McMillan Early Childhood Centre

All needs met for children under 5 years in one place

Another Outstanding Ofsted Inspection -  Sept 16

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Ludmila Morris

Head of Centre


We welcome all parents to share in their children’s school life.

A child’s learning depends on parental support.  We welcome parents at the start of the session to share a book or use the equipment.  We ask parents to be prompt when collecting their children at the end of the session.

Parents can talk to their child’s key worker about their day and share any anxieties or successes. Ludmila, the head teacher and Ruth Rigby, the deputy and special needs coordinator, are also available should you wish to discuss anything in more detail.

We expect parents to stay with their child on their first day at our Centre as the experience may be quite daunting due to the large space and number of unfamiliar adults and children. On their first day you may wish to show them the different activities we have as well as showing them where they can use the toilet and wash their hands. Some children take longer to settle so we encourage parents to stay as long as it takes for a child to feel comfortable in our centre.  We do not criticise parents for being anxious when settling their children.  We want your child to be happy in our Centre so please give them the time they need before you leave them.


 The a.m. session is from 8.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and the afternoon session is from 12.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

We ask you to be prompt at the beginning of each session as children like to meet and greet and be involved with their friends.  At the end of the session the staff have to prepare activities as well as attend planning and general staff meetings regularly.  The doors will be open from 11.15am and 3.15pm for you to collect your child.

When the children arrive they are free to choose any activity available.  The outdoor play is available after the session begins and children can go out freely.  We are usually out in all types of weather so please remember to provide appropriate outdoor clothes. Please label coats, scarves, hats and any removable items so that we can easily identify their clothing. 


Learning at the Centre is play based and informed by the curriculum guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage  which precedes The National curriculum.  Learning in the Foundation Stage is organised into seven areas of learning.  These are:

  • Personal, social & emotional development;
  • Communication & language;
  • Physical development;
  • Literacy;
  • Mathematical development;
  • Understanding the world;
  • Expressive arts & design.

Each learning area has a series of early learning milestones through which the children progress.  Every child is individual and will progress at different rates. At our Centre we encourage children to become confident, independent and motivated learners.  The staff maintain regular records of their children’s achievements and spend time making observations of how children relate to one another, gain confidence and develop their skills in the seven areas of learning.  The staff plan according to the needs of the children. We base what we do on their experiences e.g. home life, gardening, stories and rhymes.

We try to tune in to what motivates your child. Planning and identified areas of learning may be seen on the nursery walls.  Parents are welcome to read this information.


Some of the children’s work is reflected on the walls but not all.  Boys often learn in a different way to girls through concrete activities like brick work, sand play etc.

Girls often enjoy drawing and painting. However staff do take regular photographs of children whilst they work, as evidence of their learning.  Children have different rates of learning and may develop in one area sooner than another.  All have differing talents and individual ways of learning.