Parents Information

Parental Involvement

Our setting recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All the staff see themselves as partners with parents in providing care and education for their child. There are many ways in which parents can take part in making the setting a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents, such as:

  • exchanging knowledge about their children’s needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff;
  • sharing their own special interests with the children;
  • helping to provide, make and look after the equipment and materials used in the children’s play activities;
  • building friendships with other parents in the setting;
  • Informing the staff of any changes in your child’s health, routine etc. which may affect them.

Key Person

Each child has a designated Key person who will help them settle into the Nursery, they will work closely with you and your child to ensure individual needs and interests are met. This member of staff will be responsible for completing your child’s learning journey and will identify the next steps for your child, to help them develop through the EYFS.

Children’s Records

The nursery will keep records of individual children. We will take details of your child’s needs in order to understand him/her and to progress their development.  Although the Key Person has overall responsibility for your child’s records, all the staff will contribute to this. Parents are welcome to see their child’s record.

Snacks & Drinks

We will provide a healthy and nutritious snack for the children, consisting of fruit and milk. We will take into account individual dietary requirements/allergies etc. and ensure these are met. Fresh water will be available for children at all times.

Packed Lunch

If your child is staying for both sessions, you will need to send in a healthy, packed lunch.

  • All food will be eaten cold as we do not warm or cook any items
  • Ensure that your child’s lunchbox/bag has their name clearly marked on it
  • If the lunch includes items requiring a spoon to eat, please include one.
  • Please avoid contents such as sweet drinks, cakes etc. We may occasionally send food back which we feel is not suitable for consumption/unhealthy.

Clothing

We will provide aprons for the wet and paint activities, but nevertheless children still manage to get wet and messy. Therefore we advise all parents not to dress their child in their best clothes.

We encourage children to gain the skills that help them to be independent and look after themselves. These include taking themselves to the toilet and taking off, and putting on, outdoor clothes. Clothing that is easy for them to manage will help them to do this.

Please ensure clothes are clearly marked, as we are unable to accept any responsibility for loss or damage to personal property. We also ask parents to send in a spare change of clothing, so that your child can be changed if an accident occurs.

Fees

The fees for non-funded sessions (£9.50 for over 3’s and £10.00 for 2 year olds) are payable weekly in advance. Fees must still be paid if children are absent without notice for a short period of time (this will be half pay). If your child has to be absent over a long period of time, please ask to speak to the Committee Chair.

For your child to keep her/his place at the setting, you must pay the fees, if applicable.

Special Needs

As part of the setting’s policy to make sure that its provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs a child may have. We liaise with Social Care, Health Visitors and other professionals involved in the care of the child, to provide the most effective service. Our designated Special Needs Co-ordinator is Ms A Khan.

Medication

We will not administer non-prescribed medicines.  We can give prescription medicines if necessary, but you must sign a consent form.  There are always first aiders on site, and staff re-train periodically.

In the initial registration form any allergies will be recorded, please ensure any changes to your child’s health are shared with the staff.

Sickness

Sick children need to be at home with their parents.  Please do not make them worse or risk the health of the other children and staff by sending a child who is, or has very recently been ill to nursery. If your child has had an episode of vomiting or diarrhea we ask that you keep them at home for at least two days after the last exhibition of symptoms.

The nursery needs to be informed if you know or suspect your child is suffering from any of the following:

Vomiting Hand, foot and mouth Conjunctivitis Diarrhea
Headlice Influenza (flu) Measles Threadworm
Mumps Meningitis Chicken pox Any other contagious disease

**Please ask the staff to see a full list of specific exclusion periods.

**Please inform the nursery if your child will not be attending.