Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the entrance?

There are two gates you need to get through to get to us. The main gate is the little coloured gate which is nearest the nature reserve, it does have a sign on the fence saying Pre-School. This gate is locked at 9.00 am and if you are coming for an afternoon session it will be locked then, a member of staff will come and open it at 12.30.

The second gate is just up the path and also has a sign on it, this gate is opened in the morning at 8.40 am and locked at other times. At pick up at 3.30 pm a member of staff will come and open this gate.

We would ask that you shut the gates as you come through, this helps us with safeguarding.

There is a small gate from the Primary School’s playground into the Early Years shared playground, it is marked ‘Staff Only’ please do not use this gate.

Parking

Parking is very limited along Church Road please take this into consideration, and we ask you not to park in the School’s car park or on the Zig-Zag lines for the safety of all the School children, in the Lawrence Hall car park or in the Day Centre car park. There is extra parking at the church or in the car park at the park.

Snack time

Each group will have snack time during the session, to keep our costs down we ask you to bring in one piece of fruit for each session, if your child is in all day this will be two pieces of fruit. The fruit gets cut up and shared amongst all the children in the group encouraging personal choice, sharing and a lovely social atmosphere. We have milk or water available at snack times and water is available at all times.

 Medication

If your child is on any medication it must come in the box it was prescribed by the doctor. A member of staff will ask you to fill in a form and we will keep a check on expiry dates.

Any child who has asthma must have an inhaler left at Pre-School, without one your child will not be able to come for that session. We will check the medication is in date and inform you when it is near to expiry.

 Lunch

If your child is in all day they will be staying for lunch club, this an added £4 and will be invoiced to you at the beginning of term. Hot School dinners are available and are an extra £2.10 on top of the £4 and that £2.10 is payable when you book the dinner.

You can choose whether to bring a lunch box or have School Dinner.

If you bring a lunch box please make sure it comes with an ice pack to keep the food cool. We also have a lunch guide which can help you find the right foods for your child’s development and also size and quantity.

Pre-School is NUT FREE, please remember nuts can be found in fruit bars and pesto which can be used with pasta. Any food containing nuts will be disposed of immediately.

If you choose to have School dinner you can tell us when you come in the morning. Menus are available to see on our Website or at Pre-School.

 Funding

Children are entitled to 15 hours government funding the term after their 3rd birthday. Oxfordshire county council send out funding forms at the beginning of each term. We will let you know when they are out and when we need to get them sent back by. When you do the first form we will need to see the child’s birth certificate or passport. If you are claiming your 15 hours at another setting you will be invoiced for the sessions at the beginning of term. We will ask you to fill in a form to say where you are claiming the sessions so we can issue the correct invoices at the beginning of term.

 Early Years Pupil Premium

The early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) gives providers of early education and childcare extra funding to support eligible 3 and 4 year olds. The childcare provider can check to see if your child is eligible using your national insurance number and date of birth. The funding forms will have a section for you to fill in if you would like to see if you are legible.

 Holidays

You can take your child on holiday during term time, we just ask you let us know when so we know not to expect them in. If you are normally invoiced for sessions or lunch club this will still continue.

 Need more sessions or feel your child is doing too much?

We do not let children have all day every day sessions with us as we find the children can get very tired. Unlike a nursery we do not have anywhere for your child to sleep if they need to.

If you no longer want sessions with us or you would like to reduce them you must give us one terms written notice.

If you would like more sessions please ask Becky or Kirstie for a change of session form, sessions are subject to availability.

Communication

Communication is always work in progress, what suits some doesn’t suit everyone. We send out a regular Newsletter on a Friday afternoon with what we have been doing in Pre-School and any information you may need to know. For those of you who do not have email the Newsletters are available online on our Website or paper copies can be put in your child’s red pockets.

Red Pockets, these are on the wall just outside of Pre-School. Each pocket has your child’s name on and the pocket is the one behind your child’s name. Information, pictures, party invitations and so on get put in these pockets.

 

We have information available on our Website www.cholseypreschool.com and on our Facebook page, just search for Cholsey Pre-School.

Information also gets put on our notice board which is just outside of Pre-School. Please remember it is YOUR responsibility to read all the information given to you.

Uniform

You do not have to purchase uniform but if you wish to please speak to a member of staff. Having uniform can save your child’s clothes from getting messy.

What do we need to bring in for each session?

Indoor shoes – we advise no novelty slippers due to health and safety reasons. Please make sure the shoes are easy for your child to put on and take off themselves.

 Outdoor shoes  

Please make sure all shoes are easy for your child to put on, we encourage independence and a way of doing is it to help your child change their own shoes.

 Wellies

Change of clothes, just in case of accidents or messy play. Please make sure clothes are simple so we can help them gain independence with changing themselves..

Nappies and wipes if your child needs them

Fruit (2 pieces if your child is staying all day)

Warm coat or Rain coat depending on the weather.

Gloves and Hat for cold weather

 In the summer as well as the above

Sun hat

Sun Cream (Labelled with your child’s name). Please apply Sun Cream before coming to Pre-School, we can top up throughout the day with either your own or our Sun Cream depending on what is written on your permission form.

Please make sure all clothes have your child’s name written in them and you don’t mind the clothes getting wet or dirty.

We ask that children do not wear Jewellery to Pre-School.

Lunch – See separate Lunch Guide.

Lunch boxes to come with an ice pack to keep lunches cool.

Please remember we are a NUT FREE environment

Please not sweets or chocolate bars