Staff at The Little Neuk Nursery are qualified, experienced and just as importantly, have a genuine interest and enjoyment in working with young children.
We have a safe recruitment policy. All staff have undertaken satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Scotland checks and are registered with the Scottish Social Services Council
We are proud of our nursery and of the care and education which we provide. We are committed to continuing our staff professional development.
We have strong links with the local health visitors, primary school and other agencies supporting the care and development of young children.
A security entry system is placed at the entrance to ensure access by authorised persons only. We require notification of who is authorised to collect your child from nursery. Under no circumstances will a child be allowed to leave the premises unless with a previously identified, authorised person. On your enrolment form you will have to submit a password.
Before your child begins full days or sessions at The Little Neuk Nursery we would recommend that you and your child visit on several occasions for short introductory sessions. You are encouraged to stay with your child until he or she settles after which time we would suggest that you leave for short periods until both you and your child are relaxed and comfortable in the nursery setting. No charge is made for the introductory sessions.
“Children learn very quickly that nursery is a fun, friendly place to be therefore the settling-in period is rarely as difficult as you might imagine.”
When your child is in the 0 - 2 room, you will receive your child's daily diary detailing your child’s eating and sleeping patterns, fluid intake, toileting progress and information about the activities your child has participated in that day. The nursery staff will discuss your child’s day with you, however the daily diaries are a useful reference to take home.
We have a separate sleep area where your child can use a comfortable cot or a small bed for their sleep times. Each child has their own bed linen and are calmly settled for their sleep by the nursery staff. Your child's sheets are washed on a weekly basis by a local laundry service.
Progress Reports/Learning Plans
Each child at The Little Neuk Nursery, (at Pre-Birth to Three stage and Curriculum for Excellence stage), have their own Personal Learnin Plan / PLP - which staff complete regularly to record your child’s milestones and achievements. You will receive two progress reports per year detailing your child’s progress and development and you are welcome to view your child’s portfolio at any time.
The nursery staff plan activities to meet the children’s individual learning and will link to the Curriculum for Excellence. These plans are flexible and respond to your child’s individual interests, needs and developmental stage. There will be a broad, balanced range of activities.
Planning for children under 3 years is less structured and responsive following the Pre-Birth to Three guidance, which will meet each child’s needs and abilities.
All children who have signed the disclaimer will brush their teeth on a daily basis after lunch. Your child will be provided with their own toothbrush and toothpaste and receive visits from Child Smile.
For the health and well being of all children attending The Little Neuk, your child should not come to nursery if they are suffering from an infectious illness. If your child suffers from a non-infectious illness or an allergy we will endeavour to accommodate any special requirements they may have.
Parental permission is required for all medication to be administered and medication must be ministered by parents or guardians first - this is a new guideline.
Promoting Positive Behaviour
Positive behaviour is promoted at our setting through praise and encouragement from the nursery staff. Children receive little attention for negative behaviour, therefore they quickly realise that the positive behaviour will be rewarded.
Our staff will keep you fully informed if your child requires support in this area at any time. If a pattern of behaviour causing more concern develops, we will discuss this with you and agree steps to move forward in the best interests of your child and the nursery. All our staff have been trained in Positive Behaviour.
If your child requires extra support for any reason, either on a temporary or permanent basis, we will make every effort to provide this support. The nursery staff are experienced at working closely with parents and other professionals such as Health Visitors, Speech and Language Therapists and Paediatricians to help your child reach their full potential.
What do I Bring?
Depending on our child’s age and stage of development you will need to provide: formula or breast milk, nappies, soft indoor shoes, suitable outdoor clothing and a change of clothes. If your child has a comfort toy, blanket or a dummy you should also bring these to nursery.
Clothing and Personal Property
Your child will be involved in messy activities at nursery and although the staff will encourage them to wear aprons whenever possible, we would advise that your child does not wear ‘good / expensive’ clothes to nursery as accidents can happen. We would also recommend that your child does not bring toys from home as they do become upset if items become mislaid or broken. Favourite books and comfort toys are of course always welcome.