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					DAYCARE & NURSERY PARENT INFORMATION

Welcome to the School’s Daycare and Nursery Handbook which comprises relevant chapters from The Royal School’s Parent Handbook. You are invited to contact the Admissions Office if you would like more detailed information about the childcare available to babies and young children at The Royal School or if you wish to enquire about session availability.

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CONTENTS
This Handbook contains information about:

GOVERNORS AND STAFF THE DAYCARE AND NURSERY STRUCTURE: SESSION TIMINGS AND FEES FAQS DAYCARE DEPARTMENT NURSERY DEPARTMENT TRANSITION TO RECEPTION

The School’s Daycare, Nursery and Reception departments comprise the Early Years’ Foundation Stage (EYFS).

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GOVERNORS & STAFF
GOVERNORS Chairman: Mr Hamish Donaldson, DL, MA (Cantab) Note: Mr Donaldson can be contacted via the School Office Deputy Chairman: Vice Admiral Sir John Dunt, KCB, BSc (Hons), C Eng, FIEE Mr Eric Anstee, ICAEW Mr Peter Allchurch, RIBA Dip Arch (Hons) Miss Joanne Benjamin, BA (Hons) Mr Christopher Chapman, FCIB Mrs Heather Clarke, National Froebel Foundation* Mr Ian Greenep, JP MR PHARM S, FRSH Mrs Amanda Haddon-Cave, LLB Mr Richard Malthouse, BA (Hons) ACIS Mr Justin Manley-Cooper Miss Fiona Sheffield, BA (Hons), ACA Mr Christopher Sprague, MA (Oxon) Mrs Alison Titchmarsh* SCHOOL MANAGEMENT TEAM Mrs Lynne Taylor-Gooby, B.Ed*, MA Ms Kit Bithrey-George, BA (Hons), MA, PGDipM, MCIM Ms Kay Davies, BSc (Hons)* Mr Anthony Day Mrs Holly Hirst, MA (Oxon) Mrs Susan Lines, BA (Hons)* Mrs Karen Owen, B.Ed (Hons)* SCHOOL SECRETARIES (alphabetical) Mrs Sarah Hamer, BA (Hons), Cert. TESOL Mrs Elizabeth Grassick Mrs Sheila Sheehan Mrs Jo Smith Mrs Vanessa Stewart Mrs Jayne Whittell BURSARY STAFF Mr Anthony Day Mrs Judy Barrett Mrs Karen Rowden Mrs Tara Budden, BA (Hons) ICAEW MARKETING STAFF Ms Kit Bithrey-George, BA (Hons), MA, PGDipM, MCIM Mrs Louise Beach, CELTA, Cert. Admissions Management Mrs Holly Hirst, MA (Oxon) Miss Susan Steele NURSING STAFF Mrs Roz Pereira, SRN Dip MS Headmistress Director of Marketing & Development Director of Studies Bursar Admissions Coordinator Head of Boarding Deputy Headmistress Former Parent, current grandparent, retired banker Former parent, member of the Admiralty Board, Fourth Sea Lord and Chief of Fleet Support Corporate finance, advisory and fund management Former parent, retired architect Theatre producer Former parent, retired banker, civil servant and lay member of the judiciary Retired headmistress and member of the ISI Current parent, pharmacist, magistrate Current parent, barrister Former parent, company secretary Current parent, stockbroker Former pupil, partner in accountancy practice Solicitor Former parent, performing arts specialist

Headmistress’s PA Secretary Secretary Secretary/Marketing & Admissions Assistant Secretary Secretary

Bursar Accounts Accounts Accounts

Director of Marketing & Development Marketing & Admissions Assistant Admissions Coordinator Marketing & Admissions Assistant

