The Nursery day
We currently offer the 17 hours and 15 minutes of free nursery education for our 3 and 4 year olds from Monday to Friday (including the free 15 hours of early years education funded by the Government)
The day begins at 9.15am and ends at 3.00pm, with a packed lunch at 12.30pm.
Our Playgroup runs from Monday to Friday, between 9.15am to 12.15pm.
There is a cost attached to Playgroup, however your child may be entitled to a free government funded place, dependent on your situation. Please enquire at Reception for details, and find out if you are entitled to a free place. a 3 hour session costs £10.00.
Children have lunch in small groups in our dining room with our lunchtime supervisors and staff from the nursery.
We encourage our parents/carers to provide their children with a healthy, well-balanced and nutritious packed lunch as this is so vital to children's development and well-being.
While we do use aprons and overalls children can often get messy so play clothes are best for Nursery and Playgroup.
Children also need to wear sensible shoes so that they can run, jump, play and climb safely.
We spend a lot of time outdoors and the children need to be dressed according to the varying weather!
We have waterproofs and a selection of wellington boots for wet and snowy days but if you would prefer your child to wear their own, please provide them with their child’s name clearly marked inside.
Every day Counts! Missing Nursery and Playgroup is missing out.
It is important to get this stage of education right and to develop good habits of attendance from the beginning. Please try to bring your child every day that you can, and on time.
The Centre has a Governing Body and parents are represented on this. Governing Body meetings are held three times per year. Our current Chair of Governors is Susan Blakemore. Please consider becoming involved as it is your chance to help us determine our way forward. Come along and have a chat with the Head Teacher or Parent Governor if you are interested- we would love to hear from you.
Collecting your child from Nursery
There is a legal requirement for children to be supervised by a responsible adult, therefore children must be brought to the Centre and collected by someone over 16 years old. Anyone under 16 arriving to take a child from Nursery or Playgroup will not be allowed to do so.
Please let us know who will be responsible for this and always let us know if someone different will be picking your child up from nursery.
Visits out of school
During your child’s time in Nursery or Playgroup we will be keen to go out on a variety of visits. You are more than welcome to attend these.
We will provide the children with waterproof clothing as appropriate and ask you for your permission to let your child accompany us. Full risk assessments are carried out for all trips and events outside of Nursery and Playgroup to ensure your child’s safety.
Moving on to Primary School
Before your child reaches statutory school age (age 5) you will need to think about which Primary School you would like him or her to attend. You need to make the decision in the Autumn term and we can support you with this. Not only can we support you with the necessary form filling, we can also arrange visits to schools that you are interested in so that you can get a feel for the school and meet some of the staff prior to making your final decision.
Parents in Nursery
Parents are welcome to visit the Nursery or Playgroup at any time and we value any support that is volunteered.
We have Nursery Parent Consultation meetings in the Spring and Summer term when we invite parents to come in and talk about their child with the staff and look at some of the things s/he has been doing at Nursery. Parents are also invited to come along to ‘meet the team’ events and ‘open afternoons’ during the course of the year.
Most children settle quickly, especially if they have already experienced being separated from you. However, some children may take longer and may need a familiar adult to stay with them.
We will always request that a parent (or a carer) stay with their child for all of the first session and then gradually take breaks from them until the child attends the full session happily and confidently.
Children will be supported by their key worker during the settling in period and through daily discussion parents will be advised and guided until the child is able to stay for the whole session. Please don’t worry if your child takes a little while to settle—we always get there in the end!
Health and Well-Being
We have designated qualified First Aid staff so if your child has a small injury at Nursery or Playgroup, we will give simple first aid and let you know about it when you arrive to collect them.
As you know young children can become ill very quickly and we will always contact you without delay and/or arrange emergency treatment as appropriate. We ask all parents to update contact numbers regularly as the health and safety of all the children is of paramount importance to us.
We do not have a daily act of worship or direct religious education teaching, and we are not affiliated to any particular religion.