Frequently Asked Questions
Holy Trinity are open for 38 weeks of the year, following the same term dates as schools under the control of Birmingham City Council.
We are open for 10 sessions per week, with a maximum of 30 children registered at each session
Session times are:
Mornings – Monday 9.15 to 11.45am
Afternoons 12.30 to 3 pm
Breakfast club is 8.30 until 9.15 with cereal, toast, fruit, milk or water provided. The cost of the breakfast club is £5.00 per session. Breakfast club is run separately from Holy Trinity Preschool and therefore EEE funding cannot be used to cover the cost of this service.
Fees are charged at £14.00 per session (morning or afternoon), payable a half term in advance.
We can offer free places for 3 and 4 year olds claiming nursery education funding at our setting. We are also able to offer funded places for 2 year old children.
Fees continue to be due if a child is absent and a minimum of half terms notice or fees in lieu is required for withdrawal of a child from pre-school.
There is no reduction of fees due to holiday or illness
Lunch is 11.45 to 12.30pm. As we are unable to provide a cooked lunch we ask that children bring in a healthy packed lunch in a suitable lunch bag. The children eat with staff and other children and this is always a lovely social time in our day. There is a £5.00 charge for this session and EEE funding can be used to cover the cost of lunch. We ask that parents only put in their childs lunch what they know they will eat. We always ask that children eat at least 3/4 of their sandwiches then fruit or yoghurt before eating any “treats” you provide. Please do not give your child fizzy drinks or packets of sweets in their lunch although small chocolate bars or cakes are fine. We also ask that you do not put any products containing nuts in your childs lunch in case of allergies.
In order to feel free to explore and experiment with all kinds of materials including messy ones it is best to send children in clothes that are easily washed or not ‘new’. We suggest that you send in a named bag containing a change of clothes because we love messy play and although we have a supply of spare clothes they may not be the best fit! As we encourage our children to be practise skills which will enable them to be independent simple clothing which they can handle themselves will enable them to go to the toilet unaided. Please label all outdoor clothing and shoes. We do have a supply of Pre-school sweatshirts and T-shirts available to purchase. These are optional but should you be interested please speak to Cathy or Lesley.
We welcome every family in the community.
In order to accommodate everyone and have scope to offer funded places to children who become eligible during the Spring and Summer terms, we offer places as follows:-
• Younger children who are not yet eligible for any EEE funding can, subject to availability, attend any morning or afternoon sessions that they choose.
• Children who have turned 3 and wish to take up their 15 hours of free EEE must use them as two and half day blocks. Parents/carers can choose whether to do all day Monday, all day Tuesday and Wednesday morning OR Wednesday afternoon, all day Thursday and all day Friday. Stipulating that EEE funding is taken at the beginning or end of the week will ensure that we can provide a specially tailored curriculum following the Early Years Foundation Stage that will provide us with the best opportunity to extend and enhance the children’s learning and prepare them best for the move on to school.
• We can offer 28.75 hours of funded places to working parents who meet the criteria, subject to availability. However, if parents choose not to use their full entitlement they must do full days i.e. 17.25 hours (3 days) or 23 hours (4 days per week).
The Government has recently introduced new childcare offers.
Tax –Free Childcare Is a scheme to support working parents with childcare costs. For every £8 you pay in, the Government will pay an extra £2. You can get up to £2,000 per child per year, or £4,000 for disabled children.
30 hours of free childcare is a scheme to help working parents of 3 and 4 year old children for 38 weeks of the year.
• Check your childcare options at – childcarechoices.gov.uk.
A full copy of our Admissions Policy is available upon request
Yes of course! We have no problem taking children still in nappies. We ask that you send in a supply of nappies, wipes and nappy bags as, although we do have a small supply, they may not be the correct size for your child. Once you and your child are ready we will work with you to help with potty training.
Yes. We maintain a high standard of security in Pre-school in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage (2012). We ensure paperwork is kept up to date to ensure your child cannot ever leave with an unauthorised person. At the end of a session your child is handed back to you by a member of staff.
