Within this section, you will find all the information you need from fees and funding, to opening hours and our policies.
We endeavour to keep the information updated on a regular basis, so please keep checking for up to the minute information.
If for any reason you are unable to find what you are looking for, please do not hesitate to call us or drop us an email.
There has been considerable research done in recent years, both here and in the USA, into the benefits of early childhood education. Studies of various groups of children in their formal schooling years have come up with remarkable evidence of increased academic achievement and greater emotional stability in those who have had a Nursery education.
Further studies carried out on adult groups point to enhanced success in work and higher levels of employment in those with pre-school experience.
A report in the Times Educational Supplement in October 1992, stated:
“Pre-school education can sharply reduce levels of school failure and criminality, according to American educationalist at a ‘crime concern’ conference this week. Of those given nursery training, 67% graduated from high school, compared within 49% in a control group. 38% entered further education (compared with 21%). 50% were employed by the age of 19 compared with 32% in those without a nursery education.”
A 2004 KCC consultation document on the establishment of nursery units in the area says:
“There is considerable evidence of the beneficial impact of good quality pre-school services upon young children’s learning takes place during the first five years of life and these years play a vital role in preparing the foundation for all skills and later learning. Nursery education and other pre-school provision can help children take advantage of what the infant or primary school has to offer when they enter full-time education.""
Our fees are
If your child is eligible for a funded place and attends for longer than the funded session, additional session fees are payable.
Children who are eligible for a free nursery education place will be advised the term before they become eligible. Each child is eligible to receive up to a maximum of 15 hours per week, payable for 38 out of 39 term time weeks.
Please ask at the office for details if you think you might be eligible for 30 hours of funding.
The additional session fees (if any) for children eligible for a free nursery education place, are calculated over three terms (i.e. autumn, spring and summer). Your child’s fees will be calculated at the beginning of each term and broken down into weekly, monthly or half termly amounts payable, regardless of sickness, outings etc, depending on the parents needs/ requirements.
The un-funded week is charged at the normal daily rate and is calculated into your notification of fees payable.
Children are eligible to claim the free entitlement for up to two years from the accounting period after their third birthday. The accounting periods are:
If fees are payable, a deposit of £60.00 is taken and is refundable if four weeks notice of leaving is given. Once your child has started, full fees must be paid weekly, monthly or termly in advance, whether your child attends of not (e.g. due to sickness). Failure to do so will jeopardise your child’s place at the Nursery School.
Four weeks notice is required if you wish your child to leave and fees are payable for this period.
We prefer payment by debit card (free), or credit card (2% surcharge), although we will accept occasional payment by cash. Cheques are no longer accepted for payment of fees.
Playscheme is run each holiday period, except during Christmas / New Year break and Bank Holidays, usually on Tuesday and Wednesday at Newtown and Thursday at Kingsnorth Road.
We operate three session times:
Drop off / Pick up times
If you are likely to be late collecting your child, you must phone the Nursery to advise us, so that suitable cover can be provided.
If your child is collected late from Nursery, an extra charge will be made and your child(ren)’s place at Nursery may be lost if this becomes a regular occurrence.
If anyone other than those specified on the registration form is to collect your child from Nursery we must be advised and if at all possible, be introduced to the person concerned. This is for your child’s safety. A password may be requested to be used by either parents or the nursery.
The children have the opportunity to go out in all weathers, so please supply suitable clothing. Children should be protected from the sun, so we would recommend that you dress your child in a top with sleeves rather than sleeveless and have a sunhat available during hot weather. In wet weather, a named pair of Wellingtons and suitable outer clothing would be appreciated.
All clothes that are likely to be taken off, especially jumpers, coats, hats, scarves, gloves etc., must be clearly labelled with your child’s name. It is easier to return lost items to their rightful owner if they are named.
Parents Meetings / Contact Books
Once a year we hold a parent evening meeting. You will be given the opportunity of meeting one of your child’s teachers for a discussion about their development / work.
We also have contact books between home and school, which we write in on a regular basis and we encourage you to make relevant comments and keep us informed of your child’s progress at home.
Should you have a query at any time, the Nursery has an ‘open door’ policy, so there is normally someone available to talk to. However, if this is not possible for any reason, a mutually convenient appointment will be made.
At Cherrytree, we have a set of policies which we follow, to ensure that the Nursery runs smoothly and everyone connected to the Nursery understands how we operate.
All parents/carers are given a copy of the policies when their child joins us and you are welcome to discuss them with us if required. The policies that we have are:
If, as a parent/carer, you have any positive feedback, query, suggestion or complaint you would like to raise regarding the Nursery School, please speak to the Owner/Manager.
If you prefer, we have a Feedback and Complaints form that can be filled in. You can get one of these forms from the Nursery, or by clicking here.
If you have a serious allegation to make, you may contact Ofsted on 03000 123 1231 or Kent Children & Families Information Service on 08000 32 32 30.
Further details on Ofsted and the KCFIS can be found on our useful links page.
What happens when my child joins Cherrytree Nursery School?
We invite you and your child for an appointment to have a look around the Nursery (even if you have been before). At this appointment, you will be able to ask any questions you wish, in order to make sure you are totally happy with the service we are able to provide. We will answer them honestly and to the best of our ability.
At this interview, you will also be asked to complete, with a member of staff, a Personalised Initial Profile (PIP), which will give us a good idea of what your child is capable of at home. Often children show different capabilities in different situations. There are no right or wrong answers and it helps us greatly if you can be as honest as possible. You will also be given various documents with information about the Nursery, to read at your leisure. If you have any queries with the information received, please speak to a member of staff.
How does the teaching that my child received at Nursery relate to what they will be doing at Primary School?
When your child enters Nursery, we already have a fair idea of their capabilities at home, by the information you have supplied us at your initial interview.
Each child will have a set of ‘observation sheets’ for staff to complete each time your child attends. These will chart their progress in various areas of development whilst they are in our care and we will record on the sheets, things that we actually see the child achieve. However, as mentioned previously, a child does not always perform the same in different situations e.g. she/he may be able to ride a bike at Nursery, but not at home, or will count to ten by rote at home, but not at Nursery.
The observation sheets are broken down into different areas of development, roughly appropriate to age (all children develop at different rates). Our activity planning reflects the outcome of the observation in line with the Government guidance in the Early Years Foundation Stage, to help develop each child’s knowledge and potential.
When your child moves on to Primary School, we prepare a report for his/her new teacher, which relates to the curriculum guidance guidelines. We will ask you to confirm that you have read our report by signing it and you have the opportunity to add your own comments. (We are not able to send the report to the school unless you authorise us to do so). When the Primary teacher receives the report she/he will understand better your child’s capabilities and will carry on with their development at Primary School.
How do I know my child will receive good care whilst with you?
We are regularly inspected by Ofsted to ensure that we keep up high standards of care and education in relation to your child’s care and education.
What do I do if I have a complaint, query or commendation?
We would ask you to speak with the Nursery School owner or Manager first, or if you prefer, to complete a feedback form. If it is a complaint or query, it will be taken seriously and fully investigated. We will then report back to you and agree what further action needs to be taken, if any. If you are still unhappy, or feel unable to speak to a member of staff, you may contact either Ofsted (03000 123 1231), or the Kent Children & Families Information Service (08000 32 32 30). If it is a commendation, the appropriate member of staff will be informed.