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Time at Nursery

We offer flexible sessions to support families requirements. Generally children receive their 15 hours funded place and, if required, can then purchase more sessions to extend their hours.

  • Morning Session: 8.45am to 11.45am
  • Afternoon Session: 12.15 to 3.15pm

Each session follows a regular routine which provides children with a range of learning opportunities and experiences. 

Children have the opportunity to work within small groups and independently, during each session. The learning environment inside and outside is carefully designed to meet the children’s needs and enable them to make choices, and begin to care for themselves independently.

Snacks

A small snack of fruit or raw vegetables, and a drink of milk or water is available to all children during the session. We ask for a voluntary donation of 20p per session to contribute towards the cost.

Lunch Club

There is a daily lunch club from 11.45am to 12.15pm which is a ‘paid for’ service.This costs £2.50 if a lunch is provided from home, or £4.60 if a meal is provided by the Nursery.

These sessions can be booked once a child has settled into the Nursery, if spaces are available.

Attendance

In Nursery we promote a good pattern of attendance. This allows children to settle effectively and build relationships with their peers and the adults in the setting.

For a child to flourish and learn in the nursery environment it is essential that they feel safe and secure; poor attendance disrupts their ability to do this and makes their learning journey more difficult and stressful. It also prepares them, and their parents, for school life where a high level of attendance is a legal requirement – 90% attendance is considered persistent absenteeism and can trigger involvement with outside agencies.  

If you are in receipt of Free Entitlement for three and four year olds, or 2Help funding you will sign a declaration form that states that:

  • The child’s attendance must reflect an agreed pattern of attendance and should remain in force for the whole of the term;
  • The parent/guardian must ensure that claimed hours are fully attended. Persistent non-attendance of claimed hours can result in the funding being reclaimed from the provider.

The Local Authority audits our attendance registers annually to ensure that the free funding is being allocated correctly and that levels of attendance are acceptable.

Please ensure that your child attends Nursery whenever possible. Inform the Nursery at the earliest opportunity if your child is unable to attend by calling the school. If your call is not answered please leave a message giving your child’s name, that they are in the Nursery class, a reason for the absence and a date when they will return.  

You are welcome to talk to Mrs Essex, Deputy Head- attendance lead, if you have any problems or issues regarding attendance.

Nappies and Toilet Training

Some children are still using nappies when they start Nursery. We have changing facilities in the area, and ask that you ensure your child brings a bag with spare nappies and wipes to enable us to change your child as needed. The staff are also experienced in supporting children through toilet training and will work alongside you to support your child.

Information and Communication

Staff are available at the beginning and end of sessions for you to share information with, and ask questions, so please do let us know if you have any news to share, queries or concerns. If you need a longer discussion just ask to book an appointment.

In addition to daily communication about your child there are termly learning reviews (an opportunity for you to discuss your child’s progress) and termly parents sessions when you will be invited to spend sometime with your child in the learning environment.

Other information is communicated through the weekly school Newsletter, and text messaging.