Children can start at nursery when they reach two years of age, space permitting. The nursery is open all day Mondays to Fridays. Children can attend morning sessions from 08.30 am to 11.30 am, afternoon sessions from 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm. Children can attend all day (08.30 am to 4.00 pm) with lunch club from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm. Children bring their own lunch and there is a charge for this.
Children who attend morning sessions only can attend lunch club if space is available. There is a charge for this and they bring their own lunch.
We also offer extended care after nursery from 3.30 pm to 4 pm, subject to availability, and there is a charge for this.
The minimum a child can attend is 2 sessions per week, and 5 sessions per week in their second year.
Our main intake is in September each year and we would like you to attend a session together before your start date and you will be contacted with available dates.
When your child starts at the nursery, it may be the first time he/she is expected to leave the family unit, so we make every effort to make this as easy as possible for you and your child. We ask a parent to stay for at least the first session, and you are welcome to stay at further sessions until your child is ready for you to leave (and you are happy to go). You are also very welcome to visit us together before starting. During these early sessions play is informal and the children are encouraged to experience as many different learning activities as they wish.
When your child starts at the nursery, he/she will be allocated a team member (key person) who has a special responsibility for that child. The key person will keep an ongoing record of the child's achievements and maintain regular contact with parents throughout his/her time at the nursery.
Parents are very welcome to help at nursery sessions. All team members are DBS checked, helpers need to obtain a DBS check if they wish to help on a regular basis, i.e. once a week or 4 times in a 30 day period. Occasional helpers do not require a DBS check.
Parental involvement has always played a large part in the nursery. At some sessions we have students or other voluntary helpers. You are your children's main educators, and we provide a caring environment with appropriate play opportunities and social contact in which your child will learn.
Parents are able to come along to the nursery sessions and are able to see how their children, and other children, are developing, what activities particularly interest them, and who they play with. Parents can see what care we are able to provide and ask questions. They may also wish to take ideas home.
Rules within the nursery are fairly basic, the general rules being that of safety - which may be quite different from those at home. Apart from these, rules tend to be social rules. We try to make the children understand that their behaviour affects others, some behaviour is socially acceptable, some is not. Much of the children's learning at nursery is social learning.