Welcome to Braeside Neighbourhood Nursery
This handbook contains information about our nursery and how we work, but at Braeside
Neighbourhood Nursery we understand that parents are children‟s first and most enduring
educators. It is therefore our aim to work closely with parents to ensure that together we are
providing a caring and positive impact on the children‟s development and learning.
Information about Braeside Neighbourhood Nursery
Braeside Neighbourhood Nursery is privately owned and has been registered since the 1960‟s,
but under the current ownership of Mr and Mrs Ashby since 1988. We are situated in a quiet
residential area in Paignton. Braeside Neighbourhood Nursery cares for babies and children
under 5 years, who are accommodated in separate units, these consist of 0-20 months,
20months- 3years and 3years –5 years units.
We would recommend the following.
? Parent/Carers and child have a tour of the nursery facilities and meet the staff prior to
admission to nursery.
? Hopefully have all questions answered by both parents and staff prior to the child‟s
first day so staff can concentrate on the child settling in and not on administration
? That you do a settling in session before your child starts. This will help them to
familiarise themselves with the staff and environment, these are known as “settling in
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) brings together Curriculum Guidance for the
foundation stage (2000), the Birth to Three Matters (2002) framework and the National
Standards for under 8‟s Daycare and Child minding (2003), building a coherent and flexible
approach to care and learning.
Starfish Our 0-20 months unit is called
During this period, young babies physical development is very rapid, and they gain increasing
use of their muscles. They learn from the moment they are born. Babies learn to communicate
very quickly and this can be shown in a variety of ways such as crying, gurgling, babbling
and squealing. They learn from hearing people talking, various sounds including singing and
rhymes. At this age they can use their arms and legs to reach for, grasp and manipulate things
and this leads to exploring with their mouths. By being aware of these different
developmental stages, staff can plan accordingly, sensitive care, which responds to children‟s
growing understanding and emotional needs, help to build secure attachments to special
people such as parents, family members and cares.
As children become mobile new opportunity for exploration and exercise open up. Staff must
provide a safe and interesting environment, with age appropriate resources; these will help
children to develop curiosity, co ordination and physical abilities. This in turn helps with the
beginnings of self-control and how to relate to other people. Building on their communication
skills, children are more able to develop a sense of self and are more able to express their
needs and feeling.
Our Birth to 20 months room has a staff ratio of 1 adult to 3 children.
? This unit includes a separate changing area where your baby will have their own
personal items such as nappies, wipes, cream etc. All these items will be clearly
marked and dated and parents will be informed when stocks are running low.
? A cot room, where babies can sleep in peace, which also has a monitor and is checked
and recorded every ten minutes by staff.
? A small kitchen area for preparation for babies bottles and food.
? And three-play area‟s, we have one play area, which is specifically used for all the
messy play, that the babies enjoy doing. The other two rooms can be joined as one
large play area where children can learn through play with many toys and activities
suitable for their developmental stage. We can also if needed separate the room into
two separate areas‟s when we have the very young babies in nursery. We at Braeside
Neighbourhood Nursery understand and cater for the needs of all the children and
especially note the vast age gap between birth and 20 months. Children in this unit
also have access to the garden area and when possible, we are close enough to the
beach and local park to take them out for walks in their pushchairs.
? Please note on all outings throughout Braeside Neighbourhood Nursery the ratio is
reduced to one adult to two children.
This age range is covered in both the Starfish and Jellyfish units.
During these months, children‟s fine motor skills develop and they enjoy a variety of
activities such as looking at picture books, listening to stories, which is an important step in
literacy. They are also becoming aware of their friends and making social contacts. This is a
particular area where children need praise, support and encouragement to help build their self-
esteem and to encourage development in eating, dressing and toileting. Developing physical
skills means that children around this age can usually walk climb or even run and this is a
time for learning about dangers and safe limits. As with all the children at Braeside
Neighbourhood Nursery we reinforce good behaviour with positive attitudes.
Our 20 months unit is called Jellyfish
20 – 36 months
From our vast experience at Braeside Neighbourhood Nursery we recongnise that children at
this age are full of energy and need careful support to channel it well. This is taken into
account when our staff are planning for the EYFS. Growing in physical strength and skills
mean that children need active times for exercise and quite times for calmer activities.
Children at this age are also learning about boundaries and how to handle frustration. Adults
are an important source of comfort and security at this stage. Play with toys that come apart
and fit together again encourage problem solving. Here at Braeside Neighbourhood Nursery
we offer our children a varied and challenging environment to help them build up their self-
confidence and awareness of people and things around them.
Our 20-36 months room has two staff ratios. Children 20-24 months remain as in the baby
unit (Starfish) at 1 adult to 3 children. When the child reaches 24-36 months the ratio changes
to 1 adult to 4 children.
? This room has a separate changing area and toilet area with child size amenities.
? Large play room with play zones and a wide range of toys and activities for the
curious and energetic toddler.
? They have a separate art area where all forms of art work are carried out and explored
by the children.
? There is a quite area if the children need to sleep, rest or just join in a quiet activity
like story time.
