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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions.

Question:What is the ratio of staff to children at the Ark Nursery?

In the nursery


Pre-School Room

2 – 3 Room

Baby Room

1 : 8

1 : 5

1 : 3

Out on trips / walks


Pre-School Room

2 – 3 Room

Baby Room

1 : 3

1 : 2

1 : 2

Question: What time are snacks and meals at the Ark Nursery?

 

Pre-School Room

2 – 3 Room

Baby Room

Morning Snack

9.00 to 9.30

9.00 to 9.30

9.00 to 9.30

Lunch

12.00 to 12.45

11.30 to 12.00

11.30 to 12.00

Afternoon Snack

14.45 to 15.15

15.00 to 15.30

15.00 to 15.30

Question: Do you provide breakfast at the Ark Nursery?

No.  We provide a morning snack but not breakfast. 

Question:What happens if my child does not eat a specific lunch?

The menu is displayed at the front door of the building (if you would like a paper copy, please just ask a member of staff).  If you know that your child will not eat something then you need to let staff know when you drop your child off.  Our dedicated cook Eileen will then be able to prepare an alternative.

Question: How do you deal with toilet training?

Pre-School: We expect most children to come into the Pre-School Room able to go to the toilet themselves.  We appreciate that some children take a little bit longer to get there completely.  If your child is toilet training, we ask that you bring the appropriate spare clothing – LOTS of spare pants, socks, leggings / trousers and at least one spare pair of shoes.
2 – 3 Room: Children often begin potty / toilet training during their time in the 2 – 3 Room so staff are very used to helping children make the transition from nappies.  We have potties in the 2 – 3 Room nappy change area and a special seat for the toilet.  Just have a chat to us and we will fit in with your plan or make a plan together to meet the needs of your child.  During this time, we ask that you bring plenty of spare pants, socks, leggings / trousers and at least one spare pair of shoes.  A lot of parents choose to bring in ‘Crocs’ or something similar while their children are potty training as they can easily be rinsed and dried.
Baby Room: Most children in the Baby Room are still in nappies.  If you feel your child is ready to start potty training at this stage, however, by all means talk to staff and we will be happy to accommodate you.

Question: Why do I need to bring in a change of clothes for my child?

Every day at the nursery we try to go outside for exercise, fun and fresh air.  Even when the weather is fine, our garden surface can often still be wet.  Inside, we often have messy activities (e.g. painting, water tray etc.) and children’s clothes are often splashed or get paint on them.  At this age, children do have the odd ‘accident’ or nappy explosion where they will need a change.  As such, it is really important that every child has a set of dry clothes to change into. 

Question: What is my child’s folder for?

Your child’s learning portfolio is intended to showcase learning and development.  One of the key features of the portfolio is parental involvement and you will be given plenty of opportunities to play a part in your child’s learning during his / her time at The Ark Nursery. 
Pre-School: When children move up to the Pre-School Room, they will get a new learning portfolio.  The same format of portfolio is used council-wide, meaning that there is consistency across pre-school settings and early years primary classes throughout Dundee.  The learning portfolio will go with your child when he / she moves on from The Ark Nursery up to primary school (or on to any other pre-school setting) providing important information for the transition and his / her future learning.

Question: When will you be teaching my child to read and write (and count and ….. etc.)?

At the Ark Nursery, we do not start formal teaching.  In Scotland the age for starting formal education is five and this will take place when your child starts school.  We do, however, plan for purposeful play, incorporating opportunities for children to develop early numeracy, literacy skills as well as learning about the world around them.  Please feel free to talk to staff about our current Pre-School topics and planned activities. 




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