Age of admittance
We accept children from the age of 6 months.
The Pre-School Centre is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. A child may attend either full-time or sessions which run from 8.30am to 1.00pm and 1.00pm to 5.30pm. The carer must sign his/her child in on arrival at the Pre-School Centre and out on departure. Please inform Officers-in-Charge if a different person will be collecting your child/children. The Pre-School Centre closes promptly at 5.30pm. There will be a charge of £20.00 for any parent failing to collect their child/children on time, please refer to the Terms and Conditions received in your child's confirmation pack.
Meals & Snacks
All children receive a glass of milk mid-morning and milk and/or a piece of fruit mid-afternoon. Lunch is provided for all children in the Centre at midday. The University Catering Service provides a wholesome and varied two course lunch and special diets can be provided. The menu is displayed on the notice board in the hallway; it is on a six week cycle.
Most activities will take place within the Centre’s premises and grounds. Occasionally, under supervision, children may be taken on an outing away from the Centre. These outings will always be in seat belted transport. Please complete the consent form enclosed if you wish your child to be included on such outings.
Any child with a rash, discharge from the eyes or nose, sickness, diarrhoea or any contagious/infectious illness should be kept at home until a doctor has certified he/she is fully recovered or 48 hours have elapsed since the last outbreak. Should a child become seriously ill or injured during his/her attendance at the Centre, then the Centre reserves the right to call for emergency assistance and if necessary, remove him/her to hospital and give permission for emergency treatment to be administered.
It is not the policy of the Centre to administer medicines to children unless a written authorisation has been received from the carer. To have medicines administered, parents/guardians must complete an authorisation form in the office. Only a single dose of medicine must be sent in daily. The Centre will make every endeavour to follow the parent’s instructions, but reserve the right to refuse a request to administer medicines whilst a child is in our care. If your child is likely to be absent for a period of time please inform us.
Clothing & Personal Property
All children’s clothing should be clearly marked with the child’s name. The Centre request each child has a complete change of spare, suitable clothing, which may be kept in a named bag on the child’s coat peg. Children should not bring toys, sweets or valuables to the Centre as staff cannot be held responsible for any personal belongings being lost or damaged. Parents of children not yet completely toilet trained are required to provide sufficient disposable nappies and wipes for each day. Please check your child’s coat hook for any soiled/wet clothing.
We have on sale sweatshirts, polo shirts and T-shirts with the University Pre-School logo on. We ask that carers send children in suitable clothing.
Please inform us of any changes as soon as possible. A minimum of four weeks notice is required to reduce/cancel sessions. Should the required notice not be given the Pre-School Centre reserves the right to refuse a child’s attendance or require payment for the relevant sessions.
The Resource Centre is situated in the parents room. Parents are free to use the room for gathering information on family issues. There is a selection of leaflets for you to take away. The latest childcare literature is available for you to read or copy. Information on current issues from the Pre-School Learning Alliance is also kept in this room. Please feel free to browse through the information provided. The room can also be used for private conversations with staff.
The purpose of the ‘Lending Library’ is to develop an interest in books and stories. By sharing books at home, your child will develop confidence and early reading skills that will be important as he/she learns to read at school.
We provide a special wallet for your child to carry the books home in. This will help protect them especially in wet weather. We hope you and your child will enjoy sharing the books together.