Lowdham Alphabet House
Our ‘Outstanding’ nursery, on Gunthorpe Road in Lowdham, is set in a leafy, rural location, which is merely walking distance from the village itself, and next to the train station. The nursery occupies a beautiful Georgian house, with plenty of car parking and a superb outdoor play area.
The nursery provides a friendly, home-from-home environment supported by warm, caring and mature staff who all have extensive childcare experience.
We cater for four different age groups, up to pre-school. All of our rooms are light, spacious and equipped to the highest standards. We make full use of our outside play facilities too, with an all-weather play surface for cycling and scooters, and a bark area for the climbing equipment. The pre-school children look after their own allotment, where they have successfully grown all types of vegetables.
We are fortunate to have close links with our nursery in Farnsfield, which has a fabulous relationship with White Post Farm. This relationship means that we can operate our Forest School sessions from the farm and use it for lovely and educational trips out for all of the nursery children.
- Yoga with Mama Baby Bliss
- French classes with Jaqueline
- Music and movement with Lauren
- Forest Schools with Paul at White Post Farm
We have good links with our local primary schools, and also offer before and after school care for children attending these schools.
We are open from 7.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday.
We are so proud of our latest OFSTED report which rated us as Outstanding, the report is available here.
Below are some statements taken from our Ofsted report:
- The manager demonstrates a passion and drive to maintain consistently high standards. Her excellent leadership skills inspire all those that work with her. She constantly evaluates practice and places high priority on children's safety.
- Partnerships with parents are exceptional. Staff involve parents in every aspect of their child's learning in the nursery and at home. They recognise that successful partnership working has a positive impact on children's learning and development.
- Staff are highly sensitive in helping babies to form secure emotional attachments. For example, they find out pertinent information from parents about their child's needs and ensure that all staff working with babies know their individual preferences.
- Staff provide children with an extremely stimulating environment indoors and outdoors that helps children to be highly motivated and very eager to select resources to support their interests.
- Staff have high expectations of all children. They have a very secure understanding of children's abilities and how they prefer to learn. Children make exceptional progress in their learning.
- The manager has a robust monitoring system in place to identify the learning of individuals and groups of children. She uses this very effectively with staff to promote children's rapid progress. Early intervention is exceedingly effective in helping children to develop their speaking skills.
Take a look around our nursery
Staff at Lowdham
Our staff at nursery are dedicated to providing a happy and safe environment for all the children. All our staff are carefully chosen not only for their experience and qualifications but also for their professional knowledge and to show commitment and empathy to children in their care.
Many have been with us for several years and so not only offer continuity for your child, but are also more mature and have extensive childcare experience as well. In each room the required amount of qualified nursery nurses are supplemented by trainee nursery nurses. All staff to child ratios are always met and often exceeded.
Staff, where possible remain constant, operating a ‘Key Worker’ system. This is when each child is allocated to a member of staff to provide a link between the parents and child. They will be largely responsible for settling them into nursery, their day to day care and communicating with the parents about their child’s development. This enables the member of staff to develop close relationships with children in their care.
At Alphabet House we are constantly developing, and this largely includes our staff. Training is very important to us and we offer in-house such as First Aid and Food Hygiene courses and external training, for example specific Baby age group, Language, SEN courses. We support many of our staff to further their knowledge and skills through training and by adding to their qualifications and skill set.
My name is Tracey Manning-Cox and I am the Nursery Manager at Alphabet House in Lowdham. I am also the Senior Group Manager of Alphabet House Day Nurseries and I support the other Managers with their Ofsted requirements, policy, care and standards.
I have worked in the Childcare sector for over 25 years and I have a wide variety of roles. I started my career as a Nursery Nurse and progressed to Nursery Manager, Senior Nursery Manager and have had experience in being an NVQ Assessor in Childcare. I have my Level 4 in Childcare, Learning and Development, Level 5 in Leadership and Management.
I thoroughly enjoy my job as a Nursery Manager and managing the day-to-day running of a childcare setting: managing and supporting staff, and making sure that the nursery offers a safe and caring environment for children to develop and learn.