Save, Caring & Happy-
Mani Spratt has been working in childcare for the past 15 years. She initially trained and worked as a Montessori practitioner before transitioning to working in a day care centre. She is also a qualified Forest School leader and uses the skills within the Smile & Shine curriculum. Mani has gained valuable experience and knowledge from all the three styles of pedagogy, and is now establishing her own childcare centre that combines the best practices from Montessori, Forest School and the Early Years Foundation stage.
Mani is determined to ensure that each child receives individual care and attention, creating a nurturing and "home away from home" environment. She believes in offering personalized and one-on-one childcare to give your child the best start in life.
.Key principles and thoughts guiding Mani's childcare setting include:
1. Every Child Deserves the Best Start: Mani believes that the period from birth to age five has a significant impact on a child's future opportunities. Providing high-quality early learning, coupled with good parenting, lays the foundation for children to maximize their abilities and talents as they grow.
2. Quality and Consistency: Mani prioritizes quality and consistency in her approach by tailoring her daily planning to the interests of each child. This individualized attention ensures that every child's unique needs are met.
3. Working in Partnership with Parents and Carers: Mani places great importance on developing positive relationships with parents and carers. By fostering open communication, she aims to establish a collaborative partnership that benefits the child during their early years.
4. Individualized Approach: Recognizing that each child is unique and learns at their own pace, Mani assigns a key worker to each child. This key worker, along with Mani herself, remains readily accessible to discuss progress, provide feedback, and work closely with parents.
5. Child Welfare and Safety: Maintains a paramount focus on children's welfare and safety. The setting has a robust safeguarding policy in place to ensure the implementation of necessary measures at all times, guaranteeing a safe environment for the children.
6. Emphasis on Personal, Social, and Emotional Development (PSED): Mani's daily curriculum places a strong emphasis on PSED. By nurturing children's personal, social, and emotional development, she aims to foster their confidence and independence from an early age.
The setting is built on the following main principles:
1. Uniqueness of Each Child: Mani believes in treating each child as an individual, recognizing their unique qualities and providing tailored support to develop their confidence and capabilities.
2. Positive Relationships: Building positive relationships is integral to helping children become independent and resilient individuals.
3. Enabling Environment: The setting ensures that the environment is supportive and encourages children's interests. Activities are based on their individual interests to facilitate engagement and learning.
4. Learning through Play: Mani acknowledges that children learn best through play, and play-based activities are incorporated into the daily routine.
5. Outdoor Play: Outdoor play is a vital component of the curriculum, with the setting boasting a large, safe, and fenced garden area. Both free play and planned activities take place in this space. Additionally, nearby green spaces offer opportunities for natural and exploratory experiences.
6. Highly Motivated and Trained Staff: The staff at Mani's setting are highly motivated and well-versed in safeguarding practices. They receive continuous professional development through courses and training sessions.
Healthy eating and nutritious meals are also a priority at Mani's childcare setting. Recognizing that children have diverse dietary requirements, including allergies, personal beliefs, and preferences, Mani has undergone additional training in early years nutrition and food preparation. Her dedication was recognized with a bronze certification from the HEYL (Healthy Early Years London) program and the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
|Last Updated: 05/10/2023|
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- DBS Check (added 08/04/2018)
- Inspection Report: EY492512 Spratt Mani InspectionReport Ofsted inspection 06-02-2018 (added 08/04/2018)
- Ofsted Certificate (added 08/04/2018)
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We absolutely loved Smile & Shine from the very first moment we went to see it. Mani has such a fantastic attention to detail and commitment to creating the best environment for the children. Our son attended from 11 months until 4 years and has now gone straight to reception at school. He truly loved going to Mani’s every day, and he learned so much. The setting is like a home from home but also has all the elements of a nursery setting with plenty of space, activities and room for the children to develop and grow.
Mani always helped us along the way with all the various phases they go through, this meant our son really had the most stable and consistent care throughout these early years. I believe Mani to be a truly fantastic and dedicated professional who really goes the extra mile for the children. We have so many happy memories at the setting and I would recommend this nursery to everyone.
