NHC students grow up so fast

Thursday, August 21, 2014
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or the Comet interns’ last North
Hertfordshire College page the
theme is Childhood Studies.
Here we interview Linda Frisch,
the manager of Wonderland Nursery, to
find out more about
the world of childcare.
Nursery, based in
Letchworth, offers
work experience placements to NHC students
taking childhood studies who are interested
in forging a career in
the education field.
Asked what the
students learn while
they are working at the nursery, Linda
said: “They learn practical childcare
skills, communication skills and can gain
The family-run business cares for
children aged from three months to five-
years-old, who are each assigned to a
key carer.
This carer supports the child or children while they learn and develop, and
also works in partnership with the
parents and/or carers. Ofsted has rated
Wonderland Nursery as ‘outstanding’,
the top mark available.
This year the nursery is celebrating
its 20th anniversary, with events
planned by parents and staff on
September 5 and 6.
Linda, from Hitchin, said:
“The students gain knowledge and understanding of
the role of the adult in
“Many think at first it is
just playing with the children,
but there is a lot more to it
than that.”
The nursery takes on four
students at a time and each of
them have a role to play while
they are part of the programme.
Linda said: “Wonderland Nursery is
happy to support students because it
enables our own staff to develop
mentoring skills and to keep up to date
with the expectations of childcare
It supports
their studies and
enables them to
put the college
based learning
into practice
Wonderland Nursery
onderland Nursery is
rated as outstanding by
Ofsted and has been
providing quality childcare in Letchworth since 1994. Here
those who run it explain some of the
services they offer.
The day nursery is a large, wellresourced building which is child
friendly and able to accommodate more
than 100 children in their key groups.
We have a separate baby unit with
safe spaces where babies can comfortably sleep, eat, explore and play both
indoors and out. In the main area of
the nursery children move around the
different areas with their key carer
and have an opportunity to explore a
range of activities which are both
adult-led and of the child’s own choosing including mark making, construction, small world toys, art and craft,
puzzles and books.
Outside in the garden, children
enjoy playing on the ride-on toys,
digging in the sand pit or exploring
the natural resources in the investigation area. We also enjoy walks into the
local community to visit the library,
courses and qualifications.”
Linda also mentioned that the nursery has taken students on full-time after
college and said she herself had gained
her qualifications through NHC.
When asked if she thought the experience is worthwhile for the students, she
added: “Yes, it supports their studies
and enables them to put the college
based learning into practice.
“The students are supported while
they plan for an activity to be observed
and gain confidence by having a go with
the support of the practitioners
The work experience scheme came
about a number of years ago when NHC
approached Wonderland Nursery asking
if they would like to be part of the
scheme, something Linda was more
than happy to do.
To mark the nusery’s anniversary, a
fun day which is open to the general
public is being held at Wonderland
Nursery, on Saturday, September 6,
between 11am and 3pm.
To find out more about the nursery
visit www.wonderlandnursery.co.uk.
Childhood Studies courses available at North
Hertfordshire College
Certificate in Caring For a Child/Children (entry 3)
park and local shops.
In addition, there are rooms where
the children can have small group
times to explore early maths, Jolly
Phonics, cooking and music with Tiny
There is also a sensory room
equipped with touch screen computers, bubble tube and projector.
The competitive fees are inclusive
of Tiny Mites Music, meals, nappies
and other consumables.
We also offer fortnightly optional
drama classes for children over the
age of two for a slight additional cost.
Our fully qualified catering staff
prepare meals from scratch using
fresh, locally sourced ingredients and
adapt our seasonal menus to meet
individual dietary needs. We were
awarded five stars in our recent environmental health inspection.
To find out more about the nursery
and what we can offer your child
please visit our website www.
wonderlandnursery.co.uk or
contact us by emailing [email protected]
Diploma in Caring for Children
Level 1 Award in Progression
Level 1 Award in Progression
Level 2 Award in Paediatric First Aid
Diploma in Child Care and Education
National Diploma in Children’s Care Learning & Development
L3 Early Years Educator for the Work-Based Learner
Foundation Degree in Early Years
Foundation Degree in Working with Young People