Choosing a day nursery for your child is such
an important decision and one you will rightly wish to make with good judgement
Your child is unique. This is the cornerstone of our approach at Ellingham
House. We wish to provide a level of care and provision that is everything
that you would wish for yourself and your child.
Just as we are responsive to each child's needs, we also pride ourselves
on communications with our parents. If something affects your child - we
need to know and you need to know. We always encourage parents to ask, or
to tell us, about their concerns and we shall always aim to keep you fully
informed about your child.
Q. I am not sure that my child
will want to leave me. Should I be considering nursery?
Every consideration will be given to responding to your child
as an individual , and welcome them into nursery life. Before starting at
nursery we will give you the opportunity during introductory visits to tell
us all about his or her, likes and dislikes, foibles and favourite things,
the routines that you have entered into and the childcare techniques that
you are employing. We will ask you to bring along some of those favourite
possessions on your introductory visits, and focus on these with your child.
We'll try to make the visits as low-key as possible - to get your child
absorbed without realising it. We hope that all our children will very,
very quickly feel acknowledged, understood and secure. We also appreciate
your feelings, and we take as much care in settling in our parents as we
do for our children
Q. Will my child get enough rest during the day?
We shall need to know what he or she's used to. Children have
different patterns and requirements, and these will change as they grow.
Our rooms and activities are arranged to allow us maximum flexibility: at
some times of the day there will be opportunities for those who need their
rest to get it - and for those who don't, to tire the staff out !
Q. My child is a fussy eater. How will you deal with this?
Menus at Ellingham House have been planned to provide a balanced,
nutritional diet. There is a daily vegetarian alternative to our luncheon,
and all and any special dietary requirements can be catered for. We aim
to make meals varied, with a blend of wholesome foods likely to appeal to
children - and menus are displayed every week, so that you'll know in advance
what's planned. We want our children to eat well, and approach this with
a mixture of encouragement and praise. We do not make a great fuss about
the matter, but let the general enjoyment of meal times establish itself.
Q. My child doesn't tell me when he/she wants to go to the
toilet. Will that cause a problem?
Children are individuals - in all areas of life! We aim to respond
positively and appropriately. Children will certainly not be made to feel
embarrassed. Younger children are taken to the toilet regularly; older ones
with difficulties are given discreet guidance. The whole philosophy of Ellingham
House is to create a supportive, understanding climate. Tell us about any
concern - whatever it may be.
Q. My child has been ill in the night. Should I bring him/her
There is a member of staff in the Nursery from 7.40am- possibly
earlier. Just give us a ring, and we will discuss the situation with you
and make an informed assessment.
We have tried in the above to cover and preempt some of
the concerns that you may have. There will undoubtedly be other matters
that you would like to discuss. Please do not hesitate to ask any question
that is of concern to you.
Our satisfaction is in providing the best of care for our children and imbuing
confidence and peace of mind in our parents.