YMCA Green Shoots Day Nursery is a purpose built nursery all on one level with light, spacious rooms for each age group. It is set in the grounds of Studley Green Primary School alongside the local children centre and has been managed by YMCA Bath Group since May 2010. It is registered for 55 places. Green Shoots plays an important part in the local community.
Green Shoots offers full time, part-time and sessional care for children from 3 months to 5 years. We make full use of every inch of our outdoor space at Green Shoots. In our garden we grow fruit and vegetables, have extensive play equipment, and use the grass area for different activities depending on the time of year. In the summer we build shelters that enable the children to play outside all year.
Waterproofs and wellies can be a necessity as we splash in puddles, kick leaves and enjoy the various muddy areas.
Our garden is a magical place where children can explore and enjoy many different activities. We have a specially designed and unique climbing frame and a lovely separate garden for the youngest children as well as a large area around the nursery. We have a strong belief in outdoor play and use all available space to enjoy life in our community.
Session times and prices (1st April 2021-31st March 2022)
We are open from 8am – 6pm each day for 51 weeks of the year. The nursery is closed between Christmas and New Year. We offer part-time sessions and full days and weeks for our working parents. We are conveniently placed for many employment opportunities in the local area and our parents often comment on how we give such good value for money.
We also offer government funding to provide free early education for all parents of three and four year olds and some two year olds. These can be accessed during term time for 38 weeks or across the 51 weeks of the year. We offer unlimited places for funded children and we do not charge top-ups for the rate that the Government gives us.
Prices and sessions below:
Hourly rates (except those discounted for full day or week):
|3 months to 2 years||£5.20|
Full days and full weeks are discounted – see below
|Sessional rates||Timings||3 months –
|2-3 years||3 – 4 years|
|Half day morning||8am-1pm||£26.00||£25.00||£24.00|
|Half day afternoon||1pm-6pm||£26.00||£25.00||£24.00|
|Full week||5 days
Our prices include all our snacks throughout the day and a healthy, home-cooked, two-course lunch and a one course tea for paying parents Those who have free early education only, also have free snacks throughout the day and pay for lunches @ £2.30. Please speak to the manager if you require times different to those above and/or you wish to see our healthy two-course lunch menu which our on-site cook has designed and cooks for us each day.
We also offer a play scheme for 2-5 year olds outside term times. These short sessions can be booked with the manager or administrator on an ad hoc basis. Alternatively, parents can spread their 15 hours across the year and access 11 hours per week for 51 weeks.
|Play Scheme for 2-5 year olds in the holiday times||Price per session|
All children aged 3 and 4 are eligible to receive 15 hours free early education each week for 38 weeks. We also offer 30 free hours for working parents who are eligible for these additional hours. These offers can be spread across 51 weeks of the year for working parents.
To check if you are eligible for the 30 hour a week offer, please see the Wiltshire Council web site where there is an eligibility checker. www.wiltshire.gov.uk
Eligible two year olds can access 15 hours free each week and parents can check whether their child is eligible by looking on the Wiltshire Council web site. www.wiltshire.gov.uk
We take a range of childcare voucher schemes, and recommend that parents visit the Childcare Choices Website to see which scheme will help them best with their childcare fees. www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
If you would like to come and visit our preschool you would be very welcome. Please contact the manager on 01225 751744 or email: GreenShoots@ymca-bg.org
Or complete the enquiry form below and we will get back to you:
The Buttercups Room. 3 months – 2.5 years
Our Buttercups room is light and airy and has its own outdoor space. The youngest children have lots of opportunity to explore and develop under the care of experienced and caring practitioners who form close attachments, with the children at this important stage of their childcare journey. We recognise that this is often the first step away from parents and we form a close working relationship with the parents as we jointly manage this phase.
Daisies Room. 2- 3 years
The Daisies Room is situated in the middle of three inter-connecting rooms at our nursery. We have a special creative area accessible for the children at all times. We have a strong team of 3 permanent qualified staff; this ensures continuity for both the children and their parents. We are a friendly, welcoming team which provide a wide range of activities to support the individual needs of the children. In the Daisies room, we work hard on promoting socialisation as well as independent self-help skills to aid the children with their move up to the pre-school room. The relationship with both parents and their children is paramount, this enables us to build up a picture about the children and their interests and needs. We can tailor our activities/resources to best suit the children and further their development. Having good relationships with the parents also allows them to feel comfortable to come to us for advice on potty training or any concerns regarding their children.
Sunflowers Room. 3- 4 years
Within the Sunflower room, we work on the ethos that children learn through play. Experienced staff extend their play and learning opportunities by adding resources to enhance their interests and help them explore and develop their own ideas.
We offer great opportunities to play both inside and outside. The children are also given free play time to develop their own skills, interests and relationships at their own pace. We promote working in a partnership with parents and they can become fully involved in their child’s learning processes if they wish to. Parents will often share activities from home and we will talk through these when the child comes into Sunflowers again.
In the Sunflowers room, we work closely with outside agencies, such as speech therapists, special educational needs advisors and reception teachers. The transition into school begins very early on in the academic year as we use facilities at our on-site school and the reception teachers come through and engage in activities with the children and staff. During the summer, we use the school hall for PE sessions which enables the children to become independent with preparing and organising themselves.
We have a flexible routine in place within our room as we have a rolling snack and children are given the choice of when to have their healthy snack and how to manage their own play choices.