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Meet the Little House Team

Meet the Little House Team 1 Miss Lynne Higginson, Little house Manager
Meet the Little House Team 2 Mrs Lesley Addley, Learning Support Officer
Meet the Little House Team 3 Ms.Colette Byrne, Learning Support Officer
Meet the Little House Team 4 Mrs. Jasmine Comer, Learning Support Assistant
Meet the Little House Team 5 Mrs Amanda McFarlane, Learning Support Officer

About Little House

The ‘Little House’ at East Prescot Road Nursery School is our extended provision. Here your child can have the opportunity to access extra sessions within our nursery. Our aim in the ‘Little House’ is to provide a consistent, caring and relaxing environment for East Prescot Road Nursery children to spend some extra time with us. 

 

In the ‘Little House’ we have created a more homely place, one which is less structured than in our classrooms, however we still share the same ethos, policies and principles of the nursery. We are guided by the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework and Ofsted. We provide a wide range of activities which promote your child’s physical, intellectual, emotional and social skills. These skills will be developed through both organised and child initiated play. Each child’s progress is individually assessed through observations allowing us to gain an understanding of each child’s learning and how, through their play we can extend this.

 

Information about your child’s progress will be passed on to their class teacher and this in turn will be incorporated in to their end of year report. If you have any concerns about your child’s development please speak to any member of staff.

 

We envisage that the ‘Little House’ provision will help to support our parents and carers to balance family and work responsibilities with the minimum of stress and the maximum stability, whilst offering the highest quality of care for your child. 

 

Admissions

Places for the ‘Little House’ are granted on a first come, first served basis in waiting list order. If successful ‘Little House’ places can be accessed once your child has settled in to the nursery. On receiving confirmation of a place we will ask for your first payment. We offer a maximum of 16 places at any given time, which means that places are limited.

 

Staffing

There will be two members of staff at all times based in the ‘Little House’, our core staff are qualified to NVQ level 3 or above and have enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. This meets the requirements set by Ofsted for ‘sessional care’ and ensures that the regulatory ratios of 1:8 are consistently met.

 

We believe that it is important to provide continuity for the children so for that reason some of the staff who work with the children in class will also work in the ‘Little House.’ This allows for the aims of the school to be reiterated in the aims of the ‘Little House’ as well as offering some security for the children. By working towards the same aims the children will find it easier to settle in to the ‘Little House’ this provides the children with a sense of security as the same rules and similar routines that they have in class are carried on in the ‘Little House.’

 

If you have any questions or issues that you need to discuss regarding the ‘Little House’ provision please speak to Miss Higginson or any member of our team.

 

Our Learning Environment

Our learning environment is set out in a way which allows all children to access it. This includes the outdoor environment as well as indoors. On a daily basis the children will have continual access to activities in our outdoor area as well as in the rest of the nursery grounds. For this reason we ask for your support in ensuring that your child has their coat with them and in good weather has a sun hat too. The learning areas within the ‘Little House’ have been organised to reflect the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The children will be observed and assessed in three prime and four specific areas of learning and three characteristics of effective learning, set out below:

 

The Prime Areas of Learning;

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

 

The Specific Areas of Learning:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

 

Characteristics of Effective Learning:

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

 

We are also aware that for some of our children there needs to be times to rest and relax, we have set up an area where children can sit quietly if they want to, look at books or listen to music and in some cases have a nap if necessary.

 

Fees and opening times

 

‘Little House’ Sessions
‘Little House’ offers a morning and an afternoon session each day:

 

Morning Session - 8.30am – 12.45pm; available to the afternoon children

Afternoon Session - 11.30am – 3.45pm; available to the morning children

 

The fees for each session are £18 and billed on a 4-weekly basis.

 

After School Club
We also offer After School Club from 3.45am – 4.45pm.  The fee is £4.50 per session.

After School Club can only be accessed if your child has a place in ‘Little House.’

 

As previously stated all fees are payable in advance and on a 4 weekly basis.  We ask that you please ensure your account is kept up to date. If fees have not been paid by the date stated on your bill we have the authority to suspend your child’s place until payments have been made. If you are having difficulties with making payments please see Miss. Higginson.

 

Fees will be refunded/amended if ‘Little House’ has been closed for any reason. There will be no charges for normal school holidays as the ‘Little House’ will be closed at these times. School holiday lists are available on the website and hard copies available from the office.

 

Refunds will not be given if your child is absent due to illness.

 

Retainers
A retainer will be required if you are going on holiday during term time. If possible we would appreciate 4 weeks notice for holidays so that fees can be adjusted accordingly.

If your child attends ‘Little House’ for:

 

Full week (5 sessions)  Retainer is £40 per week
4 Sessions                   Retainer is £40 per week
3 Sessions                   Retainer is £40 per week
2 Sessions                   Retainer is £36 per week (usual fees)
1 Session                     Retainer is £18 per week (usual fees)

 

Security

The security and safety of all the children in our care is our main priority and we would ask that you comply with our policies to guarantee this. When you receive your Registration Pack for the ‘Little House’ there will be a ‘permission to pick up’ form this form must be returned as soon as possible. Only the people named on this form will be allowed to pick up your child.  We will not allow your child to go home with anyone under the age of 16. If someone different is picking your child up we must be notified in advance or your child will not be allowed to leave our provision. 

    

We would also ask that you do not open any of the doors within our provision to anyone else. Once you have access to the foyer you must press the buzzer on the intercom in order to gain access to the ‘Little House.’ A member of staff will open the door as soon as it is possible to do so. As we have constant access to both the indoor and outdoor environment this may take some time so please be patient.

 

Illness

If your child is going to be absent due to illness please do contact us to let us know. As mentioned we do not offer refunds when your child is off due to illness. 

 

If your child becomes ill during their time in the ‘Little House’ we will contact you immediately so that you can pick them up. For this reason it is important for you to provide us with up to date contact numbers.