School Sister

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JUNIOR SCHOOL TEACHING STAFF (alphabetical) NAME ROLE Miss J De la force, B.Ed (Hons)* Mrs S Hemans, B.Soc.Sc.* Miss P Alexander, BSc (Hons)* Mrs H Browning, CIM, TEFL Mrs K Causton, NVQ3 (Early Years Care & Education), TEFL Ms A Cavaillon, BA (Hons) (INALCO), Pre-CPEI Dip.* Mrs L Eckstein, Higher Level Teaching Assistant (Level 4) Mrs C Elliott, Foundation Degree (Level 5), NVQ3 (Early Years Care & Education) Mrs N Hayward, Montessori Dip. (Level 4) Miss E Hopkin, NVQ2 (Early Years Care & Education) Miss S Keyes, NVQ2 (Early Years Care & Education) Mr J Mannings, BA (Hons)*, Fellowship Dip. (FTCL) Mrs H Marston, ARAD, AISTD, Dip. RBS TTC Mrs J Mathé, RSA Dip.Sp.LD Mrs A McCluskey, NVQ3 (Childcare) Mrs S McKim, BA (Hons)* Miss C Nash, NVQ3 (Health & Social Care) Miss Z Parton, BA (Hons) (Childhood Study Early Years) Miss C Phillips Miss N Rasbid, Dip. Childcare Mrs N Scott BA* Mrs J Sisnett, Cert Ed* Mrs L Taylor Miss C Titchmarsh, BA (Hons) Mrs A Vaus, NVQ3 (Childcare & Education), Montessori Dip. Early Years (Level 4) Miss N McIntosh, BSc (Hons)* Mrs J Walter, Dip. Pre-School Practice (Level 3) Mrs G Whiteman, GIPM, CMIPD, TEFL Cert. Miss S Woods, Dip. Childcare and Education (Level 3) * Head of Year 6/Senior Teacher Senior Teacher Class Teacher English (EAL) Teacher Teaching Assistant

CURRICULUM RESPONSIBILITY Geography/Science Assessment/ICT SEN/PSHE EAL Literacy/History French

After School Care Assistant Nursery Manager Nursery Assistant Daycare Assistant Daycare Assistant Music Teacher/Class Teacher Ballet Teacher Learning Support Teacher Nursery Assistant Class Teacher/Early Years Coordinator Daycare Assistant Daycare Assistant Learning Support Assistant Nursery/Daycare Assistant Breakfast Club & After School Care Manager Class Teacher Learning Support/Nursery Assistant Assistant Teacher Daycare Manager PE Teacher/Class Teacher After School Care Assistant English (EAL) Teacher Daycare Assistant Maths/Music

Early Years/Literacy/History

Art/Design Technology

Drama/RE Daycare PE EAL

Indicates a Certificate of Education, a Post Graduate Certificate of Education, a Post Graduate Certificate of Science Education or Qualified Teacher Status

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THE STRUCTURE: SESSION TIMINGS AND FEES
DAYCARE Daycare is open to children from 6 weeks and is open from 08.00 – 18.00 for 51 weeks of the year. Sessions are agreed at the point of entry.

Please note that a month’s notice is required of any reduction or cessation in sessions or if you would like to remove your child from Daycare. An increase in sessions will be accommodated immediately – space permitting. The Daycare costs are outlined below and are based on the fees for the 2009/10 academic year.

£50 £500 £48.90 £30.37 £21.62

Non-refundable registration fee Refundable acceptance deposit Full day (08.00 – 18.00) Morning session, incl. lunch (08.00 – 14.00) Afternoon session, incl. tea (14.00 – 18.00)

Daycare children are billed monthly, in advance.

DAYCARE REGISTRATION Once you have visited the School and established that the Daycare facility is likely to meet the needs of your child, you should complete the registration form and return your form and non-refundable registration fee of £50 to the Admissions Coordinator. When you return your form, please also indicate which sessions you require; we will contact you to let you know whether these sessions are available. If we are unable to accommodate your preferences initially, you will be added to the waiting list as the enrolment process operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Registered children are invited to attend three familiarisation visits prior to enrolment. Subsequently, a formal letter of offer is issued and the acceptance form, plus the refundable acceptance deposit of £500, should be returned to the Admissions Co-ordinator. The School must be in receipt of all enrolment paperwork and fees due prior to your child’s first day. Children move into Nursery in the academic year in which they are three years old. The Daycare and Nursery managers work closely together to ensure that each child’s transition from Daycare to Nursery is completed successfully.

