Liden Academy

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Frequently Asked Questions

Placing your child in any pre-school environment will of course raise lots of questions for you. We hope some of these may be answered below. For any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

How can I be sure my child will settle and get used to the routines?

Before your child starts at Nursery or Pre-School we will arrange a home visit and one or two settling in sessions at the Nursery and Pre-School, which are convenient with yourself and your child. This allows you and your child to get to know all the staff and your child’s key worker. These sessions at the Nursery and Pre-School also allow your child to become familiar with the surroundings. These visits give you an opportunity to share with us any useful information which will help us support your child as they start their educational journey with us.

To help the children settle we will follow a daily routine e.g. snack times are at the same time every day, outdoor play times are at set times daily etc.

Do you have a curriculum? What kind of activities do you provide?

We use the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework as the foundation for our play and learning. We incorporate this with our children’s interests to form the basis of our activities. We provide a range of activities to support every area of development and the children have access to the outdoor area daily. We have a messy/exploratory activity every day and opportunities for large and small group work to enhance social skills. We ensure age and stage related ICT opportunities are available; this includes push button toys through to computers and digital cameras.

If my child is unwell are they allowed to attend? Can you give medication?

We have an illness and infection policy with periods of exclusion for some contagious infections which follows the Local Authority policy. This is reviewed in accordance with annual health protection agency guidelines. A cough and cold and regular childhood illnesses can be managed. If any prescribed medicine is to be administered prior consent must be given.

In accordance with our attendance policy and safeguarding policy, we request that you contact the school office to notify the Nursery and Pre-School every day of your child’s absence.

We want the children attending Nursery and Pre-School to be fit and healthy; please do not send your child if they are showing signs of illness.

What happens if my child becomes ill whilst at Nursery or Preschool?

If your child becomes ill we will contact you immediately and ask you to collect your child if required. To support us with this we ask that you ensure that the contact numbers you provide are up to date and accurate

What if my child has antibiotics?

As stated in our administering medicines policy we are happy to administer antibiotics which have been prescribed by a doctor. We will require you to complete a medication form giving us consent to administer the medicine.

My child has asthma, is that a problem?

No. we are able to administer inhalers with your consent. We ask that you have an extra inhaler, in a named container, to leave at Nursery and Pre-School at all times.

What if my child has an accident?

We have an accident policy in place and all staff are aware of the procedures to follow. The majority of our staff have paediatric first aid qualifications, which are updated every three years. We inform you of any accident involving your child and, if necessary, ask you to sign the accident form at the end of the day. In the unlikely event of a serious injury you would be advised immediately if medical attention is/was required, and if necessary an ambulance will be called.

What if I can’t get to the Pre-School in time for the session closing? Can I send someone else?

If you can’t get to the Nursery or Pre-School in time to collect your child at the end of a session you may send someone else but they must be over 16 years old. This person must have consent to collect your child. You must inform the school office who will be coming and give us a full description of the person and what time they will be arriving.

Do I pay fees?

Government funding may be available for your child's nursery place from the age of 2. There is a criteria you must meet to access this funding for your child. A leaflet and application form with further information, and to apply, can be found in the school reception.

3 year old children are entitled to government funding for up to 15 hours of childcare from the term after they turn 3. 

3 year olds may also be eligible to 15 hours 'extended' funding, which will take their total funding up to provide 30 hours a week for your child.  There are certain eligibility criteria which can be found on the government website, and further information is available in the school reception.

For all funded places a Parenting Declaration Form for Early Education and Childcare Entitlements will be given to you to complete in order for your child to receive the Government funding. This must be returned to the school office as promptly as possible. The funding can be shared between settings if you wish which must be indicated on the declaration form. 

If you require further sessions in addition to those that are funded (with exception of those claiming the full 30hrs), additional charges will apply and you will be invoiced for these sessions in advance.

All non-funded sessions will be invoiced termly at the beginning of the term, and there are no reductions for absence or holidays. We ask for payment preferrably electronically via Parent Pay, Childcare Voucher, Government Childcare Grant Payment Service (CGPS) or BACs. Alternatively, we are able to accept payment by cash or cheque.

Do the children go on outings?

We use the local area facilities for outings e.g. walks, a trip to the shops or park. You will have already provided consent for these trips in your enrolment forms but will be advised in advance if a trip is planned. For a trip outside Liden you will need to provide written parental consent and a voluntary contribution may be required to fund the excursion.

