We’ve put together a list of useful things to know for a new starter at Schoolroom Two.
One to one sessions
On joining the nursery we match your child with a teacher who will be your child’s personal Key Worker. The Key Worker is responsible for one to one lessons and really gets to understand your child’s personality and strengths. A close personal relationship usually develops between the two and this individual attention helps children develop self-confidence and self-esteem.
We put together a personal development plan for your child and the Key Worker works with the child to deliver this and prepare them for the next step in their education.
To let you know how your child is doing each week, we use weekly diaries. We do ask parents to write a comment in the diary each week and return the diary to us at the beginning of the child’s first session of the week.
The diaries are completed most weeks, except for the week before any of the half term holidays and the week before we break up for Christmas, Easter and Summer. This is so staff can use the information and observations in the diaries to update the children’s assessments.
There will also be the occasional busy week where, due to rehearsals for the Christmas show, sports day practice and progress weeks, the diaries will not be completed.
Children bring in a fruit snack for morning break. Those staying all day should bring in a packed lunch as well. At snack and lunchtime we all sit down around the tables and eat together. We encourage healthy eating, so no chocolate, sweets, cakes, fizzy drinks please. As some children have allergies we ask that no nuts, nut products, kiwi fruits or eggs are brought into nursery. We do of course allow cakes on birthdays!
Water is on hand throughout the day for children to help themselves to. Free milk is provided in the morning sessions.
Children are encouraged to wash their hands before snack and lunch time and after going to the toilet.
New lunch club
Children attending morning sessions can now bring a packed lunch to nursery, before being picked up at 1.15pm. We do ask that parents book their child in for Lunch Club on a termly basis.
Children must wear a school smock to school. Not only do these look really cute, they help keep clothes clean and also create a sense of belonging. Parents love to customise these so each child’s is unique.
Potty training/ spare clothes
We know not all children are potty trained when they join us and we are happy to help while they are learning. Parents should supply spare nappies, wipes and nappy sacks at the beginning of each term for those not potty trained.
All children should have a spare set of labeled clothes left at nursery.
Sun cream and sun hats
We advise parents to apply sun cream to their children before coming to school. Sun cream and sun hats can be left at school (must be clearly named).
Sun cream can be reapplied at lunch time to children staying all day.
We like a teacher to welcome each child individually in the morning and say good-bye by shaking hands and looking each other in the eye. This teaches children to be courteous while promoting respect and good manners.
We run holiday clubs during the breaks at an additional cost.
Getting to know you and settling in
Before starting, we invite each child and their parent/carer to a ‘getting to know you’ session. This time will be used to introduce parents to their child’s Key Worker and for parents to ask any questions.
The next step would be to invite each child and their parent/carer to spend an hour at the nursery during a normal session so you can both get familiar with the room, teachers and other children.
We know starting nursery will be different for each child so we are happy to work with you and your child to make this transition as smooth and easy as possible for everyone.
A class list containing children’s names, mother’s names, phone numbers, addresses and email will be given out at the beginning of every term to each parent. If you do not wish your details to be put on the list please let Janet know.
Any concerns that parents have about the day care service should be initially addressed to the person in charge. However, if it is not possible to resolve the issue, parents may contact OFSTED complaints: telephone 0845 6014771 or via OFSTED’s website.
Information for parents
Please see the pdf below for more starter information for parents.