Frequently Asked Questions
Question: How early do I need to put my child’s name down to attend Leafield House Nursery?
We recommend as soon as possible to secure your place as nurseries can fill up very fast.
Question: How do I book a place for my child?
There are a few options, you can contact the Nursery by telephone or email to arrange a tour of the nursery and complete the paperwork. Alternatively, you can book a place via our online booking form, request a welcome pack and complete the registration form. To secure your place there is an administration fee of £100, this also covers your child’s settling in sessions.
Question: Can my child visit the nursery prior to starting?
We recommend your child attends between 3 to 5 settling-in visits the week before they are due to start. This enables the children to adapt to their new surroundings and to meet staff and children in the room.
Question: What should I/my child bring to nursery?
A change of clothes, including underwear if potty training- Please label. EpiPen or any other type of long-term medicine (if your child has an allergy or medical condition which requires this). Medicine needs to be prescribed and labelled with your child’s name and clear instructions.
Please Bring wellies, raincoats, winter hats/ gloves, sunscreen and summer hats (suitable for the season) to leave at nursery. This enables the children to not miss out on amazing outdoor learning (please ensure everything is clearly labelled).
Question: What are your opening times and when are you closed?
The Nursery is open 51 weeks of the year (closed for one week in-between Christmas and New Year) and we are closed for bank holidays. Opening hours are 7.30am-6pm.
Question: Do all staff hold relevant childcare qualifications?
All our staff are qualified to Level two & three or higher.
Question: What are the staff to child ratios at Leafield House Nursery?
The ratios, as outlined by Early Years Foundation Stage, are;
0-2 years – 1 adult: 3 children
2-3 years – 1:5 but we have remained at 1:4
over 3 years 1:8 with or without EYP or teacher.
Question: Are the same staff based in each room so there is continuity?
We have a set team in each room including a room leader on a daily basis. When staff are on holiday or absent due to illness, we have staff who are available to cover throughout the nursery so there remains continuity for each child.
Question: Are your staff First Aid trained?
All our staff are first aid trained within a short time of starting at Leafield House Nursery.
Question: Is the food cooked freshly on the nursery premises on a daily basis?
We have a Nursery Chef, who prepares all the food on the nursery premises with fresh ingredients, with no added salt or sugar. We have a 2 week menu which changes seasonally. Our Nursery Chef is qualified in food preparation and food safety and allergies.
Question: Do you have Halal, Kosher, Vegetarian or other options on your menus?
The nursery caters for all dietary needs/requirements on a daily basis.
Question: How often does Leafield House Nursery hold parents’ evenings/ days?
We hold 3 parents’ evenings/ days per year, but you can book an appointment or have a chat with your child’s key person at any time. (All appointments are booked around family needs; these are booked directly with the room leader.) You are also able to access your child’s LJ via iConnect Parentzone on a daily basis.
Question: Do you have CCTV?
CCTV is located indoors and outdoors. This is here to protect the children and staff of Leafield House Nursery and used for training purposes.
Question: How secure is the nursery?
As well as electric gates, we use a Face ID door entry system; the software only allows designated people entry into the building. Parents may enter using this system via the front of the nursery, they will also have access to their child’s room at designated times. Outside of these times the bell must be buzzed and a member of staff will greet them at the nursery access.
We know starting nursery is a big step for all children as well as their parents/carers, so please do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions you may have!