FAQ's

Got any questions? We've come up with a few frequently asked questions (FAQ's), which might answer some of your questions, if not take a look at our prospectus or contact us directly at nursery. 

How will the Nursery contact me?

We will have your contact details and your preferred telephone numbers, if for any reason you will not be contactable during a session please inform the Nursery staff with alternative numbers. 

What is your safeguarding policy?

We ask that parents work with us to safeguard all our children and ALWAYS talk to us if they are unhappy about anything they see or hear.

 

Our setting 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 setting and we have a procedure for managing complaints or allegations against a member of staff.

 

Our way of working with children and their parents ensures that 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.

What did your last Ofsted report say?

The Nursery had excellent Ofsted reports in October 2000, June 2002, June 2003, November 2005, February 2009, April 2013 and January 2017 (a copy of this most recent report is on the foyer noticeboard, on our website here, or can be accessed through www.ofsted.gov.uk).

What communication can I expect?

There are a variety of ways in which you will hear from the nursery

  • Half termly newsletters via email

  • End of session reports from staff on duty

  • Annual parent/ carer meetings. Please note that communication is key for us. Please remember if you have any questions or concerns to contact the nursery.

Can you accommodate children with special needs?

To make sure that our provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs a child may have. We work to the requirements of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years (2015).  Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is Sarah Clark.

What is your collection policy?

Parents are requested to inform the Nursery if they cannot be reached on their usual telephone number and an alternative number given in case of an emergency. They must always inform nursery if someone other than themselves is going to collect their child. Nursery staff will not let children be taken if this has not been pre-arranged.

What are your policies?

These can be requested by e-mail or viewed at nursery with the Nursery Operational Plan which is available for all to read. This gives details of the running of Nursery and includes all the nursery policies and procedures.

What are the fees?

The fees are £5 per hour payable half-termly,  in advance. Fees must still be paid if children are absent without notice for a short period of time. For your child to keep her/his place at our setting, you must pay the fees. . A flexible payment system is available to meet individual circumstances. If your child has to be absent over a long period of time, talk to Georgia Skinner who is the Head of Nursery. We are in receipt of nursery education funding for two, three and four year olds; where funding is not received, then fees apply.

 

A £30.00 non - refundable deposit is required to secure a place at the Nursery and is to be paid at the time of applying for a place.

What does the fundraising committee do?

The fundraising committee raises money for the nursery, to provide those added extras such as a special trip out, a music class or extra play equipment. The team organise events over the year and provide refreshments, gifts and raffles at our annual Nativity Play and Sports Day, Easter Egg Hunt to name but a few. In Spring each year they organise the Ladies Pamper Evening where you can get a glass of Pimms, catch up with friends and book in for a beauty treatment. It can be great fun to be involved in the fundraising committee and is a super way to get to know other parents better. Simple contact us if you would like to get involved. 

What happens at the Annual General Meeting (AGM)?

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is open to the parents of all of the children who attend our nursery. It is our shared forum for looking back over the previous year's activities and shaping the coming years' plan, as well as electing the management commitee for the coming year. 

What does my child need to bring with them?

We ask for a bag with spare clothes in and nappies if needed. 

 

Parents are asked not to send their child in clothing or footwear that may cause injury such as necklaces or other items round the neck, flip-flops or Wellington boots for inside play. The Nursery does not like children to play with swords, guns or any other offensive weapon, whether they are bought or made. Please remember that many of the Nursery activities are messy ones, so expensive or new clothes should be avoided!  Although not compulsory, we do encourage the wearing of nursery uniform.  Sweatshirts, cardigans, fleeces and T Shirts can be purchased from Nursery. We ask for all possessions to be clearly labelled with your childs name. 

When are you open?

Monday to Friday during term time.

Pre Morning session 8.30am-9.00am

Morning sessions 9.00am-12.00 noon

Afternoon sessions 12.00 noon-3.00pm

Late session 3.00pm-3.30pm

Lunch club 12.00 noon-1.00pm

I'd like to help, what can I do?

Great news! There are plenty of opportunities to to get involved in the nursery and on the fundraising committee what ever time or skiills you have, please get in touch with the nursery or use the contact form.

