How can I keep track of what my child has been up to?
We recognise the importance of daily contact between parents and practitioners and ensure that there is always opportunity for a thorough and informative handover.
We use an online resource called Tapestry to track your child's progress. Staff can securely upload pictures and information which you can review and comment upon online. We also fill out daily diaries for younger children and update the parent information boards for older children. A text to parents service is also available, providing messages and updates about the nursery. You can keep you up-to-date with everything that is going on at Chestnuts by subscribing to our newsletter.
How can I fund my child’s care?
Each of the nurseries are registered to receive payments from the Government’s Tax-Free Childcare Scheme. For every £8.00 a parent pays into their account, the government will pay in an extra £2.00.
Parents can get up to £2,000 government support per child per year towards childcare costs. A childcare account can be set up on the Gov.uk.
What are your exclusion periods?
Disease / Illness Minimum Exclusion Period Antibiotics prescribed First day at home, 24 hours from first dose of medicine Chickenpox 7 days until spots have all scabbed over Conjunctivitis If eyes are weepy they must stay at home. If eyes are not weepy can return with treatment Diarrhoea 48 hours from last bout Gastroenteritis, food poisoning, salmonellosis and dysentery Until authorised by District Community Physician Head lice Children must be treated before returning to nursery Hand, foot and mouth Until blisters have disappeared Infective hepatitis 7 days from onset of jaundice Measles 7 days from appearance of rash Meningococcal infection Until recovered from illness Mumps Until the swelling has subsided and in no case less than 7 days from onset of illness Pertussis (whooping cough) 21 days from the onset of paroxysmal cough Poliomyelitis Until declared free from infection by District Community Physician Scarlet fever and streptococcal infection of the throat Until appropriate medical treatment has been given and in no case for less than 5 days from the start of the treatment Tuberculosis Until declared free from infection by District Community Physician Typhoid fever Until declared free from infection by District Community Physician Impetigo Until the skin is healed Pediculosis (lice) Until appropriate treatment has been given Plantar warts No exclusion if treated and covered Ringworm of scalp Until cured Ringworm of body Seldom necessary to exclude provided treatment is being given Scabies Need not be excluded once appropriate treatment has been given. Oral Thrush Until appropriate treatment has been given Tread worms 24 hours of medication. All household members must be treated, even if they have no symptoms.
What are your opening hours?
The nursery opens at 7.30am and closes at 6.00pm Monday – Friday and is open 51 weeks a year; we are closed on UK Bank Holidays and between Christmas and New Year.
What happens if my child is taken ill at nursery?
If your child is taken ill we will contact you immediately. In some cases we may ask permission to give Calpol. We may ask you to come and collect your child if they are not well enough to be in nursery or have a contagious illness. It is important that your child is well before returning to nursery in the interests of other children.
Will my child have the chance to settle in?
Yes. As the amount of settling in needed for children to feel happy and secure is individual to each child, you are welcome to bring your child along as many times as you like before they start. We do not make any charge for these sessions.
How do I know that my child will be secure at your nursery?
The nurseries are secured at all times and people are only allowed to enter the building if recognised by the member of staff opening the front door. If you are unable to collect your child, you must inform a member of staff and the password system would be operated to ensure complete security.
What is Chestnuts' behavioural policy?
At Chestnuts, we believe that children respond most appropriately when adults adopt a consistent and positive approach to the management of their behaviour. Through clear boundaries and consistent care, children become aware of the nursery's expectations of their behaviour and of how to treat others.
Do you offer the 30 free hours to 3/4 year olds?
Yes we do offer the enhanced entitlement. Free hours cover basic care under the EYFS. A voluntary contribution can be made if you wish your child to eat nursery food and take part in certain activities.
What happens if I am delayed when collecting my child?
We pride ourselves on our flexibility. We understand that parents lead hectic lives and are sometimes unavoidably delayed. If the delay does not occur regularly and every effort has been made to inform us, we do not implement fines for late collection, unless it is after 6pm.
How do I pay?
We find the most convenient payment method to be by monthly standing order. We work out your weekly bill, multiply it by 51 weeks (we shut for one week over Christmas) to give us the annual cost and divide it by 12 months so that your monthly payment is consistent throughout the year. Payment is in advance for the coming month. We also accept payment by debit card and accept workplace vouchers and payments via the Government Tax-Free Childcare Scheme.