OUR PARENTS

At Discovery Nursery, we use a variety of ways to engage parents with the setting and to keep families updated with our families.

Famly is the nurseries management system that simplifies administration and improves collaboration between the nursery and families. As a parent you can log into Famly and update your child’s profile and book holidays. The system has a news feed, calendar and message system similar to Facebook making it easy to share information.

Famly has a sign in app that parents sign their children into nursery in the morning and sign out when they leave.

Furthermore, we use Famly for sharing children’s observation and development. This means that you will be notified when an observation has happened and can view it on your child’s profile page. Parents are also able to add in their observations from home.

 

  • Discover our Social Media

    Our Facebook and Instagram pages share news and events with our families.

  • Notice Boards

    Each room has a parent notice board that is updated regularly and shows a sample of photos of the activities provided.

  • Parent Learning and Development Evenings

    (not currently held, in line with current government coronavirus-related guidelines)

    We hold two parents evenings each year normally in May and October where you can come and have a talk with your child’s key person about how they are getting on. In between these times parents are provided with fortnightly ‘child-focus’ observations which come to you via Famly. These provide an insight into what your child has done during the day linked to the learning and some ideas for home.

  • Family Saturdays

    (not currently held, in line with current government coronavirus-related guidelines)

    We hold 2-3 Saturday sessions per year focusing on Forest School or Beach school ideas. Our Beach school Saturday is an annual event held during September at Dawlish Warren. We come together for a few hours and do a beach hunt, create collages and jump in waves! Our Forest School sessions have been held in the nursery garden, Mincinglake Park and at Haldon Forest. All Saturday sessions are very popular with our families.

Testimonials

“We’ve been with [Discovery] for nearly a year and we’re so happy with the setting.   This is the third nursery in the area that we’ve attended and it is by far the best for so many reasons.  We love that everyone knows our child’s name and greets him as we come and go.  The staff are all lovely, friendly and always have time to discuss what they’ve been up to in the day.  We’re always amazed at how many activities they’ve done.  Forest School and the creation station are firm favourites for our son.”

Parent

We’ve been so impressed with how the team have adapted to the new way of life during the pandemic and felt very confident in the level of care being offered, when it was time for our son to return.  We look forward to our baby daughter joining the setting in the future.”

Parent

“Our daughter has been at Discovery for over 2 years and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.  The staff are fantastic, the food is excellent (with the children being introduced to a huge variety of new and exciting foods) and most importantly my daughter LOVES it.  The inside has a really warm and homely feeling and the outside is a perfect space for little explorers.  I will be so sad when my daughter has to leave to start school!”

Parent

“I was nervous about putting my girls back in nursery following lockdown.  We’d taken them out for 3 months, but, when they returned, the nursery was incredible.  [The team reassured] us constantly through Famly with regular updates, keeping us informed of the measures being put in place and the girls have loved being back. All the staff are so friendly and loving, showering the girls with cuddles and normality, which is exactly what they need right now.”

Parent

“Our daughter has been attending Discovery since she was 8 months old.  As a professional who works with vulnerable children and young people, finding the right childcare was very important for me and I looked at 6 settings before my visit to Discovery!  The nursery offered something different to the others I visited. Not only in their creative offer for children, but in the genuine passion for the care they provide.  In particular during these challenging times, Discovery have been really supportive of family need, [listening] and [responding] to the health needs of everyone and have been excellent at communicating with us as things developed. Ava bounds through the door for every session and loves sharing all the wonderful activities with us. She particularly loves spending time in Forest School.  Thank You Discovery.”

Parent

“We have been so happy with Discovery nursery.  Ever since Cari joined in 2018, there’s rarely been a day when she hasn’t been happy to rush into nursery, and even asks to go on non-nursery days.  We have been really pleased with the staff and particularly her key workers and the use of the Famly to communicate messages and keep us informed.  We particularly love seeing all the photos of the activities during the day.  The emphasis on outdoor play and Forest School activities is fantastic and a real selling point of Discovery.”

Parent

“Our little boy has been at Discovery from the age of 11 months, when he joined the Explorers Room. He has been very happy since the beginning and all his needs, physical and emotional, have been met and then some. The children are fed a lovely range of diverse food and spend a great deal of time playing outside.

Parent

We could not ask for better care for him from the team at Discovery, and this has continued since his recent move up into the Adventurers Room. Now nearly two-and-a-half, Dubhgall continues to have great fun and develop, which is in no small part thanks to the care and attention he receives from the staff at nursery. The people who work there clearly see their roles as more than a job and show a very high level of care, concern, and indeed love for the children that they look after.”

Parent

“An outstanding nursery. Both my children had a fantastic time at Discovery and I couldn’t have wished for a better, safer and more welcoming setting. The staff are absolutely incredible; my girls were always happy in their care and had a fantastic time learning, exploring and creating great bonds and friendships. They dedicated so much time, in particular, to my eldest daughter who has some additional needs, and I honestly don’t know what I would have done without their support, advice and guidance. A brilliant, beautiful and fantastic nursery and I’m so pleased that my girls spent their early years with the Discovery team.”

 

Parent

“Discovery is such a happy and caring environment. Ted has so much fun and I can see through all the various activities planned throughout the day that he’s getting lots of stimulation and play. The communication between nursery and parents has been faultless! Even during the lockdown we were kept up to date with new procedures for hygiene, social distancing around the gates and ‘bubbles’ of children in the nursery setting. We loved getting the ideas for fun things to do at home and seeing the videos uploaded of staff singing. As a parent, it’s such a relief to know your child is safe, happy and well looked after.

Parent

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