Welcome to the HCT Nursery.
We offer a happy, friendly, caring and stimulating environment to all children, this helps to promote your child’s development and reach their full potential before going to school.
At present there are places to take 30 children per session, age ranging from six months to five years. The nursery facilities are designed to cater for college students with young children, enabling them to take advantage of various full or part time courses at the college, with the assurance that their child will be well cared for.
We have two rooms in the nursery:-
Class 1 is divided into two sections we have a carpeted area for our younger children ages ranging from 6 months – 2 years and the other half of the room is designed for children from 2 – 3 years.
Class 2 is our pre-school room aged 3 – 5 years.
All of our staff are CRB checked before working with the children and either experienced, fully qualified or working towards a childcare qualification.
The nursery is open term time and we also offer a very successful play-scheme during holidays, subject to numbers. Booking forms are issued in advance as spaces are limited. See details of Fees & Terms.
8.30am - 1.00pm
1.00pm - 5.30pm
8.30am - 4.30pm
8.30am - 5.30pm
Children’s hours will vary slightly depending on courses undertaken by parents, but please collect your child promptly at the end of each session.
ADMISSION & SETTLING IN
Nursery places are offered at the start of each new year (September), they will firstly be offered to students, previous parents and staff then, if any places are left, to the general public.
Places are also offered all year round subject to availability; however your details can go onto our waiting list if enquiring in advance.
We offer settling in sessions for your child, consisting of 2 hours each. This enables you and your child, to meet the staff and other children and see general activities in their room.
The staff will always make it clear to parents, from the outset, that they will be supported in nursery for as long as it takes your child to settle in. Parents will be re-assured if their child seems to take a long time to settle in and staff will always listen to and respect parent’s wishes.
PARENT AGREEMENT FORM
All parents will be given a parent agreement form to fill in. This will have all of your child’s contact details, medical details and all relevant information the nursery needs to know to help look after your child to the highest possible standard. These forms are confidential and are only accessible to nursery staff.
Please ensure contact details are kept up to date at all times.
CLOTHING AND PERSONAL POSSESIONS
Please ensure all of your child’s personal belongings are clearly labelled as all articles left at nursery are at owner’s risk.
Parents are to provide disposable nappies for their child if needed and any changing requisites necessary. Each child should have at least one spare set of clothing available.
We do not mind if your child brings a comforter into nursery with them however can you please limit the toys brought in as they can get mixed up with nursery toys or even lost.
Parents can either bring in a packed lunch for their child each day they are in nursery or have a hot lunch provided, for a separate cost per day. For hot lunches please see menus on notice board or ask a member of staff for details.
If providing a lunch for your child, it is suggested that they have a healthy contents. Please ensure they do not have any fizzy drinks, chewing gum or any nuts or nut related products.
COLLECTION OF YOUR CHILD
Please let staff know in advance if anyone other than yourself is coming to collect your child. We do ask for details on your parent agreement form of other people authorised to collect your child and also a password. This is to maintain high security and safety of your child.
Any medication can only be administered after written consent and instructions from the parent. Please ensure you hand all medication to staff so that it can be stored away safely in either the first aid box or fridge as required. Never leave it in your child’s bag.
If a child has been prescribed any antibiotics you will be asked not to bring your child into nursery until they have been taking them for at least 48 hours.
Please note: We can only give prescribed medication with a clear label on stating your child’s name and dosage.
The nursery cannot undertake the care of a sick child.
If your child does appear to be ill whilst at nursery we will call you to make you aware of the situation and to collect your child.
If your child has any illness that is contagious ie conjunctivitis, stomach bug, etc. we will ask you to keep them away from nursery for 48 hours after the symptoms have cleared up
We hold a parents evening once a term so that parents have the option of coming into nursery to discuss their child’s progress with the staff. Each child has a folder with development records, which their key worker will complete (all children are designated to a member of staff, who will be their key worker). Parents can request to see their child’s folder at any time and all records will be given to parents when the child is due to leave nursery. All records are kept confidential and are only accessible to staff.
EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is followed at HCT nursery.
We have weekly plans that show you what activities/toys we are having out for your child everyday –
However the activities will be mainly based upon children’s interests – green means that we have based activities upon the children’s interests and blue means adult planning to ensure a balance across the curriculum.
Observations on your child will be done to ensure that staff are noting your child’s interests and linking to weekly plans to encourage development.
All children have ‘weekend books’ that are kept in either their bag or cubby hole. These are for you to take home and write comments in about any new interests your child may have or anything they have done at home or new things they have learnt. In turn the staff will comment things back to you.
We have development record folders that we will keep for all children. Observations are included that are done by your child’s key person.
You can request to look through your child’s folder at any time.
At all times children are able to participate in any activity and learning situation, it is their choice. Encouragement and guidance is always given to broaden their horizons, enabling self-confidence and awareness to develop. We appreciate the large step and adjustment a child has to make upon entering school life. We do our very best to prepare children for this, enabling them to move on happily with confidence. Every effort will be made to help children with specially noted social, language or physical problems.
Should you wish to discuss any aspects of the above, please contact The Nursery Manager.
Telephone: 01432 365305