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  • New Life Nursery School
    80 High Street
    Kings Heath
    Birmingham
    B14 7JZ
    Tel: 0121 444 1230

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Below is a list of the questions that we are asked most commonly by parents. If you have a question that is not covered here, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

    1. We’re not Christians – can my child still join?
    2. Can I visit the nursery?
    3. How will my child be settled in?
    4. What curriculum will my child follow?
    5. What will my child eat and drink?
    6. Will my child be involved in messy play?
    7. What should my child wear to nursery?
    8. Will my child need to bring spare clothes?
    9. Will my child be taken on outings?
    10. What kind of parental involvement will I have with the nursery?
    11. How will my child be kept safe?
    12. What happens if my child has an accident?
    13. What should I do if my child is ill?
    14. What if my child needs medication?
    15. What are the nursery opening times?
    16. What are your term dates?
    17. What are the nursery fees?
    18. If I send my child to a nursery class in a local primary school, will they automatically get a place in that school’s Reception class?
    19. How can I make an application?

    1. We’re not Christians – can my child still join?
    Of course – New Life Nursery School is open to families of all faiths or none.
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    2. Can I tour the nursery and meet the staff?
    Absolutely. You can ring and make an appointment to come and visit the nursery during term time. Or you can pop along with your child to our Music Tots session on Friday afternoons between 1.30 and 3pm. As well as joining in singing and activities in the nursery with your child, you will be able to talk to a member of staff, ask questions and have a good look around.
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    3. How will my child be settled in?

    We want both you and your child to be happy to separate and to do so in a safe and friendly environment. We will arrange for you and your child to visit the Nursery school prior to starting, as we believe this helps both of you to settle and become familiar with the setting.

    We believe that coming to Nursery should be a positive experience. In order to make the transition from home to Nursery as happy as possible, we would ask you to be available to stay with your child for a short time when s/he first starts Nursery. Children vary in how quickly they settle, and we feel it is important that children have the chance to get to know each other and their teachers and feel confident in their new surroundings before being left without a parent. We are happy to for your child to bring a comfort toy to Nursery if this is helpful in settling him/her, but we would seek this to be taken back by you or left at home as soon as practicable.

    We ask that you always say goodbye to your child, so that s/he knows you are leaving; however, we would also advise you that prolonging a goodbye is often more upsetting for children, and they are often better if left promptly, supported by a member of our staff.

    We are happy to take your child from you, if you so wish.

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    4. What curriculum will my child follow?
    New Life Nursery School follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, as set out in the Statutory Framework 2017. You can learn more about this on our curriculum page.
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    5. What will my child eat and drink?

    Your child will be offered a snack of toast or fruit every morning and afternoon, with a choice of milk, water or diluted fruit juice to drink. Fresh drinking water is available at all times.

    If your child stays for lunch, s/he will need to bring a packed lunch. As part of Birmingham’s Startwell Initiative, we are committed to promoting healthy eating in children; therefore, we would ask you to follow the guidelines in our Healthy Eating policy when sending food into nursery.

    Please see our Food Hygiene and Healthy Eating Policy and Appendices for more information.

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    6. Will my child be involved in messy play?

    Definitely! At New Life Nursery School all children are actively encouraged to participate in messy play activities. We believe messy play offers an outstanding opportunity for children to grow and learn.

    We ensure that messy play activities are age appropriate and are linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage, which actively promotes children’s creative and sensory development. We ensure that the materials used are inspected to ensure the safety and well-being of the children and that equipment and utensils are thoroughly cleaned after use. We always check for allergies before engaging in messy play and also dietary requirements before using foodstuffs.

    We provide aprons for painting and messy play activities. However, clothing may still become stained during messy play activities and you should take this into consideration when dressing your child for Nursery.

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    7. What should my child wear to nursery?

    Your child should be dressed in suitable clothing with fastenings s/he can manage independently where possible, e.g. elasticated waists for trousers and skirts. S/he should wear shoes or trainers / pumps, preferably with Velcro fastenings. Please don’t send your child in open-toed sandals as they can be dangerous in the nursery environment.
    Aprons will be provided for messy play; however, you are still advised to dress your child in clothing that will not matter if stained.

    Your child will have access to outdoor play for all but extreme weather, and should, therefore bring a waterproof coat to Nursery every day, plus appropriate clothing, e.g. hats, gloves, wellingtons, as required.

    During hot and sunny weather conditions, we would ask you to bring a sunhat or cap for your child.

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    8. Will my child need to bring spare clothes?
    We keep a small quantity of spare clothing in the Nursery for changing children who become wet or soiled, but you are welcome to bring a bag with spare clothes in to keep on your child’s peg. If your child’s clothes have to be changed at nursery, his / her soiled clothing will be placed in a bag for you to take home at the end of the Nursery session.
    We would ask you wash and return any borrowed items of clothing as soon as possible.
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    9. Will my child be taken on outings?

