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									                        KINGSTON UPON THAMES NURSERY
Our vision:
A healthy, safe, caring, friendly nursery that provides full day care and enjoyable fun time for all.

Our aims:
   To provide a safe, stimulating, fun and rewarding environment for all children, where children are
      encouraged to develop at their own pace.
   To provide individual care and attention for children made possible by a high level of team work,
      and reinforced by our key worker system.
   To provide a “Birth to Three Matters” and “Foundation Stage” curriculum with National Standards
      guidance, covering all ages to help children learn through play by first hand experience.
   To provide an atmosphere that encourages the children’s confidence, independence,
      communication and social skills.
   To operate within an environment of equal opportunities for all, valuing and exploring the wide
      range of family, cultural and religious beliefs that our children and staff have.
   To integrate children with special needs and help them learn by working with professionals from
      outside agencies. (If you would like to discuss the nursery’s ability to meet your child’s special
      needs, please speak to the nursery manager.)
   To ensure children’s safety and well being whilst they are in our care by operating a child
      protection policy and maintaining high standards by continuous training of all staff members
      through child protection course.
   To provide quality staff who are either fully qualified or training to be qualified in childcare
      certification. All staff have been police checked and are familiar with child protection and first aid
      procedures as well as being regularly updated with Early Years training.

Facilities
The Nursery is split into two age specific units, the Toddler Room & The Pre-School Room:
Toddler Room - The toddler room caters for children from 12 months up to 2 ½ years. This bright and
airy room is well equipped with suitable age related activities and has lots of space for smaller children
and active toddlers alike.
The Pre-school Room - The pre-school room caters for children from 2 to 5 years. This big bright room
is well equipped for their stimulation and has plenty of space for the various pre-school activities.

The nursery has a large garden, which allows the children to have fresh air and outside play and there is
plenty of room for outdoor activities.

Activities
We offer a full and varied timetable of activities for the children, including music, story time, floor play and
outside play

Staff
Our nursery is run by qualified, dedicated and caring staff who are experienced in childcare and are either
fully trained or training to be qualified. All staff are police checked and are familiar with child protection
and first aid procedures.




                    KINGSTON–UPON–THAMES                                  NURSERY
Keyworker System
At Lady Bird Day Nursery we operate a key worker system, which gives each member of staff
responsibility for just a few children. Each child in the group has one special adult to relate to which
makes settling into the group much easier. In addition the key worker is in a position to monitor the
progress and tailor the curriculum to the needs of each child. The key worker maintains a link with the
child’s home setting working with parents through shared record keeping to ensure that all children are
supported in reaching their full potential. All staff receive continuous in-service training to further their
knowledge of early childhood development.

Starting Nursery
The First Days
A child who is tense or unhappy will not be able to learn or play properly, so it is important for parents
and staff to work together to help the child feel confident and secure in the nursery. This takes longer for
some children than others and parents should not feel worried if their child takes a while to settle.
To help ease the child into the nursery, we do encourage parents to visit the nursery with their child
during the week admission is planned. We then encourage parents, where appropriate, to separate from
their child for a brief period at first, gradually building up to longer absences. The staff will of course, give
the children as many cuddles and as much individual attention as they need.
What to wear
In order to feel free to explore and experiment with all kinds of materials, including messy ones, it is best
to send children dressed in clothes which are easily washable or not too new. Although aprons are
available for painting and water play. Parents need to make available a spare set of clothes which can be
kept on nursery premises. It is good for children to practice the skills which make them independent.
Simple clothing which they can handle themselves will enable them to go to the toilet when they want to
and to put on and take off their outdoor clothes without being too dependant on other people's help

Visits
Children are occasionally taken to places of interest under the supervision of staff. Your child will be taken
only on receipt of your written permission to do so. A small charge may be made for some visits to cover
the cost of transport and entrance fees.

All about your child
Naturally all children will have their established routine when they join us at Ladybird. In order to continue
this, the staff will wish to discuss with the Parent(s) the Childs routine in detail and parents will be asked
to fill in a "Child Entry Record" form.

