Hunderton Neighbourhood Nursery & Kids Club Ltd
Hunderton Neighbourhood Nursery & Kids Club Ltd

Aims and Objectives 

It is the aim of this nursery to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere where children across the age range can feel comfortable and valued to play and develop at their own pace.

Opening times and hours

The nursery will be open at least 50 weeks of the year, according to demand.

8am to 6pm Monday to Friday: closed for Bank Holidays.

(Please see the session guide for details of prices)

The Staff

All Hunderton Neighbourhood Nursery staff are qualified or working towards their qualification.

Currently the Manager of the setting holds a BA Hons in Integrated Early Childhood Studies and EYP (Early Years Professional) status, while another has achieved a BA in Integrated Early Childhood Studies and also has EYP status. All room supervisors have NVQ Level 3/Playwork Level 3 or equivalent certificates, as do all of the key persons/play workers.

All staff are encouraged to attend courses to update their expertise regularly.

When your child starts nursery they will have a named key person, who will be responsible for a small group of children.

The Children

Teddies            Baby room from 4 months to 2 years

Ducklings          Toddlers from 2 up to 3 years

Leapfrogs         3 to 5 years

Kids Club          4 to 11 years

 

Children moving up to the next age range room will usually do so the term in which their birthday falls. Every effort will be made to maintain your child’s sessions.

Progress and development records, Learning Journeys, are kept on each child and the parents have free access to this. However written consent will be obtained when disclosing these to third parties and data protection rules taken into account.

A daily diary for the babies and toddlers attending full day care is also sent home to inform parents about what the child has done/eaten etc, during their time at nursery.

Communications diaries are in use for all children who attend more than one setting, so information can be shared across settings and to parents whom we as a setting may not see.

 

Parents can ask about their child’s progress at any time informally or make an appointment with their key person. You will also be invited to a Parents Evening to discuss progress.

 

Wrap Around Care

Children aged three to five years attending the Riverside School Nursery can receive wrap around care in the Leapfrogs room. Staff will collect or deliver children as appropriate.

 

The Kids Club will provide wrap around care during term time and will be open from after school to

6 pm Monday to Friday. During the school holidays the club will be open for full day care from 8.00am to 6.00pm, with flexible sessions available, minimum of 4 hours.

 

Securing a place for your child.

In order to guarantee to hold a place for your child to start a session at a later date it may be necessary to pay a full price retainer if that space is required by another child. We will require a deposit of two weeks fees in order to book and secure any sessions, this will be payable at the time of booking and will be deducted from the first months fees after the child has started. However this deposit will be forfeited if the space is not taken up.

Payment of Fees

All fees must be paid in advance. Your child’s fees will be worked out according to the sessions attended and must be paid at the beginning of the week or the beginning of the month if by standing order. A 10% charge will be added for late weekly payments and a 20% charge for late monthly payments. Your preferred method of payment will be discussed at your child’s first session.

When your child is three years of age he/she will be eligible for Nursery Education Funding in the term after their third birthday, this covers 15 hours per week, per term, (Conditions apply). Children receiving funding and attending for longer than this will be required to pay for the extra hours.

  

The nursery accepts payments from colleges and training courses where this provision is made. We also accept Employer Childcare Vouchers – see if your employer is registered.

 

Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit is there to help families cover the expenses of childcare, while you are working, and can cover up to 70% of your costs. Please ask if you need information about this.

 

Lunches

The nursery have outside caterers who provide meals every day and meals must be ordered and paid for on the day, (before 9.30am). There is a three week cycle menu, with a vegetarian and/or jacket potato option. Menus are posted on the notice board. Please see reception to order.

Lunch boxes brought from home should be nutritious, that is containing a sandwich/or equivalent and a piece of fruit, or chopped vegetables. Packed lunches will be stored in the fridge until needed.

Pleases discuss your child’s dietary requirements with the manager. For ideas about lunch boxes see the supervisor.

 

Collection of Children

Please collect you child/children promptly at your designated time. The nursery is aware that unforeseen circumstances can cause parents/carers to be late collecting their child. However if lateness is consistent a charge of £5.00 for five minutes will be made. If anyone other than the usual person is collecting your child, please advise the supervisor beforehand and ensure they are named as an authorised person on your child’s application form.

 

Changes in Details

The nursery manager must be notified immediately of any changes in the child’s personal details (address, telephone no. emergency contact names and telephone numbers)

 

Photographs

Photographs and video recordings may be made from time to time for display, publicity or to record the curriculum. Any parent/carer not wishing their child to be photographed or videoed should advise the manager.

 

The care of children in nurseries has changed over the past few years and continues to change, in an effort to safeguard children and give them and their families the best start in life.

 

The Government has produced outcomes for children and families under the title “EVERY CHILD MATTERS”

There are five outcomes:

  • Be healthy
  • Stay safe
  • Enjoy and Achieve
  • Make a positive contribution
  • Achieve economic well being

 

In order to achieve these outcomes Hunderton Neighbourhood Nursery follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is a statutory framework for children from birth to five years old. ‘The overarching aim of this framework is to help young children achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes of staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution, and achieving economic well-being:

 

  • Setting the standards for learning, development and care young children should experience when they are attending a setting outside their family home, ensuring that every child makes progress;
  • Providing for equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice and ensuring that every child is included and not disadvantaged because of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties or disabilities, gender or ability;
  • Creating the framework for partnership working between parents and professionals, and between all the settings that the child attends;
  • Improving quality and consistency in the early years sector through a universal set of standards which apply to all settings, ending the distinction between care and learning in the existing frameworks, and providing the basis for the inspection and regulation regime;
  • Laying a secure foundation for future learning through learning and development that is planned around the individual needs and interests of the child, and informed by the use of ongoing observational assessment.

(DCSF, 2008, Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, p7)

 

Within the Kids Club they follow the ‘Playwork Principles’ which establish the professional and ethical

framework for playwork. They describe what is unique about play and playwork, and provide the playwork perspective for working with children and young people. They are based on the recognition that

children and young people’s capacity for positive development will be enhanced if given access to the broadest range of environments and play opportunities. (SkillsActive, 2005)

 

They are:

 

1. All children and young people need to play. The impulse to play is innate. Play is a biological, psychological and social necessity, and is fundamental to the healthy development and well being of individuals and communities.

2. Play is a process that is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. That is, children and young people determine and control the content and intent of their play, by following their own instincts, ideas and interests, in their own way for their own reasons.

3. The prime focus and essence of playwork is to support and facilitate the play process and this should inform the development of play policy, strategy, training and education.

4. For playworkers, the play process takes precedence and playworkers act as advocates for play when engaging with adult led agendas.

5. The role of the playworker is to support all children and young people in the creation of a space in which they can play.

6. The playworker's response to children and young people playing is based on a sound up to date knowledge of the play process, and reflective practice.

7. Playworkers recognise their own impact on the play space and also the impact of children and young people’s play on the playworker.

8. Playworkers choose an intervention style that enables children and young people to extend their play. All playworker intervention must balance risk with the developmental benefit and well being of children.

(Endorsed by SkillsActive – May 2005)

 

To ensure we are meeting the requirements asked of us we are subject to an OFSTED inspection every three years. Our last inspection date was September 2013, if you would like a copy of this report please ask at the office.

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