The way we work

The way we work

We hope you and your child will enjoy your stay with us, and that we can work together in partnership to provide and maintain a high standard of childcare and education.

Each child has a Key Worker. Your child’s Key Worker is your main point of contact for all matters concerning you about your child’s care, health, behaviour, development and education.

We try at all times to break down stereotypes as all children have the right to explore different roles.

Each child is assessed upon joining the Nursery, and progress reports are given to parents/carers at regular intervals.

We discourage fighting, especially over toys, as children have to learn to share and take turns. We also try to make the children see that they are of one group as well as individuals, and that they have to treat others as they would like to be treated themselves.

We do not use physical punishment and ask parents/carers not to use it either. We prefer instead to be consistent and firm. We deal with behavioural problems by talking to the child and, if necessary, removing the child away from the conflict.

Daily Routine

King Square breaks at 10.00am and 3.00pm providing a snack and a drink

Morning Snack Time
10.00 am
Lunch
12.00 pm
Afternoon Snack Time
3.00 pm
Tea Time
5.00 pm

King Square Community Nursery Hours

Morning
 
9.00 am
12.00 pm
Afternoon
1.00 pm
4.00 pm
Core Day
9.30 am
3.30pm
Extended Day
8.00 am
6.00 pm

Settling in

The first day is always strange for your child, it may be exciting, or possibly frightening, so we ask you to stay with your child for as long as is necessary. It may take a couple of weeks.

Whatever the length of time it takes, it will be worth it to make sure your child feels secure and happy.

Children who have not socialised much outside the family are not going to want to stay in a strange environment very readily. They will need to get to know us with you close at hand. Together we will work out a procedure that best suits the needs of your child

Nursery Education Grant, Fees & Childcare Tax Credit

Children are eligible for a Nursery Education Grant (15 hours per week free nursery education – term time only) from the beginning of the term after their 3rd birthday. Your fees will be adjusted when your child becomes eligible. If your child is attending more than one nursery or pre-school the grant will be divided accordingly.

Free Childcare for 2 year olds

Your child could be eligible for 15 hours free nursery if any of the following apply: you receive benefits; you get Working Tax Credit and earn no more than £16,190.  Please visit your local children’s centre, call the Family Information Service, or see https://www.islington.gov.uk/children-and-families/benefits-and-financial-support/free-early-learning website.

Fees

Fees vary according to your family financial income. You will be asked to provide proof of income upon which you will be assessed. Fees are paid weekly in advance for 48 weeks a year; including when a child is absent. Non payment of fees may result in the loss of your child’s place. Fees are paid on the day the child starts and thereafter every Monday. Special arrangements can be made for monthly payments by standing order.

A deposit of two weeks fees is taken in advance when a child is given a place. Two weeks notice of leaving must be given or the deposit will be forfeited in lieu of the notice

Childcare Tax Credit

Many parents will be eligible to claim up to 70% of their Childcare costs from the Childcare element of Working Tax Credits. King Square is registered with Ofsted and Islington Council as an approved Childcare provider. If you think you are eligible please telephone the Help line between 8am and 8pm on 0845 300 3900 and they will arrange to send you the correct forms for completion.

When your child leaves nursery you will no longer be eligible for the Childcare element, and you are required to inform the Inland Revenue of your change in circumstances. We will also be obliged to inform them that you are no longer paying us for Childcare.