Starting At Meadow
Meadow takes children from two years of age; your child can start at any time of the year provided we have spaces.
It is important your child feels comfortable at Meadow. For the first few sessions you are welcome to stay a while to help them settle in.
It takes some children longer than toerhs to be come settles in a new environment, easpically a group one. If you have any concerns do speak to amember of staff.
Sessions run from 9.15-11.45 (£9) or 9.15-12.15 (£10.80) and 12.15-2.45 (£9). An all day sesson is 9.15-2.45 (£19.80).
Meadow is open term time only and follows the dates set by Medway Council.
Fees are £3.60 per hour, and can be paid weekly, monthly or termly.
If your child is ill and cannot attend please call the pre-school to let us know. Fees are still due if your child is absent from Meadow through illness, holiday or for other reasons.
After your child’s third birthday they qualify for Government funded sessions.
This can range from five mornings to two and a half full days.
We also offer two year old funding for those who meet the requirements
What to Wear
Please dress your child in sensible clothes and shoes that will enable them to move about freely and explore both indoors and outdoors, something easily washable and nothing too new!
It is good for children to practice the skills of independence; so simple clothes that they can handle themselves when they go to the toilet and shoes they can learn to put on themselves are perfect.
On wet days please bring a rain coat and boots for your child. On hot days please provide a sun hat and apply sun cream before you leave your child with us.
All clothing should have your child’s name clearly marked. Please bring extra clothing in case your child has an accident and make sure it is clearly labelled and on the hooks in the main hall.
Jewellery, particularly hoop earrings, necklaces and bracelets, can be dangerous when children are active, please ask your child to remove them before they arrive at Meadow.
If your child is unable to attend a session due to illness or otherwise, please call 01634 814122 to notify Meadow of their absence. If your child becomes ill whilst at Meadow, we will contact you immediately and ask you to collect your child. We ensure that there is always a trained First Aider on site.
We will need your consent to contact your child’s doctor or the emergency services, if they become seriously ill or have a serious accident whilst at Meadow. Please fill in the Consent Form when you register your child.
If your child develops a contagious illness, please follow your doctor’s advice about how long they should be absent from Meadow.
If your child has an ongoing health condition that will affect their activities at Meadow, please inform us on your registration form.
If you require our staff to administer regular or emergency medicine for an identified condition, this medication needs to be clearly labelled with your child’s name. Please speak to one of the First Aiders for advice.
Children are encouraged to wash their hands after visiting the toilet and before eating.
If you child has a toilet accident or they spill water on themselves they will be cleaned and dressed in their spare clothes, and their dirty clothes will be packed up for you to take home.
If your child uses nappies, please always supply spare nappies and a spare set of clothes. They will of course be changed if they soil their nappy. Meadow does not have nappy disposal, therefore you will be asked to take the soiled nappy home for disposal.
We are afraid that Head lice or Nits are a fact of school life. In order to minimise their presence please check your child’s hair weekly using a nit comb available from the chemist.
During both the morning and afternoon sessions, children are given a drink and a healthy snack, such as fruit or carrot sticks. If there is anything your child is allergic to, it is important that you notify us on the Registration Form.
A Meadow Lunch is provided for all who wish to take up the offer, there will be a small charge for lunch, please talk to a member of staff for more information. If you are bringing a packed lunch, please note: Meadow has a nut-free policy to protect against allergic reactions, please respect this if you are packing lunch boxes.
We celebrate all children’s birthdays by lighting a mock cake and singing happy birthday. The birthday boy or girl receives a birthday card and a celebration sweet. In support of our Healthy Eating policy we ask that you do not bring in birthday cakes or sweets for the children.
If your child has a sibling using a pushchair, you are welcome to bring the buggy into the main hall when you are dropping your child off and collecting them. But please be considerate of other parents and children.
We ask that you do not leave your pushchair in Meadow’s Hall whilst your child is attending, there is covered storage outside the front of the hall.