Our nursery provides full and part-time places for both staff/students of the College plus members of the local community and is registered for 106 children overall. We have the provision to cater for children with additional needs. We are registered with Care & Social Services Inspectorate for Wales (CSSIW), NE Wales Regional Office, and we are members of the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) and Wales Pre-School Playgroup Association (WPPA). The language is English with a basic translation in Welsh.

At Toybox Nursery we offer good quality childcare, ensuring that both parents and children enter an environment that is warm and friendly, with care and education of the highest standard.
With a setting that provides educare for children aged 3 months to five years, it is important to understand that we view all age groups as a stepping-stone towards preparing them for their future.

As society is becoming more accepting towards the Early Years profession, valuing its input towards children's development, the Government has implemented documents and frameworks to support those responsible for the care and education of young children. In 2008 the new framework for Children’s Learning known as the Foundation Phase was introduced in nurseries. The Foundation Phase has seven areas of learning, where stimulating structured play activities can be woven into the learning experience. The curriculum is built around these seven areas to support and encourage your child’s personal, social, emotional, physical and intellectual wellbeing and development.

Our under three's receive the same opportunities and are supported through the 'Birth to Three Matters', with its main purpose to work in partnership with the parents/carers to ensure that these young children are valued and celebrated, that they are seen as competent learners and learn through a safe and stimulating environment with confident and trusting adults.

The Birth to Three Matters Framework turns its attention to 'the child', keeping away from specific curriculum headings but bearing in mind the skills that these babies and young children are developing and the environment that should be provided for them to achieve these skills. There are four ‘aspects’ and each ‘aspect’ is divided into four ‘components’. Each ‘component’ also has several features that professionals should focus on to develop each child's ‘aspect’.
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Toybox Nursery's Estyn report: Excellent


Each area within the nursery has a curriculum to follow, which includes personal and social development, language and literacy, mathematics, physical and creative development.

The Caterpillars: 0-12 months- Heads up, lookers and communicators

The baby room is bright, warm and homely. The room is decorated with colourful mobiles, photographs and wall displays featuring the babies own craft and involvement. Conventional toys and holistic activities such as treasure baskets, balloons, bubbles, music and water play encourage the babies to explore and enjoy their surroundings indoors and outdoors.
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The Ladybirds: 12-18 months- Sitters, standers and explorers

The children in The Ladybird Room are encouraged to become more mobile through soft play and push along toys. They also experience paint, glue, water and sand through creative play. We offer the children the chance to explore the natural world through outdoor play and a variety of treasure baskets.

The Butterflies: 18 months - 2½ years- Movers, shakers and players

The children in The Butterfly Room are encouraged to communicate, play together and to find their voice together. We have a wide range of toys and our activities are varied they include gluing, painting, sand play and baking. We encourage the children to explore and experiment through creative play and outdoor activities. read more

The Bumblebees: 2½ years - 3 years & Grasshoppers: 3 years - 5 years

The Bumblebees: 2½ years - 3 years
Walkers, talkers and pretenders
Within The Bumble Bee Room we provide opportunities for learning experience using a wide range of provisions these include sand, malleable play, books, block play, exploratory play, role play and movement. Toybox Nursery is a registered setting with the Flying Start scheme. Every two year old in Flintshire Flying Start area is entitled to a childcare place this is dependent on your postcode please speak to the manager if you are eligible for this scheme.

The Grasshoppers: 3 years - 5 years
The children in The Grasshopper Room follow The Foundation Phase which enables the children to be creative, imaginative and to have fun whilst learning, this gives the children skills to build on and develop ready for school. Toybox Nursery is a registered setting with The Early Entitlement Scheme. Every child in Flintshire is entitled to an education place the term following his/her third birthday. If your child is eligible for this scheme please speak to the manager.
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Opening Hours

Toybox Nursery is open throughout the year except for Bank Holidays, one half day during July and one week at Christmas. Please note that if the nursery is open on Christmas Eve, the closing time will be 1.00pm.

Financial Assistance

If you want to study or are studying a full-time at Coleg Cambria, have pre-school children and you are on a low income, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance towards the costs of childcare in the Toybox Nursery.

Please contact Student Services on 0300 30 30 007 for details of the Learner Support Fund; you can apply for assistance as soon as you enrol on a full-time course at Coleg Cambria.
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