Overview

MAYFLOWER COMMUNITY ACADEMY NURSERY

Introduction

  • The Mayflower Nursery can have a maximum of 52 children on roll – 26 in the morning and in the afternoon. Every child is entitled to 15 hours of funding per week (3 hour sessions daily).
  • Nursery sessions are currently split in to two sessions.
  • The morning session runs from 8.45am – 11.45 am.
  • The full day session runs from 8.45- 3.15pm which includes lunch in our school restaurant, for costings, please call our team on 01752365730.
  • For both of our Nursery sessions there is a Safeguarding Policy in place (please see separate documents) for dropping and collecting children. For all Policies including the Foundation Stage Policy, Intimate Care Policy, Child Protection Policy and Health and Safety policy – please ask a member of staff or look on the school website.
  • There is a minimum of 3 Nursery staff in our Nursery– 1 Teacher, 1 Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) and 1 Teaching Assistant (TA). These adults all make up the key workers for our children and are available to meet and greet families at the beginning and at the end of the Nursery sessions in order to share key information and share progress.

  • We often have the support of NVQ Level 2 students, Supply Teachers and Teaching Assistants – all DBS checked and qualified to work with children

Key Workers

Each child in the Nursery is assigned a key person. These are shared with the parents and also displayed on the ‘Possible Lines of Development’ and ‘Key Worker’ display. The key person helps to ensure that every child’s learning and care is tailored to meet their individual needs. The key person also seeks to engage and support parents and/or carers in guiding their child’s development at home and offer a settled relationship for the child and build a relationship with their parents.
A quality learning experience for children requires a quality workforce. In the Nursery we are a well-qualified, skilled staff who constantly strive to improve own skills. This allows us to strongly increase the potential of our Nursery to deliver the best possible outcomes for children.

Assessment Recording and Reporting

Each Key Worker is in charge of a Learning Journey for each child in their Key Worker group. The Learning Journey includes observations, Summative written Report with Parent meeting comments, examples of group work or Nursery activities, Wow comments from parents and post it notes from other staff.

Initial profiles of the children are drawn up in the first week of attendance in the setting and then looked at every term to assess the child’s ability to concentrate and access the learning. At this point any concerns will be raised with parents or outside agencies. Every child in the Mayflower Nursery will have 3 continuous PLODs (Possible Line of Development) and an overall termly PLOD which can always be discussed and viewed by the child’s parent/guardian. These are key aims for the child.

PACT (Parent and Children Together)

To help us plan and provide the best possible provision for our children, we welcome and encourage the support and communication between families and the Nursery staff. We hold Parents and Carers groups once a week to invite families to join us in an activity relating to our topic for the week – this can include cooking, making, singing and reading.

  • Once a week we send home a PACT Newsletter – giving an activity to do at home with your child relating to the topic of the week and letting parents know our Makaton sign, Fab Vocab and preposition of the week
  • Every Friday children who bring in a book bag can take home a Nursery library book to return the following week. They also have a Home/School link book for parents and staff to write comments about the week and their weekend at home
  • The last 15 minutes of every session are for parents and children to work together on a specific activity. The children who are ready will practice writing their name every day, this will also develop into opportunities for tasks which are tailored to each child’s Possible Line of Development (PLOD). This is a great opportunity for parents to discuss their child’s progress with their key worker.
  • We have very close links with Lark Children’s Centre and have visits from professionals to support with health needs, communication and positive parenting. We will help support our parents and families as much as possible.

Applying for a place at Mayflower Nursery

To apply for a place at Mayflower Nursery please follow the following procedure:

  1. Collect an S11 form from the Mayflower Reception and complete – including birth certificate. The documentation will be recorded and passed on to the Mayflower Nursery
  2. A member of the Nursery team will then call to confirm that we have received the documents, confirm the child’s place or inform that he/she will be on a waiting list. You will either be told if there are currently spaces or if you will be put on the waiting list
  3. If your child is already 3 years old then a member of the Nursery team will contact you after receiving the documents to arrange a Home Visit. If your child is not yet 3 or approaching 3, about 2/3 weeks before your child’s third birthday you will receive a phone call from the Nursery to book a home visit to complete all documentation and to meet the child. At this visit you will arrange a date and time to start. This is a chance for a member of the Nursery team and a Parent Support Advisor (PSA) to come and visit the child in their home, complete any outstanding paperwork and answer any questions you may have
  4. Documents that will be completed are:

  • Safeguarding
  • Intimate Care and Toileting Plan
  • All about me
  • Asthma/First Aid
  • Photo consent
  • Allergies
  • Forces Families

Nappy Changing and Intimate Care

  • No child is excluded from participating in our setting who may, for any reason, not yet be toilet trained and who may still be wearing nappies or equivalent. We work with parents towards toilet training, unless there are medical or other developmental reasons why this may not be appropriate at the time.
  • We make necessary adjustments to our bathroom provision and hygiene practice in order to accommodate children who are not yet toilet trained.
  • We see toilet training as a self-care skill that children have the opportunity to learn with the full support and non-judgemental concern of adults.
  • All Parents and Carers will sign an intimate care consent allowing the necessary care that a child may need to take place
  • Please see the Mayflower Intimate Care Policy and Mayflower Nursery Safeguarding Policy for further information

First Aid

In the Nursery we ensure that there is a first aid box accessible at all times with appropriate content for use with children. We keep a written record of accidents or injuries and first aid treatment. We will inform parents and/or carers of any accident or injury sustained by the child on the same day, or as soon as reasonably practicable, of any first aid treatment given. If a child has bumped their head then the parents and/or carer will be given a bumped head letter. Nursery staff will always call the parent/carer in any situation where the child is in distress after an accident. Both Miss Tickle (Nursery Teacher) and Miss Shepherd (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) are fully first aid trained

Food

We are a Healthy School and wherever possible we promote a healthy choice at snack time. We plan each week for snack and a list of food each week can be seen on the planning board or can be supplied on request. All children are provided with milk and fruit daily. Every child has a water bottle that they can access at any time
Every week we play ‘What’s in the box?’ and an alternative snack is provided that may link in with our topic of the week. Parents and Carers very kindly donate 50p per week into the snack box, or whatever they can to contribute to the cost of our additional snack. We try to use elements of cooking into this weekly.