? A kitchen area where light snacks and drinks are prepared.
This unit is equipped and decorated with toddlers in mind. They have access to the garden,
and weather permitting, we aim to go into the garden twice a day.
Dolphins Our 36-60 months unit is called
The children in this unit are still building their sense of identity, but are usually confident,
articulate and eager learners. They are more able to maintain their concentration span and also
sit quietly when required. They help each other with social rules and customs and show
tolerance and understanding of each other, and how to control their own feelings and maybe,
actions. At this stage, children are better able to under take more challenging activities with a
wider range of materials. Literacy and numeracy play a large part in their development and
many of the children are eager to use a pencil and try to write their name with adult
encouragement. These children are especially encouraged to work as part of a group, taking
turns and sharing fairly including adults, to work together harmoniously. In this unit the
children have a café style snack where they are encouraged to choose what they would like
eat and drink, this leads to decision making.
Our 36-60 months unit has a staff ratio of 1 adult to 8 children.
? This unit has a cloakroom with a bathroom leading off with child sized toilet amenities.
? The main room is divided up into various play zones including, computer area, home
corner, dressing up department and a “shop” area that changes its theme each term.
? There are also two carpeted areas that are used for circle time or other activities such
as large floor puzzles.
? Also tables available for various toys and games to be played on.
? Off the main room there is a quiet room with cushions, library, DVD player and a
? At the far end of the playroom we have a large separate art room where all manner of
messy experiences take place.
? The art room leads directly into the garden.
Our staff are selected very carefully, not only for qualifications and experience but also for
their love of children. We understand that continuity of care for the children is paramount and
for that we are totally committed to promoting staff loyalty. There is nothing worse for a
child‟s development at nursery than to experience constantly changing faces due to staff
Our staff to child ratios are guided by Ofsted regulations for nursery age children as follows:
Age of child Staff- child ratios
Under 2 years 1 : 3
2 years 1 : 4
Over 3 years 1 : 8
The national standards require the person in charge of the nursery and the deputy to have
appropriate level 3 qualification or teacher statues that specialise in early years. In addition, at
least half of the remaining staff must hold an appropriate level 2 qualification.
Our policy is to exceed statutory requirements, encourage staff to develop their qualifications
and to attend courses in areas such as special needs, equal opportunities and behaviour
management. We expect all staff to obtain First Aid and Food Hygiene qualifications within
six months of appointment, and keep these up to date.
At Braeside Neighbourhood Nursery our philosophy towards day care is centred on the principle that each child is an individual, who brings to Braeside unique life experience that have shaped the child into the person he/ she is. Braeside Neighbourhood Nurseries role is to provide an environment for the child that is welcoming, safe, stimulating and challenging. We provide for children‟s social, emotional, physical and moral development to enable them to
grow and develop to their full potential. We strive to create an atmosphere of working in partnership with parents so that the children are happy to attend Braeside and you feel confident about leaving your child in our care.
Parents are asked to provide their child‟s formula milk. All milk must be clearly labelled, if ready made in bottles, these will be kept in the fridge until required. If a tin of formula is supplied then your child‟s bottle will be made up freshly when required.
We ask you to supply nappies, wet wipes and cream for your child. These will be clearly labelled and dated and you will be informed when supplies are running low.
Every child is allowed a comforter; we never refuse at Braeside, whether it is a dummy, a cloth or a toy unless it threatens any health and safety guidelines.
When children start here, we ask parents to fill in their routines in their care plan books. This will include routine, sleep time and likes/ dislikes.
Arrivals and Departures.
Please would parents respect the opening and closing times at our nursery. We are not able to accept children into nursery before 8.30 unless prior arrangements have been made, which is at an extra cost. Parents should not expect to gain entry to the nursery before this time, even if the staff are present. Staff begin work at 8.30am and arrive early to set up. Equally could parents please observe our closing times, again staff finish at 5.30pm. If you wish to spend time discussing your child‟s day with staff you should arrange to be in nursery 15 minutes before we close.
All wash hand basins are fitted with Thermo mixing valves to prevent scolding. The nursery is fitted with a fire alarm system, fire doors and emergency lighting. All rooms have emergency exits and regular fire drills are carried out.
Your child will be allocated a key worker to assist with the child‟s induction.
Learning diaries and care plan books.
Each child will be given these when they start. The Learning diaries record their development.
Care plan books are given to the younger children with information on what the child has
eaten, how long they have slept etc. This information is then shared between staff and parents.
Braeside Neighbourhood Nursery is open from 7.30-6.pm Monday to Friday. Early sessions,
7.30-8.30am and the late session 5.30-6pm have to be pre-booked to allow the correct
child/adult ratios. Braeside closes on National Bank Holidays and closes over the Christmas
period. No fee is charged when the nursery is closed.
A registration fee of ?20 will be charged at the time of booking which will be refunded when
your child leaves nursery. All fees are due one month in advanced, payable by standing order,
cheque, cash or voucher system. Late payments will incur additional charges. Should a child
be sick for a long time please speak to management to discuss fees, as an arrangement may be
available. Four weeks notice in writing is required if your child leaves nursery. All personal
belongings must be clearly labelled with your child‟s name. We will not be held responsible
for items that go missing that haven‟t been marked.
