Our Philosophy and Ethos

At NCJN we are passionate about providing a caring and nurturing environment, built upon the foundations of strong relationships with each individual child and their families. We believe in doing this we can support all our children to become confident and independent learners who will continue to thrive in school and in life.

The nursery manager and the staff team, supported by the Nursery Board of Trustees, are trained to deliver the highest standard of childcare and early education. (Meeting the requirements of the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage). This is achieved through being caring and supportive role models for all our children and always listening and responding to their needs, as well as continually up-dating our practice through on-going training.

We are a Jewish Nursery and it is important to us that the children learn about the Jewish faith and develop an understanding about why they are important to them, their families and the wider community. At NCJN we celebrate together important events in the Jewish calendar such as Rosh Hashanah and Shabbat. We also believe that it is important for our children to learn about other cultures and faiths. This supports an understanding and respect for different beliefs and traditions and develops our children’s awareness of the wider world.

The children stay in year/age groups throughout their time at the nursery. Each room in nursery, as well as our outdoor play areas, provide a strong learning environment from babies up to pre-school. The majority of our children move up to the neighbouring Jewish school on our grounds. This supports the children’s strong friendships and transition into their reception year in primary school.

Knowing and supporting each individual child and family, building strong relationships, ensures every child at NCJN achieves their full potential. Our pedagogy underpins our values and we use our knowledge of child development and each of our children’s individual interests and needs to support their progress over time.

At NCJN we work in strong partnership with families and other professionals in the community for example as part of Stockport Start Well service which includes the Health Visitors and Start Well Co-ordinators. This supports children and families to access any extra help and support they may need at a particular time.

A Message from our Head and Trustees

I have been the head of the nursery since opening in 2006, involved in child care for over 25 years and am dedicated to providing the highest quality care for our children.

We have a fantastic, highly qualified, staff team to help create a secure and stimulating environment underpinned by the Jewish ethos.

Our children's emotional wellbeing and intellectual development is at the heart of everything we do.

Carol Lewis

Nursery Manager

Welcome to North Cheshire Jewish Nursery which was set up in September 2006 to serve the Jewish community of South Manchester. This is a fantastic purpose-built facility with all the amenities needed to nurture, care for and educate preschool children. The nursery is next door to North Cheshire Jewish Primary School and, for those children that graduate to that school, it provides a seamless transition.

Although the day-to-day running of the nursery is expertly handled by Carol Lewis and her amazing team, behind the scenes a management committee gives support and advice and helps to ensure its smooth running . The management committee consists of Ginette Esterkin (chair), Simmy Shammah (safeguarding officer) and Gail Swerling and this year we are planning on adding a parent/carer to the committee. Our contact details are available in nursery. We provide back-up in all areas of the nursery management, holding regular meetings with the nursery manager to discuss any issues arising and help to implement any necessary upgrades.

The government advice on nursery provision changes regularly and at NCJN we work hard to incorporate the most up-to-date practice and ideology in nursery care to give your children the best start life.

Board of Trustees