Information for Parents
Clothing should be suitable for play and easy for your child to manage in order to go to the toilet independently. Belts and dungarees can cause problems if your child is in a hurry to go to the toilet and should be avoided. Children do occasionally have a toileting accident so you may like to leave a change of clothes in a small bag on your child’s peg just in case. We are always happy to accept clothing that your children have outgrown, particularly pants and trousers, to use as spare clothing. Please label items of clothing especially school sweatshirts, coats, hats, gloves and wellington boots with your child’s name.
Outdoor play is an important part of children’s learning at our school and whenever possible all children spend part of each day playing outside. Please ensure that they come in suitable clothes and provide some spare clothing in case they get dirty. If your child comes to school in boots or wellingtons in bad weather, please send a change of shoes for them to wear indoors. If the weather is very hot and sunny please send your child with a sun hat.
You will be given the chance to purchase sweatshirts and t-shirts with the school logo on. Please make sure they are labelled with your child’s name inside as they can easily get mixed up.
Jewellery and Valuables
Please make sure that your child doesn’t come to school with any valuable items such as jewellery. If your child has pierced ears please make sure that earrings are the stud types as these are less likely to cause injury.
Children must be collected promptly at 3.00 p.m. (and at 11.30 am on Wednesday mornings for part time) after our story sessions. It is important that children are collected on time as they can become distressed if left. The staff also have a variety of commitments after school including staff and planning meetings.
If you arrive early please wait quietly in the reception area until the doors to the school are opened at 2.50pm to avoid the session at the end of the day being disrupted. If you need to collect your child earlier than this to get to another school please come at 2.30pm before our final session starts to cause the least disruption. Please do not use your mobile phones in school when collecting your child. They disturb the story sessions, can be intrusive and the staff may need to talk to you at the end of the school day.
Children should be collected by a parent or familiar adult. Children will not be released to anyone under the age of sixteen or to taxi companies. Please telephone if you know you are going to be late and also let the staff know if someone different is collecting your child.
Please let the staff know if there is someone who should not collect your child. Children will only be released to the adults named on the collection consent form, unless we receive a message from you.
Please let us know if your child is ill (tel: 0121 675 3421) – staff will contact you on the first day of any absence if you have not made contact with us. If your child is absent for more than two days and there is still no contact we will carry out a home visit.
Medicines are not given in school unless under special circumstances. If your child requires a short course of treatment please speak to a member of staff. If your child requires medication on a regular basis (e.g. for asthma) please see Miss. Kauser and we will make suitable arrangements. We will only administer prescribed medication.
To prevent the spread of infection, the Environmental Health Department has advised us that all children must have two clear days away from school after any bout of sickness or diarrhoea. Please keep your child at home if they are not well enough to participate fully in the Nursery day, this includes going outside to play.
Our meals are cooked at the St Thomas Nursery School kitchen by Coombs and are transported to our school where they are served by two kitchen staff. The children sit with their “family group” and a member of staff for their dinner and this is an important social time.>
Usually all of the children stay at school for dinner but, if parents wish, children can go home for dinner and return for the afternoon session. We do not have facilities in school for packed lunches brought from home, except in exceptional circumstances. The meals served are halal but special meals are provided for children who for medical, religious reasons or parental choice cannot eat certain foods. If your child has any genuine dislikes please discuss them with the staff.
Please do not send your child to school with sweets, biscuits, crisps etc. If however your child would like to bring some food into school to share with their group please send a piece of fruit. We usually have children in school with a number of allergies, some very severe, and it could be dangerous if children share food from home.
We provide fresh fruit and toast daily for the children. Children also have access to drinking water whenever they wish.
In July 2017 we were awarded Startwell Level 3 in recognition of our commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles for children and families.
If your child stays for lunch, dinner money must be paid on Monday mornings for the week (or Wednesday for part time). Please place the correct amount of money in an envelope, supplied by school, with your child’s name on it and hand it to the office. We have great difficulty in supplying change so we would prefer the exact amount or we will put any change back in the envelope to be collected on Monday afternoon from reception. The current amount is £2.00 a day.
If you receive certain benefits you may be entitled to free school meals. Please see reception to obtain further information and an application form.
Many children like to celebrate their birthday in school. If so please see your child’s member of staff who will suggest what you could send into school to share.
We ask for a voluntary contribution of £2 per week for children attending full time and £1 for part time children and children paying for the extra 15 hours. We rely on and appreciate your contributions, without it we would be unable to provide many of the extras in school e.g. daily fruit and toast, cookery ingredients, celebrations and some visits. Please give the School Fund to staff in the classrooms each week.
We like to extend the children’s learning experiences outside the school environment as often as possible by going, for example, on local walks and visits to shops, parks, and farms. We like to welcome visitors to our school including artists, musicians, friends of the school and many more. We receive many visitors from Birmingham, other parts of the country and sometimes from abroad, who come to observe, discuss and share our good practice. Occasionally visitors
and students like to take photographs in school of the children’s learning. You will be asked to sign a consent form regarding photos but please see Mrs Cryan if you have any concerns.
Students—We provide placements in school each year for pupils from secondary schools and for early years and childcare and teaching students to gain valuable practical experience necessary for their training.
Children are not encouraged to bring their toys to school as they can become damaged or lost and this causes distress. If your child is keen to bring a toy to show a member of staff please take it home when you leave, or ask the staff to keep it until the end of the day.
Children will occasionally come home with small toys or pieces of apparatus in their pockets. If this happens please do not be embarrassed but return them to school as soon as possible, as equipment which is broken or has pieces missing is not very inviting and can be expensive to replace.
We follow the Local Authority guidelines on charging and our charging policy is based on this. All children have an entitlement to participate fully in nursery activities and visits regardless of family income.
All contributions for nursery events and trips are voluntary payments and are usually subsidised by school. If however we do not receive sufficient voluntary contributions certain visits or activities may not be able to take place.