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How We Work

The setting has a dated rota which parents can sign if they would like to help at a particular session or sessions of the setting. Helping at the session enables parents to see what the day-to-day life of the setting is like and to join inLewsey Childrens Centre.jpg helping the children to get the best out of their activities.

Joining the rota is not the only means of taking part in the life of the setting. Parents can offer to take part in a session by sharing their own interests and skills with the children e.g. playing a musical instrument.

We welcome parents to drop into the setting to see it at work or to speak with the staff, however if you want to arrange a proper meeting with your child's key worker you can do so by emailing the centre lewseychildren@tiscali.co.uk this way we can ensure sufficient time is set aside and arrange staff cover for the room. 

We want your child to feel happy and safe with us. To make sure that this is the case, the staff will work with you to decide on how to help your child to settle into the setting. The setting has a policy about helping children to settle into the setting: a copy is enclosed in this prospectus.JR10334.jpg


On arrival you and your child will be greeted by a staff member. At this time you may wish to tell us something about your child e.g. didn't sleep very well, has had a nosebleed, has fallen over and is hurt somewhere.

It is important that your child is then entered into the register. Never take your child home without informing a member of staff.

It is also very important that we know who is collecting your child. We cannot allow anyone other than persons you have nominated to collect your child. Please ensure that you sign the appropriate form and give us the correct information about who is collecting your child if it is someone other than yourself. This information is necessary for the security of your child, the centre, and in case of emergencies.


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Support for breastfeeding Mothers
If you are returning to work and you are still breastfeeding your baby there are ways that we can support you so that you can continue to do this. Firstly please discuss the practicalities of breastfeeding your child with staff. We are able to offer you a welcoming place to breastfeed. We are able to offer you a safe, hygienic way to store your expressed milk. We are able to support you and offer guidance and advice when transferring from breast to cup.
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Children's Profiles

The setting keeps a written profile for each child. Staff and parents working together on their children's profile is one of the ways in which the key person and parents work in partnership. Your child's profile helps us to celebrate together her/his achievements and to work together to provide what your child needs for her/his well-being and to make progress.

your child's key person will work with you to keep this record. To do this you and she/he will collect information about your child's needs, activities, interests and achievements. This information will enable the key person to identify your child's stage of progress. You and the key person will then decide on how to help your child to move on to the next stage.

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We provide protective clothing for the children when they play with messy activities.

We encourage children to gain the skills that help them to be independent and look after themselves. These include taking themselves to the toilet and taking off and putting on outdoor clothes. Clothing that is easy for them to manage will help them to do this. Please provide a set of spare clothes for your child which are suitably labelled.

You may wish to purchase some "uniform". T-shirts and sweatshirts are available with our logo printed onto them. Please ask for the brochure to see prices, sizes and an order form.

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Key persons and your child

Our setting has a key person system. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom she/he is particularly responsible. Your child's key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that what we provide is right for your child's particular needs and interests. When your child first starts at the setting, she/he will help your child to settle and throughout your child's time at the setting, she/he will help your child to benefit from the setting's activities.

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Separating from you
We realise and understand that separating can be difficult for you and your child - that is why staff are here to help you.
Please feel free to talk to us anytime if you have any problems or questions.

The following may be of some help to you:

• Prepare yourself first so that you can deal with your child's feelings

• Talk to your child about separation and about the pleasure of going to nursery e.g. "It‘ll be fun, there'll be lots of children to play with, you can paint"

• Help your child get to know your key person beforehand. Visit the Centre so that your child can participate in some activities while you are there

• Allow your child to bring a comforter of some kind e.g. a teddy, or favourite toy. This helps them feel secure

• Always say "Goodbye". This is very important as it helps to develop trust and independence

(From "Touch Points" by Dr. T. Berry-Brazelton)


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Snacks and meals

The setting makes snacks and meals a social time at which children and adults eat together. We are committed to working towards the "Healthy under 5s "eating award by achieving set targets each year.
We are working with the Children's Centre's dietician (Emma) to ensure that the menus for snacks and meals are planned to provide the children with healthy and nutritious food. Do tell us about your child's dietary needs and we will make sure that these are met.

Healthy under 5s Award

Our main aim as a Children's Centre is to improve the outcomes for your children including their health. We are therefore part of the Healthy under 5s Award programme. This is a unique programme aimed at improving the lifestyles of children under 5 years old who are cared for outside their homes in Bedfordshire. Working together to combine our knowledge and experience is the most effective way for us to teach children about healthy lifestyles and to show them how easy it can be to make postive choices. Healthy lifestyle habits instilled during childhood will remain with them for the rest of their lives and improve their chances of growing up to be healthy, confident adults.

The award is co-ordinated by health services, Nutrition and Dietetics and Oral Health promotion, working in partnership with local voluntary and statutory organisations to promote healthy lifestyles for children under 5.

Each year we set targets around healthy eating, oral health, and physical exercise. By employing a chef we ensure that your children recieve a healthy, freshly cooked lunch daily, as well as healthy snacks in between. We aim to assist you to wean your babies and children away from their bottles and dummies which can cause problems for your children if they continue to use them for too long.

By provding a healthy, nutritious diet and regular physical exercise we aim to help your child to improve their health and fitness. We actively encurage feedback from parents and carers and we want to work in partnership with you. Please look out for more information, leaflets, courses and workshops.

Vitamin drops are now available at receptionfor you to purchase or you may exchange your healthy start vouchers.

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Special needs

As part of the setting's policy to make sure that its provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs a child may have.

The setting works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2000).

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The Day

The setting organises the day so that children can take part in a variety of child-chosen and adult-led activities. These take account of children's changing energy levels throughout the day.
The setting caters for children's individual needs for rest and quiet activities during the day.
Outdoor activities contribute to children's health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them.

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The session

We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from - and work at - a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.

Outdoor activities contribute to children's health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity - and are encouraged - to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as those provided in the indoor playroom/s.

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The setting's timetable and routines
Our setting believes that care and education are equally important in the experience which we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the session/day in the setting are provided in ways that:

• Help each child to feel that she/he is a valued member of the setting

• Ensure the safety of each child

• Help children to gain from the social experience of being part of a group

• Provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning


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