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Cascades Childcare

Cascades is the daycare element of Ribblesdale Nursery School. The provision first opened in October 2006. Cascades is a modern, purpose built facility with friendly, well trained staff. We offer places from 6 months old until school age.

Ribblesdale Nursery School works extremely closely and in partnership with Cascades Childcare. Cascades is able to access the expertise of the qualified teachers on site and the qualified SENCO.

Cascades Childcare is open Monday to Friday from 7.45 am to 5.45 pm for 51 weeks of the year. (apart from bank holidays)

Mission Statement

Cascades Childcare exists to improve the lives of children and families by providing a variety of flexible services that meet community needs.

Aims and objectives:

To provide high quality care and education at the heart of the community, taking into account children's individual needs in respect of culture, language, ethnicity, religion and special educational needs.

To ensure children's well being and safety are paramount and override all other considerations.

To inspire, encourage and infuse children with a zest for life and learning.

To work in partnership with parents and carers.

To offer affordable and accessible childcare provision that is responsive to local needs.

To work towards achieving the Every Child Matters outcomes for local families.

To enable parents and carers to improve their life chances.

To build a successful local business.

To improve the community skills base.

To increase employment opportunities in the local area.

To develop the local economy.

The Early Years Foundation Stage

The The Early Years Foundation Stage is a framework followed by early years practitioners to help them work with children aged 0-5.

The framework offers information and guidance on child development, observations, effective practice and ways in which to plan and resource for the youngest children.

Please ask a member of staff for further information or look at the link below-


The principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage are grouped into four themes:-

A Unique Child - every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resiliant, capable and self assured.

Positive Relationships - children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.

Enabling Environments - the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning.

Learning and Development - children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. All areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.

The areas of Learning and Development are as follows:-

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design