General information for parents & carers

As a member of Sunny Days Pre-school your child:

  • Is in a safe and stimulating environment;
  • Is given generous care and attention, because of our high ratio of adults to children;
  • Has the chance to join with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn together;
  • Is helped to take forward her/his learning and development by being helped to build on what she/he already knows and can do;
  • Has a personal keyworker who makes sure your child makes good progress;
  • Is in a pre-school which sees you as a partner in helping your child to learn and develop; and
  • Is in a pre-school in which parents help to shape the service it offers.

Lunch

Parents are asked to supply a packed lunch and the children sit together to eat in a social atmosphere. This is followed by a variety of the free choice activities.

Meals, Snacks and Drinks

We ask parents not to send in fizzy drinks or sweets. Children are encouraged to eat their lunch and any items uneaten are left in lunchboxes for parents to check the amount eaten that day. Water is provided for children to drink during the session and we ask parents to support this by bringing a full, named drinks bottle to pre-school every day. The weeks snack is displayed on the parent’s board. Children are encouraged to try the snack on offer but no child will be made to eat the snack unless they want to. Please specify in writing details of any special likes, dislike, or allergies to any food.

Rising Fives

On Tuesday’s we have a rising five session for our older children starting school in the following September. This session is also a little more structured in order for children to prepare for school life. For example the children take part in a P.E session. The children who attend these sessions build friendships with other children starting school at the same time as them. This helps to provide them with a sense of security before their supported transition into primary school at the end of July.

Key Worker

When your child starts at pre-school they will have a named key worker who will be responsible for helping your child to settle in and recording information relevant to the progress of your child. The pre-school creates an online ‘Learning journey’ of work and observations about your child which can be accessed by parents at all times online.

Settling in/Visiting Pre-School

We aim to make the transition from home to Pre-School as easy as possible. The term before your child is due to start pre-school you will receive a letter with your child’s start date and visit days. This period will give you the opportunity to get to know the staff and to find out more about the pre-school. Please let your child bring a special toy as this will provide a valuable link between home and pre-school. During this time you will have the opportunity to put any questions you may have to the staff and see how your child responds to the group. All children are different and some settle in Pre-School more easily than others. We will make every effort to make your child feel happy, secure and confident in the group. Parents/carers should not worry if their child takes a while to settle in, perseverance is often the key and some children just need a little longer parental support.

Toilet Training

Ideally we like children to be toilet trained before starting Pre-school as we do not have the facilities for nappy changing and disposal on the premises. However, if your child is still in nappies when they are due to start pre-school please speak to the manager about it. You will be asked to bring your child in pull ups and a toilet training programme will be put in place to support your child’s needs. Soiled pull ups will be sent home for parents and cares to dispose of as we do have the facilities to deal with clinical waste removal.

Suitable Dress

For the comfort and safety of your child please ensure he/she:

  • Brings a complete change of clothing to the nursery in case of accidents.
  • Wears comfortable and appropriate footwear (i.e. not flimsy for example flip flops).
  • Brings shoes to change into if Wellingtons are worn to pre-school.
  • Does not wear any jewellery to the pre-school (except for studs.)

Your child will be encouraged to participate in all kinds of in and outdoor activities such as water play, sand play, painting, etc. It should be expected that on these occasions children might return home looking as if they have enjoyed themselves!

What to tell us:

Please notify the staff immediately if:

  • Your child is unable to attend pre-school – please telephone
  • Your child catches any infectious illnesses e.g. German measles, Chickenpox, Head lice etc(please check your child’s hair regularly)
  • Sickness and Diarrhoea – children must wait 48 hours from the last attack before returning to Pre-school

Please note: Your child cannot attend Pre-School if they have been unwell the previous night, even if they seem better in the morning.

Special Needs

The number of adults present allows each child individual attention, and the freedom to progress at his/her rate of personal development in each field. We welcome children with special needs and will always to our best to meet those needs. Our staff are supported by the Area Special Needs Coordinator (SENDco). The SENDco visits pre-school regularly and liaises with staff and parents as required. If you would like to discuss our group’s ability to meet your own child’s special needs, please talk to the Pre-School Manager. Please also refer to the special needs policy.