Keele Day Nursery FAQs
Yes, no problem. The staff member doing your induction will go through our settling in policy with you.
It depends on your child's age group:
- Rabbit room: 12 weeks to 12 months, staff ratio 1:3
- Dormouse room: 12 - 15 months , staff ratio 1:3
- Robin room: 15 - 18 months, staff ratio 1:3
- Hedgehog room: 18 - 24 months, Staff ratio 1:3
- Fox room: 2- 2.5 years, staff ratio 1:4
- Badger room: 2.5 - 3 years, staff ratio 1:4
- Owl & Otter unit: 3 years to school age, staff ratio 1:8
- Klub House: 0ver 4 years 1:8
Yes, at the moment we have French classes for children aged 2+ and Rhythm time for all ages. They are held in Butterfly room.
We also subscribe to Ten Town maths programme and for literacy we use Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds for children aged 3+
New and exciting menus are carefully planned and prepared for our children by Keele’s award-winning chefs. Delivered fresh to the Nursery each day from the Keele Hall kitchen, our meals aim to develop children’s taste buds offering a balanced diet and a range of food which is low in salt, to suit a wide range of tastes, cultures and dietary requirements. All served to look appealing on the plate as soon as those eager little hands are washed!
You can have a look at our Nursery menu, and a sample Klub House menu for more details.
The first thought on every parent’s mind when choosing a trusted early years environment for their child is often ‘safety and security’.
We use a secure door card entry system. Parents have to be let into the nursery by a staff member before using their entry card to access the children's areas.
Whilst Keele University Day Nursery fosters the need for children to play freely and to enjoy and explore their surroundings, the health, safety and welfare of our children are of paramount importance to all the staff here.
Every member of staff has a clear understanding of the policies and procedures in place for the effective safeguarding of all our children such as, no staff access to mobile phones permitted in the nursery, stringent staffing ratios at all times, fire safety, first aid and the signing in and out of all children throughout the day. We also engage our children in activities surrounding topics such as road safety, fire evacuation and ‘stranger danger’.
Our nursery staff are fully qualified and experienced in their profession, they are all DBS approved and have a shared vision with management and parents on the quality of the early years provision they deliver. They develop warm and caring relationships with the children ensuring that they meet the individual needs of every child and are committed to making sure that each child in their care feels happy and part of a trusted community.
Yes of course, we accept all major childcare voucher schemes. Vouchers are being replaced by te government tax freechildcare scheme. The University runs a staff nursery scheme. Eligibility for the scheme is dependent on the individual staff's circumstances and requirements. Please contact Christina Duncalf in the Finance & IT directorate (tel. 01782 734322) for further information on this.
All of our staff are fully qualified to a minimum of level 3, many of our staff are mums too so they fully understand what quality care, love and safety you would wish for you child! We do have Apprentices and Students but these are not counted in our ratio. We have some more information about our staff on pages, to help you understand what we are all about.