General Questions & Answers
CAN I VISIT THE NURSERY?
Yes absolutely - please telephone the Nursery on 01992 623222 and book your visit with us!
HOW MANY CHILDREN DO YOU TAKE PER DAY?
We take up to 24 children a day of mix ages from 6 months – 5 years.
IS THERE A WAITING LIST?
Due to the high demand for Little Sparrows, we do have waiting lists for most of our age groups. If you have visited and would like to put your child’s name on our waiting list, you will need to complete and return the registration form to us and pay a £50 non refundable registration fee.
ARE YOU STILL HAVING MIXED AGE MONTESSORI PLAY?
The short answer is yes - but please read ahead!
Where most nurseries closed during the pandemic, we stayed open and supported the key workers in our community. With this it brought a different and exciting way of working. We built an outside classroom so the pre-schoolers could continue to safely learn. As a result it put a divide (a positive divide) in our group of children.
We now primarily work in two separate age groups - the babies & toddlers and the preschoolers. The pre-schoolers are in the outside classroom for most of day, in all weathers! Yes, we have adopted the Scandinavian saying 'there's not such thing as bad weather, just unsuitable clothing'
At times of the day we do still bring the children together, as we believe there are huge benefits that children gain from playing, learning and caring together. We provide the best of both!
DO CHILDREN HAVE TO KEEP MOVING ROOMS?
Our children are separated into only two groups rather than continuously moving into different rooms which can impact on emotional well-bring, relationships and friendships.
MY CHILD IS OVER 3 AND IS SPENDING MORE TIME OUTDOORS, WHAT DO YOU DO IF IT RAINS OR IS REALLY COLD?
We have a recommended kit list to help you know what clothing is appropriate to keep your child warm and dry outside. Our outside classroom has a roof and roller blinds which can protect children from the wind and rain.
We always put the children the first so if the weather is not safe or appropriate, we still have our indoor over 3's Preschool classroom we can use at any time!
DO YOU USE PAPER OR AN ONLINE PLATFORM FOR LEARNING JOURNALS?
We use both! All children receive a beautiful, learning journal which parents can share with their family and keep forever. Our pre-schoolers also have access to the Famly app. This means weekly updates on what we have been learning about so you can follow along at home.
We do not upload any posts, observations or photo's in the room in front of the children. Our practitioners spend their time teaching, enjoying and engaging with the children. We have listened to feedback from professionals, parents and considered practitioner well-being in our decision to not introduce the app to the under 3's.
HOW DO YOU MONITOR CHILDREN'S LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT?
We follow the Early Years Outcomes tool as a guide, to assess your child's developmental milestones. We collect information from you about your child, make our own observations and use our expert knowledge to create in-depth, meaningful learning plans. Our individual learning plans provide you with advice in how you can support at home and to also share how we are supporting your child’s learning in the Nursery.
ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICALS AND TOXINS
We limit the amount of harmful chemicals used in our setting.
We use eco friendly washing up liquid to wash and clean equipment with.
A steamer cleaner to sanitise and wash the playroom floors, so crawling babies aren't breathing in toxins as they explore.
Air purifiers in the playrooms clean the indoor air and we always have windows open so fresh air comes in too.
The walls have been painted with Little Greene's Intelligent finish which are certified 'Child-Safe' under EN 71-3:2019 (also known as the Toy Paint Regulations). This means the paint is completely safe to use as they don't contain dangerous ingredients.
ARE ALL STAFF CHECKED AND HOLD ENHANCED DISCLOSURES?
Yes - we are Ofsted registered and all staff are rigorously checked and hold Enhanced Disclosures.
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