Are your staff qualified and checked for suitability?

All of our employees are subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure and appropriate references are sought. The qualifications amongst our team meet the current welfare requirements. We have staff who are quailfied Early Years Teachers, staff who Early Years Practitioner NVQ6 status and all other staff have an NVQ Level 2 or 3 (or equivalent). All staff have access to continuous professional development. We also have work experience students and trainee teachers (from local colleges/university); students never have unsupervised access to the children.

What are the typical routines my child will experience?

  • Arrive at setting.
  • Self Registration and discussion with children.
  • Free learning play – free flow supervised by staff.
  • Adult supported group activities and free flow activities.
  • Snacks and drinks will be available during the middle part of the session.
  • Group songs / stories and rhymes / circle time.
  • Home time and collection.

Once a week – transition sessions will take place with the Reception Class during a morning and an afternoon session for the older Pre-School children (from the spring term, once all children are settled).

What are the procedures for collecting and dropping off my child?

Please try to arrive a few minutes before the start of your child’s session so that we can start promptly. Similarly, it is important to collect your child on time. If you are running late please contact us so that we can support your child.

Anyone who drops off or collects your child must be over 16 years of age.

If you are persistently late in either dropping off or collecting your child, we will ask you to attend a meeting so we can discuss ways to support you in ensuring your child takes advantage of a full session at Nursery and Pre-School and is collected promptly at the end of a session.

We are grateful to parents / carers who walk to collect their child. Where this is not possible we do not have on-site parking for parents and we would appreciate your considerate parking in the local area.

Do you cater for dietary requirements?

On application for a place we ask you to provide information of dietary requirements and/or known allergies to ensure individual needs are catered for.

My child has Special Educational Needs, is that a problem?

No. We operate a comprehensive SEND and Inclusion policy. We have a SENDCO in Nursery, Mrs Magiera, who has a great deal of experience. We will work collaboratively with parents and other professionals to ensure the needs of your child are met.

When can my child start?

Children can attend our Nursery and Pre-School once they have celebrated their second/third birthday, subject to availability of spaces. Upon receipt of your child’s details, we will add their name(s) to our waiting list. Your child’s place will be confirmed during the half term before they are due to start.

Can I lose my Pre-School place?

After 10 days of unexplained absence a child’s place at the Nursery and Pre-School will be forfeited. Should the parent wish the child to be re-admitted the child will be placed on the waiting list.

What clothes should my child wear?

Liden Academy Nursery and Pre School has a uniform which we encourage your child to wear to all sessions.

We provide aprons for use during ‘messy’ play; however we cannot accept liability for damaged or stained clothing. Nursery and Pre-School will also provide waterproof trousers for the children to wear if conditions / activities require this. When choosing clothing please consider articles which the child can manage. This develops their self-esteem and helps them to become independent. Belts, braces, dungarees, trainers and high laced boots are difficult to master. Open-toed sandals are not permitted for Health & Safety reasons. Each child must have a named change of clothes every day. We appreciate any clothes loaned by Nursery and Pre-School being returned as soon as possible, freshly laundered and ironed.

Jewellery and nail varnish should not be worn.

Children also have the opportunity to play and learn outside throughout the whole year. Please ensure they have a coat, hat and gloves as appropriate. During the summer it is essential that suitable footwear is worn; no flip flops, open-toed sandals or bare feet. Please supply a named sun hat and apply sun cream prior to the session.

Can my child wear nappies?

Pull Ups or nappies must be provided by you for your child, with named wipes and sacks. The Nursery and Pre-School has a small stock for emergencies. Liden Academy has an Intimate Care policy.

How do I tell you that I no longer require my childs' nursery place?

We require 1 month's written notice that you no longer wish your child to attend Liden Academy Nursery. You can either write to us by letter or email, or complete our Session Change form, which can be found on our website, and send or email this to us, with all relevant completed fields, including the name of any nursery your child will be moving to, and whether or not your child will continue to attend Liden Academy Nursery during the notice period.  We will then write to you to confirm receipt of your notice letter, and confirm the last day of the notice period - please note that if you choose not to send your child into nursery during the notice period, you will still be liable for any nursery fees during that period, and/or any Government funding will continue to be claimed by us. This means you will be unable to claim the same Government funding for your child to attend any other nursery setting until your notice period has ended.