Frequently asked questions

How many children are there in a session?

We have up to 26 children in each session and a child:adult ratio as low as 4:1 

What age can my child start?

Whilst the nursery is registered for children from the age of two, they are not always ready to comfortably settle into our environment. Therefore, every child’s needs and transition time is considered individually. Sometimes this means children start with us a a later stage. 

My child wears nappies. Can they still come?

Absolutely! We work closely with our parents to meet each and every child’s needs – your child will begin to use the toilet as and when they are ready. 

How many staff do you have?

We have 8 members of staff, all of  whom hold relevant Early Years qualifications ranging from level 2 to Early Years Teacher Status. ALL staff have current paediatric first certificates and have undergone safeguarding training and thorough personal background checks (DBS). 

Can my child receive government funding if he/she attends Hare Hatch Montessori School?

Yes, you can claim government funding from the term after your child has reached 3 years of age. In some circumstances, funding is available from 2 years, please contact your local authority.

Can my child stay all day?

Yes, your child can stay from 8.30am to 3pm daily. Many parents select different combinations of morning and/or afternoon sessions dependent on their requirements and our availability. 

What will my child learn?

We offer a curriculum that encompasses  the Montessori ethos. This includes our practical life activities; sensorial exercises; language (including speaking, listening, reading and writing), numeracy, science, geography, art, craft, cookery, music and movement.  We have adapted our curriculum to ensure that we comply with the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This curriculum is designed by the Department of Education for children aged 0-5 years.. We are inspected regularly by Ofsted to ensure we are providing a high standard of provision.

Can we see your Ofsted Report?

Yes. You can view our Ofsted Report or visit the Ofsted website.

How will I know how well my child is doing?

We hope to keep you fully informed about your child’s progress.  This is achieved in a number of ways; We have an open-door policy in which you are able to join your child during a session. You will have regular opportunities at drop off times to share information with a member of staff and more formal meetings  can be arranged on request. We create a learning journey for each child – a folder containing observations and photos. This shows you what your child has been doing at nursery and we regularly share these folders with you. We encourage you to add photos or drawings from home so that we can celebrate your child’s achievements  together. 

Can I come and see the nursery?

Prior to registration we encourage families to visit us. This will give you the opportunity to ask further questions, meet the team and see what we do. 

Please contact us to make an appointment.

Is there a waiting list?

We are usually very full. We advise you should come and visit the nursery and register your child as soon as possible. However, please do not let this put you off applying if you are looking for a place at short notice, places do become available from time to time. 

Which Primary School do the children transfer to?

Many children who live locally move on to our excellent local schools. Some parents choose to send their children to nearby private schools. Other children who travel from further afield transfer to schools in their own area. 

How do we contact you?

Direct line to the nursery (term time only):  0118 9403940

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