Parent pack and Information
We are commited to working with parents and carers and as such endeavour to work closely with you to ensure the best care for your child. Settling in sessions prior to starting will be arranged to suit you and your little one, as no two children are the same.We do not have set sleep times so sleeping arrangements will be adjusted to suit your child. If a child sleeps through lunch or tea their food will be served when they awake. You are asked to provide the following :- baby formula, nappies, nappy cream, sun cream, suitable clothing for the weather such as sun hats, wellies and warm coat plus spare clothes and lots of spare pants if your child is potty training.
As we provide alot of'messy play' activities older clothes would be most suitable, so your little ones don't have to worry about getting dirty. Our preferred method of payment is Direct Debit, although we do accept payment in cash or cheque. Fees are to be paid in advance either at the beginning of the week or month. Kylie (manager) will be available to discuss which method is most suitable for you. There will be a £10 surcharge for any cheques that are not honoured. We have 'care and share' evenings for parents to come and have a chat with staff and other parents.
Holidays and opening hours: We are open 08:00-18:00 Monday to Friday 51 weeks of the year except Bank Holidays and Christmas. Fees will apply regardless of if your child attends or not. Session Times Full-Time - 5 Days a week Morning session - 08:00-13:00 Afternoon session - 13:00-18:00 *Charges will be applied for late pick-ups Daily Diaries Children inBabies and Toddlers have a daily diary included in which is information regarding food intake, nappy changes and activities.
Rectory green Policy
Our mission is to have a minimal impact on the environment and encourage the children in our settings to have the same respect and care for the environment as we do. At the childrens level we involve them in recycyling and often make trips to the local recycling plant. The children also help with organising the items for recycling and some items are used for junk modelling. We also carry out topics and discussions about how we can improve and help the environment further.
The children get involved in sowing and growing fruit and veg, developing an healthy interest in food and how it is produced. Any food we cannot grow is sourced locally from Arbour farmshop. Our forest school trained staff also encourage a respect for nature and the environment around us through fun activities both indoor and outdoor.
The after school staff also offer a 'walking bus' service Monday through to Friday any weather to a selection of the local schools, promoting a healthy lifestyle for the school children. We also have solar panels fitted to the roof of our Burslem setting enabling us to produce our own energy powered by the sun, reducing our carbon foot print.
Rectory Healthy Eating
Children have a 'self service' lunch, which encourages independence. They are allowed second helpings and our deserts are designed with 'keeping healthy' in mind. We encourage good manners ie- please and thank you and turn taking. We promote respect for all cultures with our varied and interesting menus. We work very closely with Oracle Catering to provide a healthy menu which the children really enjoy.
Our meals are all freshly cooked on the premises by our two lovely cooks Ash and Adam using locally sourced vegetables bought from Arbour Farm and even closer from our own vegetable patch. Children help to harvest the fruit and veg too. We have received a 'Healthy eating and oral hygiene' award from The NHS and we promote healthy choices and lifestyle. The children are provided with lots of activities and opportunities to cook and prepare their own snacks.
Children are encouraged to wash their hands before and after meals and snack times as part of our 'keeping healthy' ethos. We love to make a celebration of your childs birthday and parents are welcome to bring in celebration cakes to share.
Musician Paul our 'music man' comes into the nursery to provide an interesting and fun time.He plays the guitar and the children sing along and dance too. We also have informal music classes weekly within the rooms, where children are encouraged to experiment with our many varied instruments. Exercise Classes 'Being Healthy' is a very important part of our ethos and outside play is very much embedded in this too.
Opportunities are also provided inside through our dance and exercise sessions incorporated into our routine in an enjoyable fun way, providing children with a positive physical experience. Outing and activities are arranged around topics, we will inform you in advance on our topics via letter or verbally. We celebrate all festivals, cultures and events through role play, activities, parties, meals and outings. Baby Massage: Two members of our team are completing their 'baby massage practitioner course' to enable them to provide mum and baby groups.
All of our team enjoyed taking part in a forest school training day, learning many new outdoor skills. Some members of staff went on to complete and qualify in the full forest school course enabling them to lead teams of children in activities such as building dens, making fires and cooking food, nature crafts and making rope swings. All carried out in a professionally supervised and risk assessed environment, an excellent way of developing confidence, understanding of the world and self care skills.