- We hold visits to the Southville Centre and Chessel Centre on a one-to-one basis at either 9.30am or 10.30am most days. We offer tours at this time as it is the most suitable for the children in our care. These visits are designed to give you the opportunity to ask any further questions and view a typical day at nursery. If you would like to make an appointment to come and have a look around the nursery please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please email email@example.com to request nursery information and our application process takes place over email. If you would like to register your child on the waiting list, please complete the relevant information provided to you by email.
- Your child is eligible to attend our Term Time nursery on receipt of their Government funding, which they will receive from the first full term after they turn three. Terms begin in January, April and September.
- Please note that joining the waiting list does not guarantee a place.
- Absolutely! If you need help with filling out application forms or anything else, please give us a call or email us and a member of the Family Services team will be more than happy to provide assistance. We strive to make our service as inclusive and accessible as possible. If English is an additional language for you, we have many bilingual members of staff.
- Unfortunately, we don’t have any stats on the length of our term time waiting list. This is due to the nature of the room; some parents apply when their child is a new born so wait 3 years whereas others apply the term before their child turns three and will wait less. The number of spaces available are dependent on how many children accept a place and leave our service term by term.
- If you would like an update on where your child is sitting on the waiting list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will gladly provide you with an update.
- We have three termly intakes in the Raleigh Room. These are in September, January and April.
- If you applied for the September intake you will hear from us in the previous May, if you applied for January you will hear from us in October, and if you applied for April you will hear from us in February. If you are unsuccessful, we will be in contact to let you know and ask if you would like to be added to our waiting list for the next term’s intake.
- Any information that we need to communicate and share with parents and carers on our waiting list will come from Family Services via email. If you are going on maternity or paternity leave, please make sure the email address we have for you is not a work one. We may also call you if need be.
- Family Services are available via email and phone from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Day to Day
- We do offer wraparound care in the morning Monday-Friday and in the afternoon Monday-Thursday at an additional charge. Once your child has been offered a place with us, you will be able to book any wraparounds sessions when confirming your place. If you require a one off, you can also book wrap around sessions on an ad hoc basis. All wraparound sessions are subject to availability. Please see our main Raleigh Room webpage for our current prices.
- Our morning wraparound is 8am-9am and includes breakfast (toast, fruit etc.). If your child doesn’t require breakfast, we offer wraparound at a reduced rate from 8:30am-9am.
- Our afternoon wraparound runs from 3pm-5pm and includes a light tea.
- After we have been able to offer you a place in the Raleigh Room, nearer the start date we will be in contact with you with the dates from our settling in sessions. These sessions will happen with the other children joining the Raleigh Room that term so your child get to know their new friends as well as the room and the team.
- Parents are able to attend the first meeting, giving you the opportunity to get to know your key person and fill in some paperwork, and your child the opportunity to settle in at their own pace.
- As the Raleigh Room is a 3+ year old room, the ratio is 1:8.
- Our main philosophy is to encourage child-led play. We set out activities based on what the children have been playing with and are most interested in. The practitioners will then further that play and deepen their learning.
- The children participate in two small group times every day, one in the morning and the afternoon.
- There is also a larger group activity, circle time, where the children can share stories, sing, or hold discussion.
- Garden time allows the children to run free and explore the nature, whether that is playing in the mud kitchen or scooting around!
- We do not provide meals in the Raleigh Room. We ask parents and carers to provide a fruit snack and a healthy packed lunch for your child to enjoy during their day will us.
- There is the option for your child to enjoy breakfast and a light tea with us in our wrap around sessions. These sessions come at an additional charge.
- We find the children tend to have dropped their naps when they come to us in the Raleigh Room. However, if your child still needs one, we can create a cosy space in our Sensory space or have comfy chairs they have nap time on.
- The children have the opportunity to play outside every day. The Raleigh Room have their own little garden that the children can extend their play into during the day and they all enjoy our big garden at least once a day.
- The children go out into the garden in all weathers. We like to say there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing!
- If your child is using nappies or pull ups, we ask our parents and carers to provide enough nappies/ pull ups and wipes for their child. If you are using reusable nappies, we are happy to accommodate this and ask that you also bring a wet sack for us to return your used nappies in.
- We ask parents and carers to provide a fruit snack and a healthy packed lunch for your child to enjoy during their day will us.
- We also ask parents and carers to provide lots of spare clothes and underwear for their children in case they get messy during their time with us.
Learning, Development and Communication
- Our practitioners also provide a comprehensive handover when picking up from preschool and are on hand for you to inform them of anything they need to know.
- Any observations or room specific updates will be uploaded on to Famly normally once a week. Famly is an online journal used to document your child’s time with us.
- For a more formal opportunity to discuss your child’s development, we hold parents’ evenings twice a year. Practitioners are also available for ad hoc appointments should you wish to discuss anything with them.
- We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, which is a national framework developed for children’s early years in care and education. This provides us with a structure for your child’s development as well as specific areas of learning such as numeracy and literacy.
- Each child is allocated a key person, who will organise activities with their key group which will promote learning whilst they are playing. This gives the practitioner the chance to observe how well your child is doing and how they might be able to assist them further in their development.
- Your child’s key person will also upload observations to your child’s Famly journal so you can see how well they are doing, and what they get up to whilst they are with us at nursery. You can expect these around once per week.
Special Educational Needs
- As with all the children in our care, we like to work on an individual need basis. We have one Special Educational Needs and Development Coordinator at each of our centres who are there to support our children with additional needs. If your child needs, or you suspect they may need, SEND support please email email@example.com with details of your child’s specific requirements.