Choosing a nursery is a challenging decision and one that should be made with as much knowledge and information as possible. Below are some questions that are frequently asked by our prospective families at Learning Land Nursery and we hope that these questions and answers will help you in your search for the ideal nursery place.
How will my child spend their day at Learning Land nursery?
Your child will spend their day experiencing a range of age-appropriate activities planned by our Educators to support your child’s learning and development. Each class follows a daily routine, incorporating indoor and outdoor time, Arabic & French, Music and Movement, snack/lunch time and other activities.
Is there an orientation day before my child starts at Learning Land Nursery?
For children starting in September and January, there is a Parent’s Information session.
This is a great opportunity for you as a parent to meet your child’s Educators and explore their new classrooms and the nursery environment. During the session, your child’s Educator will talk about the first few days of nursery and settling-in, our approach and curriculum, the class’s daily routine, health, safety and hygiene, drop off and pick up timings, snacks/lunch, diapers and toileting and the variety of activities you and your child will be involved in while at Learning Land Nursery.
These sessions also give parents an opportunity to ask any additional questions and meet our Nursery Director and Nurse.
Parents of children who start at other times during the year are welcome to set up an appointment to meet with their child’s Educator individually.
Do you have a settling-in programme?
In September, we have induction days for all new and existing children. Induction days are short set days and you will be informed of the scheduled day and time arranged for your child prior to the start of the term.
For children who take a little bit longer to settle at the nursery, we have developed a Settling-In Programme. Our aim is to settle your child into the nursery in a comfortable and caring way and to establish a sense of trust and security; therefore your child will attend shorter hours for the settling-in days, if applicable. This will be arranged with your child’s Educator.
For those parents who are unable to attend the Settling-In Programme, we suggest you come and meet our Director to find a comfortable solution for you and your child.
Is my child’s day structured?
We firmly believe that children benefit from a regular routine with a good balance of activities. Each classroom at Learning Land Nursery displays the day’s schedule in picture form for the children to view and in written form for the parents; this clear structure informs children what will happen throughout the day, which helps them feel safe and secure and builds their confidence and self-control.
What type of curriculum is implemented at Learning Land Nursery?
Research shows that a high-quality nursery curriculum strengthens a child’s personal, social, emotional, language, cognitive, and physical skills. Keeping this research in mind, at Learning Land Nursery, we have embraced best practices to form our unique Learning Triangle Curriculum (LTC). The LTC is based on the British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, enriched by the Reggio Emilia approach and further enhanced by our own Exposure to Languages Programme. The LTC encourages your child to learn and develop through experiences and activities where they explore, play, create and use their imagination.
Are your teachers qualified?
Learning Land Nursery has well-qualified nursery teachers known as Educators. All of our Educators hold a degree, diploma or certificate in Education. We also have staff who are working towards their degrees/diplomas in childcare. Additionally, we advocate on-going professional development and achieve this through an in-house training programme of appropriate and relevant topics to maintain the standard and quality of education and care.
Of course, all of our staff are Paediatric First Aid trained.
All of our staff go through a rigorous and stringent interview process and practical teaching assessments. Our successful Educators are nurturing, responsive and committed to you and your child. It is very important to us that our Educators, through on-going observations and assessments, know your child’s interests and strengths which will guide their planning and thereby children’s learning.
Does Learning Land Nursery have speciality teachers?
Yes we do. We have specialist Educators for Music and Movement and Arabic and French.
All children at Learning Land Nursery have Music and Movement sessions to encourage the appreciation of moving, singing and listening to music. Music enhances brain development especially spatial orientation and the ability to think mathematically.
As a part of our unique Learning Triangle Curriculum, children at Learning Land Nursery are exposed to Arabic and French. Our dedicated and specialized Educator exposes children to these languages through stories, songs, nursery rhymes and other activities.
What formal communication do I have with my child’s teacher?
A written Progress Report will be prepared for your child at the end of each nursery year.
During the year, we schedule two Parent/Educator meetings, one in the first term and the second meeting following the Progress Report in the third term.
However, if at any time during the year you would like to meet with your child’s Educator to discuss progress, or if you have any concerns about your child, we will be happy to make an appointment for you to do so.
Do you let the children watch television?
We do not have television at Learning Land Nursery. However our children do use educational programmes on the computer and are made familiar with many different technological devices.
Occasionally, we will use the computer for specific educational purposes, to enhance and demonstrate a point directly related to the topic, for example to show an animal in motion.
How do you communicate with the families?
Communication is very important to us! No question is ever too small or too “silly” to ask. We believe in an open door policy and our Educators are always available to talk with you during morning drop-off, or afternoon pick-up. However, drop-off and pick-up can be a rushed and busy time for children, parents and staff and if you need more than a few moments to chat, we encourage you to set up an appointment with your child’s Educator. You are also welcome to call in to the Director’s office at any time.
We communicate regularly via e-mails, monthly newsletters and a Parent’s Notice Board located in the reception. We also encourage our parents to visit our website for additional information.
What is an Open Door Policy?
We value the input and views of our parents and to encourage open communication, we adopt an Open Door Policy. This means that all of our staff, from your child’s Educator, the Nurse and the Director, are available to you throughout the day should you have any concerns that you wish to share. Though your child’s Educators are always available to answer any of your concerns, we suggest that you set up an appointment with them, so that their time is not taken away from the children.
How do you manage children’s behaviour / discipline children?
We use Thinking Time to encourage appropriate behaviour in the nursery setting and our aim is for the child to learn to discriminate between acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. When Thinking Time is necessary, the child is told in a calm but firm voice that the particular behaviour is unacceptable and is then removed from the situation for Thinking Time. The child is given direction as to the acceptable behaviour, for example, ‘we take turns’ or ‘we share’ and can then re-join the group. Thinking Time is based on the age of the child, for example if a child is 3 years old, Thinking Time is 3 minutes.
How can parents get involved at your nursery?
We welcome and encourage parental involvement in a variety of ways. Our parents are involved in planning and organising a number of special events throughout the term, such as International Day and National day. These events are a great opportunity to get to know other families at Learning Land Nursery and to see your child in action with their friends. We also invite parents to share their talents, occupations or hobbies with the nursery and encourage them to sign up to read stories to their child’s class. In addition, we have Parent Representatives in each class, who may plan additional play dates and get together throughout the term.
During the year, we plan Parenting Talks at the nursery, free of charge.
We believe that in addition to the care of our children, supporting our families is our greatest responsibility.
Can we speak with a current Learning Land Nursery family?
The Parent Representative from your child’s class would be willing to speak to any incoming families. If you would like to be put in contact with one of them, please let the Director know.
How do I address concerns?
It is important to talk to your child’s Educator immediately if you have any concerns. If you feel your concerns are not being adequately addressed, then you are invited to take the matter up with our Director who will follow up the issue in person and communicate with you directly.