Little Goldies opened its doors in September 2017. The ethos of the nursery is that every child will be treated as an individual whose own needs will be respected and challenged so that they grow to be independent, inquisitive children. We take into consideration Modern Britain and embrace the diversity of our families, ensuring our children grow to be tolerant and respectful to all.
We encourage strong British values to develop through turn taking and taking the child’s view into consideration. This will encourage the children to work together to make decisions, promote individual liberty, democracy and mutual respect and tolerance for all.
The children will learn Judaism through davening (praying) each day, havdalla parties (goodbye to Shabbat songs), shabbat parties and learning about the chagim (festivals) all through art and song and drama.
The children will have an interest in exploring their learning environment and reaching their potential in their own time, through the framework of the EYFS, plus being offered lots of love and fun. We fully encompass culture capital, ensuring each child can learn the awe and wonder of the world and explore the environment that we live in.
Every day at Little Goldies is different as we see what the children are interested in and our timetable therefore is very flexible.
Our daily timetable though is based on the following:
8-8.50 Breakfast Club. Children who come in during this time are offered breakfast
8.50-9.15 free play- children can choose which area they want to go to in the nursery setting. A Key Worker is with each activity
9.15 -9.30 davening (daily prayers). Monday morning we include Havdalla (saying goodbye to Shabbat)
9.30-10.15/30 Free play with adult input. During this time for example we will have sand/ water, play dough, contraction toys, jigsaws and an art activity out. We encourage all children to go to all areas.
10.30 we take the children downstairs and they have snack time (parents provide a snack of cut up fruit or vegetables, plus a drink of water.) We provide milk.
11.00-11.30 there is some kind of physical activity with the children. We do yoga, an exercise lesson with music that the children have to listen to instructions. We also so small circle time, where each Key Worker takes their group of children and in a quieter environment does activities with the children.
11.30-12.30 We take the children into the outdoor environment. When the weather is warming we spend a lot of the day outside and take all our indoor activities outside.
Children who attend just for the morning go home at 12.30.
12.30-1.15 Lunch time.
1.15 1.30 Quiet time where children sit and look at books.
1.30-2.40 Free play with Key Workers input.
2.40-3 Story time and singing time.
Each week we have drama lesson and a music lesson from an external teacher.
I have been an early years educator for over 30 years. I first started working at Kisharon and then I ran my own playgroup for 15 years. This was followed by being the Manager at Danescroft Nursery for 14 years. When the site was sold I helped set up Little Goldies at Golders Green Synagogue in 2017. With all my experience over the years, Little Goldies is now well established and even with all the trouble of Covid Little Goldies is flourishing with the help of the dedicated staff.
“The setting has a community feel, and children and families have a strong sense of belonging. Children in this setting are happy and secure.”