meet our manager - kayleigh

welcome to brockswood
nursery school

It's all change here at Brockswood.  We have a brand new nursery.  But hot on the heels of this exciting news I'm also pleased to let you all know that Brockswood will now be a Community Interest Company.  

Our new Community Interest Company at Brockswood ensures that our surpluses are reinvested  in the nursery or in our community, rather than the need to maximise profit for the operators. Our new Community Interest Company will tackle a wide range of social and environmental issues and operate in all parts of the economy. By using business solutions to achieve public good, it is believed that we will have a distinct and valuable role to play in helping create a strong, sustainable and socially inclusive economy

My name is Kayleigh and I am the manager at Jack in the box at Brockswood. I hold an NVQ level 3 in children’s care, learning and development. I began my childcare career in 2004 working as an early years practitioner to becoming a manager. I have experience working in a range of settings, as well as creating a nursery from its foundations to an established setting. I have developed my knowledge and skills over these years and I enjoy being a part of each child’s individual development and ensuring each child receives the support which is needed. I am very passionate in working closely with my team and all families to ensure all children are provided with lots of learning and play opportunities to develop their skills giving all of them the confidence and the best possible start in life. I enjoy watching the children come into nursery seeking challenges, having fun and most importantly being happy and carefree. Myself and my passionate team would love to welcome your family to Jack in the Box.

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Breakfast Club - 8.00am-8.45am

AM Session - 8.45am-11.45pm

Lunch Club - 11.45pm-12.30pm

PM Session - 12.30pm-3.30pm

Tea Club - 3.30pm-4.00pm

Full Day Session - 8.00am-4.00pm



Address: Shenley Road, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP2 7QH

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Contact Kayleigh on: 01442249328 / 07852914934


At Jack in the Box we follow a structure of learning, development and care for children from birth to five years old. This is called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and it enables your child to learn through a range of activities.
The EYFS ensures:

 - Children learn through play

- Providers work closely with parents

- You are kept up to date on your child’s progress

- The welfare, learning and all-round development of children with different backgrounds and levels of ability, including those with special educational needs and disabilities.

time table key

Self Registration
As children enter the nursery for the start of their session, their name card will be displayed with a YES/NO question for you to answer with your child (this happens daily).

Small Group Time
This is a time for children to work in small groups mainly with their Key Person to work on key skills like shapes, colours, numbers, sounds etc.

Letters and Sounds
Linking Letters and Sounds is scheme where the children have a chance to explore sounds, rhyming and initial letters sounds using the Jolly Phonics programme.

C.I.P & A.I.A
Children are supported during Child Initiated Play (C.I.P) is where the children choose to free play within the nursery this includes both indoor and outdoor play. During this time Adult Initiated Activities (A.I.A) are available for the children to choose.

Lunch Time
This is a sociable occasion where children eat with practitioners and peers.  Children then have the opportunity to look at books with their peers.  We promote healthy eating.  Please look at our lunch box idea leaflet HERE

Rolling Snack
Every day children are provided with fruit, water, milk and other snacks throughout their session.  Please bring to each session a piece of fruit and/or vegetable for your child to share.

Open Classroom
All activities your child has available to them are linked to the potential learning following the Early Years Foundation Stage (E.Y.F.S). Parents and carers are welcome to share their child's learning journal with their child's key person at any time or during our termly open classrooms. To find out more about our curriculum please click HERE

dates for your diary

All children have a key person this person meets the needs of each child in their care and responds sensitively to their feelings, interests and behaviours. The key person will offer security, reassurance and continuity as well as complete your child’s main assessments. This first part of the term we like children to become familiar with all adults and for all adults to observe and care for all children please refer to the key person lists above the coat pegs. This list may change as some children over the next few weeks may bond with a certain staff member other than their key person and children may move key persons to reflect their bond. Staff are available daily to answer any questions or concerns about your child.  

Key Person

All children have a Learning Journal, which helps to assess your child’s progress and makes a lovely keepsake of their journey with us at Jack in the Box. Your child may make or create things, and these may not come home each day as they will be added to their Learning Journal. This will be managed by their key person. We will be holding an open classroom from Monday 18th-22nd November from 9.00-9.30 -AM children and 12.30-1.00- PM children (All week). This is a time for you to come into the setting and see the children playing and learning and a time for you to look at your child’s learning journal and can make an appointment to meet with your child’s key person on the evening of 20th November, who if required will feed back your child’s Two-Year-Old Check or Unique Child Summary. The curriculum we follow is called the EYFS and there are information sheets in the foyer. Please feel free to speak to a member of the team too.  

Learning Journals and
Open Classroom

Each child, whether they are existing or new children, will receive this form. Please complete and return on your child’s next session as this proves beneficial in supporting their development and transitions in the setting. Any further information you wish to share with us regarding your child will always be happily received. Our sharing tree and wish jar in the foyer is also a great way for us to hear about your news.

All about Me Info Sheets

Our older children will take part in synthetic phonics session. This is a short focus to support your child in beginning to use and recognise sounds and letters. ‘Jolly Phonics’ is a programme which offers children short stories and songs to help learn the new sound which we share with you on our notice board. A Phonics workshop will be held in the near future to share the teaching of phonics.