Useful Information For Current & Prospective Parents
This section provides information which will be most useful to current or new parents. From clothing guidelines to meals, fees and Child Protection, you will find a wealth of information here. Please feel free to get in touch, however, should your questions remain unanswered. We are always delighted to help.
Junior School Secretary, Mrs Paton, is the first port of call for Junior School parents, pupils and staff alike. Click here to email her directly with any enquiry. The school telephone number is 01292 269321.
The Nurseries are open between 8.50am and 4.00pm.
Wraparound care from 8.15 to 8.50am and 4.00 to 5.30pm is also available, please contact Mrs Dunlop or Mrs Paton for further information.
The fees given here below are per term. They include the funding deduction from South Ayrshire Council, insurance and snacks.
None of the below are included in the fees.
- The daily rate for occasional use afternoon sessions (12.00-4.00pm) is £40.00 per session.
- The daily rate for wraparound care (4.00-5.30pm) is £7.00 per session.
- Lunches in the nursery are charged an extra charge of £135 per term (5 days per week).
- Swimming lessons are given at the Citadel Leisure Centre, Ayr and are priced at £4.75 per lesson.
There are clothing requirements for children in both Nurseries. For children attending the Outdoor Nursery, clothing is especially important as the children need to be both warm and comfortable.
Children learn by having fun and taking part in a variety of activities – including messy ones!
- The Nursery provides aprons to protect clothing but parents are encouraged to dress children in play clothes (e.g. tracksuits, sweatshirts, t-shirts).
- Parents are asked to provide a pair of wellington boots as the children will spend time outdoors every day.
- There is an optional Nursery polo shirt and sweatshirt. These are red, embroidered with the school badge and are only available by placing an order directly with the Nursery or from Balmoral Knitwear.
- Layering your child’s clothes will help them to keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Helpful tip: wear tights or leggings under trousers during the winter months.
- Hats, gloves, wellies (or sturdy, waterproof footwear) are essential and must be provided by parents.
- Parents are required to provide an outer waterproof suit for your child to wear. These can either be a one or two piece and will ensure your child is protected against the wind and rain.
- Fleece hoodies and wellie boot socks will be carried by each child in a rucksack to be worn as required.
- Children should bring a change of clothes with them, just in case. It is essential that parents provide a carrier bag each sessions for wet, muddy wellies and suits.
- Please label all children’s outdoor clothing.
Healthy eating is encouraged in the Nursery. Children are provided with a healthy snack every day and a choice of milk or water is provided free of charge. Fresh fruit is always available.
Children staying for the extended care facility can either have a school lunch or bring a packed lunch from home. An afternoon snack is also provided.
Wellington School is committed to ensuring that no child is subject to discrimination. Every child isencouraged to develop positive attitudes towards others whose gender, language, religion or culture is different from their own. Any parent who wishes their child to be absent from school to celebrate a religious event during term time will be fully supported by the school.
Policies & Procedures
The Nurseries employ an extensive range of policies and procedures to ensure that the highest level of care and education is provided.
The following policies are currently in place and copies of these documents can be
obtained from members of staff: Curricular Policy, Behaviour Management, Child Protection, Policy for Equal Opportunities, Medication Policy, Guidance, Gifts Policy, Staff Recruitment Policy, Smoke-Free Policy, Complaints Procedure, Student Placement Policy, Communicable Disease Control, Healthy Eating Policy, Policy for Induction of New Children, Procedures for Emergency Closure and Lost Child Policy.
As a registered centre, our Nurseries are inspected regularly by the Care Inspectorate and are included in a joint Care Inspectorate/HMIE programme. Parents are always fully apprised as to the outcome of these inspections.
All Nursery staff undergo regular Child Protection Training. As a matter of course, they provide support to children in their care and have a vital role to help protect them from harm. This is achieved by:
- Helping children learn about their personal safety.
- Developing trust so that children feel comfortable turning to staff for help, knowing that they will be taken seriously.
- Identifying when children may need help.
- Understanding the steps that must be taken when there are concerns for children’s safety and well-being.
The school has a designated Child Protection Co-ordinator, Mrs Natalie O’Connell.