    At New Life Nursery School we believe strongly in developing good working relationships with parents and their children. We acknowledge that you are the primary caregiver and teacher of your child and we welcome your views and comments as important input to support your child’s development.

    Learning Journal: As a small nursery, all the staff will get to know and work with you and your child. In addition, your child will be allocated a key worker who will be responsible for developing a closer relationship with you and your child, including assessing your child’s progress and maintaining your child’s assessment records in the form of a Learning Journal. We use an online programme called Tapestry, which allows us to upload notes, photographs and short videos to a secure site. You will be able to access your child’s Learning Journal via a secure link to see what s/he has been doing in nursery and how s/he is progressing. You can also add comments and your own photographs and videos to the Journal.

    Nursery Sessions: You are welcome to stay with your child for the first fifteen minutes or so at the beginning of each session, to talk to staff and engage with your child in activities. If you require privacy to discuss with your key worker or the teacher in charge a matter relating to your child, we will endeavour to accommodate this or arrange a suitable time as soon as possible.

    Planning: We plan a broad curriculum of activities, learning experiences and events each half term and we put some suggestions for how you might support these at home on the noticeboard in the nursery cloakroom and on our website. See noticeboard

    Home Activities: We have a small home library with books for you to borrow and share with your child and a Home Activity Bag library, with toys and activities you can borrow. We also send home occasional extra activities, such as a Chatterbox.

    Church Activities: New Life Nursery is part of New Life Baptist church, and we will keep you informed of any services or events to which we think you might wish to bring your child. For example, these would include Holiday Club during the summer holidays and special services, particularly at Easter and Christmas.

    Parents’ Meetings:  These will be arranged once each term, to give you the opportunity to have a short meeting with your child’s key worker to discuss your child’s progress. You will also receive a detailed written report in the summer term.

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    10. What kind of parental involvement will I have with the nursery?

    At New Life Nursery School we believe strongly in developing good working relationships with parents and their children. We acknowledge that parents are the primary caregivers and teachers of their children and welcome their views and comments as important input to support their child’s development.

    • Learning Journey: Each child is allocated a key worker who is responsible for developing particularly close relationships with a child and their parents, assessing the child’s progress, maintaining the child’s assessment records in the form of a Learning Journey, and passing on information to parents and the teacher in charge. Parents are able to view their child’s records at any time and we would encourage parents to add their comments to their child’s ‘Learning Journey’.
    • Nursery Sessions: We welcome parents into the Nursery School for fifteen minutes at the beginning of each session, to talk to staff and engage with their children in activities. If parents require privacy to discuss with the teacher in charge a matter relating to their child, we will endeavour to accommodate this or arrange a suitable time as soon as possible.
    • Parents’ Meetings: Parents’ Meetings. These will be arranged once each term, to enable parents to have a short, formal meeting with their child’s key worker to discuss their child’s progress. Each child will also receive a detailed written report in the summer term.

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    11. How will my child be kept safe?
    The safety and well-being of everyone at New Life Nursery School is of highest priority. All staff have up-to-date safeguarding training and we observe a comprehensive safeguarding policy which is available on this website. See policies.

    All staff aim to know everyone as an individual and to provide a secure and caring environment, so that every child can learn in safety, develop his/her full potential and feel positive about him/herself as an individual. All children will be encouraged to care for and support each other. Parents/carers have an important role in supporting the nursery in safeguarding the children, and you are encouraged to discuss any issues or worries with us.

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    12. What happens if my child has an accident?

    All full-time, qualified members of staff have current paediatric first aid certificates. At least one qualified member of staff will be on the premises at all times when children are present and will accompany children on outings.

    There is a first aid box accessible at all times with appropriate content for use with children. This is kept out of the reach of children. Any accidents or injuries will be recorded on an accident form with a note of the injury and any treatment administered. You will be given a slip with this information on and we will inform you of any accident or injury sustained by your child on the same day, or as soon as reasonably practicable.

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    13. What should I do if my child is ill?

    We ask you to telephone the Nursery as soon as possible to advise us if your child is to be absent due to illness.

    If your child has sickness or diarrhoea, you should keep them off nursery for 48 hours after their symptoms are clear. Other contagious illnesses, such as chickenpox, have longer periods where children should not attend nursery and we are happy to advise you, if necessary.

    We ask you to advise us if you discover head lice or nits in your child’s hair. We will inform parents if there is an outbreak of head lice and supply an information sheet to aid you in removing the lice and nits.