Daily Reporting
Parent(s) will be told verbally about their Childs day and will be given a written report (detailing how much
they have eaten, slept, any social development, etc) in the Toddler Room. The Pre-school writes about
children's needs and learning in a Childs "Weekly Diary" that is given to parents at the end of each week.
We feel that this enables the Parent(s) to keep in touch with their Childs daily progress.

Nappies & Baby Wipes
You are requested to supply your child's nappies & any nappy creams. We supply baby wipes.

What the Nursery Provides
The Nursery will also provide individual sheets and blankets.



                    KINGSTON–UPON–THAMES                                   NURSERY
Food
We can cater for all vegetarian and religious diets and we offer a varied and nutritional menu (no beef,
pork or lamb products). The meals are provided by the nursery and are freshly cooked on the premises
daily.

The Role of Parents
Parents are encouraged to discuss their child's progress and development throughout the year, In addition
the nursery will send home progress records at regular intervals and a Parent's Evening will be held to
discuss their child's development in depth. Also, parents are kept informed of an invited to contribute
towards topic planning. Staff will seek feedback from parents because we recognise that parents know
their child best.
Special Needs
Our aim is to integrate children with special needs into our environment and help them learn by working
with professionals from outside agencies. If you like to discuss the nursery's ability to meet your child's
special needs, please speak to the nursery manager.

Framework
Within our nursery the children are supported in developing at their own pace. Our key-worker system
enables us to ensure a planned framework + curriculum tailored to the needs of each individual child. By
means of developmentally appropriate activities and a high level of adult input. We use "Birth to 3 Matter"
framework for under 3 years old, (Toddler Room & Pre-School) and "Foundation Stage Profile" curriculum
for 3-5 years old.
BIRTH TO 3 MATTERS - Framework for children under 3 years
The framework takes as it's focus the child and steers away from subjects, specific areas of experience
and distinct curriculum headings. It identifies four Aspects. which celebrate the skill and competence of
babies and young children and highlights the interrelationship between growth, learning, development and
the environment in which they are cared for and educated.
These four aspects are:
     A Strong Child
     A Skilful Communicator
     A Competent Learner
     A Healthy Child

FOUNDATION STAGE PROFILE - Curriculum for children 3-5 years old
This offers a curriculum which leads to nationally approved early learning goals and prepares children to
progress with confidence to start school at five years of age.

Communication, Language & Literacy
In both small and large groups, children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking
and listening, and by hearing and responding to stories, songs and rhymes. Children are helped to
understand that written symbols carry meaning, to be aware of the purposes of writing and, when they
are ready, to use drawn and written symbols for themselves. A well stocked book corner gives every child
the opportunity and encouragement to become familiar with books, to handle them with care and be
aware of their uses, both for reference and as a source of stories and pictures.




                   KINGSTON–UPON–THAMES                                NURSERY
Personal and social and emotional development
Within a nurturing environment, children are individually supported in developing confidence, autonomy
and self-respect. They are encouraged to work and concentrate independently and also to take part in the
life of the group, sharing and co-operating with other children and adults. Through activities, conversation
and practical example, they learn acceptable ways to express there own feelings and to have respect for
the feelings of others. All children are given the opportunity, as appropriate, to take responsibility for
themselves and also for the group, its members and its properties.

Mathematical Development
By means of adult-supported practical experience, children become familiar with sorting, matching,
ordering, sequencing and counting activities which form the basis of early mathematics. As they use their
developing mathematical understanding to solve practical problems, children are assisted to learn and use
the vocabulary of mathematics, identifying objects by shape, position, size, volume and number. Songs,
games and picture books help children to become aware of number sequences and, when ready, to use
simple mathematical operations such as adding.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World
A safe and stimulating environment allows children to explore and experiment with a range of natural and
manufactured materials. They learn to observe the features of objects and substances, recognising
differences in patterns and similarities, and to share and record their findings. Children are assisted in
exploring and understanding their environment, both within the group and also in the wider community. A
range of safe and well maintained equipment enables children to extend their technological understanding,
using simple tools and techniques as appropriate to achieve their intentions and to solve problems.

