About St.John's Church Pre-School

The Nursery is run by a voluntary Church Constitution Committee and the Nursery’s philosophy is based on Christian values, placing respect and value on each individual.  The children are encouraged to assess acceptable risk and challenge, which enables them to problem solve and gain confidence giving them better life chances. Children can be observed regularly out in the community using the local community facilities.

The nursery is registered with OFSTED and accommodates 60 children each day from 2 to 5 years.

Staffing ratios

Our staff have recognised qualifications, are First Aid trained, attend a minimum of 12 hours educational training per year to keep informed of evolving practices and policies and undertake Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks before commencing employment. We have a diverse team of staff, some of whom fulfil the following roles;

  • Early Years Professional (EYP)
  • Special Educational Needs Co-ordinatior (SENCO)
  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children's Welfare Co-ordinator
  • Health and Safety Representative
  • Equalities Named Co-ordinator

The nursery offers voluntary work placements for students from schools, colleges and universities and they may be seen in Nursery periodically, but will always be supervised.

Recommended Staff Ratios
Age Children Per Adult
2-3 Years 4
3-5 Years 8
Outings 3

 
Your child will be offered Educational visits to explore the local community and further afield.  We may ask some parents to vounteer their time on these trips, to ensure we maintain safe ratios and allow the children to have a fun filled trip!

The Nursery practitioners follow the statutory framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance, encouraging development and learning from birth to 5 years.  The framework ensures that all children have access to a range of activities that promote all areas of learning.  

Opening Times

The nursery is open from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday (term time only). We offer full-time, part-time and sessional care.

 

Breakfast Café
  Day Time Room
Breakfast Café Monday - Thursday 8.30 - 9.00 Church
Friday 8.30 - 9.00 Front Hall

The nursery offers this FREE facility every morning, allowing parents and children to wait in the warm and dry, and have the opportunity to socialise with other parents and carers.

Fund Raising 

Money raised throughout the year enables us to buy additonal equipment, or replace resources that have become outdated. Some money is also used to subsidise trips and Social gatherings for the Children, such as a Christmas Party. We hope that all parents will encourage and support their children and us with these events.
 

Key person

Your child will be allocated a Key Person when they enrol. This enables a continuity of care for your child and a friendly familiar face for you both. Free settling-in sessions will be arranged at enrolment so you and your child can get to know your key person. The key person will give you a “Start Out” bag to take home from these sessions for you to continue that play in-between the free settling-in sessions. This will include an activity for you and your child to do and a photograph of the key person so you can remind your child what their special person at nursery looks like.
The key person will help your child to develop their individual potential through the Early Years foundation stage.

Informal chats with your child’s key person are encouraged by the Nursery team; these ensure celebrations of daily achievements or sharing of any information which may affect your child’s well-being.                

Funding Entitlements for 2, 3 & 4 Year Olds -
15 or 30 Hours

The Nursery is registered to accept the free entitlement for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.  Children are entitled to the free entitlement the term after their third birthday. 

At present the maximum free entitlement is either 15 or 30 hours per week for 38 weeks per year.

Additional hours will incur a charge and parents will be notified in advance each term of fees which are payable.  

Sessions, Fees and Agreement

  • Any additional hours will incur a charge. A Session is a minimum of three hours. 
  • Fees are due in advance and we have felxible arrangements to suit - please discuss this before enrolment. 
  • All fees are payable at all times there are no exceptions.  This includes when your child is absent, sick or on holiday.
  • Letters sent for reminders of fees owed will incur additional charges, as described in the payment policy.
  • Fees will be reviewed annually on 1st January.
  • Parents will be required to sign the enrolment agreement form giving a commitment to pay a minimum of 4 weeks fees in advance.
  • Any reductions to sessions agreed after this, it is required that four week’s notice is given in writing or the parent will be charged for the sessions that have been missed. 

Car parking                                             

Please be very careful when using the car park. Only park in the white line spaces provided, children’s safety is paramount.

Fire safety

In accordance with Fire regulations every child must be registered by the manager when they attend.  Please register your child at the desk on arrival at each session so the manager knows your child is in the nursery.

Fire drills take place each term in accordance with Health and safety regulations.  This is so all staff and children become familiar with the fire drill and evacuation procedures of the building.

Meals and Refreshments

The nursery will provide a free healthy snack mid-morning/afternoon. Please advise us of any cultural or dietary needs so these will be catered for.

The nursery does not provide a main meal at lunch time. We ask you to provide your child with a suitable healthy packed lunch.  We encourage the children to eat their savoury foods first and request no sweets, chocolate or any nuts or nut products to be included in lunch boxes.  Lunch boxes MUST be named in order to protect children with allergies.  Any dairy or meat products will need to be individually wrapped and named for refrigeration, in order to keep your child’s lunch fresh and healthy.

Parental provisions

  • The following should be supplied by you for your child’s individual needs :
  • Pull-ups (nappy pants), wet wipes, cream etc.  (If still required).
  • Coat, hat, gloves for cold weather
  • Wellingtons for the wet/snow weather and use in the garden for planting and digging.
  • Hat and sun cream for warmer weather.  We will need written permission to apply sun cream.
  • Packed lunch as already described. (If your child stays for lunch)
  • P.E kit ( yellow t-shirt, shorts and plimsolls).
  • For children staying all day you may wish to send a toilet bag with hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste.

Please send all provisions clearly labeled in a named bag.

Please send children in practical clothes.  The nursery provides aprons for messy activities to offer protection but we accept no liability for damaged items.

Accidents

Accidents will be dealt with accordingly by the first aider.  All accidents will be recorded in the accident book and countersigned by the parent/carer on collecting their child from nursery.

Illness

It is important to notify the nursery if your child contacts an infectious disease.  Please do not send your child to nursery if they have been sick /unwell at any time in the previous 48 hours

If your child becomes unwell during the day at Nursery you will be contacted and asked to collect them.

Medication

If your child is on prescribed medication and attending the nursery you will be asked to sign a medication form.  You will be asked to give your consent in writing on the medication form and you will be asked to countersign when collecting your child from nursery. 

NB: The Nursery cannot, under any circumstances, store prescribed medication after hours on the premises.

Security

The Nursery is kept in good order and conforms to health and safety regulations.  Therefore the Nursery will be secure at all times to maintain everyone’s safety. 
Children will only be released into the care of the person named on the enrolment form.  Staff must be informed if any other person is collecting your child.  That person on arrival will need proof of identity and a password before we release your child.

Insurance

The Nursery has a fully comprehensive insurance.

Enrolment

  • Contact the Manager - 01202 740261 - to arrange an appointment
  • Attend the Enrolment appointment and bring;
    • A completed and signed enrolment agreement.
    • The child / childrens birth certificate or passport.
    • A completed Key Person Parental Information Sheets.
    • Signed copies of our policies
    • Your child's Immunisation Record (Red Book)
    • The Pre-School Information Booklet.  
    • Please allow at least one hour for enrolment. 

If enrolment is not completed your child will be unable to start.

If you require any further information or would like to book an appointment to view the Nursery please contact us