Frequently Asked Questions
What should my child bring?
Please make sure that your child always has a full set of spare clothes at Nursery (including underwear and socks). These can be kept in a bag on their peg and will be used if your child gets wet or dirty. It is important that all clothes (including shoes) are clearly named. The school will provide your child with a school book bag (for letters and art work to be sent home in) and a water bottle (which your child will have access to throughout the day). You must provide nappies, wipes and nappy sacks if your child requires them; these can be kept in your child’s spare clothes bag. If you are concerned about toilet training, please let us know – we are happy to provide support, advice and work with you as your child moves towards independent toileting.
It is important that your child is dressed appropriately for our changeable English weather. We play and learn outside in most weathers, so please ensure that you send your child in with a waterproof coat and warm layers if it is rainy or cold. Similarly, if it is sunny please make sure that your child has a named sun hat with them at Nursery. Your child should also bring in a pair if named wellington boots which can be kept on our welly rack.
Do they need to wear school uniform?
Nursery children are not required to wear school uniform. Some children wear their own clothes whereas some parents prefer the convenience of their children wearing uniform. It is entirely your choice. Our main request is please do not send your child into Nursery in their best clothes as we often get messy despite wearing aprons! Shoes and clothes worn at nursery must be easy for your child to take off and put on. One of the primary objectives of a child’s year in Nursery is that they become much more independent with their dressing and going to the toilet. Shoes should have Velcro fastenings rather than laces and trousers and skirts ideally should have elastic waists rather than tricky buttons and belts.
How do snacks and lunches work (please note that information for lunches only refers to the Fawcett nursery as there is no afternoon session at Trumpington Meadows)?
The school provides a piece of fruit or vegetable for your child in each session at snack time. Your child will also be given the option of drinking milk or water. We do not allow children to bring in additional or different snacks from home.
Fawcett only - Children can have school lunches (charged at 2.20 per day) or bring their own packed lunch in. Due to Covid 19 restrictions packed lunches may replace hot meals for the time being. Children would usually eat lunch in the dining hall but arrangements may be different for a while from September.
What time do I drop off and collect my child?
Morning sessions begin at 8.45 and finish at 11.45. Afternoon sessions begin at 12.15 and finish at 3.15. If your child stays for a full day, you will need to drop off at 8.45 and collect at 3.15.
Where do I drop off my child each day?
The gate for the Nursery is to the right of the main school entrance to the office; you will see the sign for Fawcett Nursery. Nursery staff will open the gate to welcome the children at 8.45 and 12.15. There is a message board next to the gate which we use to communicate messages to parents.
What if my child has allergies or a medical condition?
You will be asked for this information in the admission form and again at your meeting with the class teacher before the start of term. Please provide us with a full history of any condition and details of any medicines/special requirements that your child may have. If a child requires an inhaler or automatic adrenaline injector (epipen), you will need to provide these to the Nursery staff on your child’s first day so that we have access to them at all times. If your child is asthmatic, we will need a copy of your child’s asthma plan. Please make sure that inhalers and automatic adrenaline injectors (epipens) are in the original packaging and kept in a see through plastic box labelled carefully with your child’s name. A school medication form will need to be completed at the office. Parents are responsible for ensuring that these medications remain in date.
What can I do to help my child prepare for nursery?
Read stories with your child and talk about the books that you have shared.
Do lots of counting. As well as counting objects you can count steps or jumps!
Talk and sing with your children.
Practise dressing and undressing, this will help them manage toileting and changing their clothes.
Practise using the toilet independently.