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NURSERY Children join the Nursery in the academic year in which they are three. The Nursery is divided into two sections: younger children join N1 whilst those eligible to transfer to Reception at the end of the academic year are allocated to N2 sessions. There is fluidity of movement between the sessions to ensure that children progress through the EYFS at a rate appropriate to their abilities. The Nursery is open during term-time from 08.30 – 15.30. Nursery children whose parents need to drop off at 08.00 and collect at 18.00 may request ‘wraparound care’. Childcare for Nursery children is available during the school holidays, space permitting. During the holiday period, Daycare session timings and session fees apply to Nursery children. Nursery sessions are agreed at the point of entry; an academic term’s notice is required of any reduction or cessation in sessions or if you would like to remove your child from Nursery. An increase in sessions will be accommodated immediately – space permitting. The Nursery costs are outlined below and are based on the fees for the 2009/10 academic year.

£100 £500 £32.95 £48.90 £17.24 £3.86 £15.44

Non-refundable registration fee* Refundable acceptance deposit Full day (08.30 – 15.30) Wrap-around day (08.00 – 18.00) Morning session, (08.30 – 12.00) Lunch (12.00 – 13.00) Afternoon session (13.00 – 15.30)

* A registration fee of £50 is charged if a child is transferring from the School’s Daycare facility. Nursery parents are billed termly in advance. NURSERY REGISTRATION Once you have visited the School and established that the Nursery facility is likely to meet the needs of your child, you should complete the registration form and return your form and non-refundable registration fee to the Admissions Coordinator. When you return your form, please also indicate which sessions you require; we will contact you to let you know whether these sessions are available. If we are unable to accommodate your preferences initially, you will be added to the waiting list as the enrolment process operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Registered children are invited to attend two familiarisation visits. Subsequently, a formal letter of offer is issued and the acceptance form, plus the refundable acceptance deposit of £500, should be returned to the Admissions Co-ordinator. The School must be in receipt of all enrolment paperwork and fees due prior to your child’s first day.

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FAQs
Does my child have to stay for the whole session? No. You can drop off or collect your child at any time during your allocated session but each session has a structure and your child will miss some of the activities if he or she is not present for the full session. The whole session fee is payable regardless of the amount of time your child spends in a particular session; if he/she misses a session, the session fee will still be payable. Can I change my usual booking pattern? Yes, in advance and if a place is available. One month’s notice (in writing) is required if you would like to decrease the number of sessions your child attends in Daycare. One term’s notice (in writing) is required if you would like to decrease the number of sessions your child attends in Nursery. Who will look after my child? Your child will be assigned a Key Person. You and your child will be introduced to the Key Person at the outset. With whom can I discuss issues affecting my child? In the first instance your child’s Key Person; alternatively, you may speak to the Daycare manager or the Nursery manager who will also be happy to help you. What if my child’s Key Person is on holiday or unwell? Your child will be cared for by a known staff member who is fully aware of his or her needs. What should my child wear? Practical and comfortable clothes should be worn; in Daycare, children are encouraged to wear slippers indoors. Painting aprons are provided by the School but paint will sometimes get onto clothes and may not wash out completely. Warm clothes and Wellington boots must be supplied for winter months. Sun hats and sun cream must be provided in the summer months. All clothes should be clearly named. Please supply changes of clothes in a named bag which will be kept on your child’s peg. If your child is potty training, we ask you to supply 4 – 5 changes of clothes including underwear, socks, spare shoes and a pack of wipes. Parents of Nursery children are encouraged to buy a Nursery sweatshirt, polo shirt, lunch tabard and book bag. These items are available from the School uniform shop. How do I give and receive information about my child? On registering you will be given a child information sheet to complete. This asks questions about your child’s routine. Your Key Person will speak to you at the beginning and end of each visit. Written notes will be kept on a daily activity sheet which are incorporated into your child’s individual Learning Journey.

