Nursery

Our Main Aims and Objectives

We offer a warm, caring, and stimulating environment, coupled with a high standard of educational care and provision.  We believe that each child is unique and should be given the opportunity to realise their full potential and to develop into a happy and confident individual.

Staffing

Our Nursery staff are highly experienced and qualified, and are supported by subject specialists from the main school. Staff have been with us many years and create a reassuring environment, and we work hard at building relations with all parents/carers as we believe great relationships work towards great success

Key Person

We operate a Key Person system within our Nursery.  Staff are allocated children to care for on a regular basis and are responsible for the day to day care of these children and any reports and records they need to keep.  This ensures the continuity of care for the child and the maintenance of a good relationship with the parents/carers.

Early Year Foundation Stage

Our Nursery offers a stimulating and enriching environment for all age groups, giving children the best learning opportunities and experience.  Planning, observing and recording for the children is based on the EYFS framework to support children in their earliest years.

As we work towards these Areas of Learning and Development we ensure a smooth transition to formal education, either continuing with our school or any other educational establishment.

The Areas are

Inspection and Policies

All of our inspections and policies can be found on our website.  Our most current inspection took place this year and continued to reflect our high standards of care and education.  Our policies can be found on our website or requested from our main office.

Accidents, Medication, and Sickness

If your child is taking medication, please inform your child’s Key Worker.  If your child needs to be administered medicine, you will be asked to complete the relevant form requesting parental consent to administer the medicine.  We will only administer medicine that aids a child’s daily routine (such as an inhaler).  We would not administer any prescribed medicine, such as antibiotics.

In the event your child becomes ill, we will contact the parent/carer and discuss the course of action.  In the event of a severe allergic reaction, accident or emergency, the Nursery will immediately contact the emergency services and the parents/carers in line with our policies.  All accidents are recorded on our Accident Form which will be issued to the parents/carers on collection and a copy to be held within the School. 

All Nursery staff hold Paediatric First Aid certificates, plus Playground First Aid certificates. 

Sleep and Rest

There is a quiet area available for children to sleep or rest whenever they feel the need.  No children are left to sleep away from the observation of an adult.  Parents are encouraged to liaise closely with their child’s Key Person to discuss their sleeping pattern.

Meals

All children who stay for lunch will need to bring with them a packed lunch.  This allows the children’s various dietary requirements to be met. The Nursery and School uphold a No Nut Policy. The packed lunch would be expected to support a healthy lifestyle.

We provide healthy snacks at morning break and in the afternoon, such as fruit, crackers, and vegetable sticks.  Children are also given 1/3 pint of milk a day, with water available all day.  Our Nursery staff hold Basic Food Hygiene Certificates and are educated to each child’s dietary needs and are qualified in food handling and storage.

Daily Routine

8.00am – 8.30amBreakfast Club
8.30am – 8.50amOutdoor play
8.50am – 9.10amRegistration and Drop Off time
9.10am – 10.10amNumeracy
(Learning through play)
10.10am – 11.10amSeasonal topic exploration.
(This can be in relation to a topical festival or celebration, the weather or any other seasonal related topic)
11.10am – 11.30amBreak and snack time
11.30am – 12.30pmOutdoor Classroom/Outdoor covered activity.
(This can be anything from reading story books under our ancient oak trees to helping in our mini allotment)
12.30pm – 1.30pmLunch and drop off for afternoon sessions
1.30pm – 2.30pmLiteracy
(Learning through play)
2.30pm – 3.30pmExpressive Art and Design
(Learning through play)
3.30pmOutdoor play time
4.00pmAfternoon session collection
4.00pm – 5.00pmAftercare.
(Snacks, reading, homework and games)

These are just an overview of our daily routine and our timetable does differ from day to day to include the whole curriculum and the 7 Areas of Learning. For more information or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact and speak to our Nursery staff.

EYFS Funding

All children between the ages of 3 and 4 are eligible for 15 hours of Universal Funding provided by the government.

Each child will be eligible for the funding in the term after their 3rd Birthday and this funding will end once a child enters full time education in the Reception/Foundation 2 year.

When will the funding start for my 3 Year Old

3 Year-olds will be able to start a funded nursery place in the September, January or April following their third birthday. Children can attend nursery before this date, but this is when the funding will be applied

1st Sept – 31st DecThe beginning of term on or after 1st JanAutumn Born
1st Jan – 31st MarchThe beginning of term on or after 1st AprilSpring Born
1st April – 31st AugustThe beginning of term on or after 1st SeptemberSummer Born
Do I have to do anything to claim these hours?

You do not need to do anything to claim the Universal 15 funded hours.

30 Hour Funding

We do support the 30 hour funding within St. Crispin’s Nursery.

You will need to go onto the website below and check your eligibility. If you are eligible for the extra 15 hours of funding you will need to register. Once you have registered you will be issued with a 11 digit number. You will need to give this number as soon as possible to the main office at St. Crispin’s School to claim your hours. Your eligibility will be checked by HMRC periodically.

https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk/

https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/free-childcare-and-education-for-2-to-4-year-olds

What About My 2 Year Old?

Currently St. Crispin’s only provides funding for 3-4 year olds. This may change in the future and we will keep you updated with any developments.

What Are the Extra Costs?

If your child will attend over 15 hours and you are not eligible for the extended funding, you will be charged at an hourly rate over the 15 hours.

If your child will attend over 30 hours, you will be charged at the current hourly rate.

If you have any other questions, please see the government site for more information or speak to one of our highly trained nursery staff.

Downloads

This information is available to download as a PDF document here.