Kids@worthing nursery Introduction The nursery at Worthing College is called â€˜Kids @ Worthing Nurseryâ€™. Newly opened in September 2000, it was purpose-built to provide up to 56 places for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years. Worthing has played a key role in responding to the Governmentâ€™s National Childcare strategy. Childcare places are available to students, staff and the wider community including children of working and non-working parents. The nursery is managed on a day-to-day basis by the nursery manager who is responsible for childcare and daily supervision of around 20 staff. The manager is well-supported by a strong team of qualified and experienced staff.
Our aims We aim to provide good quality, accessible childcare and education in a warm, friendly, happy environment where each child is recognised, appreciated and encouraged to reach his or her full potential through praise, sensitivity and mutual respect. Kids @ Worthing nursery has an excellent reputation for a happy, well-organised, aesthetically pleasing day nursery where parents are happy to leave their children knowing they will receive the highest quality childcare and education. Worthing College is committed to ensuring that its nursery meets the National Standards laid down by OFSTED. All staff are Police/Ofsted checked. f
Equal opportunities Children are unique and special as developing individuals and it is important that we recognise the individuality of each child. Toys and reading material are provided with equal opportunities in mind. Children will have safe access to toys and play materials so that they can make choices and use their initiative.
kids @ Worthing nursery provides: 9 Registered day care facilities for children aged 6 weeks – 5 years between the hours of
7.30am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday. All year round except Bank Holidays and the 3 working days between Christmas and New Year.
9 Full-time and part-time childcare places are offered. 9 Term time only places available 9 Variety of sessions available:
Full day 7:30 to 6:00 ½ day 7:30 to 1:00 or 1:00 to 6:00 ¾ day 7:30 to 3:30 ¼ day 1:00 to 3:30
9 Qualified and experienced staff from a wide variety of backgrounds. 9 A safe, secure, happy and stimulating environment. 9 A wide range of activities and opportunities to develop children’s emotional, physical, social and intellectual capabilities.
9 Creative and imaginative play. 9 All the children within the nursery are cared for, and activities and the environment is planned using the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance.
9 Three and Four year old children are eligible to claim an Early Education Grant from West Sussex County Council, via the nursery.
9 All snacks, meals, drinks and babies’ milk SMA and Cow and Gate are included. 9 Nappies are also included.
Working in partnership with Parents Parents are the most important people in a young child’s life. We want to work in partnership with parents and carers to enhance and support their role at this very significant stage of development for children. We will encourage parents to be aware of our aims, policies and procedures. We have an open door policy where parents are encouraged to share information with staff and staff will share nursery day information and information about their children’s development with parents. Parents are also invited to volunteer to join in with activities at the nursery, by prior arrangement with the Nursery manager. Progress meetings are held to enable staff from the nursery to speak directly with parents and effectively address their needs. Parents will be involved in shared record keeping about their own child, verbally or from examples of work and play. Parents should have regular contact with staff and are always welcomed into the nursery. Feedback from parents is welcome and important. We will regularly carry out surveys to assess and inform improvements.
Principles underpinning young children’s learning Every child is recognised as having individual needs and their own way of learning at their own pace. Children learn in many different ways; by playing, talking, observing, planning, doing, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating, reflecting and responding to adults and to each other. Wellplanned play both indoors and outdoors, is a key way in which children learn with enjoyment and challenge.
Foundation stage principles: These form the base of everything that is planned within the whole
A unique child: Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured. Positive relationships: Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and carers or key person. Enabling environments: The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s
development and learning.
Learning and Development: Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates, all areas of learning are equally important and inter-connected.
Every child matters We ensure that all children in our care: • • • •
Be Healthy Stay safe Enjoy and achieve Make a positive contribution
Staff are constantly aware of these principles and consider them of upmost importance when planning your child’s day.
Our Ethos Staff within the nursery believe that young children learn most effectively when and are entitled to: 9
Be trusted and listened to
Be safe and secure
Be valued and included
Have successes celebrated
Have key adults in their live
Be allowed to take risks
Have as much independence as possible
Have their early years recognized
Play inside and out
Have time to reflect on their experiences
Have a child focused environment
A range of stimulating resources and experiences
A strong consistent team approach by adults
Be given time to build up relationships and settle in
An environment which celebrates diversity and individuality
Flexibility, all children and situations are different
Have their interests acknowledged and extended
Try things out investigate and explore
Be positive about themselves and have pride in their achievements.
Parents/carers who are actively involved in their learning experiences
Nursery Organisation Children are cared for in 3 main areas of the nursery depending on their age and stage of development. We have two baby rooms catering for 18 children under 2 years old, 9 children in each room with a ratio of 1 to 3. We have a very lively room for toddlers with 12 children aged approx 2 to 3 years, with a ratio of 1 to 4. In our pre-school room we can accommodate 26 children age three to five years’ with a ratio of 1 to 8. Fully qualified and experienced nursery nurses, room leaders and deputies are employed in each of the three main areas to closely supervise the work of staff teams in the nursery and to support the work of the manager.
Progress Records Records for individual children are a positive way of identifying what children have achieved, what they understand and can do. Over a period of time they also indicate how children have progressed, the rate at which they have progressed and where children may need further help and support, or extending in their learning. Our aim is to continually monitor and assess children’s progress to enable us to take their individual needs into account when planning activities in the nursery. Each child within the nursery has a progress and development folder which includes observations, child’s interests, activities and photos. These are kept up to date by your child’s key worker and are available for you to look at whenever you wish. Activities within the nursery are planned and designed to meet the needs of children within all age groups. Further more detailed information is available from the Nursery manager.
