47 Liverpool Road, Warrington, WA5 1AF
Dunkys Day Nursery Warrington, is located in the Sankey Bridges area. Situated under the ‘Pink eye’, as it is known locally. The building was previously a public house and hotel and has been transformed into a state of the art nursery whilst keeping some of the building special and unique. The building is very spacious indoors , and is registered for 90 children. It has an extensive outdoor space.
The nursery has the highest standard of security including a state of the art Biometric fingerprint door access and CCTV in all rooms. The nursery caters for children ages between 0 – 5 years with the flexibility of a term time only and shift rota contracts available for all age groups.
The nursery has a large baby room, toddler room and pre-school room.
Our rooms are very comfortable and equipped with lots of soft furnishings where the children can relax and spend quality time making new friends and learning new skill in a stimulating and educational environment. We encourage children’s independence and we regularly consult with children to ensure their involvement in making decisions and having choices about their rooms, equipment and activities. Our garden is fully secure with a large bricked wall around the perimeter.
We grow our own fruits and vegetables which the children use in their weekly cookery lessons where they have the opportunity to learn all about the food groups. Together with their enjoyment of the healthy balanced meals and snacks offered throughout the day at nursery we want to look after the health and wellbeing of all the children in our care. That is why we actively promote healthy choices such as outdoor play, simple hygiene routines and cooking activities.
The outdoors will be accessed by all the children throughout the day – “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!” As well as supporting the children with hand washing and hair brushing,all the children (babies from 6 months) will have their own toothbrushes to encourage independence and routine of their own personal hygiene. All of this combined will encourage lifestyle choices that will remain with them into their adulthood.
Our curriculum is based on each individual child and their stage of development as well as their current interests. Staff can identify the characteristics of effective learning to ensure an enriched environment to support every child’s learning style. We offer a wide range of opportunities such as creative and messy play, sensory play, baking,understanding of the world, imaginative play and role play, problem-solving, reasoning and numeracy, information and communication technology and much more.
You’re welcome to visit the nursery at any time during our opening hours – Just drop in and say hello!
We are open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday except for Bank Holidays. However, we can accommodate a 7.30am start for an extra charge.
Dunky’s has been awarded Warrington Healthy Early Years and Halton Healthy Early Years status which recognises our commitment to work together to promote the health and well being of children in our care. In order to achieve these accolades we demonstrated how we promote consistent, informed messages about healthy eating so that children and families have the confidence, skills and understanding to make healthy food choices.
It is paramount that healthy and nutritious food and drink is available in our nurseries. With that in mind all of our nurseries are fully equipped with an industrial sized kitchen. We employ a Senior chef, who has over 28 years experience in working in nurseries providing meals for the under 5s . She leads our team of nursery chefs to cater for all children’s nutritional needs including dietary and religious requirements. All of our kitchens are inspected by Environmental health and have been awarded the highest ratings of 5 stars. The nursery Chefs when determine our menus have researched the Caroline Walker Trust Guidelines. The Caroline Walker Trust is dedicated to the improvement of public health through good food. You can do your own research by following the link www.cwt.org.uk. We have a summer and winter menu over a 6 week rolling programme ensuring all children’s nutritional needs are met. The nurseries are open from 8am till 6pm each day. We provide a three course breakfast, two course lunch and high tea each day, fully homemade by our chefs. A fruit bowl is also available with every meal and fresh drinking water is always available all day, every day to all children.
At Dunky’s we provide a welcoming and relaxed eating environment which supports positive social interactions including good manners for all of our children. We encourage the children to be independent during meal times, setting up tables, serving their own food and scraping the left over’s away as they finish…. if there is any! of course support will always be given to those who need it.
We try to educate our children so that healthy choices become easy choices. At all times our teachers give out positive messages around nutrition and oral health. All of our children brush their teeth at the nursery and we regularly invite dentists to come in and talk to our children about the importance of brushing and oral hygiene. We also provide a wide range of activities to promote healthy eating as a fun, rewarding and social activity. Every one of our nurseries operates a gardening club where the children grow their own fruits and vegetables which are then used in the nursery meals prepared by our chefs. The children tend to their own herb gardens again which seasons our food made by the chefs. We recognise that children learn best when engaging all of their senses. When gardening, the children touch and feel the soil, plants, roots, seeds and petals. Children observe the vibrant colours, the sounds to the snap of the vegetable when taken from the plant, and all the amazing smells of the herbs and flowers. Allowing all the senses to be involved helps the children understand and grasp the concepts of gardening and sustainability along with all the mathematics and scientific concepts which go along with it. Children also attend weekly cookery lesson which are sometimes led by our nursery chefs. Children learn about different food groups, how food is grown and harvested and environmental footprints as food and drink is shipped around the world. Children feel a huge sense of pride when they have contributed towards the making of a meal for their peers for example baking the bread rolls to accompany the homemade soups, or investigating and chopping exotic fruits for our fruit kebabs or making and filling pita parcels for tea.
Dunkys uses food to promote special events and festivals. Every child who attends nursery on the birthday will receive a birthday cake baked specially for them by our nursery chef.
Our Nursery Chefs are always on hand to support families with weaning advice and menu planning for you at home.