We have put together a list of the most frequently asked questions asked of us by parents; we hope you find these useful. Of course, if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask:
Q) What activities will my child do at Nursery?
A) Rendcomb College Nursery is committed to providing a varied curriculum that is accessible to all. The Children are offered a mixture of different activities throughout the day, which will include creative play, activities to help with numeracy and literacy, construction and problem-solving, story time, dance and movement, French, Forest School, music, cookery, rest and relaxation. There is also plenty of opportunity for free play to allow children to be inventive and use their imaginations. Throughout the year, we plan many kinds of stimulating activities that challenge and inspire the children. A tailored programme is delivered to each child to cater for their interests and individual learning needs.
We provide daily opportunities for all children to access the outdoor learning environment whatever the weather and when possible we like to take the children on outings to explore the surrounding areas and local communities.
Q) Will my child be required to bring anything with them when starting nursery?
A) It is really helpful for parents to send their child to nursery with a bag each day containing spare changes of clothes. The children also need wellies and waterproof trousers. Please consider weather conditions when providing your child with clothes for the day to ensure your child can join in with outside play even in the winter months. In hot weather children will need a suitable sun hat and we ensure children are protected with sun-cream. The children should bring a water bottle which can be stored in the room so they can have access to it throughout the day.
*Please note - All personal items of clothing/footwear MUST be labelled clearly with your child's name!
Q) Is there a uniform in Nursery?
A) At Rendcomb College Nursery, we like our children to feel that they are part of the group and we have found that having a uniform helps them to settle in more quickly. Children who attend our Nursery wear a red embroidered polo top, navy blue embroidered sweatshirt, grey trousers, navy tracksuit trousers or a pleated skirt. Strong black shoes are also recommended. Uniform is available online from School blazer. We also have a well-stocked second hand shop on the second floor of the main building, which is open on Monday’s from 3:00pm to 5pm (term time only).
Q) What happens if my child is taken ill at the Nursery?
A) When a child becomes ill at nursery, every effort will be made to contact the parents, who will be requested to collect their child as soon as possible. A member of staff will also seek advice from the on-site medical centre where the child will be assessed by the nursing sister and appropriate treatment will be given.
Q) My child needs medication during the day – what is your policy?
A) If your child is on medication we are happy to administer any prescribed medication at nursery on the condition that your child appears well enough to attend. All medicines brought into the nursery will need to be recorded on the medication form and we will require your signature to authorise its administration. Any medication brought into the nursery must be in its original container and labelled with your child's full name, the dosage required and the date it was prescribed. Any medication that does not meet these criteria and is not prescribed by a General Practitioner will not be administered. Nursery staff are not able to administer the first dose of medication, therefore any child requiring medication must have had the first dose a minimum of 24 hours prior to coming into nursery. We are able to administer long term medication such as an inhaler.
Q) When is the Nursery open?
A) The Nursery is open from 8:10am until 3:30pm. Morning sessions run from 9:00am until 12.00 or 12.45pm and the afternoon sessions run from 12.00 or 12.45 until 3.30pm. The time from 12.00 - 12.45 is allocated for lunch and is available for children in both sessions. There is also an early morning club from 7.45 and afterschool care which is available until 6pm.
Q) How will you make sure my child settles into the nursery well?
A) Starting a new nursery can present lots of new experiences which your child may not have come across before. This might be confusing to start with, especially if your child is accustomed to spending much of their time with you. To overcome this, we offer settling in visits before your child starts Nursery. We work to your timescale so do not encourage anything to move faster than you are ready for. You are able to leave them for short periods of time, till they are familiar with the nursery and its routines. This has the added bonus of giving you a clear idea of what your child will do in Nursery. We pride ourselves in being very adaptable to any situation so we will try new strategies to help children settle and get to love Nursery as quickly as possible.
Q) Somebody else is going to be collecting my child today - do I need to let you know?
A) This is not a problem although please inform us as soon as possible. A password system will be set up if we have not met the person before. We are also unable to allow the children to leave the Nursery with young people under the age of 16 years.
Q) My child has special dietary needs or food allergies, how do you ensure my child won’t be given food they cannot eat?
A) We can accommodate for all dietary needs, whether for religious, medical or personal reasons. All food for children with special dietary needs is prepared separately and there is a laminated sheet visible in the Nursery dining room to ensure all of the staff are aware of their needs. All of the Nursery staff are qualified in food hygiene.
Q) If my child has an accident while at Nursery, what steps are taken and will I be informed?
A) As is inevitable with children of this age, minor injuries are common through the learning process and while we try as far as possible to prevent accidents, they still happen. When such an accident occurs - i.e. a child tripping over in the playground, an accident form is filled out and any bumps and scrapes administered to and your child will be comforted. When you come in to collect your child, you will be informed of what has happened and asked to sign the accident form - we will not normally call you for everyday bumps and scrapes unless your child is unduly distressed.