The Young Children's Base Prospectus
Welcome to Aughton Early Years Centre Young Children's Base
At Aughton Early Years Centre we aim to create a happy, secure and interesting environment where the children can explore, experiment and learn from the varied materials and situations we provide. The Young Children’s Base offers a range of quality learning experiences which will compliment and broaden those already received. We hope you and your child will enjoy your time with us and share these new experiences together. By providing an environment geared to the needs of 0-3 year olds we are helping each child to make progress in all areas of their learning and development. Centre staff work hard to support the whole family and to forge strong links with the local community.
The Young Children’s Base is sessional Daycare and caters for 24 children between the ages of 0-3 each session. It is run by professionally qualified staff.
The times of the sessions are:
Morning session 7.45am - 12.45pm
Afternoon session 12.45pm-5.45pm
Full day 7.45am - 5.45pm
Monday to Friday (48 weeks per year)
The Young Children's Base will be closed on Bank Holidays and Christmas week. In addition the base will also close for a further 5 days per year for In-Service training. There may also be occasions where we will need to close for Centre Activities e.g. Christmas parties. We endeavour to give you as much notice as possible and we hope that you will support us with this.
Please inform the Centre if your child will not be attending or be late for their session. Holiday notification and additional session request forms are available in reception.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is for children between the ages of 0 and 5 years. In the Young Children’s Base we plan activities to help children make progress in all areas of their learning and development. This EYFS underpins all future learning and is divided into seven areas:-
• Personal, Social & Emotional Development
• Communication & Language
• Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts & Design
All teaching is delivered through practical activities and structured play. Parents/carers are closely involved in their child’s learning and are asked to inform staff about their children’s interests. The children are regularly assessed to monitor their progress and to enable accurate plans to be made for future teaching and learning.
We operate a ‘key person’ system. The member of staff who is assigned to your child will support their development, through planning and assessment and will act as your first point of contact. We hope that you will still feel that you can talk to all members of staff on a daily basis, because all the staff will be working with all the children.
Allocation of places
The Young Children's Base operates a waiting list. Parents wishing to apply for a place should put their child’s name on the list. Places will be allocated primarily according to the admissions policy which has specific criteria and is available for you to see at any time. The Centre has an Equal Opportunities policy and this is followed throughout the Centre. However some places may be allocated to children/families with particular needs and this will be decided upon by the Centre Senior Leadership Team.
Starting Daycare for the first time or changing settings can be very unsettling for young children. Our aim is for your child to feel happy, safe and secure within the Centre. To help with this initial settling-in period we ask you to bring your child for two or three visits free of charge.
Once your child has been allocated a place in the Young Children’s Base, you will be invited to an initial visit where you will have the opportunity to meet the staff, talk about your child, complete relevant paperwork and discuss dates and times for your child’s visits. Every child is different, some may settle quickly and others may need more time to get used to the changes. We feel that this gradual relaxed introduction is time well spent.
Once your starting date has commenced full fees will apply.
Fees and Payment
Please see the link at the bottom of this page for the current fee structure.
All charges are subject to review and service users will be notified. All fees are payable in advance by the due date stated upon issue to the post box situated in the Reception area. Failure to do so may result in the withdrawal of the service as per our policy.
Payments are accepted by cash, cheque (payable to Aughton Early Years Centre), Childcare Vouchers (paper or electronic –schemes accepted are displayed in reception) or online payments – please ask for details.
We reserve the right to charge a late payment fee of 2.5% of the outstanding amount on all invoices still unpaid after the due date printed on the issuing envelope. If you have difficulties with fee payments, please contact the centre as soon as possible.
Invoices are issued in 4 week periods. Holiday entitlement is 2 weeks (of usual attendance) at half price in a twelve-month period starting in January each year. Full fees are payable for any occasional absences due to additional holidays or sickness.
Fees include nappies, breakfast, 2-course lunch, 2-course tea, mid-morning snack and mid-afternoon snack.
One month’s written notice, with full payment, is required to vacate the place.
For health and safety reasons drawstring bags and plastic bags are not permitted within the centre. Children are not allowed to wear jewellery in the Centre with the exception of stud earrings.
Please check your child’s bag before they attend for medication, nappy sacks and any personal items.
Children will be using the garden/patio area for longer periods in the summer. Please apply sun cream prior to your child attending their session. It will be re-applied after lunch for full day children.
Sleep and Rest
Babies and toddlers will be allowed to sleep according to their own needs/routine in their base room. Please feel free to discuss your child's sleep pattern with staff at any time if you have any queries or concerns. Staff may talk to you frequently as these routines and needs change as the child develops.
We may occasionally take small groups of children out of the centre for short walks and interest visits. You will be asked to sign a consent form and staff will inform you when your child is involved in an outing.
The staff are qualified Early Years Practitioners and are experienced in the care and education of children under five. Staff regularly undertake training courses in order to keep up to date with current policies and changing aspects of childcare and education. We will work in partnership with you, keeping you informed of progress and developments through monitoring and record keeping. Your child's welfare is of prime importance to the staff so please feel free to discuss any concerns or worries (no matter how small) with them. We have an 'open door' policy for parents and you are welcome into the Young Children's Base at any time of the day. However, if you wish to discuss any issues at length please make an appointment to ensure staff are available and rooms are adequately covered.
