General information about Felicity's Nursery
Each child is treated and valued as an individual receiving personalised attention, guidance and support in all areas of their development and progress. We help to take their learning and development forward by helping them to extend and build upon what they already know. This is made possible by our key person approach and because we run with a higher staff ratio than is legally required. We encourage the children to be self confident and independent, as well as to play companionably with others. We plan and extend the daily activities to suit the needs of all the children from day to day.
We are very keen that first and foremost, that the children in our care at Felicity’s are happy; so it is important that staff and parents work together and we aim to be flexible to the needs of both parents and children. Children are able to use the nursery as a stepping stone to grow in confidence and independence away from home in a safe environment which will help them with their transition to “big” school. We respect and value parent's contributions and aim to involve and consult them to keep them informed at all levels.
We aim to make our nursery school available to all children and families from all sections of the local community regardless of their social standing, ethnic background or religious beliefs. Each individual is respected and valued and will in turn be encouraged to respect and value others. We have some “Golden Rules” which were put together with the help of our children and provide them with acceptable boundaries to abide by within nursery school. We give a copy to each family as their child joins so it helps to build a partnership between home and school. Children are rewarded with stickers at the end of each session for their contributions, – kindness, politeness, tidying up, anything that acknowledges their personal efforts and growing confidence.
A Registration Form is enclosed with this Prospectus. A registration Fee of £40 should be enclosed with your registration form and provides your child with 1 school sweatshirt, polo shirt and school bookbag. All Cheques should be made payable to Felicity’s Nursery School.
We take account of the key themes and commitments within the EYFS with regard to our Policy on Admissions. Full details are available in our Admissions Policy. We arrange our waiting list by taking the following elements into account:
- siblings already attending the nursery school
- the vicinity of the home to the nursery school
- the length of time spent on the waiting list
- birth order
Once a place becomes available for your child, you will be given a variety of Registration and Consent forms to be completed together with your child’s key person. Felicity’s will also need to see the original of your child’s birth certificate and be provided with a copy to hold on file. (for Education Funding purposes)
We have a school uniform of a blue sweatshirt and blue polo shirt with the school logo on it. These are available from us at £8.75 each. Children should always attend nursery in their uniform and we insist in the summer months that the children’s shoulders are kept covered for sun safety reasons.
Fees are payable termly within 14 days of receipt of Invoice. Felicity’s Nursery School reserves the right to charge a 10% surcharge for late fees. Any alternative arrangement must be made in confidence with the Principal. Payment of fees is due for all sessions irrespective of short term illness or term-time holidays. Fee’s currently are £16.50 per session. Government funding is available the term after your child’s third birthday. They are then entitled to 6 x 2.5 hour funded sessions per week. Any additional hours will be charged at the flat rate. If you would like further information, please speak to the Principal. We also offer Fun With French, which is an additional £3.50 per week, which is paid at the beginning of each term. Musical Bumps is currently held on Tuesday, and this is charged at an additional £1 per week, also payable at the beginning of each term.
At Felicity’s each child has a record of achievement and the child’s key person will work with the parents to keep this record updated. The profile helps us to celebrate together each child’s achievements and to work together to provide for their well-being to further their individual development.
We have an open door policy; you can come and talk to us at the beginning or end of the session about your child or you can contact Geraldine on the office number or via email.
At Felicity’s we aim to ensure the needs of each individual child are met, taking into account any Special Educational Needs (SEN) a child may have. We work in line with the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2001). Felicity’s SEN co-ordinator is Julia Russ.
Discipline, Behaviour & Golden Rules
At Felicity’s the staff lead the children’s behaviour by setting a positive example to them. We encourage the children to interact positively and offer support as and where necessary, giving thorough explanation and guidance to each child. Please see our Achieving Positive Behaviour Policy for more explanation.
As a whole group activity, we drew up a set of Golden Rules on how to behave whilst at Nursery School. These are written at the level of pre-school aged children and are drawn up using language at their capability level. They cover areas such as being polite, kind and helpful and we frequently review and discuss them with the children throughout our activities at Nursery School. A copy of these is provided in each families Welcome Pack.
Felicity’s Nursery School has a duty under the law to help safeguard children against suspected or actual ‘significant harm’. Our employment procedures ensure all staff undergo thorough suitability checks. We aim to work with families to ensure we are aware of any problems that may emerge and we can offer support to families in difficulty.
Equality & Diversity
At Felicity’s Nursery School we are committed to ensuring everyone involved within our group feel valued as part of society regardless of sex, race, religion or social standing.
Refreshments, ‘Elevenses’ & Lunch
Water is always readily available within the Nursery School for the children to access. At ‘Elevenses’ we offer the children water or milk to drink as well as a choice of fruit, vegetables followed by bread/breadsticks/pasta/rice/toaster . We encourage the children to have at least two pieces of fruit. The children take turns in offering their friends elevenses. Children help prepare food for their elevensies snack as and when they want to.
If children are staying for lunch, they bring their own packed lunch in a named lunchbox that is stored in the fridge until the appropriate time. We ask that parents please provide a healthy packed lunch that is in keeping with our ‘Healthy Food Policy’. Please bear in mind we are a nut-free nursery, so please do not send you child in with Peanut Butter sandwiches, or any other nut snacks.
There is one member of staff to each table at lunchtime that is on hand to assist the children and socialise with them.
When you start with us at Felicity’s you will be given (via email where possible) an information booklet outlining some of our Policies and Procedures that are of essential importance to you and your child’s time with us. We do have copies of our Policies and Procedures in full at Felicity’s and should you wish to see them then please do ask. Our Policies cover –
- First Aid & Recording Accidents & Incidents
- Administering Medication
- Confidentiality & Access to records
- Employment & Staffing
- Equality of Opportunity
- Fire Safety & Emergency Evacuation
- Food Hygiene
- Health & Hygiene
- Induction of Staff & Volunteers
- Information Sharing
- Maintaining Children’s Safety
- Missing Child Procedure
- Nappy Changing
- No Smoking
- Non Collection of a Child
- Outings & Visits
- Student Placements
- Selection of Equipment & Resources
- Special Educational Needs
- Working in Partnership with other agencies
A term’s notice is required in writing when you know your child is going to be leaving nursery.