It helps children to settle in if they are familiar with the nursery and the staff before being left alone here, so we advise a couple of drop in visits before your child starts. When your child first starts at the Nursery we want to make the process of separation as easy for both of you as possible, so please let us know if you want to stay for a while for the first few sessions, drop off and collect early or drop off and be contacted to be reassured all is well. You know your child best so we will work with you to ensure your child feels well settled at Nursery.
There is no uniform in the Nursery so we suggest that children are dressed in comfortable clothes suitable for playing in. As part of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework children are encouraged to become independent in self-care so we suggest that children wear clothes and shoes they can easily remove and put on without adult help. We do have aprons for the children to use when painting or playing in the water but we strongly suggest that children wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty. Also we ask you to provide a set of spare clothes in a named bag in case your child does need to change for any reason.
As we go outside every day wellingtons are essential and we request that you supply a named pair that can be left at the nursery so they are always available. The weather can be difficult to predict we know so we also suggest that you put a light weight waterproof in your child’s bag so that we are prepared for all eventualities. In the summer we have a supply of Legionnaires hats for the children to protect them from the sun.
On arrival at the Nursery we ask you to sign your child in on the daily form provided. Please sign next to the child’s name and record the time of arrival in the appropriate column. Children must also be signed out when they are collected. This is the legal registration record for the nursery but we also encourage the children to register by selecting their name and attaching it on the board in the classroom. Children have an allocated peg and drawer for their belongings, the drawer is particularly useful for the children to put their drawings and other special things in during the day.
When they enter the Nursery the children chose an activity or resource to play with while we all get settled, if nothing they like is out, they can access their choice from the storage units around the room. We do encourage the children to tidy away toys before moving on to something else if no one else is using it. Once all the children are registered the doors to the outside learning environment are opened and children may choose to play inside or out as they wish. Also at this point we will usually start the adult focused activity for the session. Approximately half way through the morning or afternoon session we break for a snack. We warn the children that in five minutes we will tidy up, giving them time to wind up their play before we all help to tidy the nursery. This done the children enjoy a story before having a snack together. The morning session is concluded with a short session of singing whilst the afternoon session is concluded with brief story.
We provide a snack both morning and afternoon which consists of a drink of water or milk and a choice of fruit. We also offer breadsticks, dried fruit and other healthy options. Drinking water is available at all times for the children to access independently or on request.
Lunch is eaten in the main dining hall and we eat it with the rest of the Pre-Prep department (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2). The children are provided with a hot main course which is nutritionally well balanced and a dessert. The nursery staff serve the children at the table and sit with them throughout the meal in a family style of eating.
Birthdays are very special to children and so you are very welcome to provide a cake to celebrate if you wish. However we ask that any food items you bring in are nut free in accordance with the schools policy.
We try to ensure that everyone is able to attend at the times they wish. Your initial session request will be on the registration form and subsequently we offer parents the chance to alter their session pattern termly, we do this to fit in with claiming the Nursery Education Grant. Whilst we give you a form to request your sessions at the end of every term in preparation for the new term, we are open to changing sessions at other times if we can. Should we be so full that we cannot offer the exact sessions everyone requires priority on extending the number of attended sessions will be given to the oldest children who are preparing to move into Reception.
Our admissions policy states that children between two and a half and three can attend half day sessions only, this is due in part to our lunchtime arrangements. As soon as a child is three they can attend full days if you wish. A child can claim the Nursery Education Grant in the term after their third birthday, we will ask you to complete a form each term and on the first occasion we will need to see evidence of identity. A copy of your child’s birth certificate when you register is very helpful as it saves us asking when we make the claim for grant.
If you plan to be absent during term time due to a holiday or special occasion just let us know as soon as possible.
If your child is unwell the best place for them is at home. As a guide we would suggest that if you have had to give your child medication to bring down a fever before coming to nursery then you should keep them at home. If your child has been sick or has had diarrhoea the medical advice is to keep your child at home for 48 hours. Should your child fall ill whilst at the nursery we will contact you and let you know, if your child has a temperature or has been sick we will ask you to collect your child.
Should you need us to give medication to your child we will need to have written permission and instructions from you. We will keep the medicine in a safe place and one of us will administer it in accordance with your instructions and we will keep a record of this in our medical book. We do not keep a supply of any medicines such as painkillers, at the nursery but the school does and they can be given with your permission in a phone call.
We want to work with you to help your child get the best out of being at Nursery and our communication with you is very important to us. We are always willing to discuss your child’s progress with you and to help you with any queries in any way we can. Please feel free to talk to us when you drop off or collect your child but if you would prefer a more private discussion we can arrange a time and place to suit you.
We want to plan activities your child will enjoy so we welcome any information you can give on your child’s interests as well as any comments you have on how they are progressing at Nursery.
General information regarding activities planned for the children can be found on the notice board, please look out for the half term plans displayed there. We also display other information that may be of help or interest to you on this board.
We keep a Learning Journey for each child that records their development through photo’s and recorded observations and we share this with you every term. As part of our agreement with the Local Authority in receiving the Early Education Grant we also maintain a record of progress which we pass on to the Reception class and we are very happy to share this with you as well.
If you have any concerns about your child whilst they attend the nursery please feel free to discuss them with us at any time. We try to ensure we provide the highest possible level of care and education at all times, however if you feel we have fallen short of this at any time please talk to us at any time.
The nursery is open from 08.25 am to 4.00pm. We offer morning sessions between 08.30 am and 12.00pm and afternoon sessions between 1.00pm and 4.00pm. Children may stay for lunch after their third birthday and can have lunch after a morning session or before an afternoon session.
The Pre-Prep department offers an after school care option for children over three. Children are able to stay for an extra hour until the end of the main school at 5.00pm for an extra cost. The staff of the pre-prep department take it in turns to supervise this time when children eat a snack and play, and it usually takes place in a classroom within the department.
Should you need to contact us at any time during the school day for instance to inform us that your child is ill, or that you are going to be delayed in collecting your child please phone the school on 01728 685331 and ask to be contacted to the nursery.