The Railway Children

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Member since Aug 2015 Last Updated Feb 2019 Last Login Mar 2020 Email

Our Summary

After School Care
Ofsted Registered
Holiday Club

About Us

A bit about us:

we are a high quality childcare premises, based within Menston Railway Station

We care for preschool / early years children (1 to 5 years) plus school children (5 to 14 years).

Our unique setting is both stimulating and vibrant, with an enormous focus on child lead play and child development

Fantastic, highly experienced, qualified and committed team of child care specialists

Nurturing environment, with a separate snuggly sleep area (for the little ones) and healthy home cooked meals served daily

Our home cooked meals are made with locally sourced fresh ingredients, delivered from local farmers markets. Your children will receive AT LEAST 5 portions of their ‘5 a day’ at The Railway Children!

Our environment allows families to stay together in one childcare setting, due to us caring for both age groups of children (early years and school children)

We have separate areas for our under 2's and school children. Although they are separate we have an open plan environment so they can still see, hear and interact with each other but they have their own area, staff, planning and resources. The school children can spend time with their siblings before and after school.

Daily outings to our newly refurbished outdoor area which is under a giant parachute canopy and includes; a mud kitchen, mini-beast houses, wormery, hedgehog house, balancing beams, areas to mark make and incorporate number and maths.
We enjoy trips out to the local parks, ponds, bridal paths and woodland…Taking utmost advantage of being located in one of the most beautiful parts of the country!

Involved in the community – We regularly visit the village library, The Beeches Care Home and the many events held within the community.

We also work in partnership with Menston Primary; attending nativity / harvest festival and year end plays and sports days as well as open days with our preschool children. We also have links with Menston Pre-School with children who attend both settings so we can share progress reports at the end of each term.

Our planning is child initiated and our observations are carried out using a password protected web based system…you are notified whenever your child’s profile is updated, allowing you to hear about their milestones whist on the move or from the comfort of your home.

We have a number of different organisations come into the setting to provide sessions for the children. We have Pyjama Drama, Scientots, Tatty Bumkin Yoga and our new session is music with the company The Music Box.

Our facilities:

Various play ‘zones’ complimenting the 7 areas of learning (EYFS); to include:

*Small world (from schools and tree-houses to fire stations and emergency helicopter landing pad)
*Home corner (kitchen, dressing up, dolls)
*Construction zone (work bench and tools)
*Literacy and mathematics area (with magnetic white board)
*Sand and Water areas (buckets, spades, measuring jugs, cylinders and sieves)

Discovery area (giant wall mounted map / freestanding globe / magnifying glasses and book shelves containing encyclopaedias and discovery books)

Creative Café – This generous space is used for dining and Arts & Crafts activities which hosts a large blackboard wall for the children to create their own masterpieces.

Community Corner – A shop that changes with our learning theme (florist, hairdressers, travel agent, café, doctors, post office etc.)

Quiet Area with book library, story mats and a cosy story telling canopy

Spacious under 2’s area, with height appropriate play surfaces, heuristic area filled with natural resources, creative station, sand and water stations, small world and construction.

Sensory/Sleep Area - cots and coracles for sleeping and resting, sheepskin rugs, bubble tubes, sensory strobe bar.

Touch screen ICT wall mounted

Lego Table

**We are not a conventional day nursery setting (however this site gave no other option as a category)**

Our Availability

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School no no no no no no no
Morning no no no no no no no
Afternoon no no no no no no no
After School no no no no no no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 13/02/2019

Our Fees

  • Childcare from £50.00 per day

Early Years Child Care:

Full Day - £50
Full Day with early pick-up (4:30pm) and no evening meal - £45
Drop off from 7:30am - all snacks, meals, drinks, nappies and wipes (if applicable), materials and outings included

Before and After School Care:

Drop off from 7:30am, healthy breakfast provided, we walk the children to school via a safe and direct route. We then collect the children at 3:15pm, provide afternoon snack back at base, the children play, then a family style evening meal is served at 4:30pm.

We only offer before AND after school care, which is charged at £18.50 or with an early pick up (4.30pm) and no evening meal - £14.50

We also remain open all year, so you don't have to worry about childcare during the school holidays!

*We also only serve Menston Primary School for before and after school care*

Our Documents

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