Here is a selection of frequently asked questions we are asked about the nursery but do feel free to pick up the phone and ask some more!
You arrange a first visit where parents/carers stay with their child to get to know the nursery and their key person. Additional visits will be arranged when you are happy to leave your child in our care, increasing in length. It is all shaped around your child’s needs.
Q. When my child starts at Early Days, what is your settling in process?
We serve a healthy breakfast freshly prepared each morning, with options that rotate to give variety. For example, cereal or porridge with fresh fruit, fruit juice or warm or cold milk. Followed by bagels or wholemeal toast with marmite, jam or honey.
Q. What do you provide for breakfast?
Yes, we encourage it, especially if it helps younger siblings settle in seeing their older sibling. They may go through to ‘big’ class to say hello and play outside together. At the beginning and end of each day we also have family time during breakfast and tea.
Q. Are siblings allowed to see each other during the day?
In addition to the existing EYFS curriculum there are many events and activities for children aged 4 years old to prepare them for school. For example, weekly visits to Forest School, group time activities based around early reading skills, letter sounds, number skills and class themes, the Christmas and Spring Concert and Sports Day at the end of the year.
Q. How do you prepare children in Owls for school?
We take all vouchers including Computershare, Edenred, Busy Bees, Care-4 and Sodexo. We accept vouchers for reagular nursery term payments as well as applying them towards Holiday Club bookings. We will gladly provide you with our account numbers with all voucher providers to ease the set up of these payments..
Q. Which childcare vouchers do you accept?
Currently, the term after your child turns 3 years you are able to access up to 30 hours funding from the government. This funding is for term time period only, usually 38 weeks per year. You can only use a maximum of 10 hours funding per day. Parents are asked to pay an additional services/consumables fee per funded hour. There is also funding for disadvantaged 2 year olds, and Pupil Premium for disadvantaged 3 and 4 year olds - please ask for details.
Q. I understand the government helps towards funding nursery places. Can you tell me more?