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General Nursery Information

Facilities

  • Well-equipped and newly refurbished 2-3 years room

  • Separate quiet room with toddler gym

  • Brand new, purpose built 3 and 4 year old  nursery room with access to the fully enclosed garden

  • Led by two qualified EYFS teachers and a team of experienced Early Years Practitioners

  • Located within an area of outstanding natural beauty

  • Sea, Farm and Forest Schools

Session Times and Allocation

Breakfast Club – 8:00 – 9:00

Morning session – 9:00 – 12:00

Afternoon session – 12 – 3.00

All Day session – 9 – 3 – Hot lunch available for only £1.70 or bring a packed lunch.

After school club – 3 – 5.30pm. Bring a packed tea. Please note that after school sessions must be booked at least 1 week in advance.

If you are a working parent we also offer up to 30 hours of childcare for 3 and 4 year. Please speak to a member of staff to find out more or visit the Childcare Choices website.

https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

Our term dates for 2017 / 18 are as follows:

Autumn Term 2017

Monday 4th September 2017

Friday December 15th 2017

Spring Term 2018

Thursday 4rd January 2018

Friday 30th March 2018

Summer Term 2018

Monday 16th April 2018

Tuesday 24th July 2018

Half term holidays:

Autumn Term 2017

Monday 23rd October

Friday 27th   October 2017

Spring Term 2018

Monday 12th February 2017

Friday 16th February 2017

Summer Term 2018

Monday 28th May 2017

Friday 2nd June 2017

Our Professional Days for 2017 – 18 are:

Friday 1st September, 2017

Monday 30th October, 2017

Wednesday 3rd January, 2018

Monday 2nd July, 2018

The Nursery may not be open on these days but we will give plenty of notice we intend to be closed for staff training.

Fees: Hourly rates

Two Year Olds

Three and Four Year Olds

£5.00 an hour

£4.00 an hour

Before school care will be charge at the regular hourly fee as above.

 

After School Care

All care between 3pm and 5:30pm will be charged at a single rate, regardless of the time the child is collected.

Two Year Olds: Care from 3pm up to 5:30pm

Three and Four Year Olds: Care from 3pm up to 5:30pm

£12.50

£10

Fees are calculated per term and are due in advance of your child attending their sessions. In order to retain your child’s place, fees need to be paid regardless of attendance. Bills are sent out in the final week of the term for the next term. We therefore ask that parents pay a term in advance. Bills are due to be settled in full 21 days after the date the bill was sent.

Notice Period

If you wish to change the days or times that your child attends nursery, we require a minimum of 2 weeks’ written notice. Please be aware that it may not always be possible to accommodate request for changes.

If you wish to withdraw your child from nursery, we require 4 weeks written notice. Please be aware that if this notice is not given, you will be charged for 4 weeks attendance in lieu of notice. 

 

Support with Childcare: costs 15 hours and 30 hours

The Early Years Funding Policy for children aged 3 and 4 allows a maximum of 15 funded hours per week for each full week of term. You may be eligible for an additional 15 hours funding (30 hours in total) if you meet particular criteria. For more information, please see the Childcare Choices Website to check if you are eligible for additional funding and to register.

If you /you and your partner work 16 hours, you may be able to receive help with up to 70 % of your childcare costs. For more information call 0345 300 3900 or go to www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits

Woolacombe Nursery is a registered setting for “2gether Funding”. For more information please contact our local Children’s Centre on: 0845 155 1013 or at www.devon.gov.uk/2gether

For more information about childcare from the government you can look at this website designed for parents:  https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

Key Person

Our experienced and caring staff are dedicated to making children happy, safe and ready for school. Every child has a Key Person who will follows their progress closely, and work with parents to build a picture of each area of learning. We record each child’s journey of learning in a portfolio: their “Learning Journey”. At Parents’ evening, you be specifically invited to view your child’s learning journey and speak to your child’s Key Person, however, your child’s learning journey is available for you to view in setting whenever you wish. We also love to hear from you about anything that you wish to contribute to the learning journey about your child’s achievements and progress.

Primary School

We aim to give children a smooth transition to whichever primary school they go to.

We are part of Woolacombe School and with whom we share a site, and during the Summer term, we do a series of transition visits to the Reception Class. All parents need to be aware that attendance at Woolacombe School Nursery does not guarantee a place at Woolacombe School. All applications for Woolacombe School have to go through Devon County Councils’ admission system and are allocated according to Devon’s admissions criteria for maintained schools.

Healthy Eating:

Children in Woolacombe School Nursery can have a hot meal every lunchtime. Woolacombe School have been running our own very successful catering service for many years and it is an integral part of our school day and ethos. The menus are good value, healthy and high nutritional value; we try to only use quality local ingredients. We encourage all children to partake of a school meal as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

The menus have plenty of choice but we will also cater for various diets if necessary.

As part of our healthy eating policy children are asked not bring nuts (due to serious allergies) and sweets in their packed lunch boxes. These can be replaced by a piece of fruit, raisins, cubes of cheese, crackers or toast fingers!

Uniform:

Woolacombe Sweatshirt (Red)

We suggest dark joggers, leggings or trousers/ white polo shirt

Uniform can be purchased from the School Office using our online ordering system.

 

Children need to bring on a daily basis:

A suitable coat.
Summer – sun hat, safe shoes and sun lotion (please apply before arrival).
Winter – Wellington boots and a warm coat.

If your child is toilet training you must send a complete set of spare clothing as accidents will happen. If your child is still in nappies please provide sufficient numbers of nappies and wipes to cover your child’s sessions.

The setting’s timetable and routines

Our setting believes that education and care are equally important in the experience which we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the session/day in the setting are provided in ways that:

  • help each child to feel that she/he is a valued member of the setting

  • ensure the safety of each child

  • help children to gain from the social experience of being part of a group

  • provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning

Starting at our setting

We want your child to feel happy and safe with us. To make sure that this is the case, the staff will work with you to decide on how to help your child to settle into the setting. The setting has a policy about helping children to settle into our setting.

Fundraising at Woolacombe School Nursery

The Staff and parents work hard to provide extras for the children. We work alongside the Woolacombe Primary School PTFA to fundraise for additional resources or large projects that have significant impact on our children’s experiences in our Nursery.

The PTFA always welcome new members! Please do let our staff know if you wish to contribute by joining our committee. We also regularly need members to support at events: please let us know if you are happy to help occasionally as well.

We appreciate any support you can give us!

Thank You