Some Frequently Asked Questions are detailed below. If you have a question that is not answered here please contact us and we will be happy to help you.
Somerset Nursery School is run by Wandsworth Borough Council. The education we provide is carefully planned, monitored and inspected by OFSTED.
Although nursery education is non-statutory, there are good reasons why it is important that children attend regularly and punctually. We ask all parents and carers to cooperate by making good use of the provision we offer. Regular attendance is vital for; continuity of learning, the development of confidence, good relationships, and good routines which will last throughout life.
Please arrange to take your holidays during the school holiday period.
See our Attendance and Punctuality policy for further details.
Morning session: 9.15am to 11.45am
Afternoon session: 12.45pm to 3.15pm
Full time session: 9.15am to 3.15pm (Children over 3 years only)
Children should arrive promptly and need to be registered at 9.15 am or 12.45pm every day so that the session can begin. Please telephone the School Admin Assistant in the Nursery before 9.30am to book a lunch if your child is staying all day and will be arriving late.
11.45am and 3.15pm are the latest times for collecting your child. Please arrive five minutes earlier so that you can collect pictures, find coats and see the staff etc.
The door is locked during the morning and afternoon sessions. Please close the door securely on your way in and out of the building. The site is covered by CCTV, and all the internal doors are accessible only with a fob.
Children must be brought and collected by an adult i.e. a person over sixteen years old. Children will not be allowed home with an unknown adult. Please inform the Deputy Headteacher or the School Admin Assistant if anyone different is collecting your child.
Your child will be exploring with paint, glue, clay and other ‘messy play’ materials. They will also be moving between indoor and outdoor experiences throughout the session. In light of this please choose clothes with the following in mind;
• Sleeves that can be pulled up easily i.e. not tight or with buttons, will help avoid wet or paint covered clothes.
• Comfortable shoes are important too as your child will be running, jumping and climbing. Fashion shoes or flip-flop style sandals are not suitable and can be dangerous.
• If your child wears boots in wet weather, please send a pair of indoor shoes in a bag so that s/he can change.
Every child has their own peg to hang their outdoor clothes on, but things inevitably can get muddled or mislaid. Please mark your child’s name in gloves, scarves, hats, boots and coats.
This will help us save a great deal of time in searching for lost clothes! Thank you.
In order to protect children on hot summer day’s vulnerable areas such as shoulders and backs need to be covered. In addition please ensure you have put sun cream on your child prior to them arriving at school. Staff will apply sun cream when necessary once a permission slip has been completed by parents and carers. We keep a supply of hats for the children to wear outside in sunny weather, and ensure that children play in the shade as much as possible, and keep hydrated.
Snacks and Drinks
We do not allow sweets, snacks or drinks in the School as they are so bad for children’s teeth, can cause arguments, and can cause allergic reactions to other children. Please ensure there are no snacks or drinks in your children’s bags. Staff plan healthy snack experiences, and ensure water and milk is available throughout the session. In this way we can monitor what children are eating and drinking and can ensure children are safe.
The School has achieved the Wandsworth Healthy School Award and with this in mind, we ask parents to refrain from sending in cake or sweets to celebrate birthdays. However, healthier options such as fruit are supported.
If possible please discourage your child from bringing toys as they cause ownership disputes and can easily get lost. However, if your child is really excited about something they have experienced it can be a great opportunity to extend their learning in school. Speak to staff at the start of the session about how your child can best share their interests.
Library books can be borrowed as often as you like from the library. Please borrow one at a time remembering to record it in the book provided. Each child will have a named plastic wallet for their library book, and a comment sheet for you to log the book chosen and how your child enjoyed it. Children will enjoy, and learn from returning to a familiar book time and time again. Please talk to staff if you have questions about sharing books and reading with your child.
All our lunches are freshly cooked daily onsite by our Chef, Denise. We provide a family service lunch where an adult sits at each table with the children and we all eat a school dinner. Parents often tell us their child(ren) eats better here than at home! Lunch currently costs £2.45 per meal and there is always a vegetarian option.
Please visit Wandsworth Children’s Services: Family Information Service Directory for more information.