualifications at level 3 or above, and our Nursery Manager holds Level 6 in Play work & Management. Our Deputy Manager is currently working towards her foundation degree in early childhood studies.
The nursery supports children with special educational needs, and also supports children who speak English as an additional language. We are Ofsted registered for 60 children to attend the nursery at any one time. We are looking to open a school holiday club this year also, so please keep an eye out for future updates, especially on our Facebook page.
We recognize that all children learn and develop at different rates, and we believe that through the staff having a good relationship with the children and understanding their specific needs, they can monitor your child's progress and identify any areas needed for further support or encouragement.
Our Baby Room caters for 0-18months. The Baby Room is located at the front of the building and have their own separate baby garden. Areas are defined such as; soft cushioned area for books and soft toys, and a further matted area for baby gyms and activity mats. We also have the space in our Baby Room for our babies to sleep in cots, and enjoy dinner time within the same room. Transition from the baby room is carried out in conjunction with parental discussions, and stages of development for the individual child.
We cater for our Toddlers and Preschoolers at the rear of the building. Our Toddler room caters for ages 18 month to 2 years 9 months. Our toddler room is freely accessible using our free flow system which cover areas such as the home corner/role play, messy and creative area, sand/water tray, book corner/quiet area, table top fine motor activities, construction and small world. Our toddler room leads straight out on to their own outdoor classroom also.
Our lower pre and preschool room is located next door to our toddler room. In this room we cater for ages between 2 years 9 months and 5 years. Specific areas have been developed into areas, which include, messy/creative area, sand/water tray, mathematics area, graphics, construction, music, home corner/role play, ICT, small world, science, soft area/quiet area and book area. Children have free access to the majority of activities we have to offer. We also have a great outdoor classroom for this age group, where we are able to offer a free flow system from indoors to outdoors.
As well as the main play areas indoors, we have access to our large outdoor play space which is safe and secure with areas catering for preschoolers, toddlers and babies. The outdoor areas have been developed recently by the team to incorporate the seven areas of the EYFS to make it a more stimulating environment for the children, and to ensure that there more opportunities to explore, discover and investigate as part of their play. We offer a variety of activities and areas that encourage and develop the children's confidence, independence and enjoyment.
Early Years Academy caters for children from birth to five years. We are registered for children up to 12 years, which will allow us to evolve and possibly run school holiday clubs in the near future.