Policies and Procedures

Here are a few items from selected policies and procedures. Full details of these and all other policies are available in the nursery for parents to view. Further details will also be included in our brochure pack sent to prospective parents.

Admissions

We are registered for the care of up to 56 children at any one session. Our alocation procedure takes into account:

  • Availablility of places
  • Staff/Child ratios
  • A child wanting a full time place will usually have preference over one requiring part time only
  • Children with siblings already with us or where there is a proven connection

Access to Information

All parents can view the Policies and Procedures files at any time during opening hours simply by asking the person in charge.

Parents are encouraged to look at their child's folders by asking the unit leader at any time. 

As part of our open access policy, parents can see and discuss any records related to their child by making an appointment with the manager. 

Child Protection

The welfare of the child is paramount. Should any members of staff have concerns for the welfare of any child they will immediately take it up with a senior member of staff or the manager. Hopefully the situation can be resolved with parents and staff. If it is apparent that the matter deserves further investigation then the Child Protection Unit of Social Services will be informed.

Clothing

As nursery is a place where outside play and the exploration of materials such as clay, paint and sand is encouraged we recommend that children be dressed accordingly.

A spare set of clothes is also recommended for all children (even toilet trained children have the occasional accident).

Please dress children in clothing that can be easily managed by the child and staff. Belts and buckles are time consuming if the child has to rush to the toilet.

Suitable footwear is important for outside play.

Wet weather protection overalls are provided at the nursery.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Children learn best through play and exploration. At nursery we present all children in our care with suitable opportunities and experiences to develop their desire for learning in an atmosphere of fun and mutual respect.

Our planning for the day is based around the needs and interests of each child within the broader goals of the Early Years Framework.

The Early Years Framework has been developed over many years by Early Years professionals at the national level. There is a lot of information available on this at nursery as well as on-line. the manager will be pleased to provide more information on this.

Fees

Please see the link on the left for our current fee structure.

Fire Safety

The procedures for fire safety are set out in our comprehensive Fire Safety Policy manual which has been approved by the relevant authority. Procedures include the weekly checking and testing of smoke alarms and fire exit lighting and the practise of full fire drills termly. Fire safety equipment is checked and tested by an outside specialist company.

Illness and Emergencies

Should a child become ill at nursery the parent/carer will be contacted and requested to collect him/her as soon as possible as we do not undertake the care of sick children at the nursery.

In the case of a serious accident or illness then the parent/carer will be contacted immediately together with a medical professional and the appropriate action taken.

There is always a trained first aider at nursery.

Health and Safety

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 imposes certain obligations and responsibilities. The nursery has comprehensive procedures and policies to comply with these.

Meals

All meals including lunch, tea and morning/afternoon snacks are provided. Breafast is available for an additional charge in the Breakfast Club (please see Fees, left).

In Preschool, Toddler and Cruiser units lunch is served at midday and tea at 4 pm. The baby unit provides formula milk and meals according to each baby's routine, age and stage of development.

Our meals are freshly prepared on the day using local meat, vegetables and fruit as much as possible. Special dietary requirements are catered for. Please see the weekly menus displayed in reception. Water is available at all times.

Mealtimes are an important social activity where the children learn to sit at the table, develop table manners, assist with clearing up etc. 

Parental Involvement

The involvement of parents in the activities of the nursery and specifically in the joint welfare and development of the child is very much encouraged.  We ask, also, that parents keep us informed of events and details which might have an effect on the child; happy occasions as well as difficulties.

We organise parent and child social events such as Teddy Bears picnics. There is a parents' notice board at nursery and we send regular newsletters to keep parents up to date and hold parents evenings. We ask for feedback in half yearly surveys on all aspects of our setting.

Record Keeping

Notes and observations are kept on all children in our care and are stored in their Learning Journey. Parents can see these at any time - they build up a wonderful history of the time spent, things learnt and specific 'wow' moments.

Staffing

Staffing ratios of adult to child at early years are determined by Ofsted and are currently:

1 adult to 3 babies

1 adult to 4 children over 2

1 adult to 8 children over 3

The nursery requires that all staff are highly motivated and contribute positively towards a good team spirit within the unit and within the nursery as a whole. 

Management and all unit leaders are qualified with a relevant Early Years qualification ie NNEB, NVQ3, Early Years Care and Education, B Ed Early Years. Nursery Assistants hold similar qualifications or are expected to enrol on a training course.

The training schedule is on going and covers Early Years as well as various safety related courses - the current schedule can be seen on the staff room wall.