What sessions do you offer?
We currently offer 52 part-time places: 26 in the morning class and 26 in the afternoon class. Each nursery class operates a part-time session of three hours each day. This means that children can either attend in the morning or in the afternoon but not a combination of morning’s and afternoon’s. Our morning session runs from 08:30 to 11:30 and our afternoon session from 12:30-15:30.
Do I have to accept all five sessions?
Children are normally expected to attend for the full five sessions per week, unless there are exceptional reasons for a different pattern of attendance. In such cases, the final decision as to when a child is admitted and on an individualised pattern of attendance, rests with the Head teacher. Priority will be given to those parents looking for the full five sessions for their child.
When can I make an application for my child?
If you would like your child to attend our nursery, you must complete an initial application form and send or bring this into school when your child is two years old, or as soon as possible after that. Places are not allocated, however, on the basis of when the registrations are made. A child can be admitted into our nursery in the September following their third birthday. We have just one intake. This will ensure that children will have at least three terms in nursery education prior to entry into reception class of a mainstream school. Consistent attendance on a regular basis is expected of all children.
Do you provide the extended 30 hours of provision?
A child is entitled to 15 hours of free childcare and may additionally be eligible for an extended 30 hours of provision. Here at Stokenchurch Primary School, we have spent much time exploring the ways in which we can meet the needs of our families. We are proud of the strong links we have in place with neighbouring settings and the work we have put into place to secure a close partnership with our local wrap around childcare group and our childminders. Thus with a number of childcare solutions for parents locally and coupled with insufficient facilities or staff to extend our services, our decision is to remain in offering the 15 hours of free childcare only. If you are entitled to the extended offer of 30 hours, this can of course be split between two providers.
Do you offer wrap-around care?
We are proud of the strong links and close partnerships with have built with our local wrap around childcare group, neighbouring settings and registered childminders. We would be happy to signpost you to additional local providers on request.
What are the qualifications of your staff?
Mrs Bailes is a Fully Qualified Teacher specialising in 3-5 year olds and has over fifteen years of experience within the Early Years department at Stokenchurch Primary School. Mrs Simmie is a qualified Nursery Nurse (NNEB) with over thirty years of experience and a Higher Level Teaching Assistant here at Stokenchurch Primary School.
What is your adult to child ratio?
This is the minimum number of staff we must have on duty to care for a set number of children. This is set by Ofsted and relates directly to the qualifications of staff present. Our ratio is a maximum of 1:13.