At Mucky Pups Childcare your child’s development is paramount to us and we like to give you the peace of mind that your child’s development is tracked and that we provide activities which are tailored to your child’s individual needs and stage of development. To help us with our development tracking we have used various methods, but the one we find to be most functional is a paper based Learning Journal.

With the Learning Journal we can record your child’s development through photo and text observations. We then link the observations to the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) and the characteristics of effective learning. We also carry out regular termly assessments of your child’s development, including the 2 year check which you can take with you to your child’s 2 year check with the Health Visitor, to ensure they have a thorough insight to your child and their development.

To help your child’s key worker see how your child is developing at home and to make a link between home and nursery, we ask parents/carers to send photos and observations into nursery about what your child has been doing at home. We use these to plan activities and further enhance the interests and development of your child.

We love to see what the children have been getting up to at home with use of your own photos and we are looking for ways in which your child concentrates (ie. do they pull their tongue out when playing or are they so engrossed in an activity that they are not aware you are watching them); on activities that they enjoy on a daily basis (ie. do they always go back to the same toy); any special events, (ie birthdays, weddings, new baby brother or sister); do they line toys up, make circles, always climbing in or on things or do they like things that spin; any firsts (ie first steps, first time peddling a bike, etc).

These are all ways in which they learn and we want to see them learning at home as well as in the nursery.

The folder will be kept up to date at Nursery and will be given to parents upon leaving the setting.

Our daughter has been attending Mucky Pups Nursery since around May 2015 and has provided a safe and nurturing environment. We were very happy with the way she was settled in, the family feel was what we were looking for and they have been exceptional at taking on board the health issues she has which can be on a day to day basis needing medical intervention. This is obviously an appreciated undertaking by Mucky Pups allowing me to work worry free knowing that she is in good hands. The inclusion of other activities such as swimming, forest school, trips out and Hartbeeps adds to the work already in place to keep the children engaged. We have found Mucky Pups one of the only nursery's to be flexible in their approach to accommodating the hours you require , rather than set blocks of hours, and being fairly priced this ensures you pay for the time you need. Overall, a happy, safe and engaging environment which is paramount to any working parent.
When we made the decision to send our little lady to a nursery it felt like such a daunting choice however the team at Mucky Pups have made this the easiest move we could have ever made. From the get go their warm, welcoming and friendly attitudes have not only helped our little lady settle quickly (she is most definitely happy and engaged in her surroundings) but it has also been such a comfort in helping us to leave her in such a fabulous environment (she can't wait to go in the mornings). The facilities are well equipped, colourful and stimulating for her and the staff have been amazing in keeping us well informed about her daily activities and engagement in these. I cannot rate all of the team highly enough and am so grateful for everything you've done so far in helping her to grow, learn and play with the other children around her. I know she has only been there a few short weeks but I feel confident that this will be the best choice for her.
Mucky Pups is a fantastic nursery, I fell in love with it straight away! The staff are so friendly and go above & beyond for the children. The sleep room is away from the other rooms & each child has their allocated cot.. This was a big must for me as my daughter likes her afternoon naps. My daughter absolutely loves going Mucky Pups and adores her Key Worker Lyndsey, she has came on leaps & bounds since joining last month. Mucky pups has that personal touch that I've not seen in a nursery before. So nice going to working knowing she's there.