Gaggle provides day childcare service for children aged 3 months till 4 years of age. We are open Monday to Friday, from 7:30am till 7pm.
We have three separate groups and rooms of children – Ladybirds (0 to 18 months), Butterflies (19 months to 36 months), and Bumble-bees (36 months to 4 years).
Our offering includes:
- Online Children journals & diaries using best of industry software
- Ofsted graded “GOOD” – Click to check
- Food Hygiene registered and rated ‘5’ ‘Very Good’
- 2 minutes walk from Crayford Station
- Round the year care
- Large outdoor play area – about an acre of garden space
- Safe and secure including CCTV monitoring
- Professional staff – First Aid Trained and Certified, Enhanced DBS checked
- Observation, assessment and monitoring of learning & development as per EYFS using best of industry software
- Spacious and bright indoor area
- Reading, Building Blocks, Art & craft, Role play, Toys and loads of planned activities
We intend for children to play, discover and grow their abilities. Each child is unique and has his / her own pace of growth. No two children will reach the points of learnings and stages of development at the same time. The EYFS framework provides us the tools to track each child’s development. We are able to plan activities and play to help children achieve their development goals. The activities and environment at our setting promote and empower children to be confident and assertive young people.
We believe that early years children can not be ‘taught’ and will discover through their investigations of their environment. As long as these little investigators are surrounded by interesting things and as long as they feel secure, they will continue to investigate and learn. Their active brains have a lot to process and then at the end of the day they will sleep soundly.
A typical day would include a mix of group activities (like reading a book, singing time, cooking) and self initiated activities (role play, puzzles, water play). A mix of activities help children develop healthy habits, communication, physically, socially, numeracy, literacy and understanding of the world. Good food, happy, and safe environment makes children feel secure to express themselves and explore.
Gaggle’s ethos is to support and encourage children to be independent learners. This is done by giving them freedom in selecting activities for themselves and taking responsibility for day-to-day tasks. At the same time, we take responsibility for observing, assessing and planning for their learning and development, working in partnership with parents and carers.
We have four separate groups and rooms of children. Each group has staff that have relevant experience and expertise in taking care of that age group of children. This ensures quality and consistency of care. Children in their specific age groups and rooms get access to resources and activities that are optimal for their learning and development.
While there are separate rooms, given the small size and large open plan of the setting the children may mix with different groups as they participate in with other children on activities like circle time, reading, & singing. Such a accessibility across the nursery helps in continuity of care and little transition related changes.
Gaggle is a professionally managed nursery. We are fortunate to have over 20 experienced and passionate staff supporting the Manager & Owner, Deputy Manager & Room leaders. Collective childcare experience of the staff is over 50 years.
We have a team of professionals that are foremost passionate about welfare and supporting development of children. Our staff are the fabric of our setting and we are very fortunate to have brilliant staff taking care of our children.
Gaggle is registered trade mark and trading name of Super Start Limited, The Cottage, Lower Station Road, Crayford DA1 3PY.
Super Start Limited is Registered in England Number 08536824.
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