The Peter Rabbits Pre-School Room
36 months until school age
The Peter Rabbits pre-school is located in the grounds of our local Primary School, it is solely for our use and has its own secure entry system and attached garden. In addition to this we also have timetabled access to all of the facilities that the school has to offer, such as, a Tepee, outdoor amphitheatre and large play area and large toys, ride on toys etc! The room itself is a large carpeted area with a separate bathroom facility.
The ratio of staff is a minimum of 1:8. The staff members are:
Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce
Pre-School Manager, full time Monday through to Friday
Currently studying for her Level 5 Diploma
Deputy Manager, full time Monday through to Friday
Level 3 in Health and Social Care (Children)
Key Practitioner and SenCo, full time Monday through to Friday
Degree in Early Years Childhood Studies
Key Practitioner, full time Monday through to Friday
Degree in Early Childhood Studies
Key Practitoner, part time Monday and Friday and Full time Tuesday to Thursday
The room is set out in order to cover all seven areas of learning, you can find out more about these from the Parents guide to the EYFS on the web site or ask a member of the team for more information. There is a home corner, a book area, and ICT table, a letters and sounds and mathematics table, there is also a small world area and a messy/creative area. All areas are fully resourced at all times to allow for choice for the children and to teach them how to look after resources and tidy them away.
Outside in our garden which is accessed from the main room, the door being open to allow for free flow activities, it is set up in a very similar way to indoors. We have some trees and logs where the children search for mini beasts and also a mud kitchen to allow for great experiences and creativity.
Sleeping in this room happens after lunch on the cushions in the soft area, if required
The children in the room have drinking water available all day, the also have milk or water at snack and meal times.
As a nursery it is our policy to provide all milk and formula for the children in our setting, all feeding utensils and bottles are steam sterilised every day and the team are scrupulous regarding hygiene. All of the team are qualified with Food Hygiene and as a business we score 5 out of 5 with the local Environmental Health Team.
If you are breast feeding your child you can provide us with your bottles each morning for us to keep refrigerated until your baby is ready for their feed.
Our nursery provides your child with all their meals for the day. All food is prepared and cooked on the premises by one of our two cooks, who have both worked at the setting since 2002! All food for the pre-school is cooked in the main nursery building and transferred each day in a specially designed food storage container.
Please dress your baby in comfortable, warm and easily removable clothing. You will need to have at least three complete changes of clothes in their nursery bag in case of leakages one way or other! We recommend that ALL CLOTHING IS LABELLED and not any item that you are worried about getting messy!
In the winter your baby will need an “all in one” suit, hat, gloves and extra padders for outdoor wear. In the summer they will need a sun hat and a clearly labelled bottle of sun cream of factor 50 or above.
As they grow and start to walk they will also need indoor shoes/slippers and wellies for outdoors.
If your child has a special comforter please ensure this comes into nursery each day.
It is our policy to provide disposable nappies, wipes and sudo cream, if you are using other nappies and do not wish to use the nurseries supplies you will need to ensure that there is always a full supply in your child’s nursery bag.
Staff use gloves and aprons when changing nappies and the changing mat is cleaned thoroughly between each change. There is a wash hand basin within the nappy room with hand soap, and hands are washed between each nappy and also we have hand sanitizer’s throughout the nursery which the staff use in between each change.
As and when your child is ready to start using the toilet/potty please let a member of the team know, or if you wish to discuss this before you embark on training come and talk to us and we will give you some guidance. We do not recommend the use of ‘pull-ups’, as they still feel like a nappy, we just ask that you send plenty of clean pairs of pants during this time. We will make a sticker reward chart to keep at nursery for each time your child uses the toilet/potty and would suggest that you make one for home too, again if you would help with this please let us know.
If your child is unwell enough to not be able to cope with a normal nursery day, please keep them with you at home. If your child has an infectious disease then it is very important that you notify the nursery manager and keep your child away from nursery for the allotted time, dependant on which illness your child has. If your child has been prescribed medication for an illness they will need to stay away from nursery for 48 hours, the same is the case for sickness and diarrhoea.
What happens if your child becomes ill during the nursery day? We will contact you and ask you to come and collect your child if they are not well enough to be at nursery, this could be because of a high temperature, maybe a rash or that they are just not well enough to be here.
Nursery is willing to administer medicine if necessary. You must complete a medication form in the office each morning to authorise us to do this. Any medication is administered by a member of management and observed by a second member of the team.
We record all accidents on an accident record form, if you child is hurt or injured in any way during the day you will be asked to sign the form when you collect that day. Also if your child has an accident at home we ask you to let us know. If your child incurs an injury to the head we will notify you during the day and also send home some helpful information for you to use at home.
As you will be aware the only time that nursery closes is on bank holidays and 5 working days between Christmas and new year, if you are on holiday outside of these times we ask that you let us know, so that we are clear on numbers for catering purposes.~@
This is vitally important to us, please ensure you pass on information each morning and likewise we will do the same at the end of each day. We complete a day sheet for your child every day, telling you details of your child’s day with us.
We email newsletters regularly and hard copies are available in the nursery reception, please help yourselves.
We also have parents evening throughout the year, when you book an appointment with your child’s key person, this is to have an update on their progress and for you to update us on the things they get up to at home!
Checklist for you nursery bag
|3 changes of clothes||Comforters||Coat||Hat||Gloves||Outdoor footwear|
|Sun hat||Sun cream||Slippers||Outdoor suit||Changes of pants*||2 photos of your child|