OUR DAILY ROUTINE
Our daily routine involves a three hour session available to children from two to four years old with our doors opening at 9.15am (prompt arrival does help children settle easier). On arrival children are booked onto our attendance sheet by a staff member and the children find their names and post into the box. They then have a short playtime and are asked to join the carpet for registration – this is also where names of staff , pre-school rules, days of the week & counting is reinforced. (If our new, younger children would rather investigate and play – that is to be expected). During the session, the children can participate in free play and/or adult-led activities. They can access the garden area at any time. Children do have to ask to go to the toilet and are accompanied by an adult but we do encourage independence.
Our session finishes with ring games, a group story, singing, bike races, group discussion etc.
Children need to bring a coat with their NAME clearly marked inside and suitable footwear for all weathers – closed shoes or trainers with velcro are best. During the afternoon sessions for older children we sometimes access other areas in the local community eg. a walk around the Millennium Park, visit to the school field.
If your child is wearing nappies when they join us, please ensure they have a NAMED change bag which contains nappies, wipes, change of clothes etc. Please DO NOT leave any medication, sun creams, rash creams etc. in the bag as these are kept in the foyer and are accessible during the morning by children.
Sun cream should be applied by parents/carers before children arrive at preschool (we do not administer).
It is also a good idea for all children to have a bag with a change of clothing for general use as they do play with water, paint, glue and drinks and clothes may become soiled. Generally, paint and glue can be removed after the items are soaked first in cold water and then washed.
A box of Library books is available in the foyer for you to take home and share with your child, we request you bring these back in a timely manner when you have finished but please feel free to take them regularly.
If your child requires any form of medication you should talk to a member of staff. Most medication requires a care plan e.g. asthma and will need to be discussed and completed with the Manager. All asthma medication needs to be kept on the premises at preschool at all times when your child is attending in case of an attack. If we do not have the medication we will not admit your child.
If your child has suffered sickness or diarrhea they cannot attend preschool and must be free of illness for 48 hours before returning. If your child has a temperature, please do not send them into preschool until this returns to normal and any virus has passed. Childhood illnesses all have an incubation period which is set by Ofsted – if you are in doubt please ring the preschool for advice.
The Preschool makes snack time a social time at which children eat together. We plan the snack so that they are provided with healthy and nutritious food. Our snack bar opens for an hour at around 10.00am, during which time the children can choose when to eat. We serve a variety of healthy foods which include breadsticks or cereal, a selection of fruits with milk and water. The children are encouraged to help themselves, spreading their own butter and pouring their drinks. We participate in a ‘fruit sharing’ system, this means we request one piece of fruit from each child once a week.
Water is available at all times during the session.
Please keep us informed of any food allergies, intolerances or preferences and we will ensure these are avoided.
We run a lunch club immediately after session that ends at 12.45pm and is available for those approaching 3 years plus. If you book this and pay half termly in advance, the cost is £3.00 per day. If you book on the day and use occasionally to fit in with other commitments the cost is £3.50, paid on that morning. Pay on the day is only available on Wednesday and Friday. You will need to bring their lunch and drink, ideally in a thermal bag to keep cool, together with an icepack. Please do not provide hot lunches as lunchboxes are kept in a cool bag together. Please DO NOT provide items containing nuts. Please cut cherry tomatoes, grapes, olives etc. in half to avoid choking.
At the end of each session we try to write on the board outside to inform you what we have been doing that morning. We leave your children’s work (paintings, gluing, drawings) etc. on the tables (if still wet!) or in your child’s hanging file, in the foyer for you to take home. We may occasionally keep a ‘key’ piece of work for their developmental folder.
Only authorised parents/carers may collect children. If you have completed the alternative collection form in the foyer we will ask the collector for the appropriate password. If a person arrives to collect a child and they do NOT have any authorisation we will not let the child leave and we will telephone you immediately.
If you are going to be unavoidably late, please telephone preschool to let us know. There is a fine for children not collected after 15 minutes and a procedure in the policies for those parents who we have not heard from and cannot contact.
Our fees are currently £16.00 per session (3 hours). This is invoiced half termly and is required to be paid in advance by cheque, cash or bank transfer. We do accept childcare vouchers but you will need to liaise directly with the treasurer to ensure we are registered with the scheme you are using.
Failure to pay the invoice by the date shown on the bill will result in a £10.00 fee being administered. Repeat offenders will receive a £20.00 fine etc. (see our policies).
We only accept 15 hour funding. Your child is eligible for government funding from the term following their 3rd birthday e.g. if your child is born in October your funding will commence the following January.
Some families may be eligible for 2 year old funding – please speak to the manager.
Our session times are:
Monday 9.15 – 12.15 Monday (School Leavers only) 12.15 – 15.15
Tuesday 9.15 – 12.15 Tuesday (children 3+) 12.15 – 15.15
Wednesday 9.15 – 12.15
Thursday 9.15 – 12.15 Thursday (School Leavers only) 12.15 – 15.15
Friday 9.15 – 12.15
Lunch Club (minimum age – term they approach 3) – Wednesday and Friday 12.15 – 12.45.