St. John the Baptist Parish Centre
Tel: 020 8660 1641 Mobile: 07591232264
“Our aim is to be a centre of excellence for pre-school education”
At Whytebeams we ensure that each child has a loving, caring and safe environment in which to flourish and reach their full potential. We provide a warm, welcoming and stimulating atmosphere where each child is respected as an individual and allowed to develop at his/her own pace. Through a balanced and varied curriculum, based on play, we aim to provide children with a solid base for primary education by the time they are five. At Whytebeams we work hard to build close and trusting relationships with our families and value their involvement as the prime educators of their children. We adhere to the framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
We hope you find the information in our prospectus helpful however if you have any questions please do contact us by phone or email. We understand that choosing a childcare provider is one of the most important decisions you will make and are at hand to discuss any worries or questions. Please call and see us in action any morning we are open, alternatively contact us by telephone or email.
Contact : April Alderton, Nursery Manager and Kate Searle, Nursery Administrator.
Whytebeams Nursery, Purley is a trading name of Whytebeams Ltd., a company registered in England,
No. 4460083. Registered office: The Granary, Brewer Street, Bletchingley RH1 4QP
Directors R S Robinson & K M Searle
Whytebeams Nursery is well established in the local community and has been welcoming children and families since 1975. The nursery operates from St John the Baptist Church Hall where we have a large spacious hall, smaller side room and large garden with onsite parking. Whytebeams is registered by Ofsted and our last inspection was in March 2020. We are delighted to have achieved the judgement of ‘Outstanding’ in all areas for the third consecutive time. Our report is available in the setting or at www.ofsted.gov.uk.
Whytebeams is open to all children and their families. We accept children aged 2 and a half to 5 on a “first come first served” basis and begin a wait list once we become full. We always encourage a visit to the nursery for prospective parents and children where you can see the nursery on a normal day and take a tour. Should you wish to enrol your child you will need to complete an enrolment form and select your preferred choice of days. We will try our utmost to accommodate requests and this is dependent on availability. Once we have received your completed enrolment form and booking fee we will email or write to you confirming your child’s place and choice. At this time, we ask that you let us know of any extra days that might be required the following year to avoid possible disappointment should those days not be available. We require a terms notice should you wish to change your child’s days. However, if there are any spare sessions, we will happily allocate them.
As we are usually in the fortunate position of being oversubscribed and operate term time, we have our main intake in September. We have a second intake in January for children who are not yet two and a half years old at the start of the school year and would be too young to start. Places are held open for these younger children and a charge of only 50% of normal fees is made to compensate for the loss in pupil numbers.
If a child leaves to start school that place cannot become available to subsequent siblings, unless a separate application has been made and accepted through the usual process. It is still necessary to enrol early to obtain the required dates.
If there are no places available at the required time for a child who is the correct age to start, we can add their name to the waitlist. In this instance parents can fill in an enrolment form which we will hold on record, without payment of £100, and should a place become available we will contact the parents.
All children can receive 15 government funded hours per week in the term after their third birthday. This means that all children who are aged three before 31st August will have no fees to pay if they attend for 5 sessions or less. Extra sessions can be booked and paid for in addition if required. For families entitled to the 30 hour funding we can offer up to 21 hours of these with a current government funding code.
We are open during term time, on the following days; Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays from 9am to 3pm and Fridays from 9am to 12 noon. Sessions can be attended by morning from 9am to 12 noon, afternoon from 12 noon to 3pm or as a full day.
Statement of Educational Intent
Our primary aim is to provide an environment that is caring, safe and stimulating which encourages children’s independence and motivates learning. We provide a wide variety of both play and learning experiences that enable each child to reach their full potential. We assess our environment constantly to ensure we have all the resources necessary to enable all our children to have the best opportunity to learn through play. We adhere to the framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS.)
We have a positive approach to learning and give encouragement to all by:
Helping children develop self-esteem and confidence, ensuring that they have a strong sense of belonging where each child is valued and respected.
Having a key person system so each child and parent can have a person to form an attachment to and share information.
Developing their communication and problem solving skills so children gain independence and learn to express their thoughts and feelings appropriately.
Providing a rich and varied play - based curriculum, which encourages curiosity and provides challenges enabling them to build on their abilities and skills.
Providing a comprehensive range of resources that provide learning opportunities in all areas of the EYFS and reflect a positive awareness of diversity.
Providing a balance of adult led and freely chosen or child initiated activities delivered through indoor and outdoor play.
Providing comprehensive planning based on observations and assessment using the Early Years Foundation Stage so the curriculum suits every child’s individual needs.
Supporting children and families who have English as an additional language.
Supporting children with SEN and their families.
