Health and Safety
- Mobile phone use is strictly prohibited throughout the nursery and its grounds; please do not use your phone for any reason. This is standard procedure in schools.
- It is against the law to smoke anywhere in the nursery and its grounds.
- Please park with consideration for our neighbours and avoid blocking driveways.
- Please do not park on the school's zig-zag lines on Grasmere Road or Icknield Way; they must be kept clear at all times. Police and traffic wardens conduct routine checks and will prosecute drivers who park illegally.
- Access to the staff car park is required at all times, please do not block the entrance or obstruct the paths in any way.
- If your child attends for more than your Government funded 15 or 30 hours, you will receive an invoice via email. The invoices are issued at the start of the month and payment is due by the end of the month, please make cheques payable to ‘Grasmere Nursery School’. If you would prefer to pay with Childcare Vouchers or online banking, please speak to the office.
- Please ensure that all of your child’s belongings are named.
- Please ensure that your child comes appropriately dressed for the weather, including sensible shoes and a warm coat whenever it is chilly.
- We have a limited supply of welllies in nursery for the children’s use but we would recommend that you leave a pair of named wellies in nursery to cover all eventualities.
- In the good weather, please supply named sun hats and sun cream. For children that stay all day, we will top up their sun cream after lunch. During the summer months, please ensure your child has closed in shoes and not flip-flops, to avoid injury.
- Please keep a spare named outfit in a named bag on your child’s peg. We do have some spare clothes in nursery, but if your child has an accident it is much nicer for them to put their own clothes on.
- Your child may wear any comfortable, easy to wash clothes to school, but if you would like to buy a school sweatshirt, polo shirt or fleece please visit: www.myuniformshop.co.uk/product-category/schoolwear/grasmere-nursery-school/
Our Family Worker is Lois Robins. She is happy to help at all times so please contact her with regard to any issues you feel she may be able to help and support you with. This can be anything from toilet training to feeding, sleeping, behaviour, referrals, form filling, etc.
Please aim to have your child toilet trained during the day if possible, but don’t panic if they’re not. We anticipate accidents and are happy to change your child and support you with the toileting process if they’re not yet there.
- If your child has sickness or diarrhoea, please keep them at home for 48 hours from the last bout. This helps to keep the spread of bugs down.
- For any of the following reasons, a Care Plan must be completed with your Class Teacher or our Family Worker prior to your child starting or returning to Nursery. Please contact your child’s Class Teacher to make an appointment. Please note – your child will not be able to attend nursery without a completed Care Plan. If you are in any doubt about whether a Care Plan is necessary, please call Lois to discuss.
- If your child has any short or long term medical condition, injury, allergy, dietary requirement or needs to take any kind of medication whilst at nursery.
- If your child uses an inhaler, please also ask your doctor for a spare to be left in school. Please ensure this is in date and replaced when out of date.
- If your child has any special dietary requirements or allergies, please also bring us a letter from your doctor or any relevant medical reports.
- If your child needs to take any medication whilst at nursery, please note that we can only administer medicine which has been prescribed by a GP and has a pharmacy label attached showing your child’s name.
Attendance and Collection
- Please always ensure that your contact details are up-to-date with the office as we may need to contact you urgently.
- If your child won’t be in for their normal session due to illness or any other reason, please always phone and let us know.
- We regularly monitor attendance and our expectations are that attendance is above 85%. Please speak to Lois if you have any issues or concerns regarding attendance.
- If somebody different is collecting your child from nursery, please let us know. If somebody unexpected comes to collect your child and we haven’t been notified by you, we will not let your child leave with that person until we have confirmation from yourselves.
- Children may only be collected by carers aged 18 or over (even if you are waiting in the car).
- It is very important to drop and pick your child up on time. Please call if you are held up by an emergency. Our policy is to charge for late collection at the end of the day.
- If you are late for any reason and the gates are closed, please drop or collect your child from Reception.
If your child has an accident in school, we will give you a copy of the accident form when you collect your child. The majority of our staff are First Aid trained, and so are able to give basic treatment. If we are at all concerned, we will contact you immediately.
Special Educational Needs
If you have any concerns regarding your child’s development or they have been diagnosed as having special educational needs, please speak to one of our Class Teachers, SEN Team or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the Safeguarding Designated Officers as soon as possible on the same day.
In line with our safeguarding procedures, please let us know if your child has sustained any injuries outside nursery. We will always ask parents/carers for an explanation and also children if appropriate.
Our Safeguarding Designated Officers are:
- Barbara Tewe – Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Liz Tracy – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Lois Robins - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Kim Buttle - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Anne Keenan - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Snow and Emergency Closure Policy
- Wherever possible we strive to remain open. In the event of a breakdown of essential services (eg. heating failure, electrical failure, loss of water supply), severe weather conditions or where the nursery has to close totally or partially due to an illness epidemic, it is important that you are familiar with the following procedures.
- In the event that we do have to close the Nursery, you will be informed of this by our Teachers to Parents texting system. Information will also be put on our website and, in the event of closure due to severe weather, will also be on the Luton Borough Council website. Where the nursery has had to close, please ensure that you have confirmed when the nursery will be open before bringing your child back. In the event of heavy snow where transport services are badly affected, the nursery will open providing staff are able to get to work.
- We cannot provide refunds to parents for emergency closure as we still need to pay staff who cannot get in to the nursery and such events are deemed to be force majeure. We will always strive to keep the nursery open wherever possible. We believe that you can take out insurance against this eventuality.
We are here to support you every step of the way through your child’s nursery journey, if you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.