View information for Parents below. If you have any queries please contact the school.
Children should be collected promptly at their finish time.
Please try not to collect your child too early, as they will miss part of the session and it can also disrupt the quality of teaching/learning for other children. We realise that emergencies do occur and if you ring school in advance we can have your child ready.
We will only release a child to an adult (over 16 years old) who is known to us. Please do not send other children to collect, as we are not allowed to let the child go in their care. If you are unable to collect your child please inform us beforehand who will be picking up as well as contact details.
We know that from time to time families become involved in disputes. Please note that fathers may have rights of access to children, whether married to the child’s mother or not. We cannot legally prevent a father (or a mother) with parental responsibility from collecting a child unless we see a court order.
If you do have problems in the family it is very important for your child’s sake that we are aware of it. Children can be affected deeply, and we need to know in order to help them remain happy and cheerful and benefiting from their time at Nursery. Please let any member of staff know, as confidentiality is guaranteed.
In order to ensure adequate protection and support for children, it is the Nursery’s policy to follow the guidelines laid down in the Durham Area Child Protection Committee’s Procedures when considering action. This may require cases to be referred to the investigative agencies in the interests of the child. The school’s designated Child Protection teacher is Lisa Jenkins.
We collate Learning Journals as a record of your child’s attainment and progress during their time here. You are welcome to take them home at any time, on request. You will be invited to discuss your child’s progress informally once each term. Please ask your child’s key worker about your child’s attainment and progress at any time.
Transfer of Children and Records
The school is registered under the Data Protection Act, and assumes that you permit the transfer of basic information (name, age, address) direct to their next school. Please inform us if you wish to prevent this.
The Nursery School does not recommend any particular Infant or Primary School; children go to a wide variety of schools in the area from here. It is YOUR responsibility to register your child with which ever school you wish them to attend. Visits with Nursery staff are often arranged during the last half-term in nursery to help ensure a smooth transition from nursery into Reception. Visits with parents are arranged by the schools themselves.
Safety and Car Parking
Personal Safety-please note that children in any school are not covered by personal accident insurance.
Please do not send your child to school in jewellery. It can easily damage children during nursery activities. If ear-rings are worn they must be studs, and you must sign a letter accepting responsibility.
Be careful bringing your child by car. Do not drive down the approach to the nursery school, as this puts other children and parents at risk. Thank you.