Our Curriculum & The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Our curriculum is based on the EYFS guidance which continues through to reception class at Primary School. There are seven areas of learning and development;
The 3 prime areas include:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
Communication and Language.
The four specific areas are:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
We have an annual curriculum planner which encompasses many varied learning topics and themes. There is a different theme every 2 weeks in which staff plan fun and exciting activities for each of the 7 areas of learning. Further activities are also planned based on children’s interests and learning goals.
Observation, Assessment and Planning
Children’s progress is observed and assessed in September, January, April and July so staff can monitor children’s progress. Staff use their findings to ensure children are progressing well from their starting points, set next steps and learning goals and put in extra support in place if needed. Parental involvement is always welcomed to create a holistic approach to the child’s learning journey.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
We recognise that each child’s development is unique and special and that children progress at different rates in every area of development. We monitor the Characteristics of Effective Learning by observing how the children learn and develop through play and exploration. This helps us understand how they become involved, concentrate and achieve, how they think, make links and choices and how they do things.
EYFS Records (Tapestry)
Our Daily Schedule
We open our doors at 9am for the morning session and 12 noon for the afternoon session. We encourage the children to select their own name card and hand in to the staff member on register. There is an opportunity to settle your child before we register the children at 9.25. Morning sessions end and afternoon sessions begin at 12 noon where we have a changeover period. There is a lunch club available between 12 and 1pm which you can add on to the morning session for £5.
Whytebeams Daily Routine
Sit down together
Celebrate birthdays and any special news!
Free Flow - Learning through play, indoors and outdoors.
Self-selecting and child-initiated activities.
Snack bar opens.
Snack bar closes.
Tidy up time.
Split the group, by age and ability. Planned literacy and maths sessions, adult-led circle time.
Children going home gather in hall or little room.
Come together to say our prayer and goodbyes.
Give out any art work and creations or anything brought from home. Check register.
Children staying for lunch continue play whilst children arriving join in. All children taken to the toilet and to wash their hands.
Sit and eat lunch together.
Once finished children put their lunch box away and join a member of staff in the little room. A story or rhymes may be read at this time.
Activities commence in the hall or outside.
Early pick up, some children go home.
Children come together for circle time to sing songs, play ring games or quiet activity to prepare for home time.
Come together to say our prayer and goodbyes.
Give out any creative work when appropriate.
We aim to provide the highest standard of care and education for your child and employ staff of the highest calibre who have a genuine passion for child care. We have secure recruitment and safeguarding procedures. All our staff hold the Level 1 Safeguarding qualification, with Deputies trained to Level 2 and the Manager to Level 3. All staff receive regular supervision and training. The majority of our staff have Early Years qualifications and current paediatric first aid qualifications. We are fortunate to have a low staff turnover and many of our staff have been with us for a number of years.
We are lucky to have a high ratio of experienced staff. We ensure our ratio always meets the legal requirements of 1:4 for two year olds and 1:8 for 3 – 5 year olds. Our aim is to have a lower ratio than this. There is sufficient staff to cover for sickness, holidays and emergencies.
Key worker System
Each child is allocated a keyworker who will be responsible for their care and development, EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) record and as appoint of contact. Keyworkers have a partner who is there as a back-up in case your keyworker is not available. We arrange a welcome meeting between parents and keyworkers during a child’s first term and offer further parental meetings during your child’s time with us. All staff build relationships with our children and care for them collectively so parents can approach any member of the team to discuss their child. You can always make an appointment to meet privately with your child’s keyworker.
Settling Your Child
We feel it is very important for parents and children to feel comfortable and secure at Whytebeams. Our experienced and caring staff will help and support both children and parents with settling in. Settling in sessions take place in the summer term prior to a child starting that September. Once a child starts, we find they settle more effectively if parents stay for a few minutes, settle them at an activity or with an adult and then say goodbye assuring their child they will soon be back. Staff will then provide children with comfort, distraction and reassurance. There is time each morning where parents can stay and settle their child and speak with staff. Parents are welcome to call at any time to ask how their child is doing.
Providing A Safe Environment
Whytebeams provides a safe and secure environment and we risk assess our nursery areas twice a day. A full and thorough risk assessment is carried out annually. We encourage children to think about risk and support them to manage it in their daily lives. We do this at the time of the perceived risk and also plan talks about safety for circle times. Fire and emergency evacuations are carried out regularly as a general policy in such a way as not to alarm the children.
We ask parents to dress their children appropriately for play when they come to Whytebeams. There is a possibility that they may get dirty, wet or painted on and we wish children to play freely and safely. We require all children to wear plimsolls or soft shoes to avoid hurting each other. Children with pierced ears should wear studs only.
