Do you take Nursery Vouchers?
Yes. We are enrolled with a number of voucher schemes.
Will my child get the Nursery Grant?
Yes. All children are eligible from the first term after their third birthday. We offer up to 15 hours additional funding in the afternoon per week provided the eligibility criteria is met and a valid code from the HMRC is provided. For further information visit https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/
What do the children wear to school?
We ask that the children wear a smock to school, which can be purchased at the nursery. We would also ask each child to bring a pair of wellington boots to keep in school for outdoor activities and a pair of soft shoes to wear indoors.
How do you deal with challenging behaviour?
We believe that children and adults flourish best in an ordered environment in which everyone knows what is expected of them. We aim to work towards a situation in which children can develop self-discipline and self-esteem in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement. If you would like to know how we achieve this you can look at our Behaviour Management Policy or, of course, speak to the staff.
How can we find out how our child is progressing?
Sudbrook uses an excellent online, interactive learning journal called Tapestry for each child so that parents are kept up-to-date on a weekly basis with their progress. We also hold formal parent/teacher discussion meetings in the Autumn and Spring terms; in the Summer Term a school report is sent to parents. Parents are also welcome to speak to their child’s teachers during drop-off or pick up time. Each child also has a book which displays their work and observations of their progress made by staff. This is available for parents to see at any time. In addition each child’s teacher will have an individual plan to help him develop during his time at nursery.
Can children be dropped off at nursery early in the morning ?
We have a breakfast club where children can be dropped off at 8.30am. This is also open every day.
Can the children stay for an afternoon session?
Yes. We afternoon sessions every day which run from 12.30pm – 4pm The children bring a packed lunch to eat. We provide a pick up service from the German school during term time and camps.
What is the staff to child ratio?
The legal requirement is one member of staff to 8 children aged over 3 and one member of staff to four children aged between two and three and one member of staff for every child age between one to two years of age. At Sudbrook we have a higher staff to child ratio as we have a specialist music teacher plus part time nursery assistants who come in to cook and dance with the children.
How do you settle children?
Our staff are very experienced at settling new children. We work closely with parents to ensure the child is comfortable with his new surroundings and not spending too long away from parents initially. Parents are encouraged to stay to begin with to help the child settle. We run a short afternoon session for new children the term before they are due to start with us. This helps them to get to know their teachers and familiarise them with the school surroundings. We also run a weekly drop-in Parent and Toddlers Group. We also offer home visits prior to children starting with us where staff will visit the children in their own environment.
How can I enrol my child?
Initially you need to fill in a registration form for your child. Places are allocated in the Spring for the following academic year.
Does my child need to be potty trained?
Ideally children will be potty trained but are quite often not! This is fine and to be expected – all children develop at different rates and we are happy to help with the process.
What age can my child start?
We are registered to take children from the age of one when they will start off in Bear Club and move on to the nursery at the age of two.