Our Mission Statement
All children are different and no one knows them better than you their parents and main carers. Our pre- school offers a minimum of two sessions per week. We recommend that parents attend our TASTER-DAY before your child’s formal attendance commences. Depending upon what your childs needs are, parents will need to initially be prepared to spend at least part of the session with their child until they feel comfortable with the new environment. The time away from your child can then be gradually extended until they are content to remain for the whole session on their own. We recommend that you always talk to your child and explain that you will be returning before you leave them temporarily. The settling-in process proceeds at your discretion and will vary from child to child. We want you and your child to be happy and feel comfortable at our pre-school. We are more than happy to discuss with you any specific needs your child may have, or any ideas you may have to make this transition period a happy one for you both.
The Key Person and your Child
Our nursery uses a key person approach. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom she/he is primarily responsible. Your child’s key person will be the member of staff who works with you to make sure that what we provide is right for your child’s particular needs, interests and progress. She/he will be the primary person to help your child benefit fully from the provisions and activities of our setting. If you are not aware of who each member of staff is, photographs and names of all the staff including your child’s key person can be found at the entrance to the classroom on our ‘meet the staff’ board.
Our preschool run a 'Buddy' scheme whereby each Keyperson has a Buddy who takes on the role of the Keyperson in their absence.
The Buddy scheme ensures there is another member of staff who knows your child equaly well and is able to ensure continuity of care.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to come and speak to your child’s designated key person.
Members of Staff
All members of our staff are qualified in early years care and education. In addition our members of staff take part in further training to help them to keep up-to-date. Our setting also keeps up-to-date in accordance with best practice in early years care and education, as required for a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance.
We hold regular staff meetings to discuss planning for your child’s progress to enable us to provide your child with high quality pre-school care and education that they deserve.
Sparrows St. George’s Nursery provides a range of activities and age appropriate resources which with the help of the members of staff should encourage the progress of your child’s concepts, skills and learning process. The year is divided up to cover different topics and these include animals, myself, religious festivals and cultures.
We are also closely linked with St. George’s Church which we use for reading-time, singing-time and for the Christian celebrations which all parents will be invited to attend. You do have the right to withdraw your child from any religious activities if you wish. Please inform us of any objections you may have at the time of filling in your child’s registration form.
We also provide the children with the opportunity to explore messy activities, in fact the opportunities are endless. The pre-school does provide aprons but we can not guarantee that your child will stay clean.
Although from time to time our routine may change perhaps because of special occassions, the outline of our daily routine is as listed below. This daily routine is also listed on the classroom wall and the ‘parents’ notice’ board.
30 Hour Extended Offer Session for 3 & 4 Year Old Children (Apply via Childcare choices)
Parents can choose from any of the above sessions and can choose different sessions for different days.
As long as we have the spaces available we will try to accomodate your needs.
We organise our sessions in such a way that the children can choose from, and work at a range of activities and in so doing build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities. These activities introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills in addition to helping them to learn to work and co-operate with others.
Outdoor activities contribute to children’s health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children also have the opportunity, and are encouraged to take part in outdoor child chosen and adult-led outings.
We recommend that you provide a healthy and nutritious snack as our setting has a Healthy Eating policy implemented. So parents kindly note that it should not be the quantity of a lunch, ideally the children will only need something light (fruit and yoghurt). Our school makes snack a social time at which children and adults eat together. Our pre-school will provide a drink of milk or water depending on your child’s requirements. Please would you put your child’s snack in a box with their name clearly labelled. Please avoid putting any nut or egg products in your child’s lunch as although your child may be unaffected by allergies other children sitting close by could unfortunately be made seriously unwell.
Children’s Arrival & Collection
- When leaving your child at the beginning of our nursery session, you must sign your child into our register and the same procedure applies for collection of your child at the end of their session.
- If you are not going to be collecting your child in person , you must inform us immediately giving full details of the person that will be collecting your child. On this occasion we will be asking the person on arrival to confirm your child’s password which should remain strictly confidential between yourself, the person collecting your child and the nursery. Under any circumstance will a child be released without the password and authority of the parent(s) by prior contact.
- Your child must be collected promtly at the end of their session, if for any reason you are going to be late for collection, please inform the nursery as soon as possible. If lateness is persistent unfortunately we have no alternative but to exercise the right to charge an additional fee of £10.00 to cover the costs of members of staff having to complete over-time duties.
- Our nursery has a policy implemented that does not permit minors (people under 16) to collect your child.
- If a child is not collected, unfortunately we have no alternative but to contact social services to arrange a place of safety for your child.
- The fees are £15.00 per session for 2 year olds and £12 per session for 3/4 year olds (3 hours) and these are payable daily/weekly in advance. Fees must still be paid if children are absent. If your child has to be absent over a long period of time, please talk to Karla Attwood who is our manager.
- Lunch session is charged at £5 00 for 2 year olds and £4 for 3/4 year olds - this is for parents who are sending in a packed lunch, we can provide lunch at an extra cost, please speak to Sandra in the office if you would like further information.
- Failure to pay fees promptly means that staff members cannot be paid their salaries. Unfortunately, in these circumstances we would have no alternative but to terminate your child’s place and offer it to another family.
- If a child is absent for more than 2 weeks without notification, it is only fair that your child’s place will be offered to another family the next in-line on our waiting list.
- We are in receipt of nursery education funding for three and four year olds. However where funding is not received, then the above fees will apply.
- We do make special allowances for parents of twins who wish to join our pre-school with a reduced fee for each child.