Safeguarding and Promoting Children’s Welfare
Safeguarding is the process protecting all children from abuse, both physical and emotional or neglect, preventing impairment of their health or development. We believe the welfare, safety and protection of children are paramount and therefore have rigorous safeguarding policies and procedures in place. These ensure we meet the government’s statutory guidance ‘Working together to Safeguard Children’ and the EYFS 2017 requirement 3.6 ‘What to do if you are worried a child is being abused.’
Our staff all receive regular safeguarding training. As part of these requirements and as professional childcare establishment, we are legally bound to report any form of suspected child abuse or neglect that may become apparent whilst a child is in our care.
Under The Children Act 1989, registered nurseries have to comply with a Code of Practice which states: - ‘you must take precautions to ensure that the children you care for are not exposed to infectious diseases’
Should I Keep My Child At Home?
There is no doubt that young children are better nursed at home within familiar surroundings. Children are very tactile and play closely at this young age making germs easy to spread. We do understand that it is difficult for working parents to take time off to look after their sick children, but equally we have a duty to protect all children from cross infection as well as our staff so we can operate effectively.
Golden Rules for Children Under Five.
Children known to be unwell and with a temperature should not attend nursery and should rest at home.
Children must not attend nursery if they are vomiting or have diarrhoea. They cannot not return until 48 hours after the vomiting or diarrhoea has ceased.
If your child has a rash, skin infection, respiratory illnesses or other infections That you inform the manager who will make a decision about whether it is safe for the child to attend for their own safety and that of the group.
Colds are infectious. A mild cold will cause little distress. However, a child with a heavy cold or flu who has a temperature should be nursed at home.
In the event of a child becoming ill during a session every effort will be made to contact the parent/carer so the child may go home.
Infectious diseases: Parents should tell the nursery if their child has been diagnosed with an infectious disease and we must be told of any notifiable disease; chicken pox, scarlet fever, German measles (rubella), tuberculosis, meningitis, diptheria, hepatitis A and B, mumps, septiceamia, whooping cough, typhoid, e coli, shigella, cryptosporidiosis. You must inform us if your child has rubella (German measles) in case they have been in contact with anyone in early pregnancy.
If your child will be absent from nursery for any reason please do inform us by email or phone on the morning of the absence, giving a reason. We are required to log all absences as part of our safeguarding duties. Please call 020 8660 1641 or 07591 232264 to inform us if your child will be absent due to sickness or another reason, including holiday.
We provide a healthy snack from 9.50-10.30 for all children. We offer fruit, raw vegetables, and breadsticks along with water or milk. All children are encouraged to join the snack table and for those not wanting food we ensure that they do at least drink.
Lunch is held from 12.30 until 1pm in the hall where all adults and children sit together to eat. If your child is staying for lunch, please provide a healthy packed lunch with a drink and cool pack. Lunch boxes must be clearly named. Children are always encouraged to eat sandwiches and savouries first before fruit, yogurts or sweet treats.
For the safety of our children with allergies, we do not allow; nuts or nut products including peanut or nut butter, Nutella or cereal bars containing nuts, chocolate bars, sweets, fizzy drinks. To prevent choking hazards, grapes, olives and cherry tomatoes must be cut in half. Olives must be free of pips.
We are dedicated to teaching our children to be healthy as it’s part of the curriculum. We ask for your help in providing a balanced, filling and healthy packed lunch. Whytebeams is part of the ’Healthy Early Years London’ initiative.
Toileting, Nappies & Change of Clothes
We do encourage you to potty train your child before they start nursery but if they are not ready we can help when the time comes once training has been established at home. All children require a change of clothes in a clearly named bag which should be hung on the white coat racks. If your child is wearing nappies, please add nappies to the bag and hang it in the trolley in the bathroom. We ask that your child is clean and dry at the start of each session. If your child is in a nappy and stays for lunch we will change them at lunch time. If your child attends a single session and is in a nappy we will change it if soiled or very wet.
Medication & Medical Conditions
To keep your child healthy and safe we ask that you inform us if your child has an illness, medical condition or needs prescribed medication, including creams or lotions. We are permitted to give any prescribed or over the counter medication or cream for specific conditions. You will need to complete a medication consent form before we can administer it. We need to know about any changes to your child’s medication or medical needs so we can best provide for their needs.
Security and Collections
We require parents or an authorized person to be available while your child is with us. If it is not possible for you to collect your child we must be informed in advance of the name and telephone number of the person collecting; they must be over sixteen. A “collection book” is kept in the foyer and we require parents/carers to fill in details of any alteration to their daily collection routine. We operate a password system, which means if you are not collecting your child the person collecting will be required to tell us a previously chosen password.
