Chantry Nursery is part of Chantry Primary Academy and it provides 78 part-time places for children. The Nursery is an exciting place to be and children will take part in a wide range of activities every day.
We offer 15 hours per week split into daily sessions. The morning session is 8:45am to 11:45am Monday to Friday. Afternoon sessions are from 12:15pm – 3:30pm Monday to Thursday and 12:15pm – 2:15pm on Fridays (children can be collected from 2:00pm to fit in with main school times). If parents require flexible hours for their child we may be able to accommodate those wishes so please do discuss this with us.
Wrap Around Care
We also offer our own wrap around care facility. This is in a different building to nursery but the children are collected by the wrap around care staff and taken for their lunch and then to the wrap around care building. The wrap around care staff follow the same planning and we share observations with each other and offer consistent care. Please do ask to have a look around the wrap around care provision and ask for information on costings if this is something you are interested in. This can also be used flexibly on however many days per week you require this.
Children can attend from the term after their third birthday but they must be fully toilet trained. If your child is not yet toilet trained then we should be able to accommodate them in our care club facility and they will then transfer into nursery when they are ready.
The nursery is in a separate building from the rest of the school but the children do visit the main school sometimes. The nursery has its own, secure play area with a range of equipment and toys for the children to enjoy.
Children who live in the school catchment area are offered places at nursery in the term after their third birthday. If we have further vacancies, they will then be offered to children who live out of the catchment area. Chantry has special provision for children with visual impairment. There is a team of staff trained to support visually impaired children. Places are offered to visually impaired children whose parents request a place.
Children begin attending three sessions in their first week, increasing to five sessions the following week. For children who do not settle easily we will negotiate a gradual settling timetable with parents.
We ask parents to visit with their child during our welcome week. It is worth spending time settling your child into nursery - you will both benefit if he/she is happy and secure.
It is nursery policy to visit each child in their home before they start nursery. The reasons for this are as follows:
1. We have found that your child’s first contact with us is easier if they are in their own environment;
2. It allows for time to talk without the normal distractions of nursery;
3. It allows staff time to play with your child to begin building a relationship;
4. It ensures that your child will know a familiar face when they arrive.
Of course, if parents prefer to visit nursery with their child, rather than staff visit their home, that is quite acceptable. When you receive a phone call to arrange a home visit you simply let staff know your preference.
It is essential that children are collected on time. It can be very distressing to be the only child left when everyone else has gone home. You will be asked to provide a password for when someone different to usual is collecting your child. It is vital that parents inform staff if anyone else will be collecting a child and that you give that named person your password. Staff will not allow children to leave with anyone unless you have given them your password. Children must be brought and collected by a responsible adult.
Safety and security
We believe safety and security are important issues. Please make sure that doors and gates are securely fastened behind you as you leave. Your child will be carefully supervised in nursery. Official visitors wear identification badges issued by office staff. Staff will challenge unknown adults and request identification. For the safety of the children, especially during physical activities, it is requested that jewellery is not worn to nursery. If earrings must be worn please ensure they are plain studs.
If your child is ill whilst at nursery, we will make every effort to contact you but we must have the name and telephone number of a second person in case you are unavailable. All of this information is requested on your registration form but you must inform us immediately of any changes. If your child is ill, please do not bring him/her into nursery, as infections spread very quickly amongst young children. Children recover quickly from most coughs and colds but please keep your child at home for 48 hours if they have suffered vomiting or diarrhoea.
Your child will be respected as an individual and treated with care and understanding. Staff will discuss appropriate behaviour with the children and will agree certain rules. The nursery uses the ‘ClassDojo’ reward and sanction system like the rest of the school. If your child continually disobeys the rules then they may have to have some ‘time out’ or certain privileges may be taken away. In the case of consistent unacceptable behaviour, parents will be informed and strategies will be discussed and agreed.
We prefer all of our nursery children to wear school uniform. School sweatshirts, polo-shirts and fleeces are available. Please ask a member of staff for details. Whilst in nursery, children may wear grey jogging bottoms rather than formal school trousers, if girls wear skirts then elasticated waists are easier. Velcro shoes are much easier to manage. We do ensure that children wear aprons but three year-olds can always find the gap! The paint we use will wash out in COLD water and soap. There is an opportunity for outdoor play every day, providing it is not raining. It is, therefore, very important that your child has a coat to wear.
During the session the children have a drink of milk or water and a piece of fruit. Please inform staff if your child has any kind of food allergy.
We do appreciate voluntary contributions which help us to provide those ‘little extras’ like ingredients for baking etc. We suggest £1 a week but are grateful for any contributions placed in our money box at any time during the week.
Our nursery is well staffed, well equipped and the accommodation is good. Our indoor and outdoor facilities are always improving but we are always seeking to purchase new resources. During the year we organise fund raising events to help. All the money collected is used to buy extra equipment for the children. As a result of the generosity of parents we have been able to buy various resources over the years to enhance our provision.
On Tuesdays we like parents to stay for a while to help their child select the book they want to take home. The book must be taken home in a book bag which is available from the office. This is also an opportunity for parents to read stories to their child. It really is important that you stay for this session if at all possible.
What will be taught in nursery?
We will work towards the Early Learning Goals using the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. These goals cover seven areas of learning and are intended to provide a foundation for later learning in the National Curriculum. Early Learning Goals are divided into the seven areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; Physical Development and Expressive Arts and Design.
In order to meet these Early Learning Goals by the time your child reaches compulsory school age he/she will have the opportunity to: use the computer, enjoy cooking, explore the outside environment, create pictures and models using a variety of materials, develop imaginative play, participate in musical activities, investigate through scientific activities, develop reading and writing skills, solve mathematical problems and learn to share and care for each other. Staff prepare yearly, termly and weekly plans and parents are most welcome to look at these so that they are aware of what is being taught each week. Every child is allocated to a particular care group and the member of staff responsible for the group helps to keep a record of the children’s progress. Staff also carry out assessments of children’s learning, which help to make sure activities are planned to encourage progress. Please ask staff if you require any further information about planning, record keeping and assessment.
We have an open evening each term when you are invited to discuss your child’s progress with a member of staff. An annual written report is given at the end of the summer term before your child transfers to our Reception. We try to keep parents well informed. Please read the noticeboard and make a note of important events. You will receive a school newsletter each week, which gives important dates and information. However, if you have any queries do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
If your child has a particular learning difficulty or behaviour problem, staff will discuss the matter with you and may choose to involve our school inclusion manager, if further advice and help is needed. All staff have received additional training regarding special needs and have established good working relationships with support agencies in order to meet the needs of the children in their care. Please make us aware of the outcomes of your child’s 2 year development check and any medical problems your child may have such as asthma, hearing loss, poor vision or anything else which may affect his/her progress. The governing body of Chantry is committed to promoting equal opportunities and copies of their admission policy and complaints procedures are available from the school office should you ever need to refer to them.
At Chantry we like to work in partnership with parents.
We welcome parents as helpers in nursery. If you are able to offer help please speak to a member of staff. Obviously it is advisable to wait until your child is settled. Even if you can only offer an hour a week or occasional help we would be most grateful.
Some parents prefer to help prepare materials or drinks. Others like to play board games or get involved in other planned activities. We also appreciate help at parties and on certain 'wow' factor trips.