Working in partnership with parents is paramount to children’s learning and development. We pride ourselves on our collaborative approach between parents and the nursery on the child’s learning and development.
All parents and carers are highly regarded as members of our nursery who have participatory rights. These include: being valued and respected, being kept Informed, consulted, involved and included at all levels.
Below you will find information for parents and FAQ’s. If your question is not answered, please feel free to contact us for more information.
Our Term Dates
Monday 4th September – Friday 20th October
Monday 23rd – Friday 27th October
Monday 30th October – Friday 15th December
Monday 17th December- Thursday 4th January
Friday 5th January – Friday 9th February
Inset day Friday 5th January
Monday 12th February – Friday 16th February
Monday 19th February – Thursday 29th March
Friday 30th March – Friday 13th April
Monday 16th April – Friday 25th May
Inset day Monday 16th April
Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June
Monday 4th June – Friday 20th July
Working Together With You –The Parents
Our manager and a member of staff will contact you to arrange a home visit before your child starts nursery. This will be an opportunity for us to share information and answer any of your questions, concerns or worries you may have about your child’s transition to nursery. This is also a great opportunity to familiarise your child with members of staff and for us to be aware of your child’s likes and dislikes.
Working Together With Parents
We work in partnership with our children’s parents to ensure each individual child’s needs are being met. We will share ideas and resources with you, so that you can continue to support your child’s interests and development at home. We have open door policy, which allows parent/careers to speak to key worker or managers anytime about their child. We also hold termly parent coffee mornings to update you on your child’s progress and next steps.
Our nursery recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All of the nursery team of staff see themselves as partners with parents in providing the best of care and education for their children.
There are many ways in which parents take part in making the nursery setting a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents.
Parents Visits & Involvement
Can I make an appointment to visit the nursery to see what it is like?
You can book an appointment to visit the nursery with your child by email, phone call or call into the nursery where the manager will be happy to show you round.
Child & Parent Inductions
Before starting at St John’s Nursery we offer you and your child an introductory session where you can stay and play, meet the nursery team and your child’s Key Worker. For our parents this is an opportunity to experience the nursery ‘in action’ and to ask any questions that you may have. You will be given your child’s ‘Special Book’ which will include photos of the nursery and the nursery The Special Book designed for you and your child to add to with photos and activities from home. The book provides a record of the progress of your child whilst at the nursery and forms part of their learning journey.
Parents can offer to take part in a session by sharing their own interests and skills with the children. Our children’s parents have visited the nursery to play the music for the children, show pictures of the local carnival held in their neighbourhood, and show the children their hobbies and collections.
The Parents’ Rota
The nursery has a diarised rota system where parents can sign-up if they would like to help at a particular sessions or events at the nursery. We believe that helping at a nursery session enables our parents to see what the day-to-day life of the nursery involves and enables them to contribute to the children activities so that they get the best out of the activities.
Fees & Funding
The fees are £8.50 per hour, payable monthly in advance. Fees must still be paid if children are absent.
Can I apply for a childcare or nursery funding?
Many of our parents receive the government Childcare Choices funding for 15 hours of childcare for 3-4 year olds the term after their 3rd birthday. We are also part of the 15 hour funding scheme for 2-year-olds for parents receiving benefits and the 30 hours funding scheme for 3-4 year olds where parents may have their childcare funded to allow them to work.
To find more information about government funding for nursery childcare please visit our 30 Hours Childcare Funding page where the basics are explained and links provided to further information and application forms. Please contact us if you need assistance.
Session Requirements & Policies
Our policies help us to make sure that the service provided by the setting is a high quality one and that being a member of the setting 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 setting to provide a quality service for its members and the local community.
Copies of the nursery’s policies and procedures are included in our prospectus and are available for you to see at the nursery.
Snacks and Lunch Policy
Parents provide a piece of fruit or vegetable and lunch each day their child attends. Snack and lunch time is a social time at which children eat together with adult supervision. We do not allow nuts to avoid allergies.We provide milk or water for every child. Water is available at all times and children are entitled to one-third of a pint of milk a day which is offered at one these sessions. Parents who prefer to provide a drink may include a bottle of water. We prefer no cartons or pouches.
Snacks are taken during a free-flow snack time with adult supervision. Children attending for lunch and afternoon session should bring their own lunch in a named lunch box. We are unable to refrigerate the children’s lunch so please include an ice-pack in the container to ensure that perishable food remains fresh. Please avoid cartons or pouches of juice. As these are inevitable squirted around and any little choking hazards “tops” must be removed at home.
