Do You Offer a Settling in Period? – We appreciate how difficult it can be for both the parent and child when being introduced to a new care setting. Some children take longer than others to settle. We are happy for you to come with your child to visit us to allow him/her to become familiar with our setting.
We also offer up to 3 hours free childcare to help settle in your child. It is recommended that your child attends either 3 x 1 hour sessions or 2 x 1 ½ hour sessions.
You are welcome to stay for a while with your child, or leave him/her for a short while to see how he/she is.
Any additional sessions are charged at the usual hourly rate.
It is during these visits that we begin to work as partners, to ensure every child is given time to settle in to their new environment, to make them feel secure and valued.
Your child may bring a comforter to help them settle in. We will take the settling in process at your child’s pace.
We are more than happy for you to phone or text us during the day to check on your child, it is important you can feel at ease by knowing how your child is getting on.
What is Your Aim? – We aim to provide every child within our care a safe, happy, caring and secure environment which has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere where parents can be confident that their child is happy, healthy and is developing in a structured environment.
Do You Pick up From Nurseries and Schools? – Yes, we can drop-off and pickup from Prestonpans Nursery, Infant and Primary Schools
Do You Provide Meals? – Children will be provided with morning and/or afternoon snacks and unlimited drinks, this is included within your fees. Parents to provide formula milk and baby food. We can provide a cold lunch (for example sandwich, fruit and yogurt) at a charge of £1.50 per day. Alternatively you are welcome to provide a packed lunch for your child at no cost.
Do You Cater For Dietary Requirements? – If your child has any special dietary requirements or allergies we will be happy to discuss these with you.
Do You Provide Nappies and Wipes? – Parents provide their own nappies, wipes and creams. You can bring these daily or leave a small supply with us and we will inform you when they need replaced.
Do You Provide Outings? – We have outings most days locally including trips to the library, playgroups, and forest walks. We also regularly visit most of the local beaches including Yellowcraigs and John Muir Country Park, and have annual memberships for East Links and the Museum of Flight.
During school holidays we have the opportunity to set off on full day trips. Our recent trips have included the Kelpies, Gorgie Farm, Museum of Scotland, Pressmanen Woods and the Falkirk Wheel.
Do I Sign a Contract? – Yes, you will be asked to sign a contract which is legally binding and will protect both you and us. The contract will be drawn up together and will be specific to your child’s care.
Do I Pay a Deposit? – Yes, we ask for a £25 deposit at the time of signing your contract.
Your deposit will be deducted from your first weekly or monthly invoice. Should you decide to no longer take up the place the deposit will not be refunded.
How Early Can I Book A Place For My Child? – You can reserve a place for the future as early as you like. If we are holding a vacant place for you this will be subject to a retainer fee.
The retainer fee is set at half your contracted weekly or monthly fees and is payable each week or month until your child takes up their place at our childminding service.
This fee is non-refundable and will not be used to offset normal fees once you start using our service. The retainer fee will not be refunded if you decide not to take up your place as agreed.
Should you reserve a currently occupied place that is becoming vacant at a future date then only the £25 deposit would be payable.
What Information Do You Hold About My Child? – We are required to record information about your child such as full name, date of birth, address, doctor, emergency contacts, likes and dislikes, allergies, routines, comforters or routines, hours of care, fees, medication etc.
You can access your child’s information through a secure log on to our on line system. Your child’s information can only be accessed by you and us. We are registered by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) which permits us to keep confidential information.
Please see our Confidentiality Policy for more information.
The Care Inspectorate regulates all social care, social work and child protection services throughout Scotland.
They make sure that care service providers meet the Scottish Government National Care Standards and continually improve the quality of care they provide.
All Childminders must complete their registration with the Care Inspectorate before they can provide a care service.
Find out more at: http://www.careinspectorate.com
Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA)
Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) promotes childminding as a quality childcare service.
“Quality childminding…building confident children within a family childcare experience”
Their Key Priorities:
• Key Priority One: Raising the Profile of Childminding and the Work of the Association
• Key Priority Two: Improving the Quality of Childminding
• Key Priority Three: Recruiting and Retaining Professional, Quality Childminders
Find out more at: http://www.childminding.org/
Scottish Childcare Information Services
They provide free, impartial information on childcare and pre-school education services throughout Scotland.
Find out more at: http://www.scottishchildcare.gov.uk/
Parenting Across Scotland
Parenting across Scotland provides support for parents and families through information services and partner helplines.
They find out what matters to parents and families and what they need, and get this across to politicians.
They share research, policy and good practice with people who work with families.
Find out more at: http://www.parentingacrossscotland.org/