The following page provides answers to commonly asked questions by prospective Nursery parents.

At what age can my child start at Polwhele House Nursery?

We accept children into our Nursery in the term in which they turn 3.

How do I find out about your Nursery?

You are most welcome to join our Toddler Group on Wednesday afternoons, when you and your child will spend time in the Nursery setting enjoying activities and getting to know other children of the same age. You are welcome to book a tour of the school – or just the Nursery – by phoning the Office (01872 273011) to make an appointment. You will have a chance to meet the Head and see the Nursery in action. You can also ask as many questions as you need to!

What time does the Nursery open?

The Nursery runs from 08.45-15.40 daily in school term time. Your child can arrive from 08.00 for the Early Birds Club and can stay to Late Club, which ends at 17.30. Both Clubs have an additional charge.

Can I use my Nursery Funding?

We accept Nursery Funding up to 30 hours a week. You will need to make an application but we will be happy to support you in this, if that would be helpful. Nursery Funding is offered to children for 6 terms until they turn 5 so some parents benefit from Funding in Reception, too.

Is there a uniform?

Yes, we have a uniform, which is available from the School Office. It is less complicated than uniform for the older children and is appropriate to their age. Some activities, such as Ballet and Horse Riding, have additional requirements but this will be explained if you choose the activity for your child.

Will my child swim each week?

If your child attends Nursery on Tuesday afternoons, he or she will swim each week at Truro Leisure Centre. Children travel there by coach and are supported by our own staff with help from swimming teachers at the pool.

What about food?

If your child is with us over lunchtime, they will go to lunch with the Pre-prep, where food cooked freshly onsite, is served to the children by their teachers. There is always an alternative if your child can’t eat what is offered.

What about special diets?

We can cater for special diets if you let us know what is required. Come and talk to our Kitchen Staff and your child’s teacher and we can make sure that the right thing is served.

Do the children have snacks?

The children bring in a healthy snack for breaktime but there is always fruit for those who forget. Children should bring their own water bottle daily – but we also offer milk to the children at breaktime.

If I decide I would like my child to start, what happens next?

We always recommend that your child has some taster sessions to help them settle in. Talk to Mrs Reed, Head of Nursery, and we will arrange as many sessions as would be helpful. Some children have a full morning or afternoon session, others come for an hour for their first time and build up. Every child is different and we respect that as we help to settle them into their new setting.

Is there any paperwork we need to complete?

Yes. We need to know all about your child so that we can make sure we support them in the best possible way. We also need to know all about you and how we can contact you. We ask you to fill in forms and register your child with us before they start. We also ask for a £100 deposit before they start.

Which sessions should I book up?

We can also talk with you about the sessions you would like your child to attend. We usually have space in all sessions but some are more popular than others. Talk to Mrs Reed if there is a particular session you need.

If you would like your child to take part in an activity such as Horse Riding or Ballet, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can make the arrangements. Horse Riding is quite flexible but Ballet and Swimming happen on specific days.

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