Alphabet Yard is situated in Ayr town centre. We have 4 rooms:
- Ladybird Room for children 6 weeks – 18 months
- Butterfly Room for children 18 months – 3 years
- Bumblebee Room for children 3 – 5 years (This is on our upper floor with different learning experiences over 2 rooms)
Our staff are committed to providing the highest standards of professional childcare and education. Before beginning employment, all staff are thoroughly vetted in accordance with Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland Requirements (SCSWIS).
Alphabet Yard is committed to providing training and development for all staff including: SVQ 2, 3 and 4 in Early Years Care and Education, First Aid, Child Protection, Food Hygiene, Health and Safety and Child Development.
Continued Professional Development (CPD) is also available to all staff through our South Ayrshire Council partnership, as well as in-house and online training which covers all aspects of the Curriculum Framework (3 – 5 Years) and Pre-Birth to Three: Supporting our Youngest Children.
Photographs of the nursery staff are situated in the entrance hall
Partnership with Parents and Carers
You, as parents/carers are the prime educators of your child in their earliest years therefore we welcome and encourage parent’s involvement in the nursery. We have an ‘open door’ policy in place therefore a member of staff is always available to listen to your comments and suggestions.
Effective communication between parents and nursery staff is important to provide the best possible care for your child. We would appreciate if you could inform nursery staff of any circumstances, either temporary or permanent which may affect your child’s emotional or physical well being to ensure your child receives additional support if necessary. A member of staff will be available to speak to you on a daily basis to discuss your child’s progress and answer any questions you may have.
You will be kept informed of nursery events and activities through our notice board in the entrance hall, newsletters and via our website. On your child’s online learning journal you will also find information on the day’s activities, snacks and lunches, sleeps and nappy changing.
All information regarding your child/family will be kept in the strictest confidence in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
Alphabet Yard is registered with the Scottish Care Inspectorate who are the registration and inspection body for all pre-school centres in Scotland. The nursery is inspected regularly (usually unannounced) to ensure the high standards of childcare and education laid down in the National Care Standards are being met. Alphabet Yard’s inspection reports are available on the Care Inspectorate website to view.
Policies and Procedures
Alphabet Yard has an extensive number of policies, procedures and risk assessments in place including: Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities, Child Protection, Partnership with Parents, Allergy Procedure, Prevention of Infection, Additional Needs Policy. All our policies and procedures are displayed in the hallway for your information or you can request copies from the Nursery Manager.