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BASIC INFORMATION

OPENING TIMES

The Nursery is open from 9.00am to l.00pm Monday to Friday. The Nursery will be closed for 4 weeks in the Summer and 2 weeks at Christmas. (Any changes will be advised as soon as possible)

WRAP AROUND SERVICE

We work in partnership with parents and the local school in providing an afternoon drop off to local schools. A small fee will be charged for this service.

FEES

All fees are payable in advance, weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Fees are due on the first day of the week or month that children start at the Nursery. No allowances are made for holidays other than when the Nursery is closed or due to sickness - fee are still due.

A two week deposit will be charged with the first week fee. When leaving the Nursery, a one month notice is required. Fees will then be charged for the first two weeks and the deposit will cover the following two weeks of the notice. (Please contact the nursery for a list of fees)

LUNCH

Parents are required to prepare a healthy packed lunch, which we encourage to be a well balanced nutritional diet. The lunch is served at 11.00am. We take this opportunity to discuss with them the choices available that help them grow and be healthy.

STAFF STRUCTURE

The following guidelines are provided for the care of the children:

2 YEAR OLDS - 1 Adult to 4 children
3 - 4 YEAR OLDS - 1 Adult to 8 children

The staff levels indicated are statutory guidelines, but at Sunnyside Nursery, this ratio is maintained at all times, although frequently, staffing is in excess of the minimum. The Nursery employs qualified staff, who have gained qualifications as a State registered Nurse, NNEB, NVQ Level 2 & 3 and Creche Diploma in Pre School Practice. We pride our nursery in having staff members giving over 10 years of service.

SETTLING-IN PROCEDURE

Parents are assured that their child will be allowed an adequate settling-in period. Parents should feel free to attend the Nursery with their child until he/she is happy to be left. Each child is different and a program individual to their needs will be met.

KEY PERSON

Sunnyside Nursery uses a key person approach. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom she/he is particularly responsible. Your child's key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that what we provide is right for your child's particular needs and interests. When your child first starts at the setting, she/he will help your child to settle and throughout your child's time at the setting, she/he will help your child to benefit from the setting's activities.

SUNNYSIDE TIMETABLE & ROUTINES

Sunnyside Nursery believes that care and education are equally important in the experience which we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the day in the setting are provided in ways that;

  • Help each child to feel that she/he is a valued member of the setting.
  • Ensure the safety of each child.
  • Help children gain from the social experience of being part of a group; and
  • Provide children with opportunity to learn and help them to value learning.

THE SESSION

We organise our session so that the children can choose from, and work at, a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities, which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.

Outdoor activities contribute to children's health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as those provided indoors.

PARENTS

Parents are regarded as members of our nursery who have full participatory rights. These include a right to be:

  • Valued and respected
  • Kept informed
  • Consulted
  • Involved and
  • Included at all levels.

HOW PARENTS TAKE PART IN THE SETTING

Sunnyside Nursery recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All of the staff see themselves as partners with parents in providing care and education for their child. There are many ways in which parents take part in making the setting a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents, such as;

  • Exchanging knowledge about their children's needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff.
  • Helping at sessions of the setting.
  • Sharing their own special interests with the children.
  • Helping to provide, make and look after the equipment and materials used in the children's play activities.
  • Being part of the management of the setting.
  • Taking part in events and informal discussions about the activities and curriculum provided by the setting.
  • Joining in community activities in which the setting takes part.
  • Building friendships with other parents in the setting

We welcome parents input as this enables parents to see what the day-to-day setting is like. This will help children get the best out of their activities.

CURRICULUM

Every child develops at their own time and pace. Their progress is monitored and parents are seen on a regular basis to discuss this. Parents/guardians are the children's first educators and we give great focus on what children already know and use this information to take them to the next level.

PROSPECTUS

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