The Peter Rabbits Pre-School Room

 

From 31 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 garden. In addition to this we have timetabled access to all the facilities that the school has to offer such as tepee, wooden climbing frame and large play area with access to ride on toys! Inside the building there is a messy area to the left which doubles at the children’s eating room. On the right-hand side there is a carpeted area. In between the two rooms there is a hallway with separate bathrooms.

 

 

 

 

LEAD BY

 

Staffing
The ratio of the staff is minimum 1:8 (over 3’s) and 1:4 (under 3’s)
The staff members are:

 

Olivia Grant
Deputy Manager and Nursery Teacher
City and Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for the Children
and young people’s workforce
Full time, Monday through to Friday

 

Lucy Jalland
Senior Practitioner and Nursery Teacher
Level 3 in Childcare
Full time, Monday through to Friday.

 

Bethany Hart
Key Practitioner and Nursery Teacher
Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and development
Full time, Monday through to Friday.

 

Min Farries
Key practitioner and Nursery Teacher
Level 3 Early Years Educator
Full time, Monday through to Friday

 

Zoe Oakley
Key Practitioner and Nursery Teacher
Level 3 in Childcare
Part time, Monday through to Friday (Term time only)

 

The Room

 

The room is set out in different areas supporting role play, construction, small world and a story boat. Within each area we cover the seven areas of development through play.
All areas are fully resourced to allow free choice for the children and to teach them how to look after resources and tidy them away.
The messy area is set up daily between sessions with a variety of resources to choose from for open ended creativity, including a make. The children have free flow snacks and water available throughout the whole day.
Outside our garden is accessed by the main room, the door being open to allow for free flow activities, it is set up with a mud kitchen, digging patch, vegetable patch and a range of different activities daily allowing for great experiences and creativity. 

Sleeping in this room happens after lunch on small mattresses if required.

 

Drinks 

The children in the room have accessible water to pour themselves a drink throughout the day, they also have the choice of milk or water at snack times. 

 

Milk 

As a nursery it is our policy to provide all milk for the children in our setting, all feeding utensils and bottles are steam sterilised every day and the team are scrupulous regarding hygiene.  All the team are qualified with Food Hygiene and as a business we score 5 out of 5 with the local Environmental Health Team.

 

Eating

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, one of which has worked at the setting since 2002!  

Clothing

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.

Comforts

If your child has a special comforter, please ensure this comes into nursery each day.

Nappies

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, we have hand sanitizers throughout the nursery which the staff use frequently. 

Toilet Training

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.

Teething

Children suffer with teething in different ways, please ensure that you let the team know each day when you drop your child off, how they are, in particular if you think they might experience discomfort during the day due to teething.  If necessary, you could sign in some teething granules or pain relief to make them more comfortable during their day.

Illness

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.

Medication

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.

Accidents

We record all accidents on our online system ‘Famly’ if you child is hurt or injured in any way during the day you will be asked to acknowledge the form online.  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 send home some helpful information for you to use at home.

Holidays

As you will be aware the only time that nursery closes are 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.

 

Communication

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.  All information requiring your children such as nappies, sleep and eating are uploaded on to Famly and a general overview of what the children have been doing as a room while at Puddleducks is on the whiteboard in the garden for you to read at collection. 

We upload newsletters and general information onto Famly regularly for you to read, if you require additional support reading this information, please let a member of the management team know. 

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 your 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

*if necessary

*Covid-19 changes

Due to covid-19 we have had to make a few amendments to our normal day to day routines these are:

  • Parents are asked to wash their children’s hands using the outdoor sink in the nursery garden prior to entering then nursery building. 
  • Parents are asked to wash all snuggles before each session and all spare clothes must be inside a zip lock bag inside their bag ready for use. 
  • Only children who are symptom free or have completed the required isolation period should attend the setting. (No temperatures above 37.8)
  • We will be asking adults on arrival if they have given their children temperature reducing medication within the last 12-hour period, such as Calpol or Nurofen. This will be done via by the person who sees the child in.
  • Drop off or pick up MUST be done with only one family member.
  • Drop off and collection will take place at the entrance at both buildings, whilst you are waiting you are required to give 2 metres distance between adults and children that are waiting.
  • The outdoor spaces will be used by different ‘rooms’ at different times of the day, this will be timetabled to allow all children plenty of outdoor time. 
  • Attendance at the settings will be restricted to children and staff as far as practically possible and visitors will not be permitted to the settings unless essential (maintenance). Where any other visits are required, they will be carried out outside of our operating hours where possible. There will be a virtual tour available for prospective parents.
  • Parents will not be able to leave car seats, buggies etc on site.
  • We keep windows open for ventilation. 
  • Parents are asked to wash all snuggles before each session and all spare clothes must be inside a zip lock bag inside the Puddleducks bag ready for use. 
  • All recourses will be sterilised at the end of each day ready for the next session.  
  • All washing at the nursery will be washed according to the NHS guidelines.