ABOUT US

ABOUT US

Daisychains Nursery, previously Daisychains Playgroup, was established in 1976 in a hall in Minster Village.   Michelle Burrows took over as Manager of the Playgroup in September 2006 and in January 2010 the Playgroup was re-named Daisychains Nursery and relocated to its current location on the St George’s Primary School site, Minster on Sea.

We are members of the Early Years Alliance, a leading charity specialising in early years.  We are also Ofsted registered, ensuring the highest possible standards of education and care for your child.

We provide childcare for children from the age of 3 months until they reach Primary School admission age (4 years and 11 months) and are open Monday to Friday between the hours of 08:00 to 18:00, 51 weeks a year (we are closed between Christmas Eve and January 2nd).

We have 3 separate rooms to cater for Babies, Toddlers and Pre-School Children:

Blossom Room – for babies and children aged 3 months to 2 years

Buttercup Room – for children aged 2 to 3 years

Daisy Room – for our pre-school children.

Transition between rooms is child led, the ages listed for the rooms are a guide only, children will move only when they are ready.

Whilst attending our nursery children will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage which sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to 5 years.

We believe that every child deserves the right to a safe, secure and happy childhood and recognise that a child’s experience in the early years can have a major impact on their future life chances.

All our sessions are structured and planned around every child’s individual needs. Every child is allocated a ‘Key Person’ who will carry out observations and record progress in the child’s learning journal. Learning journals are started as soon as a child enters the nursery and are used to record progress and development, noting significant achievements until they leave us to start school.  We believe a child’s learning journey must be a joint venture between home and the nursery and therefore parents are encouraged to review and contribute to the Learning journals at regular intervals.

We have an extensive range of age appropriate indoor and outdoor toys and equipment to stimulate young minds and to provide opportunities to explore and encourage learning and sharing through constructive play with peers.  Children will be encouraged to become more independent by deciding which activities they would like to do during our free play sessions

More Information about EYFS

Our Mission Statement and Ethos

We are committed to providing outstanding care and pre-school education for your child by using qualified and experienced practitioners and providing a spacious and stimulating learning environment.  We endeavour to meet the requirements of each and every family that uses our nursery and believe that every child has a right to be respected as an individual. We understand the importance of a parent’s and carer’s contributions to a child’s overall wellbeing and development and will work in partnership with you to provide the very best for your child.  We acknowledge that every child has the right to develop at their own pace and children will be supported in reaching their full potential through the use of varied resources to extend and excite their imagination and understanding.

Valuing the processes in play to develop lifelong learners.

Using the characteristics of effective learning as building blocks alongside the prime areas with the child at the centre.  Giving a broad range of opportunities to prepare children for their transition into school.

 

 

SESSION TIMES

Normal operating hours and sessions:

Early Morning Session (Flexible) 07:45 – 09:00 Drop off times 07:45, 08:00 or 08:30
Morning Session (Fixed) 09:00 – 12:00 09:00 – 12:00 Children required to attend for the full session.
Afternoon Session (Fixed) 12:00 – 15:00 Children required to attend for the full session.
Late Afternoon Session (Monday to Wednesday) (Flexible) 15:00 – 17:30 Pick up times every half hour from 15:30 – 17:30
Late Afternoon Session (Thursday) (Flexible) 15:00 – 18:00 Pick up times every half hour from 15:30 – 18:00
Late Afternoon Session (Friday) (Flexible) 15:00 – 17:00 Pick up times every half hour from 15:30 – 17:00

 We aim to be as flexible as possible with drop off and pick up times, but charges will be applied for the full booked session even if you drop off late or pick up early.

Children can attend full time (51 weeks) or term-time only (38 weeks per year, term dates set by nursery to align with KCC PVI Calendar wherever possible).

We recommend that children attend a minimum of 2 days per week, even if only for a few hours each day, as we find this helps them to settle quicker.

Fees and Funding

DEPOSIT

If your child is offered a place at our nursery, you will be required to pay a one off registration fee of £10.  This fee covers the initial administration costs and additional resources for settling in sessions.

If you are applying for a place in our baby room you will also be required to pay a conditionally refundable deposit* equivalent to one month’s fees to secure their place.

Once your child starts nursery you will then be asked to pay the first month’s fees in advance.

*Your deposit will be refunded once your child leaves the nursery subject to the minimum contract of 6 months.  If you withdraw your child prior to them starting we reserve the right to retain your deposit.  Deposit refunds are process at the beginning of each ‘big’term after your child leaves the nursery.  You should expect to receive any refund due towards the end of the first month of the new term.  By ‘big’ term we are referring to 3 terms per academic year, starting in September, January and March/April (after Easter).

