(Illustration by Martin Davidson)
Our inspiration - The Spanish Sisters of Charity
The Spanish Sisters came to London over 45 years ago to help single Spanish young women who were alone and vulnerable in London. They supported them to integrate in the community, learn the language, and find employment. Some of them were mothers, and as they went to work, the Sisters looked after their children. Over time this developed into a Day Nursery.
For over 45 years, the Spanish Sisters of Charity helped raise children with love and unswerving dedication. They developed an ethos where children felt safe and secure, valued and unique. The Spanish Sisters of Charity Day Nursery closed its doors in July 2012 as the Sisters returned to Spain to continue their mission to help others in need. The Spanish Nursery and Children's Centre for Culture and Language was opened in recognition of their amazing work and with the desire to continue their incredible service to children and their families.
Director – Carmen Rampersad, QTS, MSc in Social Care Management and Community Development
Carmen’s expertise is in statutory child protection, safeguarding children's welfare and quality assurance and for the past 13 years has occupied various management positions in a London Local Authority. As an independent consultant and qualified teacher, for 7 years Carmen was contracted as a lecturer to bring her front line and practical experience to teaching, to device and deliver Child Protection modules for the Early Childhood Studies Department at London Metropolitan University. She is a mother of two children, continues to work in statutory work with children and families and is a very active and involved member of the leadership team of The Spanish Nursery.
In their efforts the Directors are supported by an Advisory Committee which includes: treasurer, parent relations, teacher liaison and environmental and community issues person. The key purpose of the Advisory Committee is to ensure the Centre's prosperity by collectively guiding its affairs, whilst meeting the appropriate interests of its shareholders and stakeholders. The objectives of the company are defined in the Business Plan and emphasised in the Annual General Meeting.
The Teaching Staff
Marta Paola Cebolla Fuertes is our childcare manager. She is caring and attuned to the individual needs of each child. The children, staff and parents find her approachable and she is never too busy to devote time to ensure that the children are happy and have a positive experience in our care. Marta has a Degree in Pedagogy and is NVQ level 3 qualified, amongst other relevant qualification in Child Care and Child development field. She has experience working with children who have Attention Deficit Disorder (with or without the hyperactive element) and is a trained in Special Educational Needs of young children.
Gloria Martinez Martinez is the deputy manager. Additional to qualified teacher status she is a qualified assistant medical nurse and a football coach and has over 10 years’ experience working with children ages 0 – 12 in primary schools and Early Years settings in UK and in Spain. Gloria is active, fun and funny and children love her enthusiasm and energy.
Ana Cristina Estrata Torro Ana Cristina is a Qualified Early Years Teacher with enthusiasm for teaching. She specialises in childhood psychology, she currently is completing her Masters Degree in Management and quality of schools and also gained equivalent to NVQ Level 3 in Music! She has more than 9 years of experience working with children 0-6 and she feels passionate about this work. She is an inquisitive, positive and creative person.
Alicia Garcia Jimenez - is our Assistant Nursery Teacher and she started with us initially as an Erasmus exchange student a few years back. Alicia is NVQ Level 3 qualified and has extensive experience as a room leader and nursery assistant working with children 0 – 5 years old. She has a warm, caring and patient nature, adores children and is a very good singer!
Natalia Barcelo is graduated as a Primary Education Teacher from Universidad Complutense (Madrid) and also has a Master's Degree in Special Education. In her spare time she works as a leisure coach working with children and elderly people. For the past 4 years Natalia worked as a private tutor. She loves arts and crafts, painting and reading. Natalia has a lovely personality; she is very cheerful and patient and loves to listen to what children have to say.
Our award-winning Nursery Cook, Valentina Vatamanu, not only has a Level 2 in Catering and completes ongoing training i.e. Basic Food Hygiene offered by Camden but she is a wonderful cook!
All our staff have Spanish as their first language and are perfectly fluent in English. We pride with the level of the knowledge and expertise our staff show: they all have Qualified Teacher Status and have significant experience in similar settings in Spain and UK.
All our staff have current enhanced CRB/DBS checks, Paediatric First Aid and Child Protection Training as a minimum. We consider continuous professional training vital to improving the quality of our services and all our staff attend regular relevant training.
The Spanish Nursery operates a 'key person system' for all children under the age of 5 years. Before a child starts, a key person will be appointed from the group in which they are based. The key person ensures that the child's care needs (toileting, food, drink etc) are met on a daily basis, that they have equal access and are fully included within the Centre. The key person carries out regular observations on the child which forms part of their individual Achievement Report to ensure they are developing appropriately.
