Fees and Payments
Please get in touch and we will clarify the nursery’s fee structure for the number of childcare sessions required for your child each week. A £33 non-refundable deposit for paid nursery places is required on registration. Except where otherwise agreed by the nursery manager, we also require fees to be paid in advance of the first day attended by your child.
If a place is booked but subsequently no longer needed, an advanced notice period of 4 weeks will be required by the nursery, during which payment of fees still applies.
Full fees will also need to be paid for your child should they be absent e.g. through illness or because they’re away on holiday. This allows us to hold their place open for them. No charges are made by the nursery when it is closed, however.
Certain benefits may be available in some circumstances and our lone parent advisor can be made available to discuss options where applicable.
Free Childcare Funding
Little Acorns Nursery supports Government schemes for free childcare funding for eligible families. Funding can be stretched throughout the year or used only for term time, as preferred. Just a few examples include support for 15 hours of free childcare per week for eligible 2-year-olds, 15 hours of free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds living in England, 30 hours of free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds if eligible and Tax-Free Childcare, where appropriate.
Childcare Vouchers Supported
We accept all valid and recognised childcare vouchers at Little Acorns Nursery.
Children’s Meals & Snacks
Our in-house chef cooks healthy, balanced meals for the children on a daily basis, providing breakfast, lunch and tea as appropriate. Only fresh, high quality ingredients are used and healthy snacks are also provided; once in the morning and again in the afternoon. Our menus are rotated on a three-week basis and can be viewed by parents at any time in the nursery’s kitchen or on this website here.
Special diets are all catered for including vegetarian, vegan etc.
Meals and snacks are all included in our standard nursery fees.
Clothes, Bags & Labelling
We ask that parents/carers/guardians label children’s clothes and bags with their name. This includes a spare set of clothing that we recommend is brought to the nursery in case of accidents, for example during messy play activities or when children are toilet training.
Restful Sleep Periods
We know that babies and under-fives may require one or more periods of sleep during their day. So, set rest sessions are built into the day at the nursery. Children can also have additional periods of rest should they require them, or on request from the children’s parents, carers or guardians. Just let us know any special requirements.
Discipline at the Nursery
Tried and tested techniques like distraction, redirection and time out sessions may occasionally be needed at the nursery in the event of there being any concerning behaviours amongst the children. If you would like to discuss potential scenarios that may take place, and our handling of them should they occur, we would welcome the opportunity.
Medical Needs & Medications
Staff are able to administer prescribed medicine to your child, if required, so long as we have your written consent to do so.
However, to safeguard other children at the nursery, we ask that children who have any of the following should remain at home:
- a temperature above 37°C;
- an upset tummy;
- sickness (vomiting) or diarrhoea;
- an infection;
- a rash e.g. due to Chicken Pox;
- sore or discharging eyes or ears.
At Little Acorns Nursery, we fully understand that parents’ involvement in their children’s early years education can make a huge, positive impact on their lives. We therefore welcome the involvement of parents in their child’s learning and development and actively encourage a two-way dialogue between them and our nursery staff.
We are also always here to listen to any concerns or matters relating to their child and their time and education at the nursery. Please do feel free to contact our manager for any particular concerns.
Policies & Procedures
The nursery has a defined set of policies and procedures that can be viewed on request. They are usually on view in the nursery’s entrance hall but please do ask a member of staff or the manager if you would like to see or discuss any of them. We’ll be happy to help.