Hummingbirds is a voluntary setting, independent of adjoining SS. Mary and Michael Primary School. We are Ofsted registered to take a maximum of 30 children from the age of 2 - 4 years.
In 1994, a group of parents, teachers and parishioners of SS Mary & Michael had the great idea of setting up a pre-school educational nursery. After much hard work and dedication, the nursery first opened in the church presbytery in 1997.
In October 2006, Hummingbirds relocated to Castle Lane Community Centre into a permanent nursery room with a secure outdoor play area. We have a fantastic Playdale climbing/slide system, a construction area, a large sandpit, mini-beast area, viewing platform and a small vegetable plot. We have additional rooms indoors that we use for enrichment activities, such as dance, football, tennis and yoga.
We regularly use the adjoining school's outdoor nature and activity areas. From September 2021 we will have a staff memebr with level 3 forest school qualifications and be able to offer regular forest school activities!
The nursery is open to all and has proved extremely successful and very popular over the years. Children who attend Hummingbirds have gone on to start at many different primary schools in the area, including SS Mary and Michael’s Catholic Primary School, Garstang Community Primary School, Scorton, St. Mary's Calaughton, Nateby, Bleasdale and St. Thomas'.
A Safe, Secure Environment
SAFEGUARDING AND WELL-BEING
At Hummingbirds, we take the safeguarding and well-being of your children very seriously. All our safeguarding policies and procedures can be viewed on this website under the 'Useful Info.' tab and a folder which is kept in the nursery.
Hard copies are available in request.
From our latest Ofsted Report - November 2018
"Children build secure and emotional attachments with kind and caring staff who are very responsive to their needs"
"Children behave well and settle in easily, showing they feel safe and secure in this warm and welcoming environmemt"
"Children enjoy free access into the outdoor play areas and enjoy additional physical activities and excercise sessions'
"Children are confident and enthusiastic learners. They enjoy making their own decisions and carefully manage their own risks appropriately. They gain the necessary skills that help them with their future learning and for starting school"
"Staff teach with expertise. They are kind and caring practitioners who devlop a close bond and secure relationship with all children."
"Staff have a clear knowledge of children's individual and specific requirements to effcetively supoprt their learning and development"