Prospectus

Star Child Montessori is housed in a beautifully refurbished church hall, specifically designed by us to accommodate the needs of the children.

There are facilities for both indoor and outdoor.

 

The Nursery is a large self-contained bright and stimulating building which is divided into a baby unit, toddler and pre-school rooms.

The nursery caters for children aged 3 months - 5 years.

-       baby unit                Pluto Room (3months - 18 months)

-       toddler rooms         Earth/Venus Room ( 18 months to 2½years)

-       Pre-school room     Neptune Room (2½years to 5 years)

-       Pre-school room     Jupiter Room (2½years to 5 years)

-       Holiday club                                    (3- 8 years)

 

The baby unit has its own separate sleep area, milk preparation area, nappy changing area and messy- play areas for enhanced sensory experiences such as bubbles, paint, sand and water play.

The toddler and pre-school room are beautiful, clean and ordered environment designed to reflect Montessori values. 

There are two outdoor play areas to cater for the different age groups - one for the under 3's and the other for pre-school age and a large indoor activity area.

At Star Child Montessori we aim to give your child the best start in life.  Every child is treated as an individual, ensuring the highest level of care and attention they need to feel happy and safe.

 

"We aim to instill the joy of learning forever"  Dr. Maria Montessori

             

Opening hours

Standard hours are 8.00am - 6.00pm, Monday to Friday.  We are closed on Public Bank Holidays, one week over the Christmas period and three days to allow for staff training (Fees are charged for these days).

 

Out of hours care

We also offer an earlier start at 7.30 am and/or late finish at 6.30pm Monday to Friday, at an extra cost - if it is on a regular arrangement (£5.00 per day for 7.30a.m start).

Admission for children (0 months- 5years) are  on full, part time and sessional care..

Full time- standard time 8.00am - 6.00pm

Out of hours care 7.30am - 6.30pm

Morning session from 8.00am - 1.00pm

Afternoon session from 1.00 - 6.00pm

All children must be collected by 6.00pm.  There will be a late fee charge   after 6:00pm £10 for every 15 minutes lateness.

You may drop or collect your child at any time, but please let us know if it is after 9.30am or before 4.30pm so that any change in arrangements for food can be made.

 Children in the Neptune/Jupiter Rooms must arrive by 9:15 am.

At the time of registration, you will be asked the number of days or sessions you wish your child to attend the nursery. Changes thereafter to increase the number of days may be requested, and this will depend on the availability.

 

If you wish to reduce the number of days, the nursery will need a months notice from the first of the month, unless we are able to replace your days with another child.

 

At Star Child Montessori we follow the philosophy of Maria Montessori and the government based framework for early learning

called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

      

        Early Years Foundation Stage ( birth - under 6 years)

The EYFS is split into four themes which are the key principles that underpin effective practice in the care, development and learning of young children.

  • A unique child - commits to child development, inclusive practice, keeping safe and health and wellbeing.
  • Positive Relationships - commits to respecting each- other, parents as partners, supporting learning and the key person approach.
  • Enabling environments - commits to observation, planning and assessment of children, supporting every child, the learning environment and the wider context (e.g. working in partnership with other settings, professionals and community groups).
  • Learning and Development - commits to play and exploration, active learning, creativity and critical thinking and areas of learning and development. Learning and development is made up of seven areas:
  1. Communication and language.
  2. Mathematics.
  3. Personal, social and emotional development.
  4. Physical development.
  5. Literacy.
  6. Expressive arts and design.
  7. Understanding of the world.

 Practitioners prepare a weekly planning starting from a child's initial interests to facilitate and extend further learning

For further information on the Early Years Foundation Stage please talk to the nursery management team or visit www.foundationyears.org.uk 

 

Montessori Education (3 months -  2½ years)

From birth to the age of three the child learns and absorbs every thing in his/her environment.  They are fascinated by and want to learn about the wonderful world around them.  We at Star Child Montessori use at a very early age, this amazing receptiveness to lay the foundations for learning for the future- by introducing the Montessori materials designed specifically for the infants, treasure baskets and heuristic play.

  • We give plenty of opportunities for the child to use his/her senses
  • We allow the child to explore and learn through the environment.

 

We understand that every child is an individual from the next and will progress at a very different rate from every other child.

Young children develop at an incredible pace during their first three years.

Hence we at Star Child Montessori - support the initial growth spurts experienced in the first 18 months of a child's life, and prepare the groundwork for the equally fast progress right up to a child's fifth birthday.