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More detailed sharing of information (based around your child’s learning and achievements) takes place at Parents’ Evenings. These take place on at least one occasion in every academic year. The Daycare Parents’ Evening is currently held in October whilst the Nursery Parents’ Evening is scheduled to take place in June. How can I update my personal information? It is your responsibility to complete the admissions paperwork prior to your child’s familiarisation visit. You will also be prompted to provide updates to ensure that the personal details and contact information we keep on file are up-to-date. Please ensure that you inform the School Office of changes as they happen, it is especially important that we have parents’ current daytime contact numbers. We rely upon parents to provide us with current and relevant information about their child. If there is anything else you think we need to know, please tell us. Is my information kept confidential? Yes. Your details are kept in a locked cupboard in the School Office and are only available to senior staff members. All Royal School staff are subject to a confidentiality agreement. It is the responsibility of the School to share with third parties any information which may be required to safeguard the care and welfare of an individual child. How do you incorporate my values into the daily routine? We will grow to love your child and will endeavour to care for him or her in the way you feel is appropriate. Please communicate your wishes to your child’s Key Person. Can I visit my child during the day? The School’s Daycare and Nursery departments operate an Open Door Policy which enables parents to engage with their child within the School’s play and learning environments. It is common for parents of Daycare children to visit their children in Daycare. When children move into the Nursery, parents tend to encourage greater independence; few find it necessary to join their children in Nursery. What about child / staff ratios? The School is committed to meeting the statutory requirements outlined in the Government’s EYFS framework. For more information about ratios (both in School and on School trips), please speak to either the Daycare manager or the Nursery manager. How will you discipline my child? Younger children are distracted if they are behaving inappropriately. Older children have ‘time out’ and are encouraged to think about the consequences of their behaviour and actions. No other form of discipline is used. A copy of the School’s behaviour policy is available to parents via the Parent Login on the School’s website: www.royal-school.org. Copies are also available via email or post if required.

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How can I find out about other policies? Whole School policies and those which specifically refer to Daycare and Nursery children are available to parents via the Parent Login on the School’s website: www.royal-school.org. Copies are also available via email or post if required. Will my child play outside? Yes; outdoor play is an integral part of a child’s engagement with his / her learning environment. All children have access to the outdoors on a daily basis. Please provide suitable outdoor wear, including named wellingtons and hats. Will my child ever leave the Daycare / Nursery environment? Yes. As part of a healthy routine, children are taken for walks around the School’s beautiful grounds and may take part in supervised off-site trips. Will my child be safe and secure? Yes. Entrance doors are child-proof. The front door of Daycare is locked at all times; the Nursery is accessed through the main school entrance. Can someone else collect my child? Yes; please provide a description and password. Both you and the person collecting your child will need to sign the Collection Book. What happens if my child has an accident? Minor cuts and grazes are treated by the trained First Aider or the School Nurse. Incidents are recorded in the Accident Book and signed by the witness to the accident. You are notified when you collect your child and asked to sign the Accident Book. More serious accidents are referred to the local casualty department; a member of staff accompanies the poorly child for treatment. If your child falls ill and is in a very serious condition, an ambulance will be called. You are informed immediately if your child needs professional medical attention. Are your staff trained in First Aid? Yes. All Daycare and Nursery staff have current certificates or are trained at the earliest opportunity. Do you do a fire practice with the children? Yes, there are at least three fire practices per year. Fire procedures are posted at Fire Exits and within all group rooms in Daycare and Nursery. Will equipment be sterilized? Baby toys, bowls, spoons and cups are placed in Milton daily. All cutlery and plates are washed in the dishwasher at a high temperature. All toys are washed and sterilised on a regular basis. Can you cater for children with Special Needs? Yes, the School endeavours to accommodate children with special needs, provided that those needs can be met within the School’s existing learning environment. The School has a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) who would be happy to discuss your child’s requirements as necessary.