Is there a uniform?

Yes, although not compulsory, we do encourage the wearing of nursery uniform.  Sweatshirts, cardigans, fleeces and T-Shirts can be purchased from Nursery. We also suggest that children bring in slippers for indoor use and wellingtons and suitable coats for outside play. 

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Is it possible to swap sessions?

t isn't possible to swap sessions, but if you need to book your child into a different session from the one they already attend please talk to the nursery staff on duty, call or email and we will confirm if it is possible or not. 

Is food and drink provided?

Snack time - We provide health snacks such as fruit. 

Lunch time - Children bring in their own lunch, we encourage healthy options. For advice please talk to a member of staff. 

Drinks - A water cup is always available.

Does a place at the nursery guarantee a place at Snitterfield Primary School?

We have very strong links with Snitterfield Primary School, and many of the Nursery children transfer into the reception class of the school. However, attendance at Snitterfield Nursery School does not guarantee a place at the Primary School, which is determined by external criteria (see Going to Primary School in South Warwickshire, issued by Warwickshire County Council).

Do I need to let the nursery know which school my child will attend?

Yes, we will need to ensure that the correct schools receive the transition report for the child due to start with them. We work closely with the schools to help make the transition to school as smooth as possible. At Snitterfield regular sharing of ideas and liaison between Nursery staff and the school reception class staff takes place and the children are regularly involved and invited to such events as the Sports Days or Christmas activities organised by school. The children often come for a chat at the fence during break time when they have moved up in September, and for several years after!

What happens if the nursery is closed for some reason, for example due to bad weather?

You will be informed by phone that morning if your child is due in. There would also be updates on Facebook and the website. 

What happens if my child is ill?

Parents are asked not to bring their child to Nursery if they have been sick in the night or have an infection. The Nursery sessions are busy and children who are not well do not enjoy the activities to the full. Please do not send your child back to Nursery until 48 hours has elapsed since they were last sick.

 

If your child becomes ill at nursery the named contacts will be informed immediately so that arrangements can be made for your child to be collected and cared for appropriately. 

Who looks after my child?

All staff on duty take care of your child. In addition we asign a key person to each child. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom she/he is particularly responsible. Your child's key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that the childcare that we provide is right for your child's particular needs and interests. When your child first starts at the setting, she will help your child to settle and throughout your child's time at the setting, she will help your child to benefit from our activities.

How do I book extra sessions?

Yes, Sessions can be booked directly with the nursery staff who will confirm availability. A half day session is £15.

Are you open in the school holidays?

No we are only open during term time. For more information go to the section - Term Dates.

Do I need to let the nursery know if my child will be away from nursery on holiday?

Yes please, we need to know if you intend to be away, this helps us plan staffing and activities.

Have you got a handbook I can download?

Yes we have, the Prospectus includes everything you need to know from our opening times, to our sickness and health and safety policies. To open click here. 

What happens when my child starts at nursery?

We want your child to feel happy and safe with us. To make sure that this is the case, our staff will work with you to decide on how to help your child to settle into the setting. Our policy on the Role of the Key Person and Settling-in is available on request .

 

We hope that you and your child enjoy being members of our setting and that you both find taking part in our activities interesting and stimulating. Our staff are always ready and willing to talk with you about your ideas, views or questions.

What are the fees and what funding is available?

The fees are £5 per hour payable half-termly,  in advance. Fees must still be paid if children are absent without notice for a short period of time.

 

For your child to keep her/his place at our setting, you must pay the fees. A flexible payment system is available to meet individual circumstances.

 

If your child has to be absent over a long period of time, talk to Georgia Skinner who is the Head of Nursery.

 

We are in receipt of nursery education funding for two, three and four year olds; where funding is not received, then fees apply.

 

A £30.00 deposit is required to secure a place at the Nursery and is to be paid at the time of applying for a place.

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Head of Nursery: Sarah Clark,  Tel: 01789 731974,  Email: info@snitterfieldnursery.co.uk,  Facebook: www.facebook.com/snitterfieldnursery/ 

Snitterfield Nursery School opening hours: Term time, Mon - Fri 8.30am till 3.30pm

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