Our aim is always for the happiness of your child.  To provide a secure, caring and stimulating environment to enable your child reach his/her fullest potential at their own pace.

 

"All the child needs is materials in his surroundings which satisfy his needs."

                       Dr. Maria Montessori.

 

Environment

The Montessori environment encourages exploration, communication and the development of relationship on all levels. A child relies completely on the environment for the sensorial impressions through which he gains a sense of the world in which he lives.  Activities in the Montessori class are made easily accessible to the children. Montessori was the first educator to produce child- sizes tables and chairs.

Order and consistency are very important to children so everything has its place and all materials are kept as neatly as possible. Materials provided meet the interests of the children.

 

Life Skills

Montessori saw that children are frequently frustrated in their attempts to do things for themselves

Specific exercises are available which are as closely linked to real life as possible, that allows them to master the tasks that they see going on around them in everyday life.  Unlike adults, the children are not interested in achieving end results as quickly, but are interested in the process.

Hence children will happily repeat exercises until they have mastered them.

Children are learning to look after themselves and the environment.

 

Play is the means by which children explore the World and acquire new skills. Play is the young child's work.  The child shows clearly an inner need to learn.

Learning gives pleasure.  The Pleasure provides the stimulus to keep learning.

 

"Man's intelligence is built upon the foundation laid by a child during his sensitive periods."

                                                                        Dr. Maria Montessori

 

Toddlers and Pre-School (3 years- under 6 years)

At Star Child Montessori the environment for the older children is divided into three main groups: The Practical Life Exercises, for three and four year old children;  The Sensorial Materials, which can be used by all ages in the class; and The Academic Materials, which await each child's moments of interest in reading, mathematics and geography.

Practical life exercises develop co-ordination and motor skills necessary for everyday life.  Each task flows naturally to the next level of learning, building confidence and desire to learn more.

The sensorial materials are specially designed to encourage development of the senses, carefully graded according to ability. The sensorial materials also prepare the child for reading and writing.

Language skills are promoted by stories, poetry and drama.  Regular circle time encourages children to develop self expression and confidence.

Reading and writing - when a child is ready, the alphabet is introduced phonetically through the use of sensorial materials.  Using sandpaper letters each child distinguishes between the different sounds of each letter.  Short words are then introduced which the child pronounces and associates with real life objects.  This progresses to the formation of sentences.

Mathematics is introduced initially through the use of practical materials allowing children to differentiate between size and quantities well before written skills are established.  As the child advances, the decimal system is taught using tactile and written materials. In this way the child develops a positive understanding of the operation of addition, multiplication, subtraction and division.

Cultural Subjects - history, geography and botany are introduced between the ages of three to five.  At this age they can joyfully absorb many difficult concepts if they meet them in concrete form.

Creativity - is important for children to be given opportunities to express themselves freely. Whether involved in painting, singing, playing instruments or dancing, children are allowed to be individuals, free to express their feelings and emotions and free to enjoy the rich worlds of movement, sound, colour and sensation.

Imagination - activities such as real washing, cleaning and cooking than pretend is encouraged. Children need experiences rooted in the real world.

Outdoors - Our outdoor environment reflects the indoors. Children can gain the same experiences outdoors but in a larger scale (indoors- small block area/ outdoor - using large blocks). Children develop gross motor skills as they climb, jump, swing and also social skills as they take turns on equipment and play hide and seek.

Social Skills - Children aren't born with an innate knowledge of why we shake hands, or kiss depending on our culture and in the Montessori classroom they learn appropriate greetings.  As they become aware of other cultures they are encouraged to celebrate differences and value them equally.   Children also learn to notice if somebody needs help and that nobody is too small to be useful.

In a Montessori classroom a unit or fraction is not simply a number on a paper; it is something which a child can hold in his hand.  A verb is not just a word on a paper; it is something he can act out.

The Montessori approach to education shows the underlying principles of EYFS - the planning and the areas of learning and assessment.  The EYFS meets the Montessori approaches, which Montessorians have used for over a hundred years.

The children also benefit from French  sessions taught by a specialist teacher (optional).

Star Child Montessori is MEAB accredited (Our inspection report can be viewed on the MEAB website.)

 

Star Child Montessori reserves the right to give immediate notice in writing to any parent, where we would like to end the contract for the childcare arrangements.

 

Staff and Parents

At Star Child Montessori the staff and parents/carers work in partnership. 

Every child at the nursery is under the supervision of a key person.  Prior to your child starting with us, the key person will be appointed who will discuss your child's routines in detail- to get to know as much as possible about your child. The key person will liaise with you during the settling-in stage. 

