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St Mary's Childcare Centre
Tyne and Wear
The University Childcare Service is registered and inspected regularly by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), who awarded us the ultimate recognition of 'Outstanding' in all areas. All meals are prepared on site – where we have a 5-star hygiene rating – by a qualified professional cook, and dietary requirements can be catered for upon discussion with a child’s keyworker. Our staff team are all professionally qualified, skilled and experienced. A comprehensive External, University and Service Staff Development Programme provides opportunities to continually update and enhance our knowledge.
Our staff are highly experienced, possessing a wide range of skills and knowledge. Staff undergo all necessary clearances from the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and a health check, prior to a commencement of employment. All staff have their DBS check renewed every three years, are paediatric first-aid trained, and safeguarding trained, so you can relax in the knowledge that your child is under the care of staff who you can trust and rely on. At St Mary’s you’ll find a healthy, safe, and secure environment.
Your child will engage in an exciting and educational curriculum which is led by our two early years teachers, following the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The EYFS promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. Keyworkers will track children’s learning and development during their journey with us using a variety of methods, including planning and observation as well as birth to five trackers. Children enjoy activities such as jiggle wiggle, outdoor play, sensory play and creative time which will ensure your child thoroughly enjoys their time with us. And once that time is up, we’ll celebrate how far they have come with a graduation ceremony, just like our neighbours at the University of Sunderland.
"I couldn't be happier with St Mary's. The staff have supported my little girl from small baby to confident toddler. The children learn so much through play and activities, I can clearly see how much my daughter progresses every day she is there. She has made some firm friends and her language, social skills and imagination are developing so much."
"The staff at the nursery are amazing – each and every one of them! They are professional, polite and passionate about caring for babies and young children. They do a wonderful job and I would wholeheartedly recommend St Mary’s to any parent – my children love the nursery and they have been well prepared for the years ahead."
"The childcare service provided at St Mary's is second to none! I have used other providers and they don't come close. Staff go above and beyond to provide adjusted care for my daughter who has additional medical needs and this gives me peace of mind that she is being well looked after. The educational and personal development support is exceptional."