Little Squirrels Nursery provides nursery education for children aged 2 to rising 5's
Little Squirrels Nursery operates five days a week, term time only for 38 weeks of the year.
We do not open on Bank Holidays.
Upon registration you will receive a comprehensive set of forms as well as LSN terms and conditions. These forms must be completed in full and returned before your child's start date.
Settling In Session
Your child will be invited to a complimentary shortened session before your child begins with us, this will be an opportunity for you and your child to familiarise yourself with the setting and meet the staff, we will also endeavour to answer any questions you may have at this time.
Children are welcomed into the setting at 9.00am, Children are required to find their name tag upon arrival (this is our way of taking 'the register').
Once the children have found their name tag they are welcome to go and explore one of the areas. The quiet corner with books and puzzles, sensory, art, role play, maths and literacy areas and also the gross motor skills area.
At 9.15am we congregate to sing the good morning song and welcome all of the children.
Our snack bar opens at 10.00am where children can help themselves to a snack and a drink. The children are offered a seasonal variety of fresh and dried fruit and vegetables.
Water is available throughout the morning.
We feel children learn through play and are able to move freely through the setting, however, children are also encouraged to join a group or sometimes a one to one with their key worker.
Long, mid and short term plans are overseen by our setting manager, individual plans are incorporated into our daily routine by the children's key workers and overseen by the setting manager. Please feel free to come in a speak to your child's key worker regarding any aspect of your child's learning journey.
We aim to go outside daily, please provide a warm coat, hat and gloves in the colder months and a hat and loose cool clothing in warmer months. Children will be able to access our outdoor area for a minimum of one hour a day, weather permitting we will allow free flow from indoors to out when weather permits.
Children are brought together for a ten minute 'carpet time' sometimes splitting them into age appropriate groups. We discuss our mornings events, celebrate any birthdays, sing songs and tell stories. Children are also welcome to bring in a 'show and tell' item relevant to the current theme.
At the end of the day, we sing a goodbye song...
"Goodbye everybody have a nice day,
Goodbye everybody have a nice day,
Goodbye everybody have a nice day,
See you again tomorrow!"
Key Person System/Team Leaders
Your child will have a key person/team leader assigned to them within one month of joining LSN.
Children may attend the nursery if wearing nappies, nappies will be changed when soiled. Please ensure children are wearing are fresh nappy upon arrival at the setting.
No pull ups please!
We welcome parental/guardian help!
If you would like to volunteer at the setting whether this be a one off or on a regular basis please let a big squirrel know, we would love to see you! Or indeed if you have any hobbies/interests you would like to share with the children please also speak to a big squirrel.
We have three 'Little Squirrels' who love nothing more than an adventure! These squirrels live in their own little back pack along with note book and passport. They love going with the children on outings, holidays, trips out or even tea with the grandparents!
If your child would like to have a little squirrels friend accompany them on a trip please speak to a big squirrel.
Children are required along with their families to note down in the book provided where the squirrel has been and what they have been up to. Any pictures or indeed photos can be added too! Once returned their adventures will be discussed at carpet time.
Fees are due regardless of absence due to holiday or illness.
Fees are due half termly in advance.
Any changes to hours/days must be informed in writing half a term in advance or current fees will be payable and recovered if the notice period is not adhered to.