We have many visitors and students who attend the centre for their professional development/training. You may also see other professionals in the Centre e.g. health visitor, speech therapist, visiting teachers, early years practitioners and local education advisors. These people are also involved in the education, general care and well being of the children. No one will observe, examine or discuss your child with outside professionals unless you have given your permission first. If you wish to discuss any worries or problems with any of the above people, please contact the staff.
At the Centre we have responsibility to make sure that all children are safe and protected. In the event of any concerns we are obliged by law to follow the safeguarding procedures and inform the appropriate authorities.
The designated person for safeguarding in the Centre is Gail Napper (or in her absence Tina Worthington or Laura Gregory). If you have any concerns regarding children or vulnerable adults please speak to Gail, Tina or Laura.
Cameras and mobile phones cannot be used in the centre without prior arrangement, for example, at Christmas events.
First Aid, medication and illness
When children are unwell they find it hard to cope with being at the Centre and should be kept at home until they recover. Infections spread quickly amongst children & they cannot be allowed to attend if they are infectious or have:
- Eye infections/conjunctivitis (red or discharging eyes): Medical advice should be sought. Eye/ear drops cannot be given by staff.
- Sickness or diarrhoea: no attendance until 48 hours after the last bout of sickness/diarrhoea and eating and toilet habits have returned to normal.
- Doubtful skin rashes: no attendance until medical advice is sought.
Should a child become unwell whilst at the centre then every effort will be made to contact parents or person specified as quickly as possible. Please collect sick children promptly to minimise distress and spread of infection.
Only prescribed medicine, clearly labelled with your child’s name, dosage and date of dispensation will be given with written permission from parents and carers. We ask where possible medication can be given at home. Long term medication will be administered with parent/carer’s written permission provided that staff have received the relevant training.
In the event of your child being involved in a minor accident we will administer First Aid. In the case of a more serious accident, we will contact you, but if necessary we will take your child to hospital or call an ambulance.
Clothing – please help us
Please dress your child in practical clothes that are easy to clean and are not their best. A change of shoes (black pumps or doodles) should be provided for indoor use. Please write your child's name in all their clothing and provide a complete change of clothes. We support and encourage children to become independent. For example taking shoes off, shoes with Velcro are ideal.
During the summer we will ask you to provide a sun hat and during the winter we will ask you to provide a coat and a hat.
As children become ready for toilet training this will be carried out in consultation with parents/carers. If your child is being potty-trained or has just started going to the toilet by themselves please dress them in clothes that are easily managed eg pull down trousers, not dungarees and provide spare pants.
Aprons are provided for messy activities but often paint, wet sand or glue will find its way to the uncovered parts. If you are intending to go straight out from the Centre we have facilities for you to change your child at the end of the session.
We appreciate donations of spare clothing.
Please do not send your child to daycare with toys from home as this may cause distress if these are lost.
Food and drink
We aim to make meal times happy and social occasions and all children eat in their base rooms. We try to encourage a positive attitude towards food and the confidence to try new dishes; however children are never forced to eat food that they dislike. If your child has particular dietary requirements please let us know.
Water is available throughout the day and milk and snacks will be provided mid morning and mid afternoon. Please do not give your child sweets or crisps to bring to the centre.
When your child is ready to move rooms within the centre, staff will discuss this process with you. Children will make a number of visits to their new base before they transfer to help them to become familiar with the new surroundings and staff.
Your child's safety is our first priority. We will only allow your child to leave the Centre with a parent or named person. If your child needs to be collected by someone else it is essential that you inform us in advance, e.g. by telephone, if this is at short notice. We operate a password system and a child will not be allowed to go home with someone we do not know. Please make every effort to collect your child promptly as children can become distressed if they are not collected on time. If for any reason you are unavoidably delayed please telephone to let us know as soon as possible.
No child will be allowed to go home with anyone
(Unless they have PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY, not parental permission)
Throughout your child's time at the centre, staff will monitor their progress and development by keeping individual records for all children. These are based on observations of children's interests, achievements and needs. Parents are welcome to look at their child's records at any time and these will be discussed with you at parents meetings.
Children in the Young Children's Base will have a Record of Achievement in which we will record your child's interests and achievements. This will be shared with you on a regular basis and your contributions to this Record of Achievement will help to make this a complete record of your child's time in the centre.
Children with Special Needs
Children with special educational needs are welcomed into our Young Children’s Base and may be placed on our Special Educational Needs (SEN) Register at Informal/Formal. Appropriate targets will be set to help the child make progress. Staff will work in partnership with parents/carers, the Centre Inclusion Co-ordinator and with outside agencies, where appropriate to meet the child’s individual needs.
The Centre has a Governing Body which supports the running of the Centre and which meets regularly to discuss Centre issues. The Governing Body consist of representatives from the Centre, parents and people from the local community.
At Aughton Early Years Centre we like parents to be involved with us in their child's education and actively encourage you to come into the Centre.
We also like to meet and talk with you when you bring or collect your child and we will always be available if you have any worries or concerns about your child. Please talk to us, as we cannot do anything about it if we do not know.
Our aim is to make your time at the Centre as enjoyable as possible. We look forward to meeting you and your child.
Acting Head Teacher/Head of Centre: Andrea Smith
Daycare Leader: Laura Gregory
Issues and concerns
Please discuss any issues or concerns you have with a member of staff or with the Head of Centre. We do have a Complaints Policy which can be accessed in the Centre or on the Centre Website.