Le Nid Childcare is a new brand in the childcare sector, providing early years education to a mix of both fee-paying and funded children since 2013. Le Nid means ‘the nest’, which forms the basis of the setting slogan, ‘where your child nestles in our care’. The team’s first setting is located in Southall, and they are in the process of opening a new setting in East Dulwich, London. The setting in Southall serves its community with a unique way of operating, offering flexibility and affordability along with quality. Parents’ reviews of the setting reflect their great satisfaction with their children’s development and the outstanding level of early years education.

Owner, Mrs Gaitree Cuppoor, says: ‘I want parents to associate Le Nid Childcare with quality education and ensure the setting operates as a mini-university, meaning children are encouraged to learn and play independently, as well as in a structured way through the team’s creative ideas.’

Gaitree is very proud of her staff team as they go that extra mile to meet all the children’s learning and development requirements. To promote home-setting links, staff members have been capturing every moment of the child’s learning journey on paper and sharing this with parents. However, this has proved time-consuming. To overcome this, Le Nid Childcare has introduced the Kinderly EYFS app, following a strategic decision to move to a paperless approach.

The amount of time taken up with paperwork has been reduced considerably, giving staff more time to focus on the children’s educational development. Kinderly is very user-friendly; making it quick and easy to capture high quality records of the children’s journey at the setting, which are then used for observations and for measuring milestones. At the end of the day, every parent receives an email detailing how their children have spent their time – from what they have eaten, to nappy changes or toileting.

With the introduction of the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP), Gaitree commented: ‘We have thought very carefully about what we should do with our EYPP funding and our plan is to invest in creative play and learning toys to support both the eligible children and the others in their learning journeys, to ensure they have a stimulating and fun time while they are with us.’

The setting is working to ensure that any funding it receives works hard, so these eligible children are in a position to start school on as equal a footing as possible. Gaitree has found the Kinderly dashboard a very helpful tool to track their children’s development, to ensure the investment is making the planned impact.

In addition, the benefits regarding parent engagement, making it easy to share photos and observations, as well as suggesting activities to help children take their next steps, will make a marked difference for all children, including those eligible for EYPP funding. The setting will be able to follow how engaged parents are, which has a clear impact on their child’s attainment.

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