|Taken from the Hayway Nusery Unit Information for Parents, 1990|
Hayway Nursery Unit
The Nursery Unit produced an information booklet for parents who wanted to send their children to the Nursery.
The Nursery Unit
Mr Johnson is the Headteacher of the school. It is a 40 place unit with children either attending morning or afternoon sessions. Some full-time places are available, but only in special circumstances. Children from Rushden and the surrounding area are eligible to attend.
Application and AdmissionApplication forms can be completed in the school year of your child’s second birthday. If you wish your child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, please call at the Nursery to see Mrs Harpur any day between 9.30 and 11.00 am or between 1.30 and 3.00 pm.
Children are admitted as soon as possible after their third birthday and places are allocated from the waiting list in order of application unless special circumstances warrant a priority place.
The majority of children are admitted in the Autumn Term over a period of weeks, during September and October.
When a place becomes available an acceptance form is sent to the parents notifying them of the available place and an introductory visit is arranged when parents are asked to attend with their child for one session.
We charge per week for snacks. Any surplus in the Snack Fund is spent for the benefit of the Nursery children.
Times of Sessions
Morning Session 9.00 am 11.30 am
Afternoon Session 1.00 pm 3.30 pm
The Nursery Unit is provided by the Education Authority and is open from Monday to Friday each week during term time and is closed for the usual school holidays.
Due to heavy demand for places, parents are asked to ensure that children attend regularly and notification should be given as soon as possible as to the reasons for a child’s absence, WITHIN THREE DAYS at the latest. Failure to do this may mean the reallocation of the place to another child.
Here are a few small points on which we ask for your cooperation to make life in the Nursery a little easier for all but mainly for the children.
The Nursery Day
Snacks are served during each session and it concludes with the children going into their groups for a short music session followed by a story with their group leader.
Please ensure that your child says hello to his/her group leader before starting any chosen activity.
Settling your Child in the Nursery
For some children, coming to Nursery can be a bewildering experience. We ask you to stay for a short time at the beginning of each session to settle your child. At first it may be necessary to stay for a longer time until your child is happy for you to leave. Please be patient and together, with your cooperation, we can make it a pleasant experience.
We ask you to help us to help your child by giving us any information which may be relevant to his/her behaviour and progress in the Nursery. As professional staff, we treat such information in strict confidence.
When children have settled into the Nursery, we welcome Mums’ help on a rota to help with preparing snacks, reading stories to small groups and other tasks in the Nursery. Dads are also very welcome to the Nursery to help.
The staff are always available to speak to parents at the beginning and end of each session or at any time by arrangement.
Nursery parents are welcome as members of the Hayway Parent-Teacher Association.