FAQ’S

Frequently Asked
Questions

For other queries, please contact us

Registration

  1. After contacting us, we will invite you to come and see the Nursery so that we can meet your child and you can ask any questions in person. We usually show parents around before our morning session at 8.30am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Email hello@dandelionsnurseryschool.co.uk to schedule your viewing.
  2. Following your visit, we will ask you to submit registration forms for your child, including your preferred days of attendance.
  3. We will contact you to offer your child a place, depending on availability.
  4. We ask you to pay £150 deposit to secure your child’s place (refundable from your child’s final term fees).

General Info

We currently offer 18 places for children during our morning sessions and 18 places for children in our afternoon sessions.

We require a minimum attendance of three half day sessions per week for children who are aged 2-3 years. This enables the children to build relationships with their classmates and teachers and become comfortable with our routines. As you know, children are much more receptive to learning and new experiences when they feel secure and confident in their environment.

We require a minimum attendance of 5 half day sessions per week for children aged 3-5 years. For our older children, we offer a pre-school programme which offers opportunities to practise and develop skills in all 7 areas of learning – View curriculum. These teaching sessions are balanced over the 5 mornings.

Child initiated play – The children spend the day exploring the different activities that have been set-up in the inside and outside areas. The children have ‘free-flow’ access to the different areas and are supported to try out new activities and play alongside different groups of children. One of the adults will lead a focus activity throughout the morning which will have a specific learning intention. This gives the children an extra opportunity to practice a skill or concept with the help of an adult.

Snack time – The children sit in small groups for snack time and are involved in preparing and serving a fresh fruit snack for their friends. This gives the children the opportunity to develop their independence and self-care skills. They practise saying ‘please’ and ‘Thank you’ and taking it in turns to speak and listen whilst chatting with their friends.

Circle time – Your child’s key worker will lead a circle time for a small group of 4 or 5 children each day. This circle time will be planned for your child’s stage of development and may include telling a story with props or singing some favourite songs with the musical instruments.

We will arrange a play session for your child to visit with a parent/ carer before they officially start with us so that they can become familiar with the environment and adults. We will complete a short getting-to-know form with one of the parents so that we can find out a little more about your child’s likes and dislikes and any other information that you would like to share. During your child’s first few weeks, we suggest that you pick up your child slightly earlier if needed until they become more familiar with staying with us for longer periods. Throughout the whole process, your child’s key worker will remain in close contact with you as parents to keep you updated on how your child is setting.

Learning & Development

There will always be a chance for parents to have a quick catch-up with their child’s key worker at the start/ end of each session. Parents can also email us to arrange a face to face meeting if they have specific concerns that they would like us to discuss. 

We keep in touch with parents through a weekly email, observations of their child on our online learning journal, written reports and meetings at the end of each term. Please see our Curriculum page for further info. Insert link to ‘parental involvement’ on ‘Learning and development’ page

A Key Worker is responsible for observing and planning for your child’s learning and development. They will track your child’s progress with respect to the EYFS curriculum and keep you informed on your child’s overall health and development. In addition to daily catch-ups, your child’s key worker will keep you updated through our online learning journal and through parent parent meetings which will take place at the end of each term. These will be accompanied by a written update or report.

Our staff have lots of experience of working with children with different needs and we work closely with professionals from the Brent Early Years service as well as private therapists  and other outside agencies. Please contact our SEND (Special educational needs and disabilities) Coordinator at hannah@dandelionsnurseryschool.co.uk if you have any questions. 

If you have concerns about your children’s learning or development that you haven’t yet raised with a professional, please speak to us when you come for your initial visit.

Admissions

We welcome into our nursery school children aged between two and five years, without any restrictions because of race, gender, religion or disability.

Places will be offered on a first-come first-served basis with priority given to those wanting five sessions per week and, in certain cases, siblings.

  1. Parents submit registration documents following visit.
  2. Dandelions send email confirmation for receipt of registration documents.
  3. Childs name on waiting list.
  4. Dandelions offer place.
  5. Parents pays deposit to secure place (£150)
  6. Dandelions send email confirmation of place including days (sent term before start date).
  7. Dandelions invoice first term’s fees (to be paid one month prior to start date).
  8. Dandelions send New Starter pack.

We broadly follow Brent term times but don’t close for half-term breaks. 

We close for 2 weeks over Christmas, 2 weeks over Easter and 4 weeks over the Summer. We are open for 44 weeks of the year excluding bank holidays. Please see term dates for 2020/21.

Fees are still payable in full and are non refundable should you withdraw your child from nursery during term time or if your child can not attend due to illness.

Fees & Funding

Fees are paid termly in advance. For special circumstances monthly payments can be arranged.

We accept most employer childcare vouchers. Please speak to us to find out more – amy@dandelionsnurseryschool.co.uk

We are registered with the gov.uk tax free childcare scheme. To find out if you’re eligible and make an application visit https://www.gov.uk.

All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 funded hours through the Nursery Education Grant (NEG) scheme with Brent Council. We will automatically apply for this grant on your behalf the term before your child turns 3 years of age. Please note that your child will only be eligible for the funded hours from the term AFTER they turn 3 years of age. For example, if your child turns 3 in September 2020, the funded hours will apply from January 2021.

It is important to us to be able to offer funded hours within our community, however Government funding alone is not sufficient to cover all our running costs. Government funded hours are only paid for 38 weeks of the year and our nursery is open 44 weeks of the year. 

Parents will be asked to pay an additional cost to cover the weeks not funded by Brent and to help ensure that we are able to operate to the high standards and small group sizes we are known for at Dandelions.