operate from 7:30am
and are open 52 weeks a year, with the exception of the 5 statutory
holidays: Easter Monday, Christmas and Boxing Day and the 1st/2nd
You, as parents are the prime educators of your child in their earliest years therefore we welcome and encourage parent’s involvement in the nursery. We have an ‘open door’ policy in place therefore a member of staff is always available to listen to your comments and suggestions. Effective communication between parents and nursery staff is important to provide the best possible care for your child.
We would appreciate if you could inform nursery staff of any circumstances, either temporary or permanent which may affect your child’s emotional or physical well being to ensure your child receives additional support if necessary. A member of staff will be available to speak to you on a daily basis to discuss your child’s progress and answer any questions you may have.
You will be kept informed of nursery events and activities through our notice board in the entrance hall, newsletters (both paper copies and via email), text messages and our parent email notifications.
All information regarding your child/family will be kept in the strictest confidence in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
A security key pad entry system is in place on the front door to ensure access by authorised persons only. The code to the door is changed on a regular basis. We require notification of who is authorised to collect your child from nursery. Under no circumstances will a child be allowed to leave the premises unless it is with a previously identified, authorised person.
Before your child begins full days or sessions at Brookland Nursery we would recommend that you and your child visit for some short introductory sessions.
These sessions introduce your child to the nursery gradually, allowing them to get to know staff, children and their surroundings before their start date.
During these sessions you will have the opportunity to speak to an allocated member of staff who will discuss your child’s individual needs and any concerns you may have. Children learn very quickly that nursery is a fun, friendly place to be and therefore the settling-in period is rarely as difficult as you might imagine it to be. No charge is made for these introductory sessions.
Depending on our child’s age and stage of development you will need to provide: formula or breast milk, nappies, soft indoor shoes, suitable outdoor clothing and a change of clothes. If your child has a comfort toy, blanket or a dummy you should also bring these to nursery.
Your child will be involved in messy activities at nursery and although the staff will encourage them to wear aprons whenever possible, we would advise that your child does not wear ‘good’ clothes to nursery as accidents can happen. It is helpful if you mark all your child’s belongings with their name as it can be difficult for our nursery staff to locate unnamed items.
We would also recommend that your child does not bring toys from home as they do become upset if items become mislaid or broken. Comfort toys are of course always welcome.
If your child requires additional support for any reason, either on a temporary or permanent basis, we will make every effort to provide this support. The nursery staff are experienced at working closely with parents and other professionals such as Health Visitors, Speech and Language Therapists and Paediatricians to help your child reach their full potential.
We have a 2 way communication diary in place for our 0-3 year olds. In this you will receive a daily report detailing your child’s eating and sleeping patterns, fluid intake, toileting progress and information about the activities your child has participated in that day. The nursery staff will, of course discuss your child’s day with you, however the daily reports are a useful reference to take home.
Each child at Brookland Nursery has their own developmental profile which staff complete regularly to record your child’s milestones and achievements. You will receive regular progress reports detailing your child’s progress and development and you are encouraged to view and contribute to your child’s portfolio at any time.
Parents Evenings are held twice yearly for all children. Although the nursery staff are available to speak to you on a daily basis, this gives you the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress in a relaxed atmosphere.
Positive behaviour is promoted at Brookland Nursery through praise and encouragement from the nursery staff. Children receive little attention for negative behaviour, therefore they quickly realise that the positive behaviour will be rewarded. Our staff will keep you fully informed if your child requires support in this area at any time. If a pattern of behaviour causing more concern develops, we will discuss this with you and agree steps to move forward in the best interests of your child and the nursery.
The nursery is inspected on an annual basis by the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care and reports can be viewed at www.carecommission.com
As providers of pre school education we are also inspected by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education and their reports can be viewed at www.hmie.gov.uk
Mission statement and vision
Brookland Nursery your child’s future in our hands. Trusted by parents, loved by children.
Brookland Nursery believes the enjoyment and emotional security of children is paramount to their early life experiences.
To provide children with a sound basis for their development as lifelong learners with the capacity to develop skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work.
Aims and objectives
- To provide a child friendly, safe, secure and challenging environment where children can play and learn.
- To build a community where parents, staff and friends feel included at Brookland Nursery.
- Ensure that every child is nurtured to develop and grow into responsible young people and achieve their best.
- We believe that a homely atmosphere is to key to establish a safe and caring environment where children can feel happy and relaxed and develop to their full potential.
- To be adaptable to children's needs and preferences.
- To treat every child as an individual and meet additional needs regardless of gender, race, nationality and culture without discriminating to respect developmental differences. To provide high quality care and education for all children and families.
- To value all staff and ensure that every opportunity is given to each staff member to develop their personal skills and to broaden their knowledge in caring for and educating your children.
- To expand the ethos of the nursery as a “home from home” where the parents and children can relax in a happy and friendly atmosphere and talk openly with the staff.
- To enable each child to develop their feeling of wellbeing by respecting his/her individuality.
- To promote good health by encouraging children to participate in daily activities through a curriculum that promotes fresh air, exercise and healthy eating.
- To encourage children to respect and understand their role in the community.
- To work in partnership with other professionals (when required), sharing information, knowledge and expertise in keeping with the Confidentiality and Disclosure Policy.
- Develop positive relationships with children and parents building a level of trust.