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frequently asked questions

no silly questions

"what will my child need?"

Your child will need suitable clothing for the season - but usually: 

  • a warm, waterproof snowsuit

  • a cosy hat (that pulls down over their ears)

  • waterproof gloves/mittens

  • sturdy boots with good grip 

  • a water bottle 

  • a rucksack (one that you can buy from us) 

  • spare clothes (in the rucksack) 

"does it cost more?"

The costs are exactly the same when children are based at the cottage. 

If you have a standing order for lunch club or weekly snack at the main school site, that covers the lunches/snacks at the cottage. If you normally pay your weekly snack in cash, you can pay exactly the same way - in cash to the lead teacher at the cottage on a Monday morning.  

"what time are the sessions?"

Your child will attend the cottage for their normal hours:

  • 8.00 - 8.30 breakfast (£2)

  • 8.30 - 11.30 a 15hr morning place

  • 12.30 - 3.30 a 15hr afternoon place

  • 8.30 - 3.30 a full-time 30hr place

"what if it's really

bad weather?"

Our cottage is an outdoor nature school and as the name suggests, our focus is predominantly on learning outside, in and with nature. However, in really bad weather, we spend quite a bit of time inside our cosy cottage to keep children's spirits high and ensure that nobody is cold to the point of becoming wet and miserable. Well-being is crucial if children (and the adults) are to enjoy their time at the cottage, so being sensible about the weather is something we take very seriously.  

"who will be there with my child?"

Your child will be at the cottage with their key person and all their fellow group mates, along with the teacher who is the leader of learning - based there all the time.

"will my child be safe there?"

All staff are fully qualified, skilled and experienced in terms of working with young children. This includes being qualified and knowledgeable about keeping children safe in education. Staff are also trained in paediatric first aid, so should any bumps or accidents happen whilst , they know exactly how to manage those situations.  

"what do children

do there?"

The beauty of the cottage is that the provision is so different from the main nursery. There's very little stuff,   

"how do I contact the cottage staff?"

We ask that parents/carers contact the main school site to ask questions or pass on messages/information. The school admin officer will then notify the cottage staff, at specific times of the day, so that they are not distracted by the phone and con give all their attention to the children.

"can my child be there all the time?"

Currently, all family groups rotate around all our nursery sites, to give all children the opportunity to experience the specialness of the cottage. 

However, having children based there permanently is something we might consider one day, so please do speak to us if this is something you'd be interested in. 

"what are they learning there?"

Our cottage is an outdoor nature school and as the name suggests, our focus is predominantly on learning outside, in and with nature. However, in really bad weather, we spend quite a bit of time inside our cosy cottage to keep children's spirits high and ensure that nobody is cold to the point of becoming wet and miserable. Well-being is crucial if children (and the adults) are to enjoy their time at the cottage, so being sensible about the weather is something we take very seriously.  

"how long are children there for?"

Each family group spend 3 or 4 weeks at the cottage on a rota. This means they usually have 2 residentials there during the school year.  

"what if I don't like it?"

As an adult, spending time outdoors may not be your cup of tea, but believe it or not, most children love it! From years of experience, working outdoors with young children, we believe that as long as they are dressed appropriately for the weather, they absolutely love the freedom that being outside provides. 

If, however, children hear parents talk about the weather and how cold or wet and miserable it is, they tend to adopt a similar attitude to it, which then inhibits the opportunities for learning. This is why we ask all our families to show a very positive attitude to our work outdoors and excite their children about the day ahead, no matter how they're feeling.  

  

costs

breakfast

breakfast is optional and runs from 8.00 - 8.30

at a daily cost of £2

wrap around

if you need care

from 2.30 - 3.30 it runs

at a daily cost of £3

snacks & lunch

snacks and lunch are provided throughout the day

at a daily cost of £2.50

teatime club

if you need anything beyond 3.30pm, care can be arranged through our onsite childcare

OUR MISSION

Innovative & Responsible

At WINGATE COMMUNITY NURSERY SCHOOL, our mission consists of providing a warm and nurturing environment where children feel safe. Our unique Care Care offers various activities that are specifically designed to encourage each child’s growth. Through cooperative play and creative activities, kids reach their social, emotional and physical milestones naturally and with ease.

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