At Perton Village Nursery we aim to work with you to give your child the very best start in life, in an environment that nurtures and encourages growth and development through play, giving them the confidence and ability to succeed.
The Nursery is open from Monday to Friday, term time only, 9.00am.- 12.00pm and 12.30pm - 3.30pm.
We provide care and education for young children between the ages of 2 and 5
Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by Perton Village Nursery helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are right for their age and stage of development.
At Perton Village Nursery we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage which sets the standards for Learning Development and Care for children from birth to five.
The aim of the Early Years Foundation Stage is to help young children achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes: Staying Safe, Being Healthy, Enjoying and Achieving, Making a positive contribution and achieving economic well-being.
The Statutory Framework sets out the legal requirements related to Learning, Development and Welfare and covers the early learning goals and educational programmes in the following areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication Language and Literacy; Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy; Knowledge and Understanding of the World; Physical Development: Creative Development.
For each area, the guidance sets out early learning goals- the knowledge, skills and understanding which young children should have acquired by the end of the academic year in which they reach the age of five.
Perton Village Nursery uses the early learning goals to help us to trace each child's progress and to enable us to provide the right activities to help all of the children move towards achievement of the early learning goals.
The Nursery has a high ratio of adults to children in the setting. This helps us to:
Perton Village Nursery recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All of our staff see themselves as co-workers with you in providing care and education for your child. There are many ways in which parents take part in making the pre-school a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents, such as:
Do feel free to arrange to drop into the Nursery, if you would like to see it at work or to speak with the staff.
The Nursery has a key person system. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom she/he is particularly responsible. Your child's key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that what the Nursery provides is right for your child's particular needs and interests. When your child first starts at the Nursery, she/he will help your child to settle and throughout your child's time at the Nursery their key worker will help your child to benefit from the Nurseries activities.
The Nursery keeps a record of achievement for each child. Records of achievement are one of the ways in which the Nursery and parents work in partnership. Your child's record of achievement helps us to celebrate together her/his achievements and to work together to provide what your child needs for her/his well being and to make progress.
Your child's key person will keep this record. To do this she/he will collect information about your child's needs, activities, interests and achievements. This information will enable the key person to identify your child's stage of progress.
As well as gaining qualifications in early years care and education, the Nursery staff take part in further training to help them to keep up-to-date with thinking about early years care and education.
The Nursery also keeps itself up-to-date with best practice in early years care and education through information supplied by Staffordshire Early Years Childcare Unit and from the Magazine - Nursery Education Plus.
Perton Village Nursery believes that care and education are equally important in the experience, which we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the Nursery's session/day are provided in ways that:
The Nursery organises its sessions so that the children can choose from - and work at - a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities, which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.
Outdoor activities contribute to children's health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity - and are encouraged - to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as those provided in the indoor playroom/s. Outdoor activities contribute to children's health,their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them.
The Nursery makes snacks a social time. The Nursery promotes "Healthy Eating", and fruit, milk or water are available at Snack time.
Copies of the Nursery policies are displayed on the notice board for your inspection.
The Nursery policies help us to make sure that the service provided by the Nursery is a high quality one and that being a member of the Nursery is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for each child and her/his parents.
The staff and parents of the Nursery work together to adopt the policies and they all have the opportunity to take part in the annual review of the policies. This review helps us to make sure that the policies are enabling the Nursery to provide a quality service for its members and the local community.
As part of the Nursery's policy to make sure that its provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs, which a child may have.
The Nursery works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2000).
A management committee manages the Nursery. The elections take place at the Annual General Meeting, which is held in October each year. The committee is responsible for:
The Annual General Meeting is open to the parents of all of the children who attend the Nursery. It is their forum for looking back over the previous year's activities and shaping the coming year's activities.
The fees are £6.75 per session, payable half-termly in advance. Fees must still be paid if children are absent. If your child has to be absent over a long period of time, talk to the manager. For your child to keep her/his place at the Nursery you must pay the fees or we must receive nursery education funding for your child.
If you experience difficulty in paying fees, please speak to the Manager.
We want your child to feel happy and safe at Nursery. To make sure that this is the case, the staff will work with you to decide on how to help your child to settle in. The Nursery has a policy about helping children to settle in. A copy is enclosed in this prospectus.
The Nursery provides protective clothing for the children when they play with messy activities.
The Nursery encourages children to gain the skills which help them to be independent and look after themselves. These include taking themselves to the toilet and taking off - and putting on - outdoor clothes. Clothing which is easy for them to manage will help them to do this.
Perton Village Nursery hopes that you and your child enjoy being members of the Nursery and that you both find taking part in our activities interesting and stimulating. The staff are always ready and willing to talk with you about your ideas, views or questions.
Fees are payable, in full, during the first week of each half-term and are not refundable.
If you decide to take a holiday during term time, we regret fees for this period are not refundable.
If you child is not dry/toilet trained, you will need to supply your own nappies and wipes.
Please ensure that a member of staff is aware of your child being left.
If possible, please let the staff know if your child is going to be late arriving, e.g. because of a visit to the Doctor/Dentist.
The Nursery Manager and staff are available to discuss any difficulties. Please let them know if you or your child has any worries.
Please inform us of any legal stipulations regarding persons collecting your child.
If you are unable to collect your child yourself, you must complete a Collection Slip, or in the event of an emergency contact the Nursery by telephone.
In the event of an emergency, which requires the nursery to vacate the premises, we will relocate to Perton Library until the end of the session or until parents/carers can be contacted to collect their children.
Should your child need to leave Nursery we require 2 weeks written notice.
Who has parental responsibility?
Parental responsibility is defined in S.3(1) Children Act 1989.
In practical terms parental responsibility means the power to make important decisions in relation to a child – for example, decisions about where a child is to live, whether a child should receive medical treatment, what religion the child should follow and which school they should attend.
Mothers automatically have parental responsibility and will not lose it if divorced
Married fathers automatically have parental responsibility and will not lose it if divorced
Unmarried fathers do not automatically have parental responsibility
Settling in policy
Statement of intent
We want children to feel safe, stimulated and happy in the Nursery and to feel secure and comfortable with staff. We also want parents to have confidence in both their children’s well being and their role as active partners with the Nursery.
We aim to make the Nursery a welcome place where children settle quickly and easily because consideration has been given to the individual needs and circumstances of children and their families.