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About Us

Whipper-snappers is a large privately owned full day care nursery and out of school provision for babies and children aged from 0-12 years, each age group within its own separate accommodation. Deemed ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted, Whipper-snappers is located in a rural location on the outskirts of Felsted and is set well away from the road in approximately six acres of land, overlooking open countryside. Established in 1994 by sisters’ Tina Carnegie-Dielhenn BA (Hons) and Lynda Bocarisa, children play and learn in a caring family atmosphere within light and welcoming restored barns.

Whipper-snappers takes pride in employing a staff team of the highest calibre; all team members consist of experienced and mainly long serving members of staff. All our staff are paediatric first aid trained and dedicated to the welfare and education of every child in our care, regularly attending courses and training to ensure up to date and relevant knowledge that allows us to provide the best opportunities for the children.

Our cook and her team prepare fresh local produce in our kitchen on site following our healthy food policy to provide a balanced, varied and nutritious menu, which is then served to children within the comfort of their own barn. Special dietary requirements are wholly catered for.

We ensure that our service is fully inclusive in meeting the needs of all children; Whipper-snappers are committed to anti-discriminatory practice and to promoting equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all children and families. We take great care to treat each individual as a person in their own right with equal rights and responsibilities. We provide a secure and accessible environment in which all children can flourish and where all contributions are valued, ensuring inclusion is a thread that runs through all we do.

Hayley Tredget, our Head of Early Years Practice, leads the whole team in creating an environment and opportunities that enable the children to develop their personalities, talents and abilities, by working within the guidance of the Early Years Foundation Stage we are able to understand and support individual child’s development.

Across the setting we work within the Early Years Foundation Stage this sets out:

  • The legal welfare requirements to keep children safe and promote their welfare
  • The seven areas of learning and development which guide us when engaging the children in play and activities
  • The assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress during these early years
  • The expected levels that children should reach ensuring they are ready to enter key stage 1 (Year 1 at primary school)

Particular emphasis is placed on creating a stimulating environment that provides the opportunity for focused learning through child initiated play, with rich and purposeful experiences based around children’s individual needs, interests and learning styles.

Families are, of course, the primary carers and educators of young children. We value your comments and welcome you into Whipper-snappers to have the opportunity to work together in achieving a positive experience for both you and your child. A key person is allocated to each child and, working in partnership with families ensures their continued emotional well-being during transition into, and throughout Whipper-snappers, provides dedicated individual care for your child.

Working within our planning cycle we observe and assess the children’s development within a learning journey, planning their next steps and possible lines of direction for their play with exciting opportunities to enhance their learning and development. All this information is gathered in your child’s learning journey which we encourage parents to contribute to on a regular basis.

Lynda Bocarisa

Tina Carnegie-Dielhenn