As part of St John’s Nursery’s policy on healthy eating, we do not allow chocolate, sweets or fizzy drinks in lunch boxes. Whole grapes, olives sausages and little tomatoes are a choking hazard for young children. If you include these in your child’s lunch box then please ensure that you cut them up. Chewing gum is also a choking hazard for young children and is not allow at St John’s Nursery
Please tell us about your child’s dietary needs and we will make sure that these are met. Parents whose children have special dietary needs should provide snacks in a labelled container and a drink in a named flask or plastic bottle.
We provide protective clothing for the children when they play with messy activities. We encourage children to gain the skills that 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 that is easy for them to manage will help them to do this.
Policy on Changing Nappy and Clothing
We at St John’s Nursery have a changing area. All the children who soil themselves or are uncomfortably wet are changed in a single session. All the changes are logged i.e. time, date and staff member who change. Feed back is given at the end of each session. (to monitor progress, if the child was distressed or marks/rashes are seen).
Parent’s have to provide nappies, wipes and child’s spare cloths for changing, in case they have an accident/leak. Nappy bags, gloves, aprons, spare carrier bags, paper towels, anti bacterial spray are available in the nursery. Nappy rash cream will be only applied with parent’s/carer’s written consent.
- Talk to the child what you are going to do
- Put on disposable gloves and apron, gloves must be thrown away after every use
- Take the Child to the changing area
- Place the child on the changing mat using harness for the safety
- Remove any clothes to undo nappy
- Thoroughly clean the child’s bottom with wipes
- Put a new nappy on and re-dress the child
- Wash both the child and your hands and all this time carry on talking to the child on why we wash our hands
- Secure the bin lid after disposing of the paper towel
- Take the child back to the room
- Disinfect the changing mat and wipe over with a paper towel
- Place any soiled nappy into a nappy bag and is disposed off immediately
- Any soiled clothes in a carrier bag are given to the parent/carer for washing.
Education & Supervision
Local Authority Approval & OFSTED Inspection
St. John’s Nursery is supported by the Local Authority, the London Borough of Enfield. We are also audited and regulated by OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education) for the quality of our service. Following our OFSTED inspection in December 2014 we were judged as ‘GOOD.’ The inspection checks both the quality of care provided at the nursery and the educational content of what we offer young children at the nursery. You can read our latest OFSTED report here.
Our way of working with children and their parents ensures we are aware of any problems that may emerge and can offer support, including referral to appropriate agencies when necessary, to help families in difficulty.
Our nursery has a duty under the law to help safeguard children against suspected or actual ‘significant harm’. Our employment practices ensure children against the likelihood of abuse in our settings and we have a procedure for managing complaints or allegations against a member of staff.
Your child and their Key Person
Our nursery uses a ‘Key Person’ approach. This means that each member of staff is allocated a group of children for whom she/he are personally responsible.
When your child first starts at the nursery the key person will help your child to settle-in and throughout your child’s time with us at the nursery, they will help your child to experience a wide range of activities. Your child’s key person will work with you to make sure that the childcare we provide is suitable for your child’s particular needs and interests.
Records of Achievement
The nursery keeps a record of achievement for each child using ‘Learning Book’. Learning Book is an online service which gives parents a flexible way to review their child’s record of achievement and interact with their early years education. This invaluable insight into a child’s progress at nursery helps us to celebrate together the child’s achievements and to work together more effectively to provide for her/his well-being and continued development.
Your child’s key person will work in partnership with you to keep this record. To do this you and 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. You and the key person will then decide on how to help your child to move on to the next stage.
We make periodic assessment summaries of children’s achievement based on our ongoing development records. These form part of children’s records of achievement. We undertake these assessment summaries at regular intervals, as well as times of transition, such as when a child moves into a different group or when they go on to school.
We assess how young children are learning and developing by observing them frequently. We use information that we gain from observations, as well as from photographs or videos of the children, to document their progress and where this may be leading them. We believe that parents know their children best and we ask them to contribute to assessment by sharing information about what their children like to do at home and how they, as parents, are supporting development.
Special Educational Needs
As part of the setting’s policy to make sure that its provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs a child may have. The setting works to the requirements of the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2001) (new code of practice for SEN has been introduced in 2014).
Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator is Natasha.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
The provision for children’s development and learning is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage (DfE 2012). Our nursery provision reflects the four overriding principles of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
- A Unique Child – Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured.
- Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
- Enabling Environments – Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners, parents and carers.
- Learning and Development – Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
For each area, the level of progress that children are expected to have attained by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage is defined by the Early Learning Goals. These goals state what it is expected that children will know, and be able to do, by the end of the reception year of their education.
The Development Matters guidance sets out the likely stages of progress a child makes along their learning journey towards the Early Learning Goals. Our nursery has regard to these matters when we assess children and plan for their learning. Our programmes support children to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need.