Physical Development
A range of equipment and opportunities, both indoors and outdoors, allows children to develop confidence
and enjoyment in the use and development of their own bodily skills. A very high level of adult supervision
enables children safely to create and meet physical challenges, developing increasing skills and control in
movement, climbing and balancing. At the same time, the children are supported in the development of
fine motor skills required to use tools, including pens and pencils, and to handle small objects with
increasing control and precision.

Creative Development
Children are encouraged to use a wide range of resources in order to express their own ideas and feelings
and to construct their individual response to experience in two and three dimensions. Art equipment,
including paint, glue, crayons and pencils as well as natural and discarded resources, provides for open-
ended exploration of colour, shape and texture and the development of skills in drawing, painting and
collage. Children join in with and respond to music and stories, and there are many opportunities for
imaginative role-play, both individually and as part of a group.

Terms and Conditions
    £100 deposit on registration
    Payment is required monthly in advance.
    Four weeks notice is required if the child is leaving the nursery.
    Absences, sickness and Bank Holidays are still to be paid in full.
    A charge of 5 will be made for every 15 minutes after closing for late collection of your child. Of
     course we will understand an occasional lateness but for repeated lateness, we will have no
     alternative but to charge the parent/s to cover the cost of overtime.
    There will be an annual review of fees.

                   KINGSTON–UPON–THAMES                                 NURSERY
What to you need to bring?
Each child should bring a complete change of clothing (including socks) and a pair of Wellington boots in a
named bag that can remain at the nursery. All items should be clearly marked with your child's name. The
nursery does not accept responsibility for lost items. Please bring a toothbrush, nappies and nappy wipes
if your child requires them.

Complaints
We aim to provide the highest quality care for all our children. We aim to welcome each individual child
and family and to provide a warm caring environment within which all children can learn and develop as
they play. We believe children and patents are entitled to expect courtesy and prompt careful attention to
their needs and wishes. Our intention is to work in partnership with parents and the community generally
and we welcome suggestions on how to improve our group at any time. A parent who is uneasy about any
aspect of the nursery's provision should first talk to a key-worker or the Nursery Manager. If the complaint
is of a more serious nature, it should be made in writing to the Nursery Proprietors who will endeavor to
rectify it.

Sickness
Children who are ill should not be brought to nursery. If the child becomes ill at nursery, the parent/carer
will be contacted to collect the child. Parents are asked to ensure that any child with an infectious illness
has clearance from the doctor before returning. ONLY medication prescribed by your doctor will be given
to the child following your prior written permission. The nursery reserves the right to take a child to
hospital if he/she is taken ill or injured in the care of the nursery.

Collection
If a child is to be collected by someone other than the authorised person noted on the 'Enrolment Form',
then the nursery must be informed in advance. We will not let the child leave the nursery without the
permission of the parent or guardian.




                    KINGSTON–UPON–THAMES                                 NURSERY
                            ENROLMENT FORM


          Child Details
Child’s Surname
First Name
Child’s date of Birth
1st Language
Religion
Nationality/Ethnic Origin
Language other than English
Proposed starting date
Address




Tel. No.

          Parents Details
Mothers Name
Day Time Address




Tel. No:
Occupation


Fathers Name
Day Time Address




Tel. No
Occupation




           KINGSTON–UPON–THAMES              NURSERY
         Emergency Contact
Name
Address




Tel No

         Medical Information
Doctors Name
Address




Tel No

Any Conditions we should know about:




         Days Attending
Morning         Monday           Tuesday   Wednesday     Thursday       Friday
Afternoon       Monday           Tuesday   Wednesday     Thursday       Friday


         Agreements
   1. We have read the prospectus and agree to abide by the terms and
      conditions in it.
   2. £100 deposit to be paid.
   3. We agree to pay fees weekly/monthly (please select) in advance and that
      fees are payable in full during periods of absence.
   4. We agree that we are liable for payment of fees
   5. We agree to give 4 weeks notice in writing of the withdrawal of our child,
      otherwise a charge will be incurred and £100 deposit won't be refunded.
   6. This agreement is subject to change by the nursery with 4 weeks notice.


                   Signature

                          Date



          KINGSTON–UPON–THAMES                             NURSERY

								
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