Drapers Brookside Nursery School is up and running for this year, with places still available for the morning and afternoon sessions.
Session times are from: 8.45am until 11.45am and 12.30pm until 3.30pm, Monday to Friday, term time only.
The Nursery is run by an experienced qualified teacher and with our friendly staff, provide your children with a safe, secure and nurturing environment, where they can develop their skills as part of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Their learning will give them a secure base on which to start their School Career and helps with the transition to full time school.
30 Hours Funding
The new entitlement of 30 hours free childcare is intended to support working parents with the cost of childcare and enable them, where they wish, to return to work or to work additional hours.
Currently all children under the age of 5 are entitled to 15 hours of education at a nursery or preschool setting of the parent’s choice.
The additional 15 hours will be available to families where both parents are working (or a sole parent is working in a lone parent family) and each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage and less than £100,000 per year.
Parents are entitled to take the additional funding in whatever means they wish, either with a child minder or at nursery for the extra 15 hours.
To find out if you are eligible for the additional funding then please visit:
www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator or www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
If you are eligible you will receive an 11digit reference code.
Once you receive this code please inform the office.
If you are not eligible, then you are still entitled to your place for 15 hours per week for either a morning session (8.45 – 11.45am) or an afternoon session (12.30-3.30pm).
If you are eligible and would like your child to attend Drapers’ Brookside nursery all day from 8.45-3.30pm, then please be advised that we would ask that your child brings a packed lunch to school each day.
Morning Session 8.45am - 11.45am
Afternoon Session 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Please try and be prompt in bringing and collecting your child as any delay can be upsetting. If for any reason you will be late to collect your child, please contact the school office.
If on any occasion your child will be going home with someone different, please inform the Nursery staff. Staff will NOT release your child without prior consent.
The school office is open from 8am until 4pm.
All children are welcome to attend our breakfast club in the school hall. Breakfast is served from 7.45am to 8.25 am. The school charges £2 per child per day which includes breakfast (selection of cereals, toast and spreads and various drinks) Children have the opportunity to watch films, enjoy choosing music videos, use a range of ICT equipment and tabletop games. They will be escorted to their classrooms at the beginning of the school day.
Snack is provided for the children each day and we ask parents/carers to contribute £5 each half term towards this.
Free School Milk is provided, there is no cost, however, all parents need to register children's details online at www.coolmilk.com or paper forms are available in the school office. Office staff are happy to help with the form if required.
Preparing Children for Nursery
You can help prepare your child for Nursery by:
Encouraging them to use the toilets by themselves
Wipe their own nose
Begin to put their own coat and shoes on etc.
Children are encouraged to be creative and active. Please be aware that children will have independent access to paint and other art materials and may get messy.
Wherever possible children should be able to manage their clothing for toileting etc.
No jewellery of any kind is permitted.
Outdoor play is regarded as an integral part of the nursery curriculum and except during very wet weather the children will have the opportunity to play outside every day.
Please make sure your child has suitable clothing for this i.e
Sensible shoes, no laces, Wellies, Coats, hats and gloves in winter and a hat in the summer.
We Encourage Appropriate Behaviour
We encourage good manners and self-discipline. Rules are necessary but we always explain the reason for them. Children are reminded of the rules and their reasons frequently. The children are encouraged to behave sensibly for the good of all within the school. Children are rewarded for working well and for polite behaviour through praise, stickers, notes home and verbal feedback to parents/carers we look forward to giving these to your child. We also hold a weekly ‘celebration assembly’ in the nursery, where children receive a ‘golden certificate’ for their achievements.
If a child does not behave sensibly he/she will be reminded of the rules individually. Constant behaviour concerns will be discussed with the Teacher, Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher who will, if necessary, involve parents/carers. Similarly if your child has any behaviour problems at home your child’s Headteacher will be pleased to discuss them with you.
The Teacher or Learning Mentor can work with individual children who are experiencing behaviour problems. An individual action plan containing targets and a reward system will be set and regularly reviewed.
Do your best
Look and listen
Be polite please
The use of force to control or restrain pupils
The ethos of the school is that the control of pupils should be based on good professional relationships between the staff and pupils. However, circumstances may arise in which staff have to use reasonable force to control or restrain pupils, this would usually be if the child is in danger of hurting him/herself, those around them or causing damage. Members of staff will only use reasonable force to control or restrain pupils when all other alternatives have been or cannot be tried. These alternatives are outlined in the school’s policy on Discipline and Standards of Behaviour, and parents can be supplied with a copy of this on request.
Attendance and Punctuality
It is very important that children are in Nursery and on time unless they are unwell. Children who frequently arrive late or miss sessions find it difficult to remember routines. Children with extended absences often find friendship groups have changed.
Whenever possible, holidays should NOT be booked in term time.
School MUST be informed early on the first day of any absence of the reason for any absence. A Learning Mentor will contact parents/carers if no information is received.
Children do like to bring toys to Nursery, however we would appreciate you discouraging your child from doing so as they can often get lost or broken. If your child uses a special toy for reassurance, please speak to a member of the Nursery staff.
No sweets in school please.
Health and Safety
For the health and safety of all we ask:
No scooters, tricycles or bicycles should be ridden in the playground. Racks are provided for the storage of these (chained please) during the school day.
Dogs must not be brought into the school grounds.
The school sites and buildings are no smoking areas.
Please park away from the school gates and do not park on the zigzag lines outside the school.
The car park is for staff parking only and is closed at certain intervals for safety.
We are NOT allowed to give medicine to children in school. We do, however, keep individual children’s asthma related equipment and are able to supervise it’s use. Please talk to the Headteacher if your child needs long term medication during school hours.
Please do come and speak to us if you are worried about anything concerning your child or any circumstances past or present that may help us care for them.