Little SERC was set up in 2020 with support from the Coastal Communities Fund. It provides professional care, safe and stimulating play and enjoyable learning for children from three months old to school age.
Little SERC is there to help parents who enrol on a course at our Newcastle Campus and need access to childcare. Courses currently on offer in Newcastle include a range of courses on our Restart and Access programmes which are all aimed at adults returning to education. They’re designed to set you on the path to a new future.
Parents can focus on the future by accessing classes at the College, knowing that their young children are being expertly cared for. Since the creche opened it has proved very popular, so it is vital that any parent thinking of joining the adult returners courses at SERC in Newcastle puts their child’s name down for a place as soon as possible.
Help with costs Students may be eligible for a means-tested grant towards childcare costs, and charges at Little SERC are kept reasonable for anyone who does not qualify for a grant.
Within the creche we have defined areas for babies, toddlers and pre-school children, as well as an outdoor play area. Our staff are fully qualified and have a vast range of experience working with children of all ages. Our dedicated and motivated staff team will ensure that the holistic needs of each child are thoroughly met.
Our creche room is divided into 3 areas and each area is spacious, warm and inviting. The creche is fully resourced with a range of materials and resources which enable our staff to deliver a broad range of activities which are age and stage appropriate. This provides the opportunity for each child to learn through play at their own pace whilst having lots of fun.
Our baby area is a welcoming and homely environment for babies aged 3 months – 2 years. It has a range of sensory activities, music, books, sand, and water play. We use various natural and real resources to encourage our babies to investigate and explore their surroundings in a safe and secure environment.
Our toddler area provides a safe and secure environment for children aged 2 – 3 years old. Each toddler’s curiosity is satisfied with activities including sand and water play, construction play, jigsaws, music, dance, and books. Busy hands are needed to explore our arts and crafts. Our toddler area is filled with open ended and natural objects enabling their curious minds to try out different ideas and through trial and error each child begins to make sense of how the world around them works.
Our pre-school area enables children over the age of 3 to learn through play in a stimulating environment. Our pre-schoolers enjoy a range of sand and water play, imaginative and role play, arts and crafts, small world, puzzles and jigsaws, construction, songs and rhymes, books, and circle time. The vast range of real, natural, and open-ended materials ignites each child’s curiosity providing the opportunity for each child to learn through play whilst having lots of fun.
Frequently Asked Questions
We offer a broad range of activities both indoors and outdoors which are based on the current planning theme. This supports children’s learning while developing each child’s physical, social and emotional, cognitive and language development through play.
In each area of the creche we provide a range of activities suitable to the particular age group. This which enables each child to develop at their own individual pace.
Learning through play is an integral part of a young child’s development as through play children learn essential skills such as concentration, problem solving, imagination, working with others. This also helps to build children’s self-esteem and confidence.
The course is for adults who have been out of full-time education for at least 1 year. The focus of the course is on improving Literacy and Numeracy skills as well as giving an introduction to Science.