woodsSession Information

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Parents' Handbook
About Our Sessions
Nursery Funds
Settling In
Medication
Emergency Procedures
Bad Weather Arrangements
Child Protection
Accreditation


Parents Handbook

More detailed information about the Pre-school and what to expect can be found in our parents handbook which can be downloaded here.

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About Our Sessions 

On arrival at the Pre-School Centre, the adult accompanying the child is responsible for changing their shoes and helping with coats etc, if they need assistance.

Our sessions are play based and focus on active learning where children may choose from the many activities available. These include a house corner, sand and water play, painting, jigsaws etc. Most sessions will also include an activity linked to our child-centred planning and this may involve health and wellbeing, literacy, numeracy, cookery, crafts, music or music and movement. During the session we all sit down together to enjoy a cup of milk (or water if they don’t like milk) and a healthy snack. Children are encouraged to be responsible and help tidy up at the end of a session and all sessions include a story where the children are
encouraged to develop their listening skills and develop a love of reading.

Each child must be collected from the playroom at the end of a session.  A child will only be allowed to leave with an adult specified by the parent/guardian. It would also be greatly appreciated if you could pick your child up at 12.10 sharp to allow staff to prepare for the next session.

Children must wear appropriate clothing for the wide range of activities at preschool including using the climbing frame and daily outdoor play. Waterproof/warm clothing and wellie boots which can be kept at Pre-School enable us to play outdoors whatever the weather and enjoy our weekly woodland sessions.
For safety, please do not send your children in with jewelry.
Please note that the door will not be unlocked until 8.50 to allow staff to carry out essential safety checks before the children arrive. However, in exceptional circumstances (e.g. doctor’s appointments) it is possible to drop children off earlier. Please speak to staff in advance. 
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Nursery Funds

For those receiving places funded by Dumfries and Galloway Council, we appreciate if a voluntary contribution of £0.50 per day can be provided.  This helps to cover the costs of charity administration, juice, cookery, parties, etc. It can be paid weekly or termly.

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Settling In

Parents are encouraged to arrange a visit with their child, prior to their child starting, so that they may see for themselves the activities undertaken at the Centre.  Children have different needs for settling in and they will be catered for individually.  We will work with you to ensure that your child is happy and secure in our environment. Every child has their own Personal Learning Plan and care plan which you can view and comment on at any time.

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Medication

If your child requires to take medication during the session please talk to our playleaders as soon as possible as you will need to fill out the relevant paperwork.  All medication should be handed to the supervising playleader who will ensure it is kept in a secure place along with clear instructions for its administration.

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Emergency Procedures

In the event of your child becoming unwell during a session we will contact you or your emergency contact by telephone.  It is, therefore, vital that you keep the information you have given us up to date.

In the unlikely event of an accident your child will be taken to the doctor indicated on your Enrolment Form or to hospital and you or your emergency contact notified.

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Bad Weather Arrangements

In the event of closure due to severe bad weather we will inform you using ClassDojo and either request you do not attempt to bring your child, or if a session is in progress, that you come and collect your child at your earliest convenience.  If we cannot contact you, we will use the emergency contact number.  If you need an alternative method of communication to be used please let a playleader know so that this can be arranged. No child will be permitted to leave without an accompanying adult.

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Child Protection

We recognise that the Pre-School has a prime responsibility to ensure the safety of the children in the Centre. There is a child protection policy in operation in line with PROTECTING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY - CHILD PROTECTION POLICY FOR SCHOOLS AND EARLY LEARNING AND CHILD CARE SETTINGS 2016. As part of this, we require to know the identity of those collecting your child at the end of each session. Anyone coming to visit the children will be risk assessed - in addition staff and students working with the children will have enhanced disclosures. Our Child Protection Co-ordinator is currently Lee Mackenzie. Under GIRFEC (Getting it Right for Every Child) legislation your Health Visitor is your child’s named person and it is our duty to liaise with them about your child. We also have a duty to record and report any signs of suspected physical or emotional abuse, substance misuse, neglect, radicalisation, sexual exploitation, bullying and trafficking.

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Accreditation

We are inspected by the Care Inspectorate and you can view our inspection reports here.  The Scottish Government’s How good is our early years and childcare is used to evaluate the work carried out at the centre.  A very high standard has been achieved: indicating the high levels of performance at Dunscore Pre-School Centre.  All accounts are registered with the Scottish charity Regulator (OSCR). Details of these can be found here. Paper copies of all of these are available from the centre for those wishing to read them. 

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