Collingham Gardens Nursery. Parents Handbook. Parents’ Handbook. Welcome to your Nursery. The nursery is a member of the Pre -School Learning Alliance, and is defined as a parent/carer managed group. We receive funding form Camden Council, which helps us keep our fees to a level that includes all people from our local community. We also need fees from our parents. FEES ARE PAYABLE ON THE Monday of each week, preferably by cheque made payable to Collingham Gardens Nursery. Fees payment is a condition of acceptance of the place. The Nursery is run by a management committee made up of parents. The staff and manager liaise closely with this committee who meet regularly to decide on all aspects fo nursery provision. Our opening times are 9.00a.m. to 5p.m. each weekday. We are closed 4 weeks a year, including Bank Holidays. We also close for three staff training days a year to ensure our staff are highly qualified and able to offer a relevant curriculum to the children. The children can be brought in between 9 and 10a.m. and can be picked up from 3.30p.m. All children should have been picked up by 4.55p.m. to allow the securing of the centre. It is very important that we are informed if the child is not coming in for the day or if they are going to be later than 10a.m. STAFFING. The Nursery is open to 24 children. Staffing levels at the nursery are as follows: two staff for the large room for 16 children aged 3-5 years. Two staff for the small room for eight children aged 2-3 years. One of these staff is the deputy manager. One part time cook. One manager. We also have students attending the nursery from local colleges and universities. All people working directly with children must have a current CRB. If a member of staff is absent we cover with the manager and also employ staff from a reputable childcare agency. Students are not included in our staff ratios. Staff are aware of the need for all aspects of a child’s personal life to be kept confidential. Breaking confidentiality would be a disciplinary matter. SETTLING IN YOUR CHILD. Be prepared to devote a week to your child’s settling in. each child differs and children may take more or less time than this. We ask for you to stay at the nursery for as long as we think you should, and we will gradually increase the time you spend away from your child. Your child needs to be confident and relaxed at the nursery and this settling in period is crucial for this. KEYWORKER SYSTEM. Your child will be part of a small group overseen by a keyworker who will have responsibility for your child’s play and development. The relationship between keyworker and child is essential for the child’s well being at the nursery, and gives you and your family a chance to build a strong relationship with one member of staff. The other members of staff will also build relationships with your child, but the keyworker is responsible for record keeping of your child, and liaising with you. The record keeping on your child covers all areas of their development and includes areas for future development. The keyworker will always be pleased to talk to you about your child’s development, but an appointment should be made for longer discussions. THE CHILD’S DAY. Staff arrive at 8.30. to set up activities inside and out and prepare a healthy snack for mid morning. 9a.m. Children begin arriving. Staff greet children and parents. Time for a chat if needed. 9-10 Free choice of activities inside and out. Play reflects the Foundation Stage curriculum. 10 snack time. Water, fruit and crackers. Chidlren are encouraged to join the group, to drink water and to chat with each other. There may be singing or reading. 10.15 -11.45 Free choice of activities inside and out. Staff may have an adult focused small group to work with on a project. There is always garden play, water, sand, a malleable activity, and exploratory activity, a construction toy and access to the creative area for art work, There is also a book corner and home area. 11.45 Prepare for lunch, children set tables, put out place names and wash hands.There is often a singing session just before lunch. 11.50-12.20 Lunch cooked by cook on site with an emphasis on vegetarian foods and healthy eating. Followed by fruit or yogurt. 12.20 -1.00 Wash after meal followed by rest and relaxation time. Younger children sleep, older ones rest and think about what they would like to do later. They also listen to classical or relaxing music. 1.00 Older children have free play inside and out. 2.00 Younger children begin to get up. Free play 3.00 Snack time, water, fruit, crackers or bread, carrots etc; 3.30 onwards. Children can be picked up from 3.30. Time to chat to parents. Free choice of activity for children both inside and out. 4.55 All children should be picked up. Nursery closes at 5. CURRICULUM. The New Foundation Stage is for children aged 0-5 years.The nursery is inspected by Ofsted every two to four years, and has always received good reports. There are 6 areas of the curriculum, which are achieved through holistic play and discovery by the children with adult support and assistance. The areas are: Personal, social and emotional development, Creative, Physical, Problem solving reasoning and numeracy, Communication, language and literacy. Knowledge and understanding of their world. Our curriculum is designed to promote each child’s development in all areas. As children learn best through play and their own discovery, we ensure children spend as much time as possible playing with their own choice of materials, and forging relationships with their peers. The keyworker and other staff will be aware of each child’s abilities and stage of development and will plan for this. They are ready to guide when appropriate, and to comment, question, explain and support the child. The curriculum is explored through activities planned for the individual and the group. There will also be at least one longer tern project for each group specific to that group’s interests and abilities. The outside play area is a vital part of this nursery’s play provision. In this built up area of London with many children not having access to a garden, our wild life outside space offers the chance to run, climb, explore, note the natural world, have space and time to be alone or in a group, to dig in the mud or sand, to plant vegetables and watch them grow etc; Our garden area is not a sanitised area, but a place where children can explore, learn their physical abilities and limitations, develop an awareness of risk and safety, have extended periods of play outside, and to be there in all weathers. We provide wet weather capes, and expect all children to be suitably clothed in order to access the garden throughout the year. IN ORDER FOR YOUR CHILD TO FULLY BENEFIT FROM OUR GARDEN AREA,YOU SHOULD PROVIDE THEM WITH WELLINGTON BOOTS, SPARE CLOTHING, HOT OR COLD WEATHER OUTSIDE CLOTHES, GLOVES, HATS, SUNCREAM ETC; Children are encouraged to explore all activities in the nursery, whatever their gender, age, ability or culture. We are however sensitive to various cultural requirements and ask that any issues relating to a child’s play or development are discussed with the keyworker. TWICE A YEAR YOU WILL BE INVITED IN FOR A LINKS MEETING WITH YOUR CHILD’S KEYWORKER, WHERE YOUR CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT CAN BE DISCUSSED. YOUR INPUT TO THE NURSERY’S CURRICULM PROVISION IS VITAL – PARENTS ARE THE PRIMARY EDUCATORS OF THEIR CHILDREN, AND WE VALUE YOUR COMMITMENT AND SKILLS. We hope to offer parents: Learning opportunities to develop their skills and confidence, To share responsibility for the nursery and play an important part in our community, To strengthen positive ties between parent and child, We hope to offer children: Access to a varied, and stimulating currciulm, To provide a safe and secure environment where they can explore and flourish, To promote and reinforce our commitment to learning through child directed play, To maintain and increase the outdoor provision at the nursery, To create strong links between staff, parents and child, To integrate families and children with special needs into our group, To further equal opportunities, To encourage children to recognise and value the cultural diversity of their local and wider community. We have a high standard of care, involvement and a positive approach to the under fives’ curriculum, and encourage our parents and carers to take a leading role in the education of their child. EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES As stated above, the nursery aims to offer a curriculum for each child meeting any special needs, and recognising difference in ability and development. Pre-school education is a powerful tool for transmitting values. The staff have a vital role in encouraging positive attitudes in children and challenging negative attitudes. CHILD PROTECTION. To comply with the Children’s Act, staff have the duty to inform outside agencies of any concerns they may have relating to any area of child protection. Staff have legal guidelines they must work to, no physical punishment of any kind is permitted at nursery, or verbal threats, bullying etc; COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE. If you are not happy with any area of the nursery provision please approach your child’s keyworker. You can then approach the manager and management committee. If the complaint cannot be resolved, you can complain directly to Ofsted. The address is on the entrance foyer wall of the nursery.
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