Parent Resourses - Little Cherubs Nature Kindergarden Isle of Man

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Choosing a Nursery (7)

We are fortunate to operate our nursery from the Old Memorial Chapel in Union Mills, giving us the benefit of large bright open-planned rooms, with numerous internal and external windows allowing lots of natural daylight in.

Our two baby rooms are self-contained and the accommodation is flexible allowing us to meet the different needs of each child within each age group.

An important part of our centre is our landscaped outdoor play area and our purpose built log cabin situated outside in the grounds of the building, incorporating an art and sensory room.

Read more on the Our Centre page and the Our Nursery pages

 

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We have higher staffing ratios compared with other local nurseries.  Our minimum staff to child ratio is 1:6 indoors for 2-5 year olds and 1:3 for 0-2 year old. For our outdoor activities away from the premises the staff ratio is 1:3

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All Parents / Guardians are more than welcome to come and have a look around our nursery – the only way to truly see and understand what we offer is to take a look yourself. You will then be able to get a feel for the place and see how we operate each day. You will have the chance to meet the staff and to ask any questions you may have.

Visit this page to arrange a visit. Once you have chosen your visit time and submitted the form we will endeavor to reply with confirmation within 24hrs. Alternatively feel free to pop in anytime, but if you can, ring to make an appointment so that the manager can give all her time and attention to yourself.

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The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is mandatory legislation that each nursery school and child care provider must implement to maximise children’s opportunities for intellectual, social, and emotional growth.

The Early Years curriculum focuses on the seven key areas of learning, as outlined here.  Our nursery follows the EYFS curriculum for children ages 0-5.

Every child has a right to daily outdoor learning and this provides the same educational outcomes as indoor learning. We place the same value on both the outdoor and indoor environment

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Your child’s safety and well-being is our paramount concern, and it is important that all parents feel confident they can leave their children in our care, knowing they are safe.

At Little Cherubs Kindergarten we follow very strict procedures on Health, Safety and Security to ensure all children are safe and accounted for at all times. Entrance into the Nursery is via a magnetic released door controlled by key fobs and push button release placed in the nursery building.

The nursery is completely secure and nobody is allowed to enter the premises unless known by nursery staff and have proper identification. No child will be allowed to leave the premises with anybody not known to our staff. There is also a strict arrivals and departure policy procedure which is followed when dropping off and collecting your child.

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At Little Cherubs we recognise the importance of using positive and effective behaviour management strategies in promoting children’s welfare, learning and enjoyment. Children flourish best whenthey know how they are expected to behave. In an environment where there is acceptable behaviour children will learn to respect themselves and others. Please refer to our Positive Behaviour policy

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Starting nursery is a major change in your child’s life. Every effort is made to ensure a smooth settling in process, but we also understand this can be very unsettling for both you and your child who may not have had any significant time apart. Evidence has shown the more sessions your child has at nursery the quicker the settling process becomes. To help with this we have a policy of a minimum of 3 unaccompanied settling in sessions.  These sessions are organised at different times of the day so that you and your child can experience the different routines. Please see our Settling in Policy

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Illness (1)

At Little Cherubs Kindergarten we feel that children need to be fit and well in order to get the most from the setting. Children that are unwell should remain at home with their Parents/Guardians, as they may be contagious to the other children at the nursery. If a child is going to be absent from a session, parents must telephone or inform the nursery as soon as possible with details of their childs illness.  Please refer to our Sick Child and Exclusion policy

 

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Day to day (2)

The Nursery closes promptly at 5.45 p.m. Parents/guardians should undertake to provide the nursery with as much advance notice as is possible in the circumstances regarding any late collection of a child. In the event of repeated late collection the nursery shall charge a fee in accordance with clause 2.6 and 3.6 in our Terms and Conditions.

In the event that a child is not collected by an authorised adult at the end of a session the school puts into practice agreed procedures. Please refer to our Collection of Children policy. These ensure that the child is cared for safely.

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If you have any complaints, regarding Little Cherubs Kindergarten or any concerns that you would like to discuss please make an appointment  in the first instance to speak with our Centre Manager. Please use our Contact form.

If you have a complaint about any member of staff you will need to make an appointment to speak to Theresa Barton the owner of Little Cherubs. Please use our Contact Form.

All complaints are taken seriously and will be dealt with immediately and kept strictly confidential. If the complaint cannot be resolved a complaints form will be completed and submitted detailing the nature of the complaint signed by you and the manager and forwarded to the relevant department.

If the matter cannot be resolved to your satisfaction, you can contact Child Day Care Registrations and Inspections Department at, Markwell House, Douglas. Telephone 642422

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Babies (1)

Of course! If you are breast feeding your baby it is important for your child to be used to being bottle fed when they start. We can arrange for you to come in and feed your child breast milk or it can be expressed and given in bottle form.

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Trips & Outside play (6)

Yes they do! We believe in a common sense approach of healthy food, fresh air and exercise – along with a healthy dose of care and affection – for all our children. Playing in the rain is a wonderful experience for young children and we even build it into our learning goals!

To allay any concerns you may have, we do not play in the rain for extended periods, or go out in heavy weather, and due care and concern is given to the health of every child, as we would in other weather conditions such as heat or snow.

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Depending on the season we take a sensible approach to layering. We ask that parents bring a pair of wellies for their child, gloves, a warm hat and warm socks and dress them in suitable clothing. We will provide waterproofs.

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On our morning outings we leave the nursery around 9.30 am and return at 1pm. We bring with us a drinks flask and provide a warm morning snack. On our return the children will sit down to eat a warm healthy nutritional meal.

On our afternoon outings children will be given their lunch before leaving the nursery and leave around 1.30pm and return at 5pm. Afternoon snack will also be provided.

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All children will have the opportunity to sleep or rest either before or after their outdoor trip.

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No.  We have made alternate provisions for children who are being toilet trained. As our staff to child ratios are low we take with us a small portable toilet system, to enable children to freely access the toilet without any interruptions to their routine.  Assistance is given as required.

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We have higher staffing ratios compared with other local nurseries.  Our minimum staff to child ratio is 1:6 indoors and 1:3 outdoors.

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Booking & places (1)

Yes, of course.  Children can attend the nursery for a minimum of two days a week. Attending Little Cherubs Nature Kindergarten in addition to their existing nursery will give your child the best of both worlds as they will gain from the huge benefits that outdoor learning has to offer.

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Fees & funding (3)

Yes we do. Here is a link to the Government online application form, for your convenience.

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5% Discounts are offered to parents who have more than one child with us. The discount applies to the oldest child who must attend the same sessions as their sibling.

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Depending on the age of your child and your preferred sessions, the prices will vary. Our prices are all inclusive and most importantly they strike the right balance between quality and affordability. For further information please see our Pricing page

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