Times and costing 0-2 years 7.30am 6.pm ?32.00
7.30am 5.30pm ?30.50
7.30am 1.pm ?20.00
8.30am 5.30pm ?27.50
8.30am 1pm ?17.00
1pm 6pm ?16.50
1pm 5.30pm ?15.00 2-5 years 7.30am 6pm ?30
7.30am 5.30pm ?28.50
7.30am 1pm ?18.00
8.30am 5.30 ??25.50
8.30am 1pm ?15.00
1pm 6pm ?15.00
1pm 5.30pm ?13.50 The early morning session will include a small breakfast, which will be served just before
8am. The morning full sessions include a cooked lunch and dessert. The afternoon session
includes a light tea.
PLEASE REMEMBER HOLIDAYS: 3 weeks per annum at a charge of;
= ?5.00 half day session
= ? 8.00 full day session
SICKNESS ABSENCE, ARE CHARGED AT FULL RATE
Administration of medicine and Policies.
We can administer certain prescribed medications to your child; this must be by prior
arrangement and all the necessary paperwork completed before hand.
? Children who have been given antibiotics should be given the first dose at home and
remain home for a further 24 hours.
? Medication is given by qualified staff and witnessed by a second member of staff, all
doses are recorded and parents are asked to sign the medication form.
Here at Braeside we feel that it is sometimes necessary to give the babies Calpol for example:
when they are teething. We seek prior written permission from the parent if this is likely to
Sickness and illness.
To keep all children as healthy as possible we cannot accept children with the following;
? Sickness and or Diarrhoea
? High Temperature
? Discharge from ear or eyes
? An unexplained rash
? Feeling unwell and needing one to one care We will accept normal coughs and colds. Any other conditions or illnesses please inform us
and we will let you know.
The Health Authority guide lines
Please see information below regarding the times required to be away from nursery.
Illness Recommended period to be kept away
from nursery Allergies None Antibiotics prescribed First day at home Chicken pox Fully recovered Common cold Managers discretion Ear infection 48 hours * Eczema None
48 hours * or until redness and discharge have Eye Disorders
gone Gastro-Enteritis 72 hours Hand/Foot/month Fully recovered Head lice 24 hours Herpes Simplex Fully recovered Impetigo Fully recovered Measles Fully recovered Meningitis Fully recovered Mumps Fully recovered Ringworm Fully recovered Rubella Fully recovered Scabies Fully recovered Scarlet Fever Fully recovered Sickness/Diarrhoea 48 hours Temperatures 24 hours Thrush 24 hours * Tonsillitis 24 hours Whooping Cough Fully recovered
? The stated time after receiving antibiotics
Where the above illness state „Fully Recovered‟ this means they can return to Nursery when
the Nursery Manager is satisfied there will be no risk of infection, or you present a note from
your GP to the same effect.
Every effort is made to ensure your child is kept safe, accidents do happen. If a child is
involved in an accident emergency first aid will be given, we will then do an assessment of
the child‟s condition and record this in an accident folder. When you arrive to collect your
child you will be asked to read and sign the form. Should your child require hospital treatment
you will be informed immediately and arrangements made to meet you at the hospital.
We are required by law to inform the relevant agencies of any concerns that we have about a
child who is or may be at risk of harm. Should this occur you would be informed by the
Nursery Manager of our concerns and the actions to be taken.
If a member of staff has an accusation made against them then the Nursery manager or deputy
should inform Torbay Social Services and Ofsted. The member of staff would be suspended,
until investigations are complete.
Policy on staff protection
We intend to create in our nursery an environment in which staff are safe from both physical
and verbal abuse and can carry out their duties without reprisal from parents/carers. Your
child‟s place may be withdrawn if you do not abide by this policy.
Parents/Carers are more than welcome into the nursery at any time. Each child will be
allocated a key worker for assessment purposes. We try to keep parents up to date with what
is going on in nursery. We do this by sending home newsletters and putting up notices. We
also hold parents evenings, which will give you the opportunity for us to discuss your child‟s
progress with his/her key worker.
Compliments, Comments and Complaints
We are always happy to listen to any compliments, comments or complaints you may have
about the Nursery. If you have any complaints about the service being offered by the nursery
please discuss this in the first instance with the unit supervisor. If you are not satisfied with
the outcome of the discussions or actions please put your complaint in writing to the nursery
manager who will respond to your complaint within 14 days or less.
We offer our children a full menu which includes Breakfast (at just before 8 am for the early
starters) snack around 9.30ish, Lunch at midday and tea at 3.30.
? Breakfast is usually a choice of cereals
? Snack varies from toast, cheese, fruit or yoghurt
? Lunch is a cooked main meal and dessert prepared on the premises.
? Tea can range from sandwiches to baked beans on toast.
? We also ask you to provide a piece of fruit for your child for each session.
We work on a four weekly menu plan and food is checked for contents, sugar, salt etc.
Children have milk in the mornings and water is offered thought out the day.