The Mill Nursery
St Vigor & St John Primary School
Telephone: 01761 233847 opt 4
OFSTED Number: EY399192
The Mill Nursery is situated within the grounds of St Vigor and St John Church of England VA Primary School, Chilcompton, Somerset. The Governing body of St Vigor and St John C of E Primary School is responsible for the provision of the childcare services. The senior leadership team consists of the Chair of Governors, the Headteacher, Assistant Headteacher and Childcare Manager. The nursery has strong links with the School and ‘Get Set Mendip ‘ who offer family support services from the same building.
The Mill Nursery and the Mill Children’s Centre opened in 2009. The nursery is open 08.00-17.00 hours, 5 days a week, 48 weeks of the year. The purpose built building is fully accessible comprising of family support rooms and a purpose-built nursery facility which has been accommodated in a single storey building. The Mill nursery has 34 places offering both full day care and sessional care for children 0-7 years of age. Some children take up their free entitlement at age two, and some at three, and the nursery also has fee paying parents and places funded by external agencies, such as colleges and children’s services. The nursery consists of three rooms ‘Barley’ the baby room for under 2’s offering 6 places, a sleep room and ‘Granary’ main room for children aged 2 – 7 years of age which offers 28 places. The nursery also offers before, after school and school holiday care for children aged 4 – 7 years of age. The ‘Granary’ room is divided up by room scape furniture to provide a separate area for children aged pre-school plus. Each room has its own nappy changing and toilet facilities. Children have access to an enclosed outdoor play/garden area which provides the opportunity to experience the free-flow environment. The outdoor space has features such as a water run, sand pit, ‘digging’ area and raised gardening boxes. Initiatives such as Forest School provide opportunities for children to have experiences beyond the regular nursery environment. The nursery also has access to use many of the school facilities.
The nursery team consists of 14 early years practitioners and 1 support staff. Staff are employed on either full-time year round contracts or on a part-time term time only basis. All nursery practitioners are qualified to a level 3 minimum and are paediatric first aid trained. The Childcare Manager is qualified to Honours Degree level. The Nursery Lead Teacher is also Assistant Headteacher of St Vigor and St John Primary School and has a B Ed in General Primary Education. The Deputy Manager is qualified to level 6. Three of our full-time practitioners are also qualified Forest School Leaders. The nursery also employs a part time term time administrator/receptionist.