Frequently asked questions
questionWhat is the availability for the nurseries?
answerIt's always best to phone the nurseries directly to get the most up to date avaiability as things change pretty quickly!
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questionIs it too early to book a place for my baby?
answerIt's never too early to book your childcare so the earlier the better! it also gives you peace of mind that things are organised for you when you have to finally go back to work.
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questionHow many staff per child are in the nurseries
answerThis depends entirely on the age of the child. We are governed by CSSIW who are our inspecting body and they set standard ratios that by law all day care providers must adhere to. they are as follows: Children under 2 - 1:3 ratio Children aged between 2-3 years - 1:4 ratio Children over 3 but under 8 years - 1:8 ratio Our nurseries work under these rules but we always have floateing staff within the nurseries. We employ training officers, curriculum manager, health and safety managers, housekeepers, trainees, cooks, managers and so on that are all supernumery and so there is always a spare pair of hands to help out. We are always staffed at all times so the children are always given the stimulation and care that they deserve. We believe that lunchtimes are also an important part of their development and they can often need more support at this time than they do at other times. We always make sure that the nurseries are staffed at all times be it lunchtime, sleep time or any other time of the day.
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questionWhat is the minimum I can book my child in for?
answerFor the child's sake and to ensure that they get the best out of us a minimum of two sessions per week is needed to be booked with the nursery. These can be two half day sessions or full days but they need to be spaced apart for the children's wellbeing. Two half day sessions can't be added together to make one day so that they only attend one full day a week as this is not the best for your child.
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questionAre the children taken out of the nursery for outings?
answerProviding you consent the children are taken for walks around the surrounding area. consent is sought when you Enrol your child in the nursery where you will sign a consent form. The nurseries also have large gardens equipped with sensory equipment for the children to explore and discover.
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questionWhat do the children eat when they are in nursery?
answerThe nursery runs a menu system that is alternated every week on a four weekly cycle. They are designed to be well balanced and nutritious whislt still providing the foods they enjoy. Menus are displayed on the parents notice boards in every nursery for you to see and you will be given a copy of them at your childs induction to refer to at home. The kitchens are run by experienced chefs that run under the guideance of our catering manager who oversees and orders the produce. Rice cakes, fresh fruit and dried fruit will be provided for the children as snacks throughtout the day.
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questionWhat is the foundation phase?
answerThe foundation phase is a curriculum that has been devised for school aged children and nurseries. The basic principle is that children may develop at their own pace and through things they enjoy doing taking ownerhip for their own learning along the way. Everything should be made to be as fun as possible and the trick is to find a way to make them enjoy doing something not just simply accept they don't!
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questionHow much would it cost to put my child into the nursery
answerThat would depend on the age of your little one as we work on ratios depending on their age. If you go to the fees section on the individual nurseries page, then you`ll be able to identify the prices for the age of your child
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