Frequently asked questions parents January 2021

We are following the guidance and planning to open for the usual hours and sessions at our nurseries and preschools.

We are planning our staffing to accommodate this. Please confirm with us that this is what you want.

Please let us know in writing by email or via Tapestry which hours you require. We will be looking at an overall plan to accommodate this.

Please send us your request. We will need to look at what we are able to offer.

Fees will not be due at all. We will need as much information as possible about whether your child is coming so we can plan our staffing. We will be sending out information about finance in the next week.

Yes new children may start and the manager will be in touch with information and also to arrange settling on visits. Please read our risk assessments and feel free to ask as many questions as possible to put your mind at rest.

Our nurseries and preschools settings are friendly and inspiring places for children to be. We believe in creating truly, magical experiences and memories for the children.

YMCA Brunel Group currently operates 9 Ofsted registered nurseries and preschools in Bath and Wiltshire and is committed to providing an exceptional standard of care everywhere. Whilst each nursery and preschool has its own identity and operates slightly differently, everyone shares the common YMCA ethos to be the Heart in the Community.

We believe that all children should have opportunities and experiences that will set them up for their educational journey and prepare them for their lives ahead. Staff teams are highly qualified with everyone undertaking a wide range of professional development opportunities. The teams work together to share ideas and are extremely passionate about their work. We also believe in having a strong partnership with our parents and together we achieve the best for their children.

All our nurseries and our preschools are registered with Ofsted and links to their latest reports are available from their individual pages on this website.  All staff and volunteers have enhanced DBS clearance before starting work. We aim for all of our qualified staff to have a current First Aid qualification, as we believe this is very important. Our safeguarding work is of a very high standard and we work closely with our families to promote the best start in life for all the children. We welcome feedback from parents and we give out monthly newsletters and regular updates.  Our manager’s doors are always open.

We attract a wide range of parents to our settings. Some of them are full-time working and some part-time. Some are not working and choose us because of the high quality of our provision. Many parents choose us time and time again as they feel part of our large family.

All children aged 3 and 4 are eligible to receive 15 hours free early education each week. We offer 30 funded hours for working parents who are eligible for this.

To check if you are eligible for the 30 hour offer please go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

Eligible two year olds can access 15 hours free and parents can check whether their child is eligible by looking on their local authority web site.

Bath & North East Somerset Council: www.bathnes.gov.uk  -funded childcare for two year olds

Wiltshire Council: www.wiltshirecouncil.gov.uk- free funding for 2 year olds

If you require further information about this, please contact the nursery or preschool you are interested in directly from the individual page.

Our daily educational programmes, activities and routines are based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework and delivered by our highly motivated staff team. Both our indoor and outdoor areas are fully resourced and we use these in innovative ways for the benefit and enjoyment of the children.

We work closely with local schools to ensure that children are well prepared for the next stage of  their education. We use a secure on-line assessment tool, which enables parents to be part of our assessment process, as they can comment and upload their own images. They can go on-line daily to see how happy their children are in our care and yet at the same time be involved in their education.

Our experienced and dedicated staff teams are fully committed to:

Recognising each child as unique and planning for their individual interests and development stage

Providing stimulating, safe and innovative environments both inside and out

Providing quality care for children and their families that reflects everyone’s needs

Developing trusting and supportive partnerships between home and the setting

Encouraging children to develop socially and emotionally as a foundation for life.

 

To achieve this we encourage all our children to:

Develop independence and self-confidence

Problem solve and make their own decisions.

Learn through play and exploration

Interact with each other and show mutual respect for their peers

Have fun and be happy !

For more detailed information about the early years curriculum please see

www.foundationyears.org.uk/eyfs-statutory-framework

The following adult /child ratios are maintained at all times:

Under 2’s 1:3

2 year olds 1:4

3 – 5 year olds 1:8

We pride ourselves in offering healthy food in all of our childcare settings and the starting point for us is a Food Hygiene qualification. Many of our staff takes this qualification. Additionally we take part in healthy initiatives such as the Eat Well Start Well programme and we continuously achieve high star award for our kitchens. Our menus are well designed and we take account of all dietary needs and preferences.