Innovations Children’s Centre Nursery
Innovations Children’s Centre is a purpose built building based in the grounds of Dean Field Community Primary School in Ovenden. The centre is easily accessible from Cousin Lane and has good transport links with a regular bus service to and from Halifax.
Innovations has been offering day care, services and training from May 2004, when it was officially opened by former local MP Alice Mahon. The centre supports the local community and their families through providing childcare, early education, health services and training opportunities.
At Innovations we believe that each child should be given an opportunity for the best start in life and families are supported on any life changing journeys they take. We strive to make family life a positive and enjoyable experience.
The team at Innovations have a good understanding of services available in the North and East Halifax area and are able to confidently signpost to services and support families to do this.
Families, carers and visitors who use the centre are regularly consulted about services on offer at the centre and are involved in decisions to take the centre forward and develop it for the future.
Our cosy baby room caters for 12 babies between the ages of 0-18 months, cared for by a team of qualified staff members working on a 1 to 3 ratio.
This self contained room enables babies to play, eat and have their individual needs met in a safe and secure environment.
The baby room faces out onto our large outdoor play area and babies have regular access to outdoor play throughout the day.
The baby room staff team provides a warm welcome to all families. They support and work with families to help the babies reach their full potential. Each family is supported by their key person and families are invited to key person feedback sessions on a regular basis to ensure they are involved in their baby’s development and learning.
Throughout the day our babies will be offered a range of stimulating activities that help them to develop and thrive.
Our busy toddler room accommodates 18 children aged 18 month to up to 3 years old. They are cared for by a team of qualified staff members working on a 1 to 4 ratio.
This busy room enables toddlers to have the opportunity to take part in creative, imaginative, physical, mental and quiet activities to develop their skills.
Toddlers focus on developing children’s self care skills such as toilet training, speech and language development and personal, social and emotional development.
Toddlers enjoy free access to our large outdoor play area and these busy children take full advantage of its many opportunities.
Our large preschool room caters for 28 children between the ages of 2 ½ to 5 years, cared for by a team of qualified staff members working on a 1 to 8 ratio.
The team within this room helps develop children’s life skills and prepares them for their journey into school. Preschool staff work with children and their families to support them with the transition into school from start to finish.
Preschool children are encouraged to develop their independence skills and make choices for themselves throughout the day. Children are actively supported to develop their self care skills. For example self service at meal times and tooth brushing daily.
The children are encouraged to access all areas of the preschool room which is set out in areas to develop creative, IT, imaginative, mathematical and physical skills. Preschool children have free access to the outdoor area throughout the day and enjoy facing the challenges and learning new things that this area brings.
Parental Involvement and Home Learning
We encourage parents to be involved in their child’s journey through parents evenings and we are currently launching a family app called “Famly”. We send home monthly home learning activities and hold regular events at the Children’s Centre to build strong bonds.
- What’s on Guide March 2022 Innovations
- Innovations Children’s Centre Fees Letter April 2021
- Centre Closure dates 2022 – 2023
- Early Education Funding Dates Sept 2021- July 2022
Full day: 8am-6pm £47
Morning: 8am-1pm £28
Afternoon: 1pm-6pm £28
Fees are reviewed annually and there is usually a small increase every April.
At Innovations Day Nursery we recognise parents and carers have many financial demands therefore we have tried to reflect this in our fee structure. We think you will find we provide a very competitive rate and no registration fee.
One-off, occasional and irregular bookings are welcome, but are subject to availability and booking conditions.
At Innovations we provide tasty, nutritious meals and an environment that encourages healthy choices. We also support the development of good food habits for life through practical cooking and growing activities and food based learning.
We encourage our children to make good choices around healthy foods and how this helps us to grow and develop. On site we have an allotment where children have been planting fruit and vegetables, watering them daily and watching them grow.
In August 2016 Innovations Children’s Centre achieved the Food for Life Award. The food for life award provided us with a platform we had been waiting for. Our Children’s centre is passionate about food and understands a lack of food can have on Children’s learning and health. Working towards the award has increased practitioners knowledge and understanding about the importance of ensuring children have the right foods at the right times.
“I and my daughter really enjoyed the nursery. She has come on leaps and bounds and I am very pleased.”
“Had a brilliant start to my sons first days at nursery, everyone was very welcoming to both me and my son and he has settled in great.”
“My child has come on in leaps and bounds in the short space of time she has been attending Innovations Children’s Centre, thank you to all the staff that have worked with my child and have made this possible.”
“Can’t add any suggestions on better services as everything positive is already in place. Would like to take the opportunity to compliment all the staff on the great teamwork that makes it all possible.”
“Nursery was slightly concerned about my son’s speech so after a talk with his key worker he was referred to speech and language but was then discharged with no further problems. They have brought him on so much he has come a long way.”
We are open Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 6.00pm. Morning sessions: 8am-1pm; afternoon:1pm-6pm.
We close for Christmas, the New Year and Bank Holidays.
We do not charge for bank holidays or training days where the nursery is closed.
A Parents’ Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (PDF)
Policies and Procedures
What is the Famly App?
Our children’s centre nurseries use an app called Famly which can be accessed on mobiles or online. We use this to stay in touch and to keep you updated on your child’s development whist at our settings.
You will have your own individual account which allows your personal feed to receive photographs, videos, messages and updates in real time. Parents can grant access to other family member like grandparents, to view their child’s learning journey on the app.
Each child will have an individual Learning Journey in here and it here we will share observations of your child’s learning and development and link it to the early years foundation stage. This will help you understand he progress your child is making.
The app is a fully encrypted GDPR – compliant and digital platform therefore all data stored on the app is protected and secure.
Innovations Children’s Centre