When can I visit the nursery?

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You are welcome to come and see the nursery at any time, but we recommend you telephone us to make an appointment so that we can show you around properly. (This visit takes half an hour and it's best if you book a time between 8.30am and 10am). If you'd like to get an idea of how your child's day might be organised you can also have a look at our daily routines page.

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What are the nursery's opening days and hours?

We are open Sunday to Thursday and you can choose 2, 3 or 5 days per week for your child. (We can occasionally arrange a 4-day place for your child if necessary). Our normal opening hours are from 8am to 12.30pm. If you wish to drop off your child before 8am we have an early class from 7.30am. This can either be paid for on a daily basis or per term. Our late class from 12.30pm to 2pm operates in the same way, and we ask that you also send an extra labelled snack with your child. The school holidays coincide with those of British schools; however, as school dates do sometimes differ from school to school, you may find some variations.

What should my child wear?

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Little Land has a simple school uniform of shorts/skorts and t-shirt, with no buttons, zips or pockets. Although we use paints and glues made especially for children, they do not always wash out, so having an inexpensive uniform is more economical for parents. It is also practical for the children and their teachers, particularly when it comes to potty-training, getting changed for water play and dealing with little accidents.

My child is still in nappies: is that okay?

Yes, that's fine. When your child is ready to toilet train we will work with you and help you to train him/her.

What do I need to send with my child?

Chocolate, fizzy drinks and any products with nuts inside are NOT allowed in the nursery.
Please LABEL ALL the items your child brings to Little Land (including clothing, shoes, etc.).

What if my child doesn't settle?

We understand that the settling period can be a difficult time for both parents and children. We work on the principle that familiarity encourages trust and confidence in children. The better they know us - the more comfortable they will feel with us.

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On the first day we ask parents to come and stay with their child for one hour: to introduce their child to the teacher and to the classroom. The following day you can leave your child with us for one to two hours. Some children cry for a short time when you leave.

After 3 or 4 days we normally find that children can be left for three or four hours quite happily. If your child cries incessantly for twenty minutes we will call you and ask if you can spend some time in the nursery, and then go home with your child once he/she is happy.

If your child is registered for 2 or 3 days per week we may ask you to bring him/her in for a few hours each day for the first week. This will help your child to become more familiar with us without getting too tired. Most children settle in well to Little Land's caring and nurturing environment.

Will my child go on school outings?

No, we feel that the safety risk is too high. But, we do invite visitors to the nursery, such as dentists, vets, police officers and members of the fire department, to talk to the children about their jobs.

Do you celebrate religious festivals?

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Little Land is a secular and non-denominational nursery. We celebrate Eid, Diwali and Christmas in a non-religious way: informing the children of the occasion, making cards and singing non-religious songs.

Do you celebrate children's birthdays?

celebrating birthdays

Yes, you are welcome to send a small cake or cupcakes with your child for them to share among their friends. The class will sing "happy birthday" and you can leave your camera with your child's teacher so that they can take photographs. We ask that you try and send food that is easy to share and is nutritious for the children (no nuts or chocolate please).

To find out about the "Montessori birthday celebration" please look at our More about Montessori page.

What are the security arrangements in the nursery?

The main gate is opened by a remote locking system and is also monitored by camera. All parents/guardians are asked to walk their child to his/her classroom door to greet their teacher or assistant. Please inform the nursery in writing if anybody else is picking up your child, and if possible, include a picture of that person. We ask you to respect the teacher's class-preparation time; if you need to talk to your child's teacher at length please arrange an appointment.

What is your discipline policy; do you use a 'naughty chair'?

No, we do not use a 'naughty chair'. The word 'naughty' is banned in the nursery! For very young children we use positive reinforcement of good behaviour. As the children get older we use 'time out' for repeated disruptive or unacceptable behaviour e.g. pushing, biting, hitting or hair pulling. This is a brief time spent away from fun activities, usually one minute per year of age, after which they can rejoin the group. We find that the children respond very well to this gentle but firm approach.

What happens if there is an accident?

Both Janice and Siog are trained nurses, and if your child hurts themselves while at nursery they will assess the situation and take appropriate action. If we will feel your child needs further medical attention we will try to contact you, and, if we are unable to do this, we will take your child to the Umm Suqeim Department of Health Clinic, which is just beside the nursery.

What if my child is sick?

We have no authority to give medicine in the nursery; if your child becomes sick during the morning we will contact you and ask you to take him/her home. Pre-school children have a low resistance to infection. If your child has a cold/runny nose/fever/diarrhoea/vomiting or conjunctivitis please do not send him/her to school. We recommend you wait 36 hours between sickness and return to nursery. If your child has asthma/diabetes/epilepsy or allergies special arrangements will be made for his/her care and storage of his/her medicine.

When can I talk to my child's teacher?

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Parents can make an appointment to speak to their child's class teacher any day between 12.40pm and 1pm if they have any concerns or would just like to discuss their child's progress. We can arrange for your child to go to the late class free of charge. Our official 'parent-teacher' talks happen in May, but if the teacher has any concerns about your child before this time, they will invite you in for a meeting.

What if I have any other concerns?

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Little Land offers strong parenting support; we take your concerns about your child very seriously and will do what we can to help. You are very welcome to come in to the school office at any time to speak to Siog or to Janice. We can offer one-to-one support on behavioural issues and we also regularly invite trained professionals, such as speech therapists, occupational therapists and nutritional advisers into the nursery to give talks to parents. A doctor and a dentist also visit the school and will report back to parents if there is any need for treatment or referral.

We realise that choosing the right pre-school for your child is extremely important, which is why we encourage parents to ask questions, look around and spend time with their child to help them settle in.

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