Welcome to Park School Day Nursery!
Park School was established in 1966 as a Pre-School in All Saints Church Hall. Now situated on School Lane, in the old village area of North Hykeham, it offers full day care. Maureen Gammon, the nursery owner, has been dedicated to providing high quality child care and education for young children and babies ever since.
We provide a secure, happy, caring environment in which children can interact and develop confidence and self-esteem. Children are encouraged to be critical thinkers and express themselves through play. They develop self-control and become independent learners.
Our ethos is one of acceptance and respect for each other and ourselves. We ensure every child has an equal opportunity to access all activities and experiences we offer.
All our staff are well qualified and experienced and have the opportunity to access training for their personal and professional development. We also offer support to volunteers, apprentices and students working towards a child care qualification and local school work experience.
We are registered with Ofsted. Our last inspection was carried out in February 2015. The outcome was overall “Good”.
Pre-School (term time only)
Accessing for Early Years Entitlement
Monday 8:45-11:45am /11:45am- 2:45pm
Tuesday 8:45-11:45am /11:45am- 2:45pm
Wednesday 8:45-11:45am /11:45am- 2:45pm
Thursday 8:45-11:45am /11:45am- 2:45pm
Friday 8:45-11:45am /11:45am- 2:45pm
Extra 3 hour sessions are available for a nominal fee if space allows.
Pre-School children receive a healthy snack per session attended with a drink of fresh milk and drinking water. Children are encouraged to bring in their own water bottles as well, so they can access their drink at any time.
If a child is attending an extended session they will require a healthy packed lunch provided by their parents.
Children are eligible for the 15 or 30 hours Early Years Entitlement the term after their 3rd birthday. Children who are eligible take priority with regards to admissions.
The Nursery offers places for children to access both the 15 Early Years Entitlement, standard hours, and the extended 30 hours, for working families.
- Monday 8.00 – 5.30
- Tuesday 8.00 – 5.30
- Wednesday 8.00 – 5.30
- Thursday 8.00 – 5.30
- Friday 8.00 – 5.30
(We are closed bank holidays – no charge made)
Day Nursery fees include two healthy snacks, one hot meal and pudding and one light afternoon tea.
Thai Green Curry with rice and naan bread
Fruit and ice cream
Salmon and broccoli bake
All our meals are prepared freshly on the premises daily and the kitchen has been rated 5* by the Food Standards Agency since 2010!
Fresh milk and drinking water is always available. Children are encouraged to bring in their own water bottles as well.
Children eligible for free 15 hours 2yr funding are accommodated in our Caterpillar Room.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
We endeavour to achieve high quality care and education with a broad based and balanced approach embracing the themes and principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
All children are provided with experiences in all seven areas of learning and development depending upon their age and stage of development.
Activities are regularly inspired from children’s interests and strengths. Staff provide the children with the opportunity to enhance and extend their experiences as well as offering challenges to their learning, whilst keeping the element of fun as they learn.
We make good use of the local park and library for short walks and events such as sports day and graduation. We visit the local shops and have many visitors which include the vet, primary school teachers, the police and fire service.
We have a highly experienced Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator who supports both staff and children and we work closely with other professionals when a child has been identified as having an additional need. These include the Lincolnshire County Council’s Early Years and Childcare Support Service, Health Visitors and Speech and Language Therapists.
Day Nursery Fees charged
Full day or a minimum of 7 hours is available for day nursery (2 or more days per week).
Fees are available on request.
Term time only option – all out of term holiday periods charged at half fee retainer
Full time option – 3 weeks holiday charged at half fee retainer
The Key Person
Every child has a Key Person. A child’s Key Person is there to help them and their family settle into nursery as smoothly as possible. The Key Person will support transition visits, learn what makes a child happy, e.g. having their favourite snugly and what might make the child unsettled or nervous, e.g. sudden noises. Our Settling in Policy will be followed. They will support their learning by providing ‘next steps’ and new experiences. The Key Person is also there for parents as a point of contact for sharing information such as changes to their child’s routine or health or when they have a new interest.
Observations will be made and photographs taken as children discover the world around them. These observations will help the Key Person understand how a child learns, what strengths they have and where support and encouragement may be needed.
As a parent you know your child the best, we greatly value your knowledge and the relationship we have with you.
The journey every child takes through our nursery is celebrated with parents through their child’s on-line Learning Journey. We encourage parents to add to their child’s Learning Journey by adding comments, sharing photographs of special family events and ‘wow’ moments, these can be as simple as taking their first step to managing to doing their zip independently! At the end of a child’s time with us, parents get their child’s Learning Journey, a wonderful keepsake.
To help involve parents in their child’s learning we provide ‘next steps’, Parent Share a Time and ask parents to join us on outings or share a talent/profession they have.
Policies and Procedures
All our policies and procedures are reviewed annually and updated as required. They include, Safeguarding Children, Special Educational Needs, Equal Opportunities, Confidentiality, Complaints and Behaviour.
Parents receive a copy of all relevant policies and procedures in a Welcome Pack once their child has started with us. They are also available to read in our Parent File.