Before a child can start permanently they must go through the settling-in process. This is where we will offer several sessions (which you will not be charged for) and which will provide time for your child to visit the nursery and to familiarise themselves with the staff and children within the setting. We are very aware that settling into a new environment can be very traumatic for both our parents and our children so we will do our best to ensure the settling in period runs as smoothly as possible. The first session is for approximately ½ hour. During the first session parents are asked to stay with their child and are asked to complete an information sheet, with a staff member, which will provide us with in depth information about your child (‘Getting to Know You’ Information Sheet). This will help us to meet your child’s needs effectively and help provide the care you wish for your child. The next settling in session will be increased and can last from 1 hour upwards depending on the needs of your child. Further settling will depend on the individual needs of your child. We will work in partnership with you to ensure the transition from home to nursery is as smooth as possible. During the settling in period we ask parents to bring in a spare set of clothes and nappies (if required) for your child. If you have any queries at all please do not hesitate to speak to Angela (child-care manager), Paula Carlin (Deputy Manager) or one of our dedicated staff members.
Once your child starts nursery they will be given a coat peg to hold their coat, bag and other possessions. Each child will also be provided with a box/tray for his/her pictures/paintings, art work. This box will be found in children’s play room and children should be reminded to check his/her box each evening before going home.
Opening hours are 7.45am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday. Management of Cornabracken @ Holy Family P.S are aware that on occasions parents or carers may be unable to collect their child on time; however it is important that the parent/carer informs staff that they will be late and to be aware that there will be a £5 additional fee for each child collected between 6.00 and 6.30pm. Please contact us for a list of our holidays.
Access to the nursery is restricted to parents/carers and other necessary visitors. On each child's enrolment form, the names of those people you wish to collect your child must be written down, as access can only be given to those people.
At Cornabracken at Holy Family Child Care we provide meals and snacks that are varied, nutritious and balanced. We offer a nutritious Breakfast, Morning Snack, Lunch and Afternoon Snack.
We have a breakfast club each morning which starts at 7.45am, morning snack at approximately 10am, lunch at approximately 11.45/12.00 and an evening snack at approximately 3.00/3.15pm. Our lunch menu is rotated on a 3 week basis which helps to prevent repetition and allows the children within the setting to experience a wide and varied range of foods, tastes and textures. Please see our current food menu which is displayed on the parent notice board at reception and on the main entrance door. Fresh drinking water is also available to children at all times.
Please ensure that staff members are informed if your child has any food allergies so we can ensure their needs are catered for effectively. Please provide management and staff with a copy of food/drink products your child can/cannot consume whilst on the premises.
We aim to provide a wide and varied range of outdoor and indoor learning experiences based on a play-based approach to learning. We use both child-initiated and adult initiated play experiences to promote and develop children’s learning and development and to promote their physical, social, emotional and intellectual development.
We will carry out observations on all non-school/nursery going children on a regular basis to help us to provide fun, and exciting activities linked to the children’s needs and interests. By observing individual children within the learning environment, adults are able to plan learning experiences suited to the needs and interests of each child. Staff within the setting will observe children’s development and learning and use these observations to plan learning experiences suited to children’s needs, ability and learning.
Please feel free to ask for a copy of the Nurseries policy and Procedures.