Registering at Buttercups Nursery School
Thank you for choosing Buttercups Nursery School for your child. We are able to offer your child learning opportunities to aid their development and learning in a fun and child centred environment.
Whilst learning through play each child is given the chance to be treated as an individual.
Aims and Objectives
• We aim to create a challenging, stimulating and happy learning environment for all children regardless of their ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, specific requirement, gender or ability.
• When your child starts our nursery sessions, they will become part of a key family, which includes being assigned to a key person. This person will carry out your child’s settling in session. They work in partnership with the parent/carer and your child, enabling staff to build up a closer relationship in which to observe and assist in your child’s development and active learning.
• Parents are encouraged to discuss their child’s progress at any time with their keyperson or senior management team. We do appreciate that drop off and collection times are busy times for both parties but if we can see you at collection times we will. Also, we can offer drop in times where you can join us and see what goes on at nursery, watch out for the sessions on the notice board or ask a member of staff about this.
• The safety of your child is paramount during their time at nursery, our premises are risk assessed daily, this procedure is monitored and updated on a continual basis any problems identified will be dealt with promptly. We operate a signing in and out system as well as a room registration, so at all times we know how many children we have on the premises. Only the parent/carer or pre-notified adults are allowed to collect the child from nursery. Please note that during play children will fall and possibly bump, bruise or graze themselves. We have a trained first aider on the premises at all times.
• We will work closely with local primary schools to make the progression to school an easier one for your child.
Fees and Sessions
Fees are payable by the 1st of every month by invoice in advance. Fees are payable even if your child is absent due to illness. The fees are payable for your child’s space here at Buttercups (not for their attendance) but we DO NOT charge for when we are closed!
Funding for 2/3/4 year olds is available on the completion of relevant funding forms each term, and is only claimable with a valid birth certificate.
Further details of our fees and funding options can be read here.
To secure your child's place:
There are Forms that must be completed,
A one-off £45 non-refundable administration fee must be paid (this includes a Nursery t-shirt, an embroidered rucksack and water bottle). No administration fee is required for EYE-only spaces.
If you enquire and we are unable to offer you a space, you can be added to our Waiting List (with no deposit or administration fee due unless/until we are in a position to offer you a space).
Opening Times / Nursery Closures
We want to support our families so within our setting we offer 3 possible calendars; adhoc, term time only (mirrored to the local schools' calendar) and our 43 week calendar (which includes a closure for 2 weeks at Christmas, one week at Easter and the month of August). Our current calendars can be viewed by clicking here.
We offer extended opening hours from 7am – 6pm Monday to Friday.
In order to register your child here at Buttercups we require a copy of your child’s birth certificate. We can accept this via email or you can bring the certificate in and we can take a copy. You will need to provide us with this before your child’s start date.
Breakfast is served between 7.00am – 8.00am at a cost of £1.95.
Lunch is at 12.00pm and cost £3.15 per day, which will be added to your invoice monthly. We encourage all children to have a hot lunch at Nursery but we understand if you want your child to have a packed lunch.
Tea is served at 4pm at a cost of £2.75 or a 25p charge for a snack.
If your child would prefer a lunch box, we ask that you to send it in a named container. We ask in accordance with our healthy eating policy that no fizzy drinks, sweets or chocolate are sent to nursery and sugary and fatty foods are kept to a minimum.
Special needs support is available at a ratio of 1:1 at £9.95 per hour, unless provided by the Local Authority. Please speak to the Nursery Manager for more details.
Please send your child in clothes that are easy for your child to take on and off promoting independence especially when using the toilet; buckles, clasps and belts make this difficult when your child is desperate.
Wearing a uniform makes life easier for you and your child, we believe children learn through active involvement in all activities and sending your child in designer clothes/best clothes is not the best idea. We have red sweatshirts and blue polo shirts available to order if you wish to with the Buttercups logo on so your children can play and explore
different activities without worrying about getting dirty. Uniform is optional and not a requirement. If you wish to purchase uniform, please log onto www.jual.co.uk. Click on schools/nurseries and scroll down to Buttercups.
Items that children need to have here
Children should also have a change of clothes in case of accidents in a bag or on their peg. Wellies and a coat for outdoor wear is a must, this enables the children to use the outdoor play area daily regardless of the weather. We ask that all belongings be named.
When bringing your child to nursery, we ask that you park in the car park. Please drive slowly and carefully adhering to the speed limits. Your child needs to be escorted into the premises and signed in. Please let staff know if someone else is collecting your child.
When collecting children we ask that parents/carers wait at the door until the bell is answered and unlocked by a staff member.
Parents/carers of children not yet completely toilet trained are required to provide sufficient disposable wipes, nappies for each day and cream if required. A permission form must be completed for us to apply cream to your child.
We promote independent toileting for all children.
We would appreciate your support in helping to stop the spread of contagious/infectious childhood ailments. These include sickness and diarrhoea, conjunctivitis, rashes, head lice, thread worm etc. Please do not send your child for at least 48 hours after the ailment and inform staff by phone if your child will not be attending nursery. If your child is off sick we cannot refund or credit sessions for non-attendance.
Working closely with Parents and Children
Here at Buttercups, we believe in working closely with parents and carers to help build up a good relationship with families and bridge the gap between nursery and home. Therefore, we ask you to complete the registration forms and return them to the nursery if you have not already done so. It is vitally important that we have this information about
your child, in order for us to recognise your child’s specific requirements.
If you feel your child would benefit from additional visit sessions with you before starting, please notify staff in order to arrange a convenient time and date. If you would like a home visit then staff can come out and meet you and your child and through photos and toys can explain about the nursery.
Development charts/records. Each child has their own personal learning journey, which records photos, observations and comments in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage. We use the Tapestry system, which is hosted on secure, dedicated servers based in the UK. Parents are able to see the records and discuss their child’s progress at any time. When your child leaves Buttercups Nursery their record will be given to the parent via memory stick and a report given to the school that they will be attending.
Each child is given a wide range of learning opportunities through play, music, books and activities to acquire different concepts and skills. The children learn and help each other. Staff encourage their learning in a fun and stimulating way. The children will also have the opportunity to build up their knowledge and understanding of letters, numbers, colours and shapes in a variety of ways.
The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets the statutory standards that all early years providers must meet. This includes all maintained schools, non-maintained schools, independent schools and all providers on the Early Years Register.
The EYFS aims to provide:
• quality and consistency in all early years settings
• a secure foundation that will allow all children good progress through school and life
• partnerships between different practitioners
• partnerships between parents or carers and practitioners
• equality of opportunity for all children
We cover the EYFS through our learning journal.
The health, safety and welfare of all our children are of paramount importance to all the adults who work in our nursery. Our children have the right to protection, regardless of age, gender, race, cultural background or disability. They have a right to be safe in our nursery. Our safeguarding policy is in line with Local Safeguarding Children’s Partnership’s local guidance and procedures.
All our policies and procedures are available to read here. If you require these in any other format, please speak to a member of staff.
The children will be guided by the following:
• Walking feet
• Listening ears
• Quiet voices (not shouting)
• Making friends
We thank you for your co-operation and look forward to welcoming you and your child to Buttercups Nursery School where learning is fun!