Our daughter has spent the past 3 yrs at Smile & Shine and due to starting school in Sept she is now sadly leaving but with lots of happy memories. It has been such a wonderful place for her, full of fun, learning, cooking, outdoor activities, days out to the park, shops etc. Mani also had external providers who came to entertain the children. She has learned so much in those 3yrs and has grown not only in intelligence and character but also in confidence. She has also made many friends along the way not only the other children but the staff who worked there. We couldn't have wished for a better start for her future learning. Smile & Shine is a happy, safe, fun, busy and caring environment where any child will thrive. We will be sorry to leave but will always remember Mani and her team who have worked there past and present.
We instantly liked Smile and Shine setting at our first viewing/visit having visited a few other settings.
My son attendedSmile and Shine from 10months- 3years so Mani and her brilliant team have played a significant role in his development. There’s lots to rave about with Smile and Shine, it’s actually difficult to find something I didn’t like.
First and foremost, it’s a loving environment with experienced practitioners who genuinely enjoy their job and care about the children.
Smile & Shine provide such a wide range of creative activities for the children and parents are regularly updated about how their child found the activities. The robust range of activities is great for children’s development and a great way to develop their interests outside of the home. Creative play is the best way children learn and it’s clear that this is what Smile & Shine prioritizes.
They offer personalized/ individual support and care for the children. I really felt like Mani and team know my child and offer him the right support for him, at his pace.
Mani builds a great relationship with the parents. Communication is excellent with regular updates and pictures as well as listening to parents. They also teach children about the world around them by taking part in a diverse range of celebrations from different cultures and backgrounds.
We love Smile & Shine so much that when we moved out of the area, we chose to keep our son there and do the 30mins commute when we had the option of a 10mins commute. It genuinely was a tough decision to leave Smile & Shine and our preference would have been for our son to stay but it was practically impossible due to move & change of work.
It’s rare to find a setting that ticks all the boxes with a good balance of structured/pre planned activities and free play. We had complete trust handing our son over to Mani & team care.
I highly recommend Smile and Shine.
My second daughter has just completed her time at Smile and Shine where she attended 16months - 3 years, she is leaving to attend a pre-school.
Mani and all the team at Smile and Shine have been such a positive influence on my daughter's early stage of her development. The setting for my daughter was perfect - I have always described as a 'home away from home' and which my daughter always referred to as 'Mani's house'. I have always felt 100% comfortable leaving my daughter in the care of her team. The communication is very good, with regular Tapestry uploads and reports.
The team are incredibly nurturing, inclusive, caring, supportive and I really believe they do go the extra mile and cater to the needs of each child which I find to be incredibly important. Each day they have a jam packed schedule full of learning, games, music, songs, baking, a lot of outdoor play. Activities are also worked around what is happening in the world around us such as celebrating festivals or the need to wash hands. Mani is also guided by the needs of what the children like to do whether that be a 'Frozen Dance Party' or 'bake cupcakes' - they achieve so much in a fun, non pressurised way whilst always building confidence in the children.
The delicious home cooked food was a huge plus and Mani was able to cater to my daughter's dietary requirements.
I highly recommend Smile and Shine and would definitely recommend the setting.
Thank you Mani - we will miss you!
My son had started going to Smile and Shine from April and he spent amazing 5 months there. Sadly he needed to leave as he is going to start school soon. But over this period, he has spent such an amazing time with Mani and the team who have been such a positive influence in his life. It does sound like a short period, but it's not about the amount of time he spent there, it is about the quality of time how he spent the time with them. Mani and the team has the range of activities on offer means the kids are always trying new things and developing different experiences that we as working parents, might not have been able to offer at home on such a regular basis. The staff go the extra mile, giving all the children the attention they need, which makes us feel assured about the well being of our son. They treat all the children as their own and maintain very high standards of care and safety. We feel it was one of the best decisions we made for our son simply because of how happy he was there. Thank you, Mani and the team for everything you have done for him!
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