At the nursery we aim to closely follow the routine you have already established with your baby at home, however by the age of about 18 months we will encourage babies to use the routine used by toddlers in preparation for transfer to the older group to aid a smoother transition.

 

Our staff has the knowledge of child development and factors influencing it.  This enables them to provide activities that will support the children's development and progress.

A daily record of the child's development is observed and shared with the parents/carers and likewise you are encouraged to share information you feel we need to know.  The record sheet will also inform you about your child's eating, sleeping, talking, drinking and activities that interest him/her.

 

Twice a year we hold Parents Evenings, when the key person will discuss your child's individual progress.  We have an open door policy for parents.

 

At Star Child Montessori we have a manager, a deputy manager and a team of qualified staff.  All our staff team have had a full police check.

We ensure that staffs are continually trained through additional qualifications.  We close the nursery for three days a year for staff training.  The training will enable the staff to receive training on new issues or childcare practice.

 

NURSERY POLICIES

Meal times

We provide three fresh meals a day and two snacks in between.  Our menu is prepared daily by our cook.  We always use the freshest ingredients. The

Variety reflects a healthy, well balanced diet.  Every effort will be made to satisfy genuine dietary needs.  Babies will receive meals in consultation with parents.  Meal times for babies are flexible; however by the age of about 18 months we will encourage them to follow a routine.

A full menu is always on display.

 

Sick child policy

Children are asked not to attend the nursery if they are suffering from sickness, diarrhea or any other infection that may be transmitted to any other children. The nursery requires parents to respect this policy, in the interest of everyone's health and safety.  Parents are welcome to discuss these conditions or any other concerns they may have with the manager.

 

If your child falls ill or has an accident during the day, we may need to contact you, so please leave a daytime contact number.

 

Medicines

Medicines can be administered as long as the Doctor has prescribed it, the Medication Book is signed and we have a letter of consent. 

If your child has any allergies, please inform the manager and/or key worker.

 

Collection

It is the nursery's policy to only hand over the child to the parent/carer or to someone who has been authorized in writing to collect the child.  Parents/carers are asked to personally introduce us to any other person who may be required to collect their child. 

In the event of an emergency, whereby a child needs to be collected by someone we are not familiar with, the procedure is as follows;

The person collecting your child must bring a proof of identity for security reasons.  You will also be asked to forward a password to the person collecting your child.

 

Settling in procedure

We believe that children benefit greatly from gradual introduction to the nursery.  Attending a new nursery for the first time is a big step in children's lives, even if they have previously been taken cared for by a child minder or other nursery.  To aid this change, we encourage the parents to spend some time at the nursery, if they feel it is appropriate. Our staffs are trained in handling those first few days in the nursery with expert care.  The aim is that each child starting nursery is happy and comfortable in his new environment. Parents may wish to bring a comfort blanket or a toy from home.

 

Clothing

Children are required to wear clothing suitable for nursery activities.  We ask that you provide some spare clothing preferably labeled with their name.

Accidents may occur during toilet training or during messy activities.  Staff and children are required to wear indoor slippers, not shoes whilst in the baby unit.

Children must wear nursery uniform once they turn two years.  These are available to purchase from the Nursery.

 

Child protection/Safeguarding

At Star Child Montessori we have a responsibility to follow the guidelines set by OFSTED under the Children Act 1989 on child protection issues.  If any child is suspected of neglect and/or abuse the matter will be first dealt with by the nursery and if necessary referred to the department of social services.

 

Equal Opportunities

The staffs are committed to equality.  They recognize that children's attitude towards others are established in these early years. We welcome everyone who applies for entry regardless of their race, ethnic origin, culture, disability or religion.

 

Health and Safety

We are committed to provide a healthy and safe environment both inside in the nursery and outside in the playground.  We know your child is special so we make safety and security our top priority.

Our high staff to pupil ratio ensures close supervision at all times.

We are legally obliged to comply with the national standards by OFSTED on issues regarding Child Protection, Equal opportunities and Health and Safety.

The Nursery has a CCTV camera in operation. 

 

Complaints

If for any reason you have a complaint about the service we offer at Star Child Montessori, please notify the manager or the proprietor.  We will try to resolve the problem as soon as possible.  If this is still not satisfactory to yourselves, you may contact OFSTED on 0300 123 1231.

Nurseries policies may be reviewed - for an updated version please asks for a copy at the office. The current policies/terms will apply.