Welcome to St Thomas More Catholic Nursery
This information sheet is designed to answer some of the questions that Parents and Carers ask before their child attends our Nursery. To help your child to settle in, it is most helpful if we as Parents/Carers and practitioners are in partnership from the beginning. Your child may attend our setting from 2 years and 6 months, funding is available from Peterborough Council for 2 years old, 3 year olds using the 15 hours or 30 hours free Government funding. If you wish your child to attend before funding starts there will be a charge.
Our opening hours and charges are as follows:
Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm term time only
Our fees are £4.50 per hour for non-funded children and any extra hours booked, a minimum of 2 session (3 hours x 2) need to be booked.
15 hours free government funding for 2/3/4 years olds – Monday to Friday 8.45am to 11.45am and 12.15pm to 3.15pm – parent can use these hours over two and half days (9am-3pm x 2 and 8.45am -11-45am)
30 hours free government funding for working parents Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm
8am-9am and 3pm-6pm are charged at the hourly rate of £4.50 – we can provide breakfast- £1.00, hot lunch/pudding- £2.00 and Tea - £1.50.
How can Parents help in settling your child into Nursery
It would be a great help if your child could, have a good try at:
- Undressing and dressing themselves.
- Fastening shoes, tying laces, using accessible zips and buttons.
- Coping with toilet needs and flushing the toilet.
- Using cutlery (staff will assist with cutting up food).
- Tidying up after themselves.
These social skills, as you will already appreciate, are very important to the children’s developing confidence. Praise, patience and encouragement work wonders. As you are supporting your children in developing these skills, the children will also receive plenty of encouragement from us.
Prayer is an important part of our daily lives and we encourage children to take part in our prayers during the day. We say prayers in the morning, lunchtime and at the end of the day. We are a worshipping community who respects other faiths and cultures and come together in peace and unity to praise God
Breakfast will be available for those children starting at 8am till 8.30am and tea from 3.30pm to 4pm there will be a charge for these.
f your child is staying over the lunch time period, please label their lunch box clearly with their name and place in on the trolley. Please send a healthy meal which includes items such as sandwiches, yoghurt and a piece of fruit. Please do not send any food containing nuts, fizzy drinks or glass bottles. Please provide a small ice pack in your child’s lunch box.
For those children staying all day a hot meal/pudding will be available, there will be a charge of £2.00
Each session we enjoy sharing milk/water and fruit/savoury snack at our morning and afternoon snack time. Water is available at all times throughout the day.
When arriving or collecting your child PLEASE only let a member of staff open the front door. This enables us to monitor who is entering and leaving the premises.
Parents are invited to attend Nursery celebrations, to help in the Nursery and accompany educational trips. Parents are also invited once a week for one hour to play and stay with their child and meet staff. We are appreciative of all the help that Parents give and of their many and varied talents, if you would like to share these with the Nursery.
Throughout the year the children have the opportunity to choose a book from our library situated in the entrance, this will be done weekly, and all books must be returned at the end of the week.
Our nursery uses Blossom to record your child’s observations and next step, you will be given an email and password to enable you to access Blossom and we would appreciate you adding pictures and observations of your child.
To guide the children, we as a Nursery have a very simple set of rules.
Try to do what you are asked.
Care for everybody and everything.
Listen to others.
Request of St Thomas More Catholic Nursery
To help us provide a safe environment for all our children please do not bring your car on to school premises.
In case of an accident please provide a change of clothing that can be kept on your child’s peg in the back pack.
If your child has sickness/diarrhoea/antibiotics, please notify the Nursery. There is a 48 hour period after the illness that we ask you to keep your child at home. This will help to ensure the illness is not passed on to the other children.
If your child has head lice please treat the hair before attending Nursery. This is again to help stop the spread to the other children.
For safety reasons please leave all jewellery at home. If earrings are worn please wear only studs.
Please let Nursery staff know of any changes of address or phone numbers.
Nursery fees are to be paid in advance on Mondays, if your child is ill or on holiday and is absent from Nursery you are still required to pay for your child’s session.
If the Nursery is closed due to bank holidays, snow or unforeseen circumstances, Nursery fees will still be required to be paid.
We ask that parent voluntary contribute 50p per week. We are a non-profit Nursery all funds raised go towards Nursery resources.
Late Fee is £10.00 if your child is not collected at the end of the session and £10.00 will be added for EVERY 15 MINUTES your child is not collected.
If you need to bring your child to Nursery before 8.45am there will be a charge of £5.00 daily, if you need your child to stay for lunch we charge £5.00.
Parents are asked to read and abide by our Nursery Policies.