Pre-school uses the Birmingham City Council Framework for Intervention (F4i). This ensures we always look at the reasons for any unwanted behaviour to see if we can make adjustments in our environment to help prevent this. Steps are in place so that the child understands it is their behaviour we find unacceptable and not them. Positive behaviour is always rewarded in an immediate and consistent way using stickers and reward charts. In the case of unwanted behaviour the feelings of all children are dealt with in a gentle and caring way. We work with parents to help develop consistent rewards such as sticker charts. All children in the setting are helped to understand our three rules of Be Kind, Be Safe and Be Careful and are given strategies to empower them in situations where they feel unsure.
If your child is poorly please do not bring them into Pre-School. Please telephone 0121 355 0790 to let us know. In the case of sickness and /or diarrhoea please do not send your child into Pre-school until they have been free from symptoms for at least 48 hours to ensure they are not still contagious.
We ensure that milk and water are available throughout the sessions. We supply a healthy snack of fruit or vegetables for your child which they can access freely during a large part of all sessions. We use name cards for the children which they put into a box when they have had a drink and snack. This means we are able to monitor children who have not visited the snack table during the session and remind them to have one if they want/need one.
Yes, we have a lovely secure outdoor area with a porous child friendly impact absorbing surface and weatherproof canopy meaning we can use our outdoor area whatever the weather. We value the importance of outdoor play for young children and they are able to access the area freely during the majority of all of our sessions.
Bod was drawn by one of our children many years ago and became our logo. He appears everywhere from tee shirts to paperwork.
As we are a mixed age, free flow setting we split our children into two groups for registration which includes a short adult led activity and for stories. To help the children know which group they are in we have Green and Orange Bods.
Our Green Bods are children who are in their Pre-school Year
Our Orange Bods are younger children who are not going to school at the end of the academic year and will be staying on with us.
Green bod children are encouraged to become more independent in readiness for their transition into school. This could be putting on their own coat, pouring their own drinks and taking on more of a role in the setting. Green Bods are expected to sit and listen for longer periods of time during stories or registration and take part in adult led group activities based around an area of the curriculum.
Orange bod children are expected to sit for shorter periods of time and are able to choose to play while still listening to stories or rhymes.
All of our activities are differentiated so the children will access the same learning. This can be delivered in different ways enabling them to achieve whatever their age and ability.
Cleaning and Hygiene Control to Reduce Transmission of Covid-19
Pre-school staff will clean commonly touched areas, equipment, surfaces and shared areas at the beginning and end of each session.
Signs and posters will be displayed throughout the setting to remind everyone of good hygiene and respiratory practices.
All children and staff will wash their hands upon arrival at Pre-school. Children and staff members will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly throughout the day and always before they eat and after they use the toilet. Children will be encouraged to cover their mouths when they cough and to sneeze into a tissue. Staff will reconfirm the mantra “Catch it /bin it/kill it” at every opportunity. All waste bins will be emptied and cleaned daily.
We will remove unnecessary items from the learning environment where there is space to store it elsewhere. We will remove soft furnishings, soft toys and toys that are hard to clean
In order to reduce cross contamination between home and the setting children will not be permitted to bring in any items from home. Parents will be asked to provide a bag containing spare clothes and nappies if required that can be left at Pre-school rather that carrying things backwards and forwards. All communication between home and Pre-school we be carried out by email or via the telephone. Children will not be able to take any artwork home from the setting, instead photographs of the artwork will be taken and uploaded onto Tapestry.
An enhanced cleaning schedule will be implemented that includes sessional cleaning of furniture, play equipment and other hard surfaces. Communal areas, touch points such as door handles, light switches, toilet flush handles and taps will be cleaned and sanitised regularly throughout each session.
At the end of each day all floor surfaces will be mopped using a suitable disinfectant product. Clean mop heads will be used for each area and mop heads will be machine washed after every use using hot water and a suitable washing detergent. All toys that have been out in the setting that day will be placed in Milton and sterilized. We will have a separate tray of writing table resources, including pens, pencils, scissors and glue sticks for each day of the week. A tray will be used one day and then not used again until the same day the following week.
