This is a chance for us to get to know one another before your child becomes part of polkadot world. It give us the opportunity to understand your needs and for you and your child to become familiar with us so that settling-in becomes a swift and comfortable process.
In order to welcome you to the polkadot family we like to visit you at home. This gives you the opportunity to ask questions, find out about what you will need to bring to nursery, see a ‘going home book’, see the menu and discuss our daily activities. You will also be asked to pick a password and tell us who is likely to be collecting your baby. At this visit we will also arrange settling-ins with you.
Getting to know the family
Our relationship with you is just as important to us as the one we build with your child. Sharing information about your child, your expectations and your daily routine is key to us providing the best possible care and making life as stress-free as we can. From the outset, our friendly welcoming team will get to know you and your exended family, offerning you the support you need to make an informed decision. You will be encouraged to bring your partner and extended family as often as you like, when you like, to ensure you’re comfortable and confident with your decision and are happy with your choice.
Settling-in, whatever the age
Settling-ins are times when you and your little one will come along to the nursery and spend time with our staff in the room your child will join. This gives you the opportunity to get to know your child’s carers and talk about their routine, their likes and dislikes. This time spent with your child’s carers helps to create familiarity and gives you the reassurance that your child recognises where they are and who they are with.
Take Home book
Your child’s take home book will be your link with us on a daily basis. It will let you know what your child has been doing in the day, how many bottles and how much milk they have taken. Also when they had their nappy changed and if it was wet, dry or soiled. It will show you what, and how well, they have eaten and whether they have slept and for how long.
Returning to nursery you will use the book to tell your child’s carers what sort of night’s sleep your little one had, if they’ve had any medication and at what time, when their last bottle was and how much they had. You can also use it to tell us what your little one has been doing so we can understand their moods. This information is essential in caring for your little one and helps us ensure they get the best care possible.
Forest Fun – all day every day
All of our settings have nature classrooms where our children continue their learning outdoors. Our highly successful Forest School is set in the magnificent grounds of Ragley Hall and offers everything from pond dipping to assault courses, theatre productions to jewellery making, campfires to cookery – it has everything for the young imagination!
We recognise the wide range of special needs of children and their families in the community and we will consider what part we can play to meet these needs within our settings. We welcome the diversity of family life and work with all families and we encourage stories of children’s lives. Bilingual and multi-lingual children and adults are an asset, they are valued and their language recognised and respected. we value the contribution their culture and language can offer.
Ages and Stages
Young children’s needs wax and wain at various ages and stages of their development. We work very hard to maintain the right balance between what is appropriate for each individual child and what suits the general age and stage of development of children within their peer group. With that in mind, no child is moved up to the next group before they are ready and their parents feel comfortable with it too.
Each room has a diary of the day’s activities, supplemented with photos, descriptions and video for parents to see what their little person has been upto.
All of our settings are on one ground floor level to ensure our children have easy access to large outdoor spaces and all of our baby units have a separate cot room and each child has their own bedding.
You will always be greeted by a member of staff, not an automated system – a friendly face that recognises you and offers a warm welcome.
Most importantly, we stick to what we know. Whilst other settings may offer supplementary services to make life easier for parents, we simply concentrate on the care of your child. Just as we believe it should be.