*If your child leaves the nursery before transition to Primary School, we require one month’s notice of leaving.  If your child leaves without notice we reserve the right to withhold your deposit in lieu of notice.

Nursery Fees

Fees will be invoiced and must be paid on a monthly basis in advance.  Invoices are emailed to the Bill Payer and can be viewed via our ParentZone App.

Fees are payable for all booked sessions regardless of absence due to sickness, holidays etc.

Failure to pay fees promptly may result in the nursery cancelling your child’s place.

From 1st April 2023 our fees are:

Children 3 months to 3 years         £6.50 per hour

Children 3 years +                            £6.00 per hour

Fees are not charged for Bank Holidays and the days between Christmas and the New Year when the Nursery is closed.  Daisychains reserves the right to charge normal session fees for temporary unavoidable closures such as snow days.

Daisychains has 3 Staff Development Days per academic year, if they fall on a day that your child would normally attend then payment will be required in full.  These development days will be carried out during school term dates and will be published at the start of the academic year (ie in September each year).

Invoices should be paid by direct bank transfer; we also accept payment via various childcare voucher schemes.

 

 Consumbables Fee

In addition to the above fees, we charge a £1 consumable fee for every morning and afternoon session.  If your child attends all day you will be required to pay the consumables fee for both the morning and afternoon sessions. The consumables fee is payable for all booked sessions even if your child does not attend, the only exception to this is pre-booked holiday where we have been given a minimum of one month’s notice.

 

Early Drop Off / Late Collection Penalty

Children should be dropped off no earlier than the start of their booked session and must be collected promptly at the end of the session.  If you drop your child off early or fail to collect them at the correct time a penalty charge may be imposed at the rate of £2.50 per minute.

If you do need to drop off early or collect late please contact us as soon as possible so we can ensure suitable cover is available.

Changes to Hours

Any request for changes to your child’s hours needs to be put in writing or submitted via our ParentZone app.  Wherever possible we request one month’s notice of any changes.

Tax Free Childcare and Government Funding

Government funding for childcare has recently been expanded to cover all children aged between 9 months and 5 years old.

From April 2024, eligible working parents of 2 year olds can access 15 hours childcare support.  By September 2025, most families with children aged between 9 months and 5 years old will be entitled to 30 hours of childcare support.

The changes are being introduced gradually and are subject to change depending upon government legislation.

You can find out what, if any, funding you may be eligible for on the Childcare Choices or KCC websites.

 

Free For 2 Funding

Non working parents may be eligible for up to 15 hours free childcare per week for 2 year olds.  You can check eligibilty and apply via the KCC website.

 

Tax Free Childcare 

Eligible parents can get up to £500 every 3 months for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare.  You will need to set up an online childcare account for your child and for every £8 you pay into this account, the government will pay in £2.  You can then use the account to pay for your childcare.  For more information on Tax Free Childcare visit the Gov.uk website.

 

Please note that funding normally starts the term after your child’s qualifying birthday, however the funding for 9 months + is slightly different – refer to tables below.

Child’s birthday (2 years or 3 years)

When they can claim from

1 January to 31 March

the beginning of term on or after 1 April

1 April to 31 August

the beginning of term on or after 1 September

1 September to 31 December

the beginning of term on or after 1 January

 

Child born Child turns 9 months Will become eligible for free childcare
1 July to 30 November 1 April to 31 August The start of term 1 (after summer holiday)
1 December to 31 March 1 September to 31 December The start of term 3 (after Christmas/New Year holiday)
1 April to 30 June 1 January to 31 March The start of term 5 (after Easter holiday)

 

Daisychains Nursery applies government funding during term times only, we do not offer stretch funding.

Information on Admissions

 

We are a fully inclusive nursery, open to every family in the community.  No child will be refused admission on the grounds of gender, family status, disability, colour, ethnic origin, culture, religion, or belief.

Children will be admitted in accordance with Kent County Council guidelines/our admissions policy, ie we will offer places to siblings of children at the nursery first,  places are then offered to children in greatest need and any remaining spaces on a first come, first served basis.

Requests for places in the Baby room can be made at any time.  All requests are subject to availability of places.

Requests for our toddler and pre-school room can be submitted at any time but we only have one admission per year in September.  Spaces for September are allocated in March/April each year using the criteria shown above.

We offer a choice of full or term time contracts, full time contracts are for 51 weeks per year and term time contracts are for 38 weeks a year (term times will be set by the nursery to align with the KCC PVI Calendar wherever possible).

Daisychains Nursery

Monday - Wednesday: 07:45 - 17:30

Thursday: 07:45 - 18:00

Friday: 07:45 - 17:00

01795 876473

Charity Number 1037737

NSPCC