    Information is displayed in the nursery for all staff and volunteers, which details pupils with specific allergies or medical conditions. This poster is updated at the start of each academic year, and as appropriate during the year, e.g. when new children start Nursery.

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    14. What if my child needs medication?

    We are willing to administer prescribed oral medicines to children, and some over-the-counter medicines, including Calpol. Medicines must be clearly labelled with your child’s name. We will not administer any medicines intended for anyone else. We will ask you to complete a medicines consent form for each medicine, noting your child’s name, the name of the medicine, the date and the dosage.

    Staff will record the time and date the medicine has been administered and by whom. All medicines will be stored appropriately out of reach of the children.

    We are happy to administer inhalers for asthma as necessary. We would ask you to supply a spare in-date inhaler to leave at Nursery, clearly labelled with your child’s name. Again, we would ask you to complete a consent form, recording the inhaler to be used, and the dosage required. Staff will record the time and date the inhaler has been administered, and by whom. All inhalers will be stored out of the reach of children.

    Appropriate training will be given to staff for the administration of medicines that require medical or technical knowledge, e.g. Auto-injectors or Inhalers.

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    15. What are the nursery opening times?

    We are open to children from 8.45am – 3.15pm Monday to Friday, during term times.
    The day is divided into two equal sessions:
    Mornings: 8.45 – 11.45am
    Afternoons: 12.15 – 3.15pm

    You may choose which sessions your child attends, e.g. mornings, afternoons, all day or a mixture of all three (subject to availability of places).

    Lunch Club is available from 11.45am – 12.15pm for a small fee. Your child may stay to lunch even if they are only attending for a morning or afternoon session. You will need to send a packed lunch for him / her and we would ask you to follow our healthy eating guidelines, as set out in our Food Hygiene and Healthy Eating Policy and Appendices.
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    16. What are your term dates?
    Our term dates are in line with Birmingham City Council’s school term dates.

    School Year 2018 to 2019

    Autumn Term 2018

    Term Starts: Monday 3 September 2018
    Half Term: Monday 29 October 2018 to Friday 2 November 2018
    Term Ends: Friday 21 December 2018


    Spring Term 2019

    Term Starts: Monday 7 January 2019
    Half Term: Monday 18 February 2019 to Friday 22 February 2019
    Term Ends: Friday 12 April 2019


    Summer Term 2019

    Term Starts: Monday 29 April 2019
    Half Term: Monday 27 May 2019 to Friday 31 May 2019
    Term Ends: Monday 22 July 2019


    School Year 2019 to 2020

    Autumn Term 2019

    Term Starts: Monday 2 September 2019
    Half Term: Monday 28 October 2019 to Friday 1 November 2019
    Term Ends: Friday 20 December 2019


    Spring Term 2020

    Term Starts: Monday 6 January 2020
    Half Term: Monday 17 February 2020 to Friday 21 February 2020
    Term Ends: Friday 3 April 2020


    Summer Term 2020

    Term Starts: Monday 20 April 2020
    Half Term: Monday 25 May 2020 to Friday 29 May 2020
    Term Ends: Monday 20 July 2020

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    17. What are the nursery fees?

    We provide Government funded sessions of up to 15 hours (i.e. five full sessions) for all registered pupils and up to 30 hours for eligible children. You are able to pay for non-funded sessions at the following charge per session:

    Half day £13.00 (8.45am – 11.45am or 12.15pm – 3.15pm)

    Full day cost £26.00 (8.45am – 3.15pm excluding lunch club)

    The church also provides a small number of bursary places, in line with the school admission policy.

    For children that stay for lunch, we charge £3.00 for the lunchtime care. Please note, if your child stays for lunch club, s/he will need to bring a packed lunch.

    Late Collection Fee: There will be a surcharge of £10 per 15 minutes for the late collection of a child.

    Booking Places: The minimum booking for places is one term’s worth of sessions.

    Payment options: Invoices will be issued monthly in arrears. Payments can be made by cash, cheque, or BACS transfer. There will be a surcharge of £25 for any returned cheques.

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    18. If I send my child to a nursery class in a local primary school, will they automatically get a place in that school’s Reception class?
    No. That used to be the case, but it no longer applies. Reception places are now allocated by the local authority, not by individual schools. Being in a nursery class is NOT part of the admission criteria. At New Life Nursery School we endeavour to prepare children for entry into any Reception class in the local area. Once we know which school your child is going to, we will liaise with staff there to ease your child’s entry into their new environment.

    Your child can start their nursery education with us the term they turn three (places permitting) and remain with us for up to two years, until they start in the Reception class of their new school.
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    19. How can I make an application?
    In the first instance, please visit our Contact Us page and enquire by email or telephone. You can read our admissions policy and application form online by following these links.

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