Our Melbourne nursery
Scallywags Private Day Nursery, Castle Lane, Melbourne, Derbyshire, DE73 8JB
At Scallywags Private Day Nursery, we are dedicated to creating a nurturing, stimulating and welcoming environment for all children. Our unique programs incorporate a variety of educational theories, while always keeping the child’s best interest in mind and allowing for hands-on, experiential learning. To find out more about us, keep reading or feel free to get in touch.
Information regarding the rooms at our Melbourne nursery
Ages: 3 to 16 months
Babies have their own fully equipped playroom with designated sleep areas. They also have access to the secure garden area which they can access throughout the day. Our baby room is designed to provide a calming atmosphere where babies can thrive with warm, supportive relationships with staff whatever their development stage
Ages: 12 - 24 months
Monkeys have their own fully equipped playroom and dedicated doorway to their own secure play area. Within this room the children are often referred to as Movers, Shakers and Players – at this age, children begin to show an increasing independence and obvious pleasure in moving, communicating and learning through play.
Ages: 2-3 years
Children at this age can quickly develop physical, emotional and learning needs. Our Hippos room gives a focus to the types of activities that children will experience in Crocodiles and Zebras (pre-school), and ultimately provides an easier and comfortable transition to pre-school.
Ages: 2 - 3.5 years
Children at this age can quickly develop physical, emotional and learning needs, the crocodiles gives a focus to the types of activities that children will experience in the pre-school rooms, and ultimately provides an easier and comfortable transition to pre-school. Our crocodiles have access to a rich environment with resources and activity areas appropriate for the age group and designed to promote and stimulate development, learning and independence.
Ages: 3.5 - 4.5 years (pre-school)
The Zebra room gives a focus to the types of activities that children will experience once in reception at school, and ultimately provides an easier and comfortable transition to big school. Our Zebra children are always on the go and really benefit from large and small physical play. We offer free flow play from the room to the garden on a daily basis.
Providing care before and after school hours. During school holidays we also provide holiday clubs for school age children. These clubs are run inline with Melbourne schools holidays and inset days and provide care from 7.30am to 6.00pm
Music Time visits the nursery once during the week (usually on a Tuesday afternoon). Music Time is a magical music and movement class that uses traditional nursery rhymes and songs that are made fun with marvellous actions, creative props and boundless energy. Music Time visits all children in the Crocodile and Zebra (pre-school) rooms.
Staff run a weekly PE session for all children in our Zebra (pre-school) rooms. This session aims to Improve physical fitness, develop motor skills development, provides regular healthful physical activity, teach self-discipline and facilitates development of student responsibility for their own health and fitness.
Field Forest Play:
Children in the Zebra (pre-school) and Crocodile rooms take part in this fun weekly activity. The philosophy of Field Forest Play is to encourage and inspire children through positive outdoor experiences giving each child an opportunity to develop skills such as self-awareness, motivation, empathy, good social communication skills, independence, a positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence.
Yoga and Mindfulness time:
Across the nursery we have daily Yoga and mindfulness time. Yoga for children brings stories to life through specially developed moves inspired by yoga. Combining fun with exercise, children will go on wild adventures where they may roar like a lion, fly like a bird or blast into outer space!
Mindfulness has been shown to decrease stress, anxiety and feelings of depression in children. In particular, mindfulness in early years settings can help children manage their mental health, as children at nursery generally exist almost entirely in the present moment, teaching them how to be more in control of their emotions is a key life skill.
Parent Questionnaire Testimonials September 2021...
"Staff are very approachable and invested in their job"
"Delicious home cooked meals everyday"
"Overall very happy with the way the nursery keeps me informed about how my child is getting on at nursery"
"Very happy with the care my child receives at Scallywags"
"I feel like I am treated as a partner in my child`s education"