Coin Street nursery | An upgraded learning environment in central London

Head of Early Years Education and qualified teacher, Kate Yiannadji, talks us through what the nursery team have been up to when the nursery closed for refurbishment.

“On Thursday 14 December 2017 we closed our 84 place nursery for four weeks to upgrade our indoor and outdoor facilities and train our nursery practitioners.

Our first day without the children was spent on a staff training and team building day in our neighbourhood centre. The staff then returned on Saturday and Sunday to pack down the nursery and move all the furniture, books and learning equipment into temporary spaces on the ground floor of the neighbourhood centre. It’s been ten years since we opened our Ofsted good rated nursery at the neighbourhood centre, so you can imagine the amount of things we had to sift through and shift. Our fish also found a temporary home in our second-floor office space alongside our colleagues.

Last year, we secured financial support from the Department for Education to upgrade the nursery kitchen and from Tesco to green up the outside play space. The trustees of Coin Street Community Builders also made a major investment themselves to ensure that the nursery continues to meet our commitment to be an inspiring, engaging and stimulating place to get the best care and education in your child’s critical early years.

While the builders were installing a new kitchen, replacing the flooring across the nursery, improving the outside play space, among other enhancements, our qualified education professionals were busy further strengthening their skills and knowledge of child development. They received training on Planning in the Moment – a child led process that supports children to learn independently. They also received training on Attachment and Nurturing, Social Communication Difficulties and Behaviour management. This was topped off by a visit to The National Maritime Museum and Early Excellence centre.

Our onsite Chef, Jo Day, has been working hard to develop new menus – advised by a dietitian – to make in the new state of the art kitchen. This will make cooking our award nominated food much easier.”

We opened the doors to our nursery on Monday, however, there is still some unpacking to do. We look forward to sharing pictures of the completed work soon.

The nursery is part of the Ofsted Outstanding Coin Street family and children’s centre which provides a safe and friendly environment for parents, carers and their children where they can receive support and advice, access to health, education and training services. For older children, the centre offers holiday play scheme as well as a wider programme of free and affordable activities for every age.

For more information or to arrange a visit, please contact Kate on 020 7021 1670 or email nursery@coinstreet.org