Q. What time does the nursery open?
A. The Early Years Centre opens at 7.45am and closes at 5.45pm. The Nursery School AM session is 8.45am – 11.45am and PM session is 12.45pm – 3.45pm
Q. Can I pay hourly for my child?
A. We work on session times only (please refer to our price list under the Early Years Section of our website).
Q. When my child starts the Early Years Centre how can I pay and when do I need to pay?
A. We use an online system called Parent Pay. An activation letter will be given to you before your child starts, to pay fees online. We do accept Childcare vouchers which you will need to setup, these payments will be deducted from your account when we receive payment from the company. Fees are due weekly/ monthly in advance.
Q. Do children play out in all weathers?
A. Absolutely! Children will have access to the outdoor area everyday. Depending on what time of year it is suitable clothing will need to be provided whilst your child’s at nursery. We do provide waterproofs but ask that wellies are brought in for wet play, these can be left at nursery if you wish.
Q. What does my child need in their bag?
A. At least two changes of clothes including socks. All must be labelled with full names. Please do not put toys, medicines, sweets or anything else in your child’s bag, children’s things can get lost in nursery so we try to discourage them from bringing anything with them. If your child is on any medication this must be discussed with their keyperson and a medicine form must be filled out by the parent. This will be given and stored as discussed.
Q. Will you apply sun-cream to my child if it is hot and they are playing out?
A. We do have alot of children in nursery and as you can imagine if we were to put cream on every child this would take up valuable time that we should be spending with your children. We do ask parents of children that attend sessionally to apply morning or afternoon before you child starts. If your child is extended care we do ask cream is provided for nursery and to ensure it is applied before they start and staff will re-apply throughout the session.
Q. Do you potty train at nursery or does my child have to be toilet trained?
A. No children do not have to be toilet trained, we will work alongside yourselves to help your child to use the toilet or potty. All we ask is that you send lots of changes of clothes in their bag.
Q. What happens if I am late to pick up my child, and I ask someone else to pick them up?
A. We do not let any child leave with someone we don’t know. If you are going to be late or send someone else, we ask that you contact nursery to let us know. That person would need your child’s unique password to tell us at the office before they are let through to pick up. If that person is someone who will regularly pick up then we would need them to be listed on emergency contacts with their contact number.
Q. What does Nursery do to help my child read and write?
A. At nursery we have a book loan scheme which emphasises the importance of sharing books. If parents want their child to take part they will recieve a book bag and once a week they can choose a book to take home and read with parents. We talk about the stories in detail, thinking about the structure and looking at the illustrations, we invite parents to come along at the end of session to join in this discussion. Also at the end of every session we have group time, keypersons will read a story to their group.
To promote children’s writing we have lots of manipulative experiences for the children to be involved in to help them hold a pencil. We celebrate the marks children make and provide opportunitites for the child’s individual interests to be used when mark making.
Q. How will I be informed about my child’s development/progress?
A. At Newtown we value our links with parents as we feel it is a big aspect of their progess and development throughout nursery. We have various ways of communicating with our parents which we feel works well within our setting:
- Informal discussions with your child’s keyperson on a daily basis
- Parent partnership meetings every term
- Parent workshops
- Learning Journals (which parents receive when their child leaves)
- Reception Notice Board