Information for Parents and Policies and Procedures
We have policies and procedures in place for the smooth and consistent running of the setting. They are kept in our ‘Parental Information’ folder in the foyer and are available at all times for the parents to look through. They can be emailed by request. They are reviewed annually and staff and parents can contribute to the policy making should they wish by speaking with the manager. The folder also contains information on the EYFS, staff names and qualifications and other information, which may be of interest to you. We also use our Facebook group and email to update parents. Our policies can also be emailed at your request.
We are committed to taking positive action to encourage and develop attitudes that help combat bias. We will endeavour to provide an environment free from discrimination where all of the Whytebeams family will be respected as individuals. Our aim is to show respectful awareness of all the major events in the lives of the children, staff and families at Whytebeams, and in our society as a whole, and to welcome the diversity of background from which they come.
Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Whytebeams provides an inclusive environment where children with SEN will be supported according to the SEND Code of Practice 2015 and Equality Act 2010. We endeavour to accommodate children with SEN and will as such make reasonable adjustments to enable children to reach their full potential. Safety will always be considered and assessed. Our Special Educational Needs Coordinators or SENCOs work closely with parents and the local authority to best support each child.
We help and support children to understand basic rules and boundaries at nursery. It is important that we work closely with parents to establish these. We encourage positive forms of behaviour such as kindness, listening, sharing and helping in the nursery. Children will be encouraged to deal non-aggressively in their play. Bullying and teasing will not be tolerated. We help children to talk through disagreements with each other in order to reach a solution without an argument or confrontation. However, from time to time it may be necessary to give a child ‘time out’ with an adult. After a few minutes they should return to play. Physical punishment is never used. We are always available for parents to discuss their child’s behaviour.
We are aware that parents have the most knowledge and understanding of their children and sharing this knowledge with us enables us to build on previous experiences and plan their future development. Parental input is always valued and as such all parents are welcome to spend a session with us. This can be arranged in advance by asking the nursery manager. We will make you feel very welcome.
We are very fortunate in having a large car park for you to use, and ask that you park safely in the marked bays and drive in and out with care.
Miss Penny, a fully qualified dance teacher and her pianist attend once a week, on Friday mornings. This is a musical theatre class consisting of mime, movement, singing and exercise to encourage and help children with their overall physical development and creativity. This also encourages musical appreciation and a love of dance. An open class is held once a year and parents are welcome to watch. To participate in the Musical Theatre there is a charge of £40 per term.
A professional photographer comes to Whytebeams twice a year. Individual photographs are taken of the children in the autumn term. A group photograph is taken of all the children and staff in the summer term and individual photos will also be taken at his time. Younger siblings can come along to be photographed with their brother or sister. You have the option to purchase these.
At Christmas and at the end of the Summer term the children take part in a fun and interactive show with music and dance that all the family are invited to watch. The show is recorded by a professional and you may buy a DVD as a keepsake. Should you wish to withdraw your child from the show please do let us know.
Monday 9.00am – 12.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 12.00pm
Thursday 9.00am – 12.00pm
Friday 9.00am – 12.00pm
Monday 12.00pm – 3.00pm
Tuesday 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Thursday 12.00pm – 3.00pm
We offer an early start which runs from 8.30 – 9.00am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Breakfast is not provided and the cost is £4 per morning pay in advance or £5 on an ad hoc basis.
We offer a lunch club which runs from 12.00 – 1.00 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays. You will be required to provide a packed lunch for your child. The cost is £5 on an ad hoc basis.
In September 2010 the government began funding all children the term after their third birthday for 15 hours each week. This means that all children who are aged three before 31st August will have no fees to pay if they attend for 5 sessions or less.
The cut off dates for allocation for funding are:
31st December, 31st March and 31st August.
Anyone receiving funding who wishes to access a sixth or seventh session for their child will have to pay the new sessional rate.
Our fees are laid out below and are payable termly:
2 sessions £500
3 sessions £750
4 sessions £1000
5 sessions £1250
6 sessions £1500
7 sessions £1750
We do accept childcare vouchers.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolling your child in Whytebeams.
Once you have completed the Enrolment Form please return it to us with a £100 non-returnable booking fee. This will ensure a place for your child for the appropriate period. Although the £100 is not refundable it does entitle your child to a sweatshirt when starting at Whytebeams as well as a number of extras throughout their time here. Please make cheques payable to Whytebeams.
A term’s notice, in writing, is essential if you no longer require a place or if varying the days originally booked. If less than a term’s notice is given we reserve the right to charge fees in lieu.
Please note that fees are non refundable and in the event of closure due to unforeseen circumstances we are unable to refund or replace lost sessions. This also includes government polling days when we are forced to close due to safeguarding reasons. Please see our emergency closure policy and safeguarding policy for further clarification.