Frequently Asked Questions
Choosing a day nursery for the first time can be a little daunting and we understand that you will probably have lots of questions.
We will be happy to answer them personally but in the meantime you may useful answers below.
Two questions that are most often asked are:
Are you safe and secure at Culcheth Day Nursery?
Our nursery has a secure door entry system. Intercoms in each room allow access to parents/visitors.
How can I pay my childcare fees ?
At Culcheth Day Nursery there are many ways to pay your childcare fees, we accept cash, cheques and we also bank transfers, direct debits and standing orders can be set up.
VISITING OUR NURSERY, BOOKING A PLACE, ITEMS TO BRING AND OFSTED
We recommend as soon as possible to secure your place as the nurseries can fill up very fast.
There are a few options, you can contact our Nursery Management team by telephone or email to arrange a tour of the nursery and complete the paperwork. Alternatively, you can book a place via our online booking form, request a prospectus and complete an application form. To secure your place there is a deposit fee which is calculated by the daily rate and number of days required.
To ensure a smooth transition into nursery we recommend at least 5 settling- in visits for all children to enable them to adapt to their new surroundings and to meet staff and children in the room. Where possible, we suggest this is done over 1 week and this can be extended if necessary.
We provide you with a pump bag for you to put in a change of clothes, including underwear if toilet training. Please provide a sunhat when necessary. Label all items.
Additional items depending on age of your child :
Nappies, wipes, nappy cream, comforter/dummy (if used)
Breast milk (in a bottle/pouch), measured formula powder and sterile bottles
Our nursery is open 51 weeks of the year and only closed for bank holidays and between Christmas and New Year.
Opening times are 7.30am-5.30pm.
We offer a 5.30pm-6.00pm slot at a £2.00 extra cost which you need to pre book.
OFSTED Inspections take place approximately once every cycle , this is normally between 2 and 5 years.
STAFF QUALIFICATIONS AND SECURITY CHECKS
Yes, all staff have to have a DBS check completed when they first start at Culcheth Day Nursery. DBS checks are then renewed every 3 years.
Our staff are qualified to Level 3 in childcare or higher. Staff who do not hold a level 3 qualification are currently studying towards one.
The ratios, as outlined by Early Years Foundation Stage, are:
- 0-2yrs - 1 adult : 3 children,
- 2-3yrs - 1:4
- > 3 years - 1:8 or 1:13 with an EYP or teacher.
We have set staff in each room on a daily basis and when staff are on holiday or absent due to illness we have familiar supply staff who cover within nursery so there remains continuity for each child.
All staff have their Paediatric First Aid Qualification and are updated every 3 years.
SLEEPING TIMES AND ROUTINES AT NURSERY
For younger babies we have cots and as children get older we have sleep beds. Every child has their own bedding within nursery that is laundered at least weekly and whenever they sleep this is put out for them.
Staff sit with the children and rub their tummy, back or stroke their heads. This is optional, if you would like your child to go to sleep by themselves you should let a member of staff know.
Only the baby room has cots, so as part of the transition process the staff in the baby room will speak to you when they are 12mths old to move them onto a bed in preparation for the next room.
Yes, we provide each child with their own bed sheet at nursery. This is numbered and used only by your child. The bedding is washed onsite and is cleaned at least once a week.
FOOD, MEALTIMES, DIETARY REQUIREMENTS AND WEANING
Breakfast: 7.30 -8.15 - Choice of cereals, toast, porridge and fresh fruit
Snack: 11.30/12.00 - Hot meal and pudding
High Tea: 3.00-3.30 - Light snack of sandwiches/crackers/cheese/pate
Water is available in all the rooms throughout the day.
At our nursery we would work with you as a parent to discuss weaning stages and we would follow the advice given by The Department of Health.
We have a Nursery Chef, who prepares all the food on the nursery premises with fresh ingredients, with no added sugar or salt.
We have a 4 weekly menu – Winter and Summer.
Our Chef is qualified in food preparation and food safety.
Children sit around the tables within their age specific room. Mealtimes are very sociable times and the staff will sit with the children and model good table manners.
Our Chef provides for all dietary requirements - religious and medical reasons.
EDUCATION AND CARE
Every child is allocated a Keyworker and it is this person which develops a special bond with that child . They are based in the room that the child attends and completes the child’s Learning Journey through observation and link each child’s progress with the EYFS.
We hold 2 parents evenings per year but you can book an appointment or have a chat with your child’s keyworker at any time.
Of course, we are a fully inclusive nursery and will adapt our care to the individual needs of each child who attends, where possible.
Our nursery works in partnership with other childcare providers and with the local schools to ensure a smooth transition from nursery to school.
OUTSIDE PLAY, TRIPS AND EXTRA –CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
We go outside in all- weather within nursery and where children have direct access to the outdoors they go out very frequently throughout the day. Where children do not have direct access to the outdoors we have timetabled times for children to go out to play both in the morning and afternoon.
Yes we occasionally go out on local walks into the village to the park and to the local garden centre.
We do have extra activities these include Spanish lessons once a week and Diddikicks come in once a month to do sports activities with the children.