Please name everything that comes into pre-school:

  • Coats, hats, clothes and shoes
  • Bags (on the outside) with nappy changes, and changes of clothes.
  • Drinks bottles
  • Toys and comfort objects are welcome however we would ask that you try not to bring in valuable or non-replaceable items

Food and drink

We have a snack time during the morning and afternoon sessions. Your child will be offered milk or water to drink and a healthy snack – the menu for the half term is displayed on the notice board.

We use the latest government guidelines to plan nutritionally balanced snacks which cover the daily requirements for each of the main food groups. We provide an alternative for those with intolerances or allergies or for those on specific diets, for example vegetarians or religious diets.

It is vital you inform us of any food allergies or intolerances on your child’s enrolment form.

We always go to the toilet and wash our hands before we start snack time.

We sit in small groups at the tables to encourage conversation and good eating habits.

Lunch Time

If your child stays for lunch you will need to provide a packed lunch. These are placed into labelled baskets and stored in the fridge until lunchtime. Please send in your child’s lunch in the smallest amount of packing possible as we have limited space within the fridge.

We would like to encourage you to provide your child with a healthy lunch. In these days of convenience, sandwiches are still the cheapest and healthiest option.

Sweets and chocolate bars must not be included they are not supportive of our healthy eating policy in the setting and will be removed from your child’s lunch box before they see it. The item will be returned to you at home time.

Please be advised that we do not cook or heat any food. However, we can cut up hard fruit, such as apples, and we assist the children to open packets and wrappers.

Spoons are provided by us.

ANY items containing nuts are not permitted, including nutella spread

We are happy to advise you on any aspects of eating, from portion size to what to pack in a lunchbox, and can offer support with dealing with fussy eating. We are also able to refer families to the dietician should this be necessary.

If you have a child under 5 or are pregnant and are on certain benefits you are entitled to free formula, milk and in some cases fruit and vitamins, either speak to us or access more information from www.healthystart.nhs.uk or contact your Health Visitor.

Illness

We understand that all children will be ill at some point, please phone or text to tell us if your child will not be attending pre-school.

Please do not send your child to pre-school if they are unwell, it’s not fair to your child and to the other children and Aunty’s who may become poorly as result.

If your child starts to feel unwell at pre-school, we will take them to a separate area to rest. If they continue to feel too poorly to play, agitated or very upset then we will call you to come and collect them.

If your child has a regular medication for an on-going medical condition for example eczema or asthma, we will ask you to provide a supply of their medication to keep at pre-school, this must be brought to us in the original container, which has the dispensary label still on, to show who the medication is for and how, and how often if should be taken. Each time we give a medication we will log it in our records and you will be asked to sign this when you collect your child to say you were told when and why it was administered.

There are a range of illnesses, infections and viruses which children may develop at this age. Many of them are very contagious and so there will be a time period that your child must be kept at home. For details of the symptoms and exclusion times please ask us or your GP.

Common illnesses are vomiting and diarrhoea, Chicken Pox, Fifth’s disease (commonly called slap cheek), Whooping cough, mumps and the flu.

Most (but not all) of the contagious viruses are accompanied by a high temperature and or a rash. Although minor symptoms can be treated with Paracetamol and/or ibuprofen and a quiet time at home – and staying hydrated, some will require medical advice – call your GP or NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or use their online guide at www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk.

Emergency treatment

You will be asked to sign an emergency treatment consent form as part of the enrolment paperwork. It enables us to act on your behalf if there is an accident or emergency whilst your child is in our care.

If there is a serious accident we will contact you as soon as possible and until you arrive, take any action deemed necessary by the leader including calling your GP or an ambulance.

Accidents

Minor accidents do unfortunately happen in a group of inquisitive children. They will be treated by one of our first aid qualified staff; often the treatment given is a cuddle, a plaster and / or cold compress.

All accidents will be recorded on an accident record form and signed by the staff member who dealt with the accident. You will be asked to sign this form when you collect your child.

If your child has had an accident at home or on the way to pre-school (especially if it involves a bump to the head) it needs to be recorded on a family accident form, so that we can monitor their health and continue treatment if required, this must be done at the registration desk on arrival.

Head injuries even those which appear to be minor can lead to permanent damage. All of our practitioners hold a current first aid certificate and are trained to deal with head injuries and how to monitor children in the days after the bump. Sometimes injury to the brain takes up to 72 hours to show any symptoms.

If your child has a head injury whilst with us you will be asked to sign the accident form and will be given an advice leaflet on what to look out for. It may seem that we are overacting when we give you this advice but we want to ensure that no lasting damage results in a bump to the head at pre-school. We will monitor your child at pre-school for the appropriate time.

There are 3 main brain injuries to look out for – concussion, compression and a fractured skull.

Symptoms to look out for include
headache which doesn’t recede,
loss of consciousness or confusion,
vomiting or nausea,
speech problems,
dizziness,
loss of fluids (including blood) from the ears or nose,
visual problems
or seizures.

Safeguarding Policy and Procedures

We work with children, parents, external agencies and the community to ensure the welfare and safety of children and to give them the very best start in life. Children have the right to be treated with respect, be helped to thrive and to be safe from any abuse in whatever form.

We support the children within our care, protect them from maltreatment and have robust procedures in place to prevent the impairment of children’s health and development. We strive to protect children from the risk of radicalisation and we promote acceptance and tolerance of other beliefs and cultures. Safeguarding is a much wider subject than the elements covered within this single policy, therefore this document should be used in conjunction with the nursery’s other policies and procedures.

You can read or download a copy of our Safeguarding Policy and Procedures via the following link.

Safeguarding Policy and Procedure