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Do you operate an Equal Opportunities policy? It is the policy of The Royal School to promote and protect equality of opportunity for all children and personnel by every means available, in line with the National Standards for Full Day Care and the Fair Employment Act and all subsequent and updated legislation and guidelines. The Royal School is an equal rights employer. Further professional training All staff are encouraged to take further training available to them. The Royal School offers a wide range of training opportunities, some of which are compulsory such as child protection. Do you take childcare vouchers in Daycare? Yes. To apply for childcare vouchers you will need to speak to your employer who will give you an application form. Do you take the Government Nursery vouchers? The School does not accept the Government vouchers but operates its own Early Years Bursary scheme. More details are available from the School’s Bursary. SLEEP, REST TIMES AND MEALS Where does my child sleep? We have travel cots in the Sleep Rooms in both Daycare and Nursery. Sleep times are monitored continuously and recorded room checks take place at 10 minute intervals. Does my child have to sleep when the other children do? No. Routines can be completely flexible to meet the individual needs of your child. However, it is best for your child to sleep at the same time as his/her peers so that the social activities can be enjoyed by the whole group. Will my child be given a dummy? In Daycare, dummies are used at your request and only if sent from home. Dummies can be sterilised if necessary. Nursery children tend to outgrow their dummies within the first few weeks of Nursery sessions. Can my child bring toys from home into Daycare and Nursery? Unless a toy is required as a comforter, you should encourage your child to come into Daycare or Nursery without toys from home. Lost belongings can cause a lot of heartache. Toys which are brought from home must be clearly named. Where will my child eat? Daycare children eat in high chairs or at a suitable table. Staff sit with the children during meals and children are encouraged to view meal times as social occasions. Breastfeeding mothers are welcome to come into Daycare to feed where practical. Nursery children have ‘child-friendly’ lunch tables in the main School dining room where staff sit with the children to encourage good table manners.

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What will my child eat? The Royal School has a large, fully-equipped kitchen which provides the children in Daycare and Nursery with a well-balanced, hot meal at lunch time. All food is prepared daily with fresh ingredients and is age-appropriate. Menus are changed and displayed weekly on the Daycare and Nursery notice boards, in the weekly bulletin and on School’s website. Breakfast can be provided for Daycare and Nursery children who arrive before 08.45. Daycare children and Nursery children in ‘wraparound care’ are given a light tea in the afternoon. The School makes every effort to accommodate special dietary requirements, food allergies, intolerances, etc. If your child has specific dietary requirements, please ensure that you provide us with the necessary information. What time are meals served? Breakfast: 08.00 – 08.45 (Daycare and ‘wraparound’ Nursery) Lunch: 11.30/12.00 (Daycare); 12.00/12.30 (Nursery) Tea: 15.30 – 16.30 (Daycare and ‘wraparound’ Nursery) Is my child given snacks? During the day, children have fresh fruit or a plain biscuit snack in-between their meals. Meal times and snack times are viewed as social occasions; good manners and conversation are encouraged. How do you clean my child’s face? With a warm soft cloth. Please inform us if this is not appropriate for your child’s skin. ILLNESS & MEDICATION What if my child is unwell? Your child is welcome in Daycare / Nursery if he or she is feeling under the weather but should not attend if the illness is infectious. Please telephone 01428 605393 (Daycare) or 01428 604096 (Nursery) as soon as possible if your child is unable to attend his/her scheduled session. A 48-hour clear period is required for vomiting and diarrhoea. Exclusion for other infectious diseases is as specified by your GP, Daycare Manager, or Environmental Health Department. Please note that parents will be charged for Daycare / Nursery sessions as agreed, regardless of their child’s absence due to illness. Can you give medication to my child? Prescribed medicine can be administered; a signed consent form is required. Nonprescribed medicines such as Tixylix cannot be administered. Calpol may be administered for high temperatures only. A child’s temperature is taken with an underarm digital thermometer and, if a high temperature is apparent, a child’s clothes will be removed and cool sponging used. Calpol is not administered immediately and is only used with parental consent. A child’s