Support for parents
While still available, TSN accepts childcare vouchers towards the costs of the fees (nursery, after school and holiday schemes). Most childcare providers are accepted: Fideliti, EdenRed, Kiddivouchers and KidsUnlimited. We also receive funding for 15h free under the Universal 3 and 4 year olds scheme.
Siblings have priority admission and 10% sibling discount if they attend the same provision at the same time.
Parents as partners
TSN operates an open door practice. Parents and carers can contact the staff at any time to discuss any issues related to their child or their family. The Directors are also available for appointments.
(Parents join us for weekly library trips)
Our aim is to reach a mutual understanding and highlight the nursery’s responsibility towards the parents / carers in providing best care and high quality education. We value and rely on the contribution the parents make towards their child’s learning. We welcome parents’ involvement in various projects in the nursery. Parents are invited to share their particular skill or interest with our children, like reading books, joining us for weekly library trips, doing photo workshop, etc.
Please ask the office for a copy of the Parents as Partners policy.
Parents Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) is a document designed for parents and it outlines the EYFS statutory requirements, what parents should expect from the childcare provider, how they can best support children’s learning and development, it talks about the prime and specific areas of learning, the progress check at age 2 and the EYFS profile (assessment at age 5). It also directs parents to further sources of information. The document can be found by accessing: https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/EYFS_Parents_Guide.doc
Safeguarding children’s welfare
The Centre operates a comprehensive Child Protection procedure under which every staff has a duty to report concerns and share information with the Local Authority if there are safeguarding concerns about a child in the Centre. We will endeavour to always ask for the parent/carer’s consent before any information is shared however when/if there are reasons to believe that a child is put at further risk/likelihood of risk of significant harm by sharing the information with the parents/carers, than staff are under London Child Protection Procedures, 2005 duty to report such information without the parent’s consent. (For a copy of the child protection procedures please contact the main office).
The OFSTED report on the inspection held at The Spanish Nursery and Children’s Centre for Culture and Language on April 2016 is now available on OFSTED’s website.
You can access it here: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/CARE/EY453063.
There is a lot of good work we are doing which is reflected in this report. We accept that as a newly formed nursery there are areas in which we need to improve, particularly in relation to the planning of the curriculum activities. We wish to assure you that we will continue to focus on the happiness and wellbeing of the children in our care and we are committed to address the areas of improvement identified in the report.
We are available to discuss with you if there are specific areas which you wish to address with us regarding the findings of the report, our plans to address the areas of improvement, the individual and collective experience of your children and yourselves at The Spanish Nursery.
Office for Standard in Education (OFSTED)
The Spanish Nursery and Children’s Centre for Culture and Language operates under the OFSTED registration number EY453063. OFSTED can be contacted on telephone number: 03001231231; by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org and/or by post at the following address:
CurriculumClick here for EYFS curriculum »»
Daily routinesClick here to see the daily routines »»
(Our award-winning chéf, Valentina)
Food Standards Agency rating:
At TSN we do not cater food because we feel that fresh, home-made nutritious food is the best for children’s development. The food is prepared fresh onsite by our chef who has appropriate qualifications and experience and we ensure that only the best is available for our children.
• At 10am all the children share a fruit and a small snack
• At 12pm a three course freshly made meal is made available. Salad is on the menu daily and it includes a selection of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, grated carrots, sweet corn, beetroot, etc
• Water is available throughout the day and will be served with the food. No fizzy and sugary drinks are served;
• A glass of milk is served with the 3pm snack;
• Your comments are important to us and we value your feedback
• You are welcome to share some of your recipes with us
Our chéf won a "Little Steps to Healthy Lives" Award in February 2014.
(We bake cakes together)
We like to guide children to experiment with ingredients, textures and different materials. We are engaging children in cooking together and they enjoy the end result.
Birthdays are always celebrated at TSN and we welcome parents to bring a fruit based cake to share with the 12 o'clock meal (please do not bring nuts in the Centre in case of severe allergies).
(Support children use cutlery)
Our staff eat with the children and we strongly believe in the importance of meals as social events and sharing food. We are happy to invite parents to have lunch with us and the children; just let us know when you want to come so we can make arrangements.
The food we are serving is meeting the guidelines set by the Children's Food Trust (Voluntary Food and Drink guidelines for Early Years). These guidelines can be found at: https://www.childrensfoodtrust.org.uk/resources/ebsb-resources/guidelines »».
It is important to evaluate and reflect on everything we do within our setting, including our approach to food and drink provision. We do this by:
• Getting feedback from parents and acting on their suggestions;
• Feedback from staff who attend relevant and up to date training in this area;
• Reviewing the food policy once a year together with the rest of the policies and procedures.