All outside play equipment and resources, including safety mats, will be cleaned/washed every day in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions using the warmest water setting. It will be ensured that all items are completely dry before be used again. It is acceptable, in accordance with government guidelines, to wash dirty laundry that has been in contact with an unwell person with other setting items.
All activities put out for the children will be risk assessed and due consideration given to any adaptations that may need to be made to our usual practice. This includes the suspension of learning experiences using malleable materials such as sand. We will have a box of books for each day of the week. A box will be used one day and then not put out again until the following week.
Cleaning and disinfectant products will be used in conjunction with government advice (see COVID-19: cleaning in non-healthcare settings.) All cleaning products will be stored safely in line our COSHH assessment for the setting. Where possible disposable cloths will be used to reduce transmission. If this is not possible cleaning cloths will be washed on a high temperature after every use. The levels of cleaning products and all
Government guidance is that PPE is not required for general use in early years settings to protect against COVID- 19 transmission. However the usual PPE will continue to be worn for nappy changing and the administration of first aid.
If a child becomes unwell whilst present in the setting, their parents will be contacted immediately and asked to come and collect their child. Whilst the child is waiting to be collected, they will be separated from the rest of the group and isolated with a member of staff. A facemask will be worn by the member of staff as well as gloves and an apron. If a risk assessment determines there is a risk of splashing to the eyes, for example from coughing, then eye protection in the form of a visor will also be worn.
Once a poorly child or an unwell member of staff has left the setting, all areas of the setting will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. If an area has been heavily contaminated, such as visible bodily fluids, from a person with suspected coronavirus protection for the eyes, mouth and nose should be worn by the cleaner as well as wearing gloves and an apron. Any PPE used and other waste will be disposed of safely in accordance with the government guidance i.e. double bagged and kept in a secure place for 72 hours before being put in the regular rubbish bin.
We have a good stock of disposable gloves and aprons. We have also purchased moisture resistant face masks and some child friendly face visors.
Controlled Movement of People throughout the Setting
To maintain physical distancing we will operate a “one way” system for parents at arrival and pick up times.
Parents will be asked to adhere to the 2m distance signs clearly marked on the pavement whilst they wait to be called to the front door of the building. When parents have said goodbye to their child they will be asked to leave the setting following the one way system.
Entry into the setting will be restricted to children and staff only with the exception of parents of new children who may be permitted to enter for settling in purposes, if not doing so would cause the child distress. Prospective families who wish to look around the setting will be required to make an appointment to come in. All visitors will need to wear a face covering, wash their hands on arrival, provide contact details for track and trace purposes and keep 2 m away from all adults and children present in the setting.
We will ensure that the children can be outside as much as possible and have lots of space to spread out in. We have a marquee which will enhance the outside learning environment whilst providing protection from the sun, wind and rain.
At lunch time we will use more tables within the rooms or outside so that the children can be spaced out and eat safely at the same time. Windows and doors will remain open as much as possible to increase ventilation within the setting, being mindful of safety and security at all times.
Individuals Displaying Symptoms
Anyone who begins to display coronavirus symptoms while in the setting should be sent home immediately and asked to follow the government guidelines on “what to do if you or someone in your household develops symptoms of coronavirus”. All staff and children have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus. Staff will be trained in the effective use of PPE to ensure it offers the correct level of protection whilst dealing with any child/adult who is displaying coronavirus symptoms.
Where a staff member tests negative, they can return to the setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation. If the staff member tests positive, Public Health England’s local health protection teams will be advised and asked to conduct a rapid investigation. They will advise the most appropriate action to take. If they advise that the setting should close for 14 days whilst all the staff and children self-isolate, the other household members of those advised to self-isolate will not need to self-isolate unless their child or the staff member they live with subsequently develops symptoms.
We will maintain records of anyone who is isolating or who has developed symptoms whilst present in the setting. If after enquiries we think the transmission could be setting related we will report the matter under RIDDOR