Greenacres Childcare Admissions Procedure
After a parent views the setting and is given the chance to view policies, practices and receive a prospectus. They have the option to apply for a space; they submit a registration form, completed terms and conditions alongside a registration fee to be placed on the waiting list. Spaces are offered out on a first come, first served basis, Greenacres welcomes children from all backgrounds and all abilities, spaces are subject to availability. In the event of high demand for spaces we look at the following criteria for allocation of the space:
- The length of time on the waiting list
- An available space in a room suitable for the child’s age
- Specific days becoming available
- If the child has a sibling already placed with us
Once a space has been offered to a parent, they are required to pay a refundable deposit to confirm acceptance of the space. Parents are encouraged to arrange settlings with their key person; they will discuss their medical needs, likes, dislikes and general liaison. The parent then leaves the child for a period of an hour with us, and then on the next visit we will settle for a period of two hours. The child’s first full day is usually a shorter one, ready for full attendance building a relationship with the key person for further continuity.
Inclusion For All
All children are very welcome at our facilities and will be given every opportunity to maximise their full potential and enjoy their day. We recognise each child’s individual needs without discrimination and enable everyone to celebrate their individuality positively. Our nursery ensures each child is fully integrated into the environment and respects and gains from the diversity of the group. The setting and activities are regularly reviewed and adapted to ensure we continually meet the needs of every child’s rights to access a full programme appropriate to their needs.
Special educational needs – Each of our settings employs a SENCO who has relevant training to support each child’s individual needs. The nursery and staff will work closely with the parents and outside professional agencies to ensure the best individual care and learning program for each child.
Our setting aims to provide a stimulating range of experiences and activities for children to make sense of the world through play. We aim to provide situations in which children can develop self-discipline and self-esteem in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement. We recognise the importance of adults providing a role model for children. We acknowledge conflicts occur in childhood and adulthood and through viewing conflict as a learning opportunity children will gain a valuable lifelong skill that benefits themselves, their families and society. We believe in the use of positive disciplines as a more effective way of setting limits for children. This will give children appropriate skills and strategies to deal with difficult situations.
A Learning Environment
Resources and activities are carefully selected and recorded to allow children practical experience, opportunities to build on their natural curiosity and exercise the use of their imagination inclusive of language and mathematical skills. Staff encourage children’s self-confidence and develop their self-esteem and independence, they will help children gently learn what is right and wrong and work closely with parents to help build positive relationships. Records are kept to ensure each individual child’s educational needs are met and appropriate support and input are given to each developing skill.
A Safe Environment
We believe that the health and safety of those in our care is of utmost importance. We endeavour to ensure that Greenacres is a safe and healthy place for all children, staff, parents, carers and visitors. The setting aims to ensure that all are aware of health and safety practices and to minimise the hazards and risks to enable the children to thrive in a healthy and safe environment. A strong policy is in place, guided by the National Safeguarding Board to ensure that all suspicions or incidents are challenged and acted upon immediately.