About the The Manor House Nursery

We recognise the early experiences in a Child's life will affect how they develop. It is of utmost importance that we ensure your child receives the love, security, stability, positive self image and respect he/she deserves.

It is the policy of our organisation to meet the needs and abilities of all children who attend by promoting opportunities for challenge, success independence in a safe caring environment. As parents you are integral to that success. In partnership we can provide the best possible learning experience for your child.

We recently have been registered to provide Breakfast and After-school clubs for children attending local schools and a Holiday club for the weeks when they don't attend their normal establishments.

I take this opportunity to welcome you to visit our setting and arrange a suitable appointment for you and your child.



Attendance

If children are ill or do not attend nursery, parents will be charged for the booked sessions.

All children under 3 years of age, or who DO NOT claim Nursery Grant, are entitled to two free weeks per year, which can be used as holidays or sickness. After these two weeks, parents will be charged full amount for all hours booked. These two weeks will run from your child's start date up until the following year after, and all weeks not used by the end of this time will be lost.

Nursery Grant entitlement is for children aged three to five years, and children become eligible for the funding, from the beginning of the term following their third birthday. Nursery Grant hours are available for 38 weeks of the year, during term time only, and are available in sessions where you are able to 'top up' your hours if you wish to do so. For more information on Nursery Grant entitlement, please do not hesitate to contact a member of The Manor House Management Team.

Children who claim Nursery Grant entitlement, are required to take all holidays during the non-grant weeks. If parents decide to take holidays when Nursery Grant is being claimed, or your child does not attend when they should, you will be charged for their 'top up' hours and breaks during full days sessions.


Opening Hours

We are open Monday to Friday between 7.30am and 6.30pm throughout the year excluding bank holidays.


Food

Menus are carefully planned for their nutritional value, variety and appeal to children. We ensure quality by daily incorporating fresh produce.

Babies are offered blended or mashed food according to parent preference or provide food of their of own. Babies will be fed on demand so we request parents to supply prepared formula in labelled bottles.

Children will be offered a mid morning and afternoon snack consisting of toast, pancakes, fresh and dried fruit, with milk or water. Children staying late at nursery will also be offered a tea time snack which may include soup, noodles, spaghetti on toast accompanied with a drink. Fresh drinking water is available at all ties for all children.


Planning

From September 2008 the Manor House Nursery has been setting the standards for learning, development and care using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Every child deserves the best start in life to fulfil their potential. A child's experience in the early years has a major impact on their future chances. The EYFS is the framework that provides that assurance. The main objective of the EYFS is to help the children to achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes of staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and economic well being. This is done by:

  • Setting the Standards for learning and development and ensuring every child makes progress and no child is left behind.
  • Providing for equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practise, ensuring every child is included and not disadvantaged by ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning disabilities or gender.
  • Creating the framework for partnership working with parents and professionals, and between all the settings the child attends. Improving quality and consistency in the early years sector.
  • Laying a secure foundation for future learning through planned learning and development based around individual needs and interests of the child, and informed by the use of observational assessments.


Registration

The Manor House Nursery is registered by O.F.S.T.E.D under the terms of the Childrens Act 2006, to provide full daycare for children from 3 months to 8 years old OFSTED contact details:

The National Business Unit
Ofsted, Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
Manchester
M1 ZWD

Tel no: 0300 123 1231


Staff

At the Manor House Nursery we believe that our staff are our greatest asset. We employ only qualified and experienced staff who genuinely enjoy working with children.

All our staff hold a childcare qualification or are working towards a more advanced certificate. All staff approach their work with maturity and sensitivity. The nursery ensures that there is provision of ongoing training both internally and externally to develop skills further. We are confident that this approach is responsible for the low staff turnover which in turn provides an atmosphere of stability and security for children and parents.

We facilitate a number of placements and apprenticeships for children doing childcare courses. Students are selected by us and work under the close supervision of qualified staff.

We believe that by employing highly motivated staff we provide the optimum learning environment for children to thrive.


Safety

For the Safety of Children we ensure that:

  • There is appropriate ratio of staff to children
  • Staff knows personally who will be collecting each child
  • Their equipment and rooms are safe, clean and secure
  • All staff have training in first aid and health and safety aspects of the nursery care
  • Are aware of and carry out all policies and procedures
  • Take part in regular fire practices

Security

Under no circumstances will a child be allowed to leave the nursery with anyone unknown to the nursery staff, unless previously arranged by the parent or guardian with a senior member of staff. A photo of your child, or a password arranged by yourself will be needed for authorised collection.

If parents make prior arrangement by telephone for their child to be collected by somebody unknown to nursery staff, the nursery will require the name, address and telephone number of the chosen guardian, and they will require proof of identity on their arrival.

All children should be collected promptly at their finishing time.

Our insurance policy allows us to care for children between the hours of 7.30am and 6.30pm ONLY, and therefore children should not be in the nursery building outside of these hours. If parents fail to collect their child by 6.00pm, a £20 flat fee will be added onto invoices for every time parents/guardians are late.


Safe Guarding

Every member of our staff team, from management to students, have to go through the process of being CRB checked before working in the nursery. This is to ensure the safe guarding of children by allowing any Child Protection issues or Criminal Records to be shown on the check. Any body who is found to be unsuitable to work with children will not be employed by The Manor House Nursery,

The welfare and protection of children is paramount, and as the new legislation rightly suggests, the "Safe Guarding' of any child is the number one priority. All of our staff have some form of child protection training and recognise that everyone has a responsibility to ensure that a child is safe whether it is inside or out of the nursery environment.

As well as staff being appropriately trained, there may be times when practitioners have to talk to each other to share relevant information. The governments every Child Matters programme states that staff should work together and identify support needs at the earliest stage possible. There may be times when it is necessary to share information without consent if it is felt to be in your child's best interest and if your child's needs cannot be met in any other way. Information may be shared with social workers, the safeguarding teams or any other relevant caring professionals.

For more information on 'Safe Guarding' or Protecting Children, our Protection Officer in the nursery will be happy to speak to you.


Illness

Parents are requested to not to send their child to nursery if they are suffering from any infectious diseases or if they are not feeling very well enough to attend. Although the nursery has a realistic attitude to the needs of working parents, it reserves the right to contact parents if their child becomes ill during nursery hours.

Parents are requested to notify the nursery if their child contracts or has been in contact with any normal childhood infectious diseases. The nursery reserves the right to refuse entry to any child who they consider to be unwell.

The nursery will only administer prescribed medicine if parents have written and signed the nursery medication record on arrival.


Change of Address

Parents are asked to inform the nursery of any change of address or telephone number at home or at work immediately.


Excursions

The nursery will not take any child out of the nursery grounds without the written permission of the parents.