- Please note that we are open unless you are notified to the contrary by text message. If you make the decision not to bring your child into pre-school the fees are still payable.
To prevent confusion and loss we ask all parents to label all items of clothing and belongings with their child’s name.
Children’s Clothing & Toiletries
- Although we welcome children who are not toilet trained, we would ask that we can work together to begin this process. We have the toilets in our classroom and children are free to use them whenever they need to, with the supervision of a member of staff. We recommend clothing that is easy for the children to remove themselves to promote independence.
- If your child is not toilet trained we also ask parents to provide your child with nappies, wipes and nappy sacks in a bag clearly labelled with your child’s name.
- All children must bring in a full set of spare clothes in a bag, all of which should be clearly labelled with your child’s name on each item.
We ask that all property belonging to your child (clothing and articles such as lunch boxes) be clearly labelled. This prevents mix up between children with similar articles and loss of property which can be very upsetting. Please note that we cannot accept liability for any loss of property.
Our preschool has a lost property box, so please make enquiries and arrange to check this as soon as you are aware of any loss. Normally we would only keep property until the end of each term when items not claimed would be disposed.
Please do not bring any toys in from home unless the article is being used as a comforter during the settling in period.
Illness & Attendance
Parents are asked not to bring your child into nursery if they have been vomiting or had diarrhoea within the last 48 hours. The child must be completely free of symptoms for at least 24 hours before returning to nursery. We will also refuse entry to any child who has a communicable disease e.g. Chicken Pox, Measles, Conjuctivitis.
We ask that you inform us as soon as possible on the day if your child is not going to be attending on 01708 340177 or 07415 439 341. We will be in contact after two days if we have not had prior communication from parents to ascertain why your child is absent.
Holiday dates will be given out as soon as possible. They are normally in line with the primary school dates in the Havering area.
Health & Safety
- Please note that open-toed shoes ,flip flops, backless or high heeled shoes are permitted at nursery. This is in order to prevent injury to your child and enable them to take part in physical activities safely.
- We have a no jewellery policy and do not allow ear-rings other than studs to be worn. This is for your child’s own safety and also prevents the possibility of loss or damage.
- During your child’s time with us you must notify us immediately if there are any changes to your contact details. This is extremely important as it allows us to keep our records and emergency contact numbers up-to-date.
Sparrows St. George’s Nursery recognises parents as the first and most important educators of your children. All of our staff see themselves as partners with parents in providing care and education for your child. There are many ways in which parents can take part in making our setting a welcoming and stimulating place for both children and parents and these include:-
- Exchanging knowledge about their children’s needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff;
- Helping at sessions in our pre-school;
- Taking part in events and informal discussions about the activities and curriculum provided by our setting;
- Joining in community activities in which out setting takes part;
- Building friendships with other parents in our setting.
We have a dated rota which parents can sign if they would like to help at a particular session or sessions. Helping at the sessions enables parents to see what the day-to day life of our setting entails and provides a practical opportunity to be involved in helping the children to get the best out of their activities.
We will look forward to your visit and appreciate your time and commitment.
Fathers Story Time
Early years education is a very female dominated environment. However, we recognise that it is important for children to have a balance of positive gender influences from both men and women. We therefore encourage fathers and male carers to provide positive male role model interaction for the children. If you would like to help with this by participating in activies such as reading to the children, please speak to your allocated keyperson or a member of staff who would be happy to arrange a convenient time.
Copies of Sparrows St. George’s Church Nursery policies and procedures are reviewed and updated annually or sooner if necessary and are available for your perusal upon request.
Our nursery policies and procedures enables us to make sure that the service provided by our setting is a high quality one. It ensures that being a member of the setting is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for each child and her/his parents. Through all these elements we aim to create a warm inclusive atmosphere.
- Sparrows St. George’s Church Nursery has a duty under the law to help safeguard children against suspected or actual ‘significant harm’.
- Our employment practices ensure children against the likelihood of abuse in our pre-school that we have a procedure for managing complaints or allegations against a member of staff.
- Our way of working with children and their parents ensures we are aware of any problems that may emerge and can offer support, including referral to appropriate agencies when necessary, to help families in difficulty.
- All our members of staff, students and volunteers are fully vetted and police checked, through the Criminal Records Bureau.
- Due to our child protection policy, we are unable to administer medication unless it is prescribed by your GP and without your written prior permission.
As part of our nursery policy to ensure that our setting and its provisions meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs a child may have. Our nursery works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2001).
Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is Margaret Bull.
Policies & Procedures
- Please be aware that our pre-school along with the St. George’s Church and Centre is a No Smoking area.
- Please also be aware of other users of the Church and Centre, and take care when entering and leaving the building, particularly if you have a buggy, so as not to block fire exits, and please make sure you leave all fire doors left closed behind you.
- Please note that due to very limited parking, the car park is for staff members only
We hope to fulfil the needs of yourself and your child during their time at our pre-school. If however a cause of concern arises then please speak to our Deputy Manager Hasina Rahman who will endeaourr to resolve your complaint within 24 hours and inform you of the conclusion or the next step of action. If at this stage you are still not satisfied, then you can contact the Manager, Karla Attwood on 01708-340177
For further assistance you can contact Ofsted on 0300 123 1231
Royal Exchange Buildings
St Ann’s Square
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We hope you and your child’s stay with us will be an enjoyable and educational time. This manual is designed to give you a clear insight into the working of our pre-school and answer any questions you may have.
If for any reason you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to come and speak to your child’s key person or myself.
We wish you and your child every success,
Revised and updated March 2016
Sparrows St. George’s Church Nursery