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									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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