Outings As part of the nursery life we regularly take children off the premises, usually walking to somewhere close by. These opportunities are special for the children and are important as ‘milestones’ in their development. The pre-school group enjoy trips to Drusillas, the theatre and St Barnabas.
Food policy in the nursery Food prepared for children in the nursery will comply Wherever possible with the following principles:
Food is eaten on the same day as it Is cooked.
For lunchtime menus only fresh lean Meat (not beef), fresh fish, fresh and frozen vegetables, lentils or pulses are used. Fresh fruit is given and vegetarian and other diets are provided if requested.
9 No salt, pepper, colouring, flavouring or other additives are added. 9 The use of additional sugar is kept to a minimum.
Meals and Snacks Our own qualified chef is employed to provide a wide variety of meals which are freshly cooked and prepared in the nursery every day. Special diets are catered for and parents are encouraged to provide information to the nursery about childrenâ€™s favourites. Each week we have at least one fish, lamb and chicken dish. We use only wholemeal bread and supply fresh fruit and vegetables to all children everyday. The nursery displays details of meals provided every day including how much or how little children have eaten. For babies we provide formula feeds/individually prepared meals to assist with weaning. (Cow and Gate or SMA formula only if you wish to supply your own you may do so) Meals and snacks are provided at the following approximate times:
Bread and butter, fruit, cereal or yoghurt with a drink of milk or water (7.30am)
Fresh fruit and drink (10.00am)
Lunch with dessert
A wide variety of cooked meals with a vegetarian or dietary option (11.15)
Fresh fruit and drink (1.00 â€“ 1.30pm)
A variety of high-teas, hot or cold (3.00pm) The nursery menu ensures that the children have a balanced and healthy diet. We do not add sugar or salt and wherever possible, use fresh produce. Any packaged foods used do not contain controversial colourings or preservatives. We reflect a multicultural menu and encourage children to try new tastes and flavours.
Sample menu (Menus operate on a 4 week rota) Dinner Lasagne Banana custard
Variety of sandwiches (marmite, cheese, tuna and jam) Homemade shortbread biscuits
Tuesday Paella Pineapple sponge with cream
Home made pizza Yoghurts
Roast Turkey with parsnips, veg and roast potatoes Peaches and custard
Vegetable soup with bread and butter Melon
Thursday Crackers with cheese and marmite Jam sponge
Macaroni cheese and sweetcorn Stewed apples Chicken Curry, peas and rice Fruit crumble
Jacket potato with beans Ice cream cones
Babies Wherever possible they will have the same as the other children or purĂŠed fruit or vegetables.
We look forward to welcoming you and your child to kids @ Worthing Nursery
Parent/child induction After your initial enquiry you will be invited into the nursery to view the facilities and talk to the Nursery Manager about your childâ€™s individual needs. There are a number of forms to sign at this point including the Day Nursery Agreement and Nursery/Parent Contract and permission forms for outings, emergency medical attention and photographs. No child will be included in filming etc without the prior permission of their parent/guardian. This visit will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions regarding the nursery, its staff, its activities and routines etc. We would also suggest that your child has some preliminary visits (no charge) prior to them starting at the nursery to ensure that they are as settled as possible from their first day. This is done on a flexible basis completely dependant on yours and your childâ€™s needs. There are also some questions that the nursery manager will ask you. It is necessary that your work numbers and emergency contact numbers are kept on record at the nursery. We also need some details concerning your childâ€™s health such as the name and telephone number of their GP, whether they require a special diet or if they have any allergies. Fees are shown on the application form. A fixed monthly fee is calculated based on the number of sessions booked. All fees are paid by standing order on the 1st of each month. A small deposit is required to reserve a place. Nappies are provided by the nursery. Parents are asked to provide spare clothing and ensure items are named.
Applying for a place in the nursery If you wish to apply for a place in the nursery or ask any questions please complete the Booking Form online or contact: Lisa Taylor, Nursery Manager Tel: 01903 707608 Or Jane King, Nursery Administrator
Tel: 01903 707615 An enquiry form is also available online via Worthing college website
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Further Information/Special Needs
Today’s Date ……………………………………. Surname ………………………………………… First Name ………………………………………. Worthing College Student
Worthing College Member of Staff
Home Address ………………………………………. …………………………………………………………..
0-2 2-3 3-5
£23.00 £22.00 £21.00
£35.00 £33.00 £31.00
£13.50 £12.50 £10.00
£190 £175 £169
£41.00 £39.00 £37.00
Students may qualify for funding to help support Childcare costs, while they are attending a course at Worthing College – details are available from the college.
Home Telephone No. ………………………………. Work Telephone No.
FEE STRUCTURE Full Day Age Time
OPENING TIMES 7.30am – 6.00pm, Monday to Friday
Address: ……………………………….…………….. For Office Use Only Enquiry Form received
…………………………………………………………. Child’s Name: ………………………………………..
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Full Part time Term Time only
Start Date Requested ……………………………….
Terms and Conditions/ Standing Order received
Sessions Required: (*Please Tick box for required Sessions)
½ day am
½ day pm
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Are you flexible on times? Yes No Received Enquiry Pack? Yes No Visit Nursery? Yes No *Please note that this is for enquiry purposes only and the sessions requested will be confirmed in writing from kids@worthing nursery.
FOR RESERVATIONS PLEASE CONTACT: The Nursery on Telephone: 01903 707608