College Green Nursery School & Services

The Heart of Learning - Adventurous, Courageous, Extraordinary

161 College Road, London, NW10 3PH

0208 969 2179

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Please read all the information very carefully to ensure that you have the correct information for your child’s age group.

NN Nursery

IF YOUR CHILD TURNS 3 AFTER 1ST SEPTEMBER 2019 AND IS AT LEAST 1 IN THE AUTUMN TERM 2020

How many children are there in the nursery?

  • There are approximately 25 children each day in the nursery and we meet the Ofsted requirements for staff/children ratios for all age groups.
  • The number of places available in September changes every year depending on the ages of our current children.
  • At the time of admissions we consider both the coming September and that of the following year to ensure we have a mix of new and existing children to support the settling process.

How many weeks of the year are you open?

  • We are open for 38 weeks of the year. We follow Brent term time dates.  Please see the website for details.
  • We are not open on bank holidays

Once my child is three, will my child be stretched?

  • All children interact together but the learning is differentiated for each age group and each child’s interests.
  • The children are not only extended ‘academically’ but learn to nurture younger children and begin to have age appropriate responsibilities.

Can I choose my days?

  • We try to offer the days which are requested but it is not always possible.  We need to consider how many children each keyworker has in a day so that your child has quality time with them.  In addition to this we consider how many of each age group attend each day. 
  • To support your child's well-being, we require all children to attend at least three days 

Can I just do mornings, or one or two days per week?

  •  We require a minimum attendance of three days per week for the following reasons:
    1. We are more than simply a 'childcare provider'.  We believe in building caring, meaningful and deep relationships with children and this requires sufficient time to allow keyworkers to get to know children as individuals and create magical learning stories
    2. It is important that your child does not share their keyworker with too many other children so they have quality interactions during the day.
    3. It allows children to build strong friendships with other children during their time at nursery.

Is there automatic entry into the Maintained Nursery

  • There is no automatic transfer into the Maintained Nursey from the Neighbourhood Nursery.  The two nurseries are different entities with the same campus ethos and with the same management.  The admissions criteria are different.  Please refer to the admissions pages for details

Will my child spend time on the Maintained Nursery site?

  • All children use the outside environment of the Maintained Nursery and will sometimes have shared activities and events.
  • There is a small group of children who spend their time in the Maintained Nursery building.  Priority is given to children already attending the Neighbourhood Nursery

Will my child be with children the same age?

  • We believe in having a ''family' feeling in the nursery and this is made up of a careful combination of one, two and three year olds.  The children all interact with each other but the learning is differentiated for each age group and each child's interest.
  • The number of children of each age group differs slightly every year as children
  • in each cohort have different birth dates.  There will always be a balanced mix of age groups in the environment.
  • Our pattern of education and care supports children's well-being and personal, social and emotional development.

CG Nursery

THE MAINTAINED NURSERY (IF YOUR CHILD TURNS 3 BETWEEN 1ST SEPTEMBER 2019 AND 31ST AUGUST 2020)

How many children are there in the nursery?

  • There are approximately 65 children each morning in the nursery and we meet the Ofsted requirements for staff/children ratios for all age groups.
  • Children are split into key worker groups and although the majority of the day is free flow child-initiated activities, each child will have at least two opportunities per day to do focussed learning with their group.
  • The number of children in each group changes every year but the maximum in a group is 22.

How many weeks of the year are you open?

  • We are open for 38 weeks of the year. We follow Brent term time dates.  Please see the website for details.
  • We are not open on bank holidays

What hours do you offer?

  • All children access a daily session of 9 am – 12 pm, Monday to Friday. This is a fully funded provision.
  • Children who are eligible (see the application form on the website) are able to access 9 am – 3 pm, Monday – Friday.
  • We offer three top-up options. (Please see the application form for full details and costs)
    1. In addition to the daily morning sessions, you are able to top up until 3 pm on a Monday, Tuesday and a Wednesday
    2. In addition to the daily morning sessions, you are able to top up until 3 pm on a Thursday and Friday
    3. In addition to the daily morning sessions, you are able to top up until 3 pm from Monday to Friday.

These are the only top-up options.  You cannot top up for four days per week

Can my child attend for less than the 5 mornings per week?

  • The Local Authority funds your child’s place. If attendance drops below the required percentage, you risk the funding being withdrawn.

Do I need to pay a deposit to secure my place?

  • You will be required to pay a deposit in order to secure your 30 hour fully funded place. Once you start the nursery this deposit will be transferred to your school dinners account.
  • You will have to pay a booking fee and deposit for any of the top-up options.

Can my child attend for an extended day (8 am – 5.30 pm)

  • We only offer the extended day option to children who have previously accessed this service in the Neighbourhood Nursery.

Is there automatic entry into the Maintained Nursery from the Neighbourhood Nursery?

  • There is no automatic transfer into the Maintained Nursery from the Neighbourhood Nursery. The two nurseries are different entities with the same campus, ethos and with the same management. The admissions criteria are different.  Please look at the website for details.

If my child has already been to a nursery, do they need to still do a staggered start in September?

  • All children have an individual settling in plan. Even children who attended the Neighbourhood Nursery will have a staggered start in to the Maintained Nursery

Can my child repeat the nursery year?

  • Priority is given to children of nursery age. Please read the admissions policy carefully for clarification.

I am worried that my child won’t settle

  • We work with each child individually and if they take longer to settle than other children, strategies will be discussed with your keyworker to support the process for both you and your child.

What do the children have for lunch?

  • Lunch is provided for all children who attend nursery from 9 am – 3 pm on any day. There is a daily charge for the meal.
  • All food is prepared and cooked on site.
  • The menu is in a three weekly cycle and is designed to ensure that it is healthy and well-balanced. The menus comply with the Guidelines for Early Years Settings published by the Children’s Food Trust

My child is a fussy eater.  I don’t think they will eat the nursery food.

  • All children sit together in a ‘family’ style service. All children are encouraged to serve themselves and their friends.  All children are encouraged to try new foods.
  • It takes some children longer than others for this to become familiar. We support all children through the settling in process and this includes the lunch time routine.

Do you cater for specific dietary requirements?

  • Our catering company are able to meet the dietary needs of children provided that they submit a medical certificate confirming the allergies or if there are religious grounds for the request.