Incey Winceys Day Nursery

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Incey Winceys Day Nursery's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Incey Winceys Day Nursery is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

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THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
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Managing Director Hannah Ince
Yoga and mindfulness designed
especially for children
Incey Winceys Day Nursery – based in South Woodford,
London – opened in 2009. As an independent, family-run
setting, it caters for children from six months to five years old
in a 50-place facility on both a full and part-time basis. Owner
and Manager Hannah Ince explains that at Incey Winceys, the
team values and promotes wellbeing and happiness to provide a
secure “home from home” environment.
At Incey Winceys, we take care of children from the age of six months until they
are ready to enter the school system at the age of five. Through providing full-time
childcare from 7.30 in the morning until six o’clock in the evening every day, we
are able to offer dedicated care for all those we look after.
Having studied for a degree in childcare, I made the decision not to return to my
job in London, instead electing to start childminding. It was from here that my
business grew. The nursery is now run on a day-to-day basis by April, who joined
us ten years ago, and whose judgement and ability I trust entirely. I live five minutes
away from our building, which means I can be present as and when the need
arises, while taking care of the general admin in my office.
Home from home
As we take care of children for ten and a half hours a day, we feel it is important
for them to act as if they were at home. This means we take them on trips to
places like the library and local shops, much as if they were with their parents.
FACTS ABOUT
INCEY WINCEYS DAY
NURSERY
»Managing Director: Hannah Ince
»Founded in 2009
»Located in London
»Services: Nursery for children
aged 6 months to 5 years
»No. of employees: 25
Incey Winceys Day
Nursery
19INCEY WINCEYS DAY NURSERY |
EARLY YEARS EDUCATION
Through providing a homely
environment for these children we
are able to ensure they have the best
possible learningexperience.
In recent years we have become
increasingly conscious of the
importance of mental health in
children. Having written pieces myself
about the subject, I believe it is
necessary to encourage preventative
care, as much as any other kind.
Indeed, we are raising a generation
who know the importance of talking
about their own emotions, and that it
is okay not to be okay all of the time.
We often work with children who
face complicated issues at home, and
this needs to be dealt with sensitively.
Through teaching young people how
to cope with poor mental health, or
when times are difficult, we believe we
can instil values that last a lifetime.
Prevention is better than the
cure
The model of preventative care is
particularly significant in times of
increased exposure to social media,
especially when children are exposed
to iPads and phones at younger ages
than previously seen. Brains of children
at this age are like sponges, and they
are particularly susceptible to any form
of media they are exposed to. We have
a mindfulness corner where children
can wear ear defenders and consider
their feelings.
In order to practise what we preach,
we have recently introduced yoga
and singing for the children, and
we give them opportunities to litter
pick, helping them to get exercise
and fresh air. We are hoping to liaise
with the local care home to get the
older generation involved with the
younger. We are also introducing Art
workshops, led by a local artist Emma
Barnard that encourage concentration
and mindfulness using a variety
ofmedium.
We also feel that our service is as much
for the parents as for the children.
Through creating a safe space to have
discussions, with parents who may
be experiencing difficult or unsettling
times, the benefits permeate to their
children. After all, children whose
parents suffer from mental health
issues are also affected.
We are raising
a generation
who know the
importance of
talking about
their own
emotions, and
that it is okay
not to be okay
all of the time
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
19INCEY WINCEYS DAY NURSERY |
EARLY YEARS EDUCATION
Through providing a homely
environment for these children we
are able to ensure they have the best
possible learningexperience.
In recent years we have become
increasingly conscious of the
importance of mental health in
children. Having written pieces myself
about the subject, I believe it is
necessary to encourage preventative
care, as much as any other kind.
Indeed, we are raising a generation
who know the importance of talking
about their own emotions, and that it
is okay not to be okay all of the time.
We often work with children who
face complicated issues at home, and
this needs to be dealt with sensitively.
Through teaching young people how
to cope with poor mental health, or
when times are difficult, we believe we
can instil values that last a lifetime.
Prevention is better than the
cure
The model of preventative care is
particularly significant in times of
increased exposure to social media,
especially when children are exposed
to iPads and phones at younger ages
than previously seen. Brains of children
at this age are like sponges, and they
are particularly susceptible to any form
of media they are exposed to. We have
a mindfulness corner where children
can wear ear defenders and consider
their feelings.
In order to practise what we preach,
we have recently introduced yoga
and singing for the children, and
we give them opportunities to litter
pick, helping them to get exercise
and fresh air. We are hoping to liaise
with the local care home to get the
older generation involved with the
younger. We are also introducing Art
workshops, led by a local artist Emma
Barnard that encourage concentration
and mindfulness using a variety
ofmedium.
We also feel that our service is as much
for the parents as for the children.
Through creating a safe space to have
discussions, with parents who may
be experiencing difficult or unsettling
times, the benefits permeate to their
children. After all, children whose
parents suffer from mental health
issues are also affected.
We are raising
a generation
who know the
importance of
talking about
their own
emotions, and
that it is okay
not to be okay
all of the time
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Finding funding
As a private nursery, we do at times
struggle with funding. We hire a
professional for yoga sessions and her
fees are subsidised by my own money.
In order to pay more attention to
preventative mental health care, we
believe that the local authority ought
to supply far more training than they
do at present. This specialised training
is once again an issue of funding.
Cutbacks understandably impact us
directly. We have lost a great deal of
our local council team, and we are
finding it increasingly difficult to obtain
the essential specialist help for the
children we work with.
The lack of resources range from
the removal of the toy library to the
reduction in the number of grants. The
increased disappearance of children’s
centres across the country means there
is insufficient childcare.
In spite of this, we are pleased to
note that Ofsted has moved from a
paperwork-heavy assessment style to
a practice-based one. This allows us to
exhibit our best practice in a far more
comprehensive manner.
Future flagship
We hope the coming years will provide
us with the opportunity to be a
flagship nursery. We will continue to
promote and make a difference in both
mental health and in environmental
issues for young people.
More specifically, we plan to move
to litter picking once a month and
are looking to get a wormery for our
nursery. We will also teach children
the importance of recycling, which we
hope can filter through to their home
life too.
Overall, we will continue to champion
the mental health of children, both
in print and in practice, instilling
the values of preventative mental
healthcare in children.
We have a
mindfulness
corner where
children can
wear ear
defenders and
consider their
feelings
Fun with stories and
props during yoga

www.inceywinceys.co.uk

This article was sponsored by Incey Winceys Day Nursery. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development