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temperature is monitored over a half hour period before a decision regarding Calpol administration is reached by Management. Parental consent regarding prescription medicines (including Calpol) is sought via the forms at the rear of this booklet and the forms are referred to if parents cannot be contacted. Every effort is made to keep parents informed of their child’s condition. Please inform us if your child has had Calpol in the previous 24 hours, stating how much and how many doses. EXTRA ACTIVITIES & WORKING WITH PARENTS Do you work in partnership with parents? We believe that for your child to have the best experiences and opportunities, it is necessary for parents, key workers and carers to work together. We encourage parent involvement via activities, events and two-way communication. Each child’s Learning Journey demonstrates the active partnership between the School and each set of parents. Notice Boards There is a notice board in the Daycare entrance hall and in Nursery which displays information. Parents Evenings We hold an Annual Parents’ Evening at which you are encouraged to talk about your child’s progress and development with his/her Key Person. Daily Activity Sheets / Message Books In Daycare, these sheets are completed by your child’s Key Person on a daily basis and act as a window to your child’s day. The sheets detail the various activities in which children participate and record each child’s day-to-day requirements. In Nursery, the Key Person will inform the parent at collection time about their child’s day and a message book is provided on request. Stay and Play sessions Parents may, by prior arrangement, stay for a session. On these occasions, Daycare / Nursery staff work together with parents as co-educators. This is an active approach designed to engage parents and children in group projects and activities throughout the year. Sports Day This is held as part of the Pre-Prep Sports Day and is a fun opportunity for all parents, children and staff to join together and compete! Christmas Fayre and Summer Fête Both these events are run by The Royal School Association. They are social occasions at which stalls, refreshments and fun activities raise money for the School and local charities. Termly Newsletter The School’s bulletin, Puellae, is circulated to parents on a weekly basis and includes information about the Daycare and Nursery departments. Copies are available in soft-copy on the School’s website and in hard copy on request.

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DAYCARE STRUCTURE
The School’s affirmative ethos permeates the Daycare department. Each child is given a Key Person who follows a bespoke routine designed to enhance personal growth, play and learning. These principles form the basis of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which focuses on four key areas: The Unique Child Positive Relationships Enabling Environments Learning and Development

The Daycare Manager, Mrs Amanda Vaus, is pleased to provide prospective parents with additional information as required.

NURSERY STRUCTURE
Sessions in the Nursery are designed to enable children to become happy, motivated and engaged learners. The Nursery curriculum is built around the EYFS framework which focuses on four key areas: A Unique Child Positive Relationships Enabling Environments Learning and Development

French is part of the weekly curriculum through songs and games and Nursery 2 children receive specialist teaching in ballet. Visits to the Nursery from the wider community are arranged to enhance the children’s learning and off-site visits are organised on a regular basis.

TRANSITION TO RECEPTION
Both boys and girls in N2 are prepared for the transition to Reception. They attend familiarisation sessions in our Reception class during the summer term; girls are then invited to transfer to Reception at the start of the new academic year. Each child moves from Nursery to Reception with their Learning Journey which ensures a smooth transition through the EYFS.

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PATRON: HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II PRESIDENT: HRH THE PRINCESS ROYAL THE ROYAL SCHOOL REGISTERED CHARITY NO: 312060 THE ROYAL JUNIOR SCHOOL, PORTSMOUTH ROAD, HINDHEAD, SURREY GU26 6BW ADMISSIONS TEL: 01428 603052 FAX: 01428 603028 E-mail: admissions@royal-school.org Website: www.royal-school.org

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