What to expect When
This document ‘What to expect when’ will offer guidance on child development and the areas of learning we work to promote as part of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Head Lice advice
Head lice can be a common problem in nursery so it is important we do all we can to minimise the spread. A simple process of using a nit comb on hair that is covered in conditioner at bath time can be a good ay to remove eggs from hair, and reduces the need to keep using lice solutions.
Early Help offer in Worcestershire
There is a wide range of support available in Worcestershire, and we are happy to advise you and signpost you to these should you ever require it. We all need help from time to time, and experience a change of circumstances that we need some support with.
We will always aim to advise and support you the best we can at nursery, however sometimes there may be a need for more specific and specialist support that we can help you to access.
Early Help Agencies allow you to access support at the earliest opportunity, and this can prevent problems escalating.
More information on the Early Help Offer can be found on:
The Worcestershire Family Hubs offer a range of parent/carer support services on a range of health, social, education, and parenting issues. You can access information on the above link, as well as contact details for all the Family Hubs in Worcestershire.
The Starting well Partnership website has information and contact details on local services and support groups in the area.
www.startingwellworcs.nhs.uk/brookside (Comberton, Kidderminster 01562 827207)
www.startingwellworcs.nhs.uk/halfcrownwood (Stourport, 01299877920)
The above links will offer you options and lists of contacts in your area.
Support is offered for a range of things for health, social, family/parenting, SEND, Speech and Language, and these websites are a really useful source of information to see what is available to you.
Please do feel free to speak to your child’s key worker about the Early Help Services available.
What to bring to nursery
Firstly, a big smile and a positive vibe to start the day! 🙂
Weather appropriate clothing: Coat and wellies in winter months as we play outdoors a lot. We do provide waterproof outfits but coats and wellies are required.
Sun cream and sun hats in Summer.
A change of clothes in a labelled bag. Extra spares if toilet training, please. We do have nursery spares but we run low on these as they often do not get returned when used.
Nappies and wipes. Nappy cream if required.
We provide each child with a drink bottle that they can access throughout the day so please do not send juice or drinks. If they are sent in, they will remain in your child’s bag.
A comforter to help them sleep, such as a teddy or a small blanket if they require one. We will allow dummies for sleeping and comforting only but your key worker will discuss our dummy policy with you.
Medication/Inhaler – labelled with your child’s name. All inhalers must have a spacer. Prescribed medication must have the label with dosage on it. Administration forms to be completed before we can give it.
We provide all food and snacks, and operate a healthy eating policy, therefore please do not send sweets, chocolate or snacks to nursery in your child’s bag.
Please do not send in your child’s own toys in case they get lost or broken. They can often cause friction with other children too, and we have so many toys and resources to keep your child busy at nursery.
Finally, please be mindful of what is in your child’s bag. Don’t leave any items of value, or potential risk in case a child has access to it.
SEND Local Offer
The Local Offer is for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) aged 0 to 25 years. It provides information and support services available to families in their local area, in a single place.
The Local Offer has two key purposes:
- To provide clear, comprehensive, accessible and up-to-date information about the available provision and how to access it, and
- To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving disabled children and those with SEN and their parents, and disabled young people and those with SEN, and service providers in its development and review
The Local Offer shows families what they can expect from a range of local agencies including education, health and social care, for children and young people who have Special Educational Need (SEN) or are disabled. This includes those who do not have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans. Many parents and carers will have concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Every Local Authority has to work with children and young people, parent/carers and professionals to make sure that everything that’s included on the Local Offer website makes sense and is helpful and relevant. This is an on-going process so things will change again over time as needed.
The Local Offer must include, amongst other information, the following:
- Special educational, health and social care provision for children and young people with SEN or disabilities.
- Arrangements for identifying and assessing children and young people’s SEN – this should include arrangements for EHC needs assessments, and how parents and young people can request an assessment for an EHC plan.
- Other educational provision, for example sports or arts provision.
- Arrangements for resolving disagreements and for mediation, and details about making complaints.
- Arrangements for travel to and from early years providers.
- Support to help children and young people move between phases of education (for example from early years to school, from primary to secondary)
- Childcare, including suitable provision for disabled children and those with SEN.
You can find out about resources, services, support, activities and events here. www.worcestershire.gov.uk/sendlocaloffer
If you have any questions about Education, Health and Care Plans you can contact Worcestershire County Council’s SEND Services:
Call the SEND Services helpline: 01905 845579
If you want to send us your thoughts and feedback on the Local Offer please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Term Time Dates
Autumn term 22
Thursday 1st September – Friday 16th December
*(1st & 2nd are TED days for TTO funded children only. They return Monday 5th)
Half term 24th-28th October
Christmas close down – Friday 23rd December – Monday 2nd January
Spring term 2023
Tuesday 3rd January – Thursday 30th March
*(3rd Jan is a TED day for TTO funded children only. They return Wednesday 4th)
Half term – 20th -24th February
Easter – Friday 31st March – Friday 14th April
Summer Term 2023
Monday 17th April – Tuesday 25th July
*(24th & 25th July are TED days For TTO funded children only. They break up Friday 21st July)
Half term 29th May – 2nd June
*TED days – children who receive funding for term time only are funded for 38 out of 39 term weeks, so we have 5 non funded days throughout the year
Bank Holidays: (Nursery closed)
Monday 2nd January –
Friday 7th April – Good Friday
Monday 10th April – Easter Monday
Monday 1st May – May Day
Whitsun Bank Holiday – Monday 29th May
Nursery Menu Dates 22/23
If you have any questions about any nursery policy, please do not hesitate to come and speak to us.
Designated Safeguarding Lead & Nursery Manager: Carly Kendrick
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead & Nursery Deputy Manager: Paula Lloyd
Registered Provider: Simon Hill
Family Front Door (Children’s Social Care in Worcestershire):
01905 822666 Monday to Thursday 9am to 4.00pm, Friday (9am-4:30am)
01905 768020 (evenings and weekends)
Police: Call 999 in an emergency, e.g. when a crime is in progress, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened. For less urgent issues call local police on 101.
Ofsted: 0300 123 1231
NSPCC Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (Mon-Fri 8am-10pm, weekends 9am-6pm)
West Mercia Prevent Team: 01386 591825/ 591835 / 591816
NSPCC FGM Helpline: 0800 028 3550