Fingertips Woodland Nursery

Fingertips Woodland Nursery is based in the beautiful woodland area of Manland Primary School, where we are able to offer Day-care from 8am till 4pm with the option of an extended hour till 5pm.

A typical day

The setting

Indoors

The layout of our setting is specifically designed to meet all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

We have a designated art and malleable materials area where children can select their own creative activity, a role play area, small world, literacy, mathematics, construction and science tables.  We have labelled all the trays with photographs of the equipment, activities and games so that children can choose what to play with, giving them multiple opportunities to explore, learn and enjoy. 

We will have times of singing and dancing, reading together, playing games with letters and numbers and having fun with friends. This gives our children a head-start, growing in confidence and enthusiasm for learning about the world around them. We help children to believe in themselves and excel, catapulting them into school readiness.

Our nature garden

We have also arranged our garden in order to be exciting, stimulating and fun.  With areas to play, explore, climb and experiment while developing self-confidence and learning to manage their own risk.  Throughout the day, children can choose whether they want to play indoors or outdoors and can select activities from visiting our nature garden, diving into the mud kitchen or experimenting with sand and water,  So that wherever they learn best they can have access to the same learning opportunities outdoors as they do indoors.  This will then flow to learning in the wider woodland area with forest school.

Forest School

Each day we will engage in forest school activities taking them out into our large woodland area.

This is a holistic Scandinavian approach that develops collaborative learning skills, problem solving, co-operation, confidence building and self-esteem. In our opinion we believe this is the very best way to learn.

Some of the things we do at forest school; whittling sticks, making mud pies, sawing, climbing trees, playing imaginary games, lighting fires and learning about the environment and the natural world we live in.  These activities are carefully designed to; build confidence and self-esteem, improve communication and social skills, learn to recognise and manage risk improve team skills and provide a natural motivation and positive attitude towards learning.

 

OPENING HOURS

Fingertips Woodland Nursery, Manland Primary School, Sauncey Avenue, AL5 4QL

Monday - 8.00am - 4.00pm

Tuesday - 8.00am - 4.00pm

Wednesday - 8.00am - 4.00pm

Thursday - 8.00am - 4.00pm

Friday - 8.00am - 4.00pm

Extended hour available each day - 4.00pm - 5.00pm

 

TERM DATES

Summer Term 2020

HALF TERM 

Monday 25th May – Friday 29th May

 

TERM ENDS

Friday 17th July

Autumn Term 2020

INSET

Wednesday 2nd September

 

TERM STARTS

Thursday 3rd September

 

HALF TERM

Monday 26th Oct  – Friday 30th Oct

TERM ENDS 

Friday 18th December 2020

Spring Term 2021

INSET

Monday 4th January

TERM STARTS

Tuesday 5th January

HALF TERM

Monday 15th Feb – Friday 19th February

TERM ENDS

Friday 26th March

Summer Term 2021

INSET

Monday 12th April

 

TERM STARTS

Tuesday 13th April 

BANK HOLIDAY

Monday 3rd May

 

HALF TERM

Monday 31st May  – Friday 4th June

TERM ENDS 

Friday 16th July

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Holiday Club @ Fingeritps Woodland Nursery

Monday 19th July - Friday 23rd July

Holiday Club @ Forest School

Monday 26th July - Friday 30th July

FEES

8am – 4pm 

Funded 

(using 6 funded hours)

£24 per day

8am – 4pm

Funded

(using 3 funded hours)

£48 per day

8am – 4pm

Non-funded

£68 per day

4pm – 5pm

Optional extended hour

£8 per day

Our Fees

Our Woodland Nursery fees are:

 

inclusive of a healthy breakfast, snacks and milk.  We will offer a warm/hot tea for the children who stay between 4pm and 5pm

2 year old funding (the term after your child turns 2)

There is now funding available for some children who are aged 2 years old depending on your circumstances. If you need assistance we will help you apply for this. (You can use a maximum of 6 funded hours per day).

 

3-5 year old funding (the term after your child turns 3)

The term after your child turns 3 you are entitled to 15 hours of free childcare per week, you are welcome to take additional days for your child if you wish.  Additional sessions will be charged at the normal sessional rate.  (You can use a maximum of 6 funded hours per day).

 

30 Hour funding

We are able to offer a small number of 30 hour funded places.  (You can use a maximum of 6 funded hours per day), Please call to discuss.

 

Invoicing

We invoice termly, however this can be paid in two instalments each instalment must be paid 7 days before the start of each half term. We would appreciate payments being made before the start of the new half term to avoid late payment fees. Any additional sessions can be paid by cash or cheque in advance.

 

Registration and Waiting list

To register your child with our setting or to place them on our waiting list an application form must be completed and returned with a registration fee of £35. This is a non-refundable fee.  Once a place comes available and we are able to offer your child a place you will have 14 days to make a refundable deposit of £200 to reserve your child’s place in our Woodland Nursery.  This will be deducted from your invoice on the last month before your child leaves the Woodland Nursery.  This deposit is not refundable if you decide that you no longer want the space prior to starting.  There is no reduction in fees for absence due to holidays or sickness.

 

Childcare Vouchers

We are registered on many different childcare voucher schemes.  Let us know which scheme and we will forward you the details.

 

A typical day

The day begins with a flexible start between 8.00am and 8.30am and ends with a flexible finish 3.30pm - 4.00pm. An additional hour 4.00-5.00pm is available.

We operate term time only but will offer a number of holiday clubs throughout the year.

 

We accept 2-year old funding, 3-4 year old funding and a small number of 30 hour funded spaces.

 

Children will be provided with a simple healthy breakfast and two healthy snacks (morning and afternoon). Parents will supply a healthy packed lunch.

 

The children will have continuous free-flow from the indoor nursery to the woodland garden. There will be regular planned activities, small teaching groups, story, song and dance time and Forest School activities each day. 

 

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Jenny Herbaut

Early Years Head Teacher

Fingertips Preschool 

All Saints Church Hall

129 Station Road , Harpenden

AL5 4UU