Whitehall School Nursery

‘OUTSTANDING’ ISI Inspection 2018

“Free the child’s potential and you will transform him into the world” – Maria Montessori

A Unique Environment

In the Nursery, we pride ourselves on being a loving, caring and calm environment where children are celebrated as individuals. Children explore all aspects of practical life and sensory learning and are introduced to the fundaments of language and numeracy through play and exploration.

The Nursery is a small home-from-home setting where children are safe and given a strong sense of security. The rooms are set out to encourage self-reliance with equipment easily accessible to the children on low shelves. The garden area is fenced to give the Nursery their own outside space and is used extensively for time to explore the natural world, for gardening and to play.

Preparing for the next Stage

Our Nursery staff have a wealth of experience and have created an outstanding environment which prepares the children for moving into school and for life beyond Nursery. All staff have extensive knowledge of how children grow and develop and our programme inspires the children to learn through these most important years.

Being a small setting we are able to closely follow the routines which babies have already established within their home. We have a strong ethos of working with parents as partners and strive to create strong relationships with both children and their families. Our Nursery Manager leads the provision of the Early Years curriculum from Nursery through to Reception.

Unlocking Potential

We believe a Nursery should create a space which allows children at this early age to begin to unlock their own potential as individuals. At Whitehall we build upon the guidelines set out in the Early Years Foundation stage covering ages 0-5 by offering an extended and stimulating curriculum which is delivered through careful planning activities suitable for each child’s age and stage of development.

We offer fun and stimulating extra activities at no extra cost such as; nature walks, swimming in our heated pool on site in the summer, trips and visits to the village and to St Ives on the bus and soft play on site. Children over the age of 2 are offered one Yoga session per week.

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Nursery Sessions & Fees

The Nursery runs from 8.30am – 5.30pm (from 7.30am on request)

We are open for 50 weeks of the year, closing for one week over Christmas and one week in August

All Year (50 weeks)

£39 – Full day (8.30 – 5.30)

£24 – Half day (8.30 – 1.00 or 1.00 – 5.30)

School Term Time

£42– Full day (8.30 – 5.30)

£27 – Half day (8.30 – 1.00 or 1.00 – 5.30)

£2.95 per half hour Early session

Nursery fees will be invoiced monthly, one month in advance based on sessions booked. Additional sessions may be added at any time subject to availability and will be added to your next invoice.

A mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack will be provided and children should bring their own nappies and creams and a packed lunch or other food and drink with them for the day. A hot meal can be provided for lunch at an additional cost of £3 per day during school term time if required.

We aim to use natural cleaning products in the Nursery to ensure a healthy, safe and clean environment for the children.

Our heated swimming pool is open throughout the summer and Nursery children are offered one swimming lesson per week during this time.

We accept all childcare vouchers, please contact the school office to register.

Policies

The Following policies are available from the Nursery Manager:

Child Protection and Staff Behavior

Whistleblowing

Safer Recruitment

Managing Allegations

First Aid and Accidents

Medicine Administration

Managing Behavior

Health and Safety

Equal Opportunities

Complaints Procedure

Confidentiality

Photo and Video

Mobile Phone and Usage of the Internet

Nappy Changing

Settling In

Emergency Evacuation

No Smoking

Risk Assessment

Intimate Care 

Internet Safety

Missing Child

Uncollected Child 

Student & Volunteer

Exclustion for Illness

Staff Supervision 

Staff Supervision Agreement

Early Years Pupil Premium

Late Collection

Staff Absence & Sickness

Sick Child 

Food & Drink

Lock Down Procedure