Joining our nursery is as easy as 123. We have a settling in process which allows us to get to know you and your child so as to enable a smooth transition to nursery. It is a period when you and your child can come into the nursery and stay for a while together in order to get to know us, the other children and our typical daily nursery routine etc. It is important that your child has spent some time in the nursery before the actual starting day. Spending this time with you will help us to get to know you as a family and understand your home routine as this helps us understand what your child is used to at home and will help us settle you all in more easily. You will get to meet your primary key person who will be responsible for the settling in session, meet some of the other children and meet other staff who work here as well as the secondary key person where this is possible. The purpose of this settling in process is that when your child properly starts nursery both you and they will feel familiar with the environment and us which will put your little one much more at ease.
Free Early Education Entitlement
The government fund 15 hours per week for 3 and 4-year-old and 30 hours per week for children whose parents work full time. We are registered for Early Years Free Entitlement & the 2-year funding.
The 2-year-old funding is for eligible children and this is dependent on your family circumstances. Please ring the nursery or call in and the manager will discuss the eligibility criteria with you.
All funding is for 38 weeks per year term time or 51 weeks if stretched, with a total of 570 or 1,140 hours over the academic year.
EYFE funding is available for all children the term after their 3rd Birthday. Cut off dates for the terms are:
30 Hours Childcare
We are registered to offer the 30 hours childcare for working parents. We are able to work with parents to see how they can benefit from this opportunity. The DFE has put the information below together for parents.
The Department for Education (DfE) is launching a campaign to promote and raise awareness of the benefits that using 30 hours childcare can have for working families. Claire from Leeds shares her story of how #30hours childcare helped give her back her “independence”. Hear more from Claire and other families who have benefited from 30 hours here: http://ow.ly/OcxP50usZPC
Want to find out if you’re eligible and apply for Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare? Watch this video for step-by-step guidance on what you need to apply. https://youtu.be/s-38fMXaGSk Visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk to learn more.
If you are still unsure, please contact the office and we can support you to confirm your eligibility and get your code.
Settling in sessions
We normally offer three settling in session. The first and second sessions last an hour each while the third session lasts for two hours. At this third session, your child will be able to play and have lunch with the other children to help them settle into meal times
For the first visit, parents will stay with their child for an hour and have the opportunity to talk to the staff about routines and anything else they want to share with us or ask us about. While there you will spend some time with your child’s key person and together you can encourage your child to play and explore and get used to the room and meet the other children and staff in the room. Both parent and child will then leave together.
If your child is confident and relaxed we will encourage you to leave the child alone. This time can be used to fill and sign all relevant documentation.
If both parent and child are happy after this third visit we recommend that the child comes to nursery and is dropped off for a full normal session on their next visit. Some children may need more or less visits and we will alter this program dependent on your child’s individual needs. We will only commence full nursery care when you are happy to do so. These visits help to build a relationship between our staff and parents and allow your child to begin to settle and form trusting relationships with staff and in particular their key person. You can find more information on our admission policy which can be downloaded from the policies section of this website.
Most of the information that you require regarding our curriculum, facilities, hours and the care that your child will receive from us, has been put together in the Parent Brochure; please feel free to ask for a copy at the office.
We are open Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 6.00 pm, all year round, closing at 4:00 pm on Christmas Eve. We are closed for all Bank Holidays in England and up to 5 staff training inset days. We provide wrap-a-around care, school drop off and pick up, as well as after-school care to children attending Park Spring Primary School.