Useful information

Here you'll find everything from the policies and guidelines we work to, to information on fees and staff names, to event details and the dates of parent consultations.

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Applying for a place at Babraham Nursery

We know that finding the right nursery for your child is a priority, and that it can be stressful. We have a waiting list, and – as part of the Babraham Institute – we do give priority to staff working at the Institute, but we try to make the admissions process as transparent and fair as possible. There is a £50 registration fee per child (not payable if you are in receipt of Early Years funding), which covers settling-in visits and administration costs. If you have any concerns about the admissions process, talk to us first. We’ll be happy to help.

Register your child for a place at Babraham Nursery

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Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a set of statutory standards and guidelines covering your child’s learning, development and care from birth to five years of age. It’s akin to an instruction manual covering early years’ best practice. EYFS cannot replace good training and experience, but it does help us to give your child the best start in life, and to help you support your child’s learning and development.

How we use the EYFS

OFSTED

At our last OFSTED inspection (in 2011) we were rated 'outstanding'.

Read the latest OFSTED report on Babraham Nursery

Staff and staff qualifications

We take very seriously the quality of care we provide, and for that reason employ a high proportion of fully qualified staff. Even among the few who don’t currently hold a formal qualification in childcare, many are actively studying for one.

All forms of in-house and offsite training and further education are encouraged, and staff members undertake everything from first aid and child protection courses, to Level 3 Diplomas, Foundation Degrees, BA Hons and Masters in Childcare and Education.

Nursery fees

Nursery fees are payable one month in arrears, upon invoice. Invoices are issued by the Babraham Institute. A deposit of the equivalent of four weeks’ fees is payable by non-Babraham Institute families upon receipt of an offer of a placement. Babraham Nursery accepts both Early Years Funding and childcare vouchers. Early Years Funding is payable to each child from the first school term following their third birthday. No deposit is required for funded places.

More information about fees and payment options

Parental involvement and consultations

We recognise that you know your child best, and that the full and active role you play in their development shouldn’t end at the nursery door. We welcome parents into the nursery at any time. We will keep you fully informed of your child’s daily activities and our regular newsletters will keep you abreast of goings-on elsewhere within the nursery.

On a more formal note, we hold consultation evenings between staff and parents twice a year: a consultation meeting in June and an open evening in November. In addition, our management committee has three parent representatives.

 

More about our Parents’ Sub-Committee

Disabilities and special educational needs

Wherever possible, children with disabilities and special educational needs are welcomed, and great care is taken to integrate them fully within the nursery and play scheme.

Behaviour and sanctions

We operate a strict policy that forbids physical reprimands, favouring instead a quiet but firm approach to misbehaviour. All children are encouraged to respect the feelings of others.