At Netherton Park Nursery School we place a high priority on regular attendance and punctuality. By choosing to send your child to our Nursery School for either their Time for Two or Nursery Education, parents are agreeing that they are as committed to their child's early education as we are as a Nursery School.
We take a register every session and all non-attendance is followed up. This is in the format of first day absence calling by Jackie our Pastoral and Safeguarding Lead.
Attendance is monitored on a half termly basis by Alison and Jackie and for any child where absence or punctuality is a concern we will follow this up both verbally and in writing. Our expectations for attendance are 95% or above.
Any request for leave during the term time for holidays or exctended leave MUST be made in writing to the Headteacher. Please request a holiday request form from your child's Key Worker before you go on holiday.
We are currently in the process of updating our Attendance Policy ready for September 2021.
Is my child well enough to be in Nursery School?
Many parents are unsure whether or not to send their child into Nursery if they do not seem to be feeling entirely well. Generally, if you are unsure, then we would advise bringing your child into Nursery and letting us know to keep a special eye on them. Staff are very good at spotting when a child does not seem right and we can call you and ask you to collect them.
The guide below is based on Public Health Agency guidance for parents on when a child should or should not be in Nursery and we hope that it will provide some additional Information and reassurance for you.
Fine to be in Nursery
Cold Sores - Your child does not need to be off Nursery. Encourage them not to touch the blister or kiss anyone while they have the cold sore.
Conjunctivitis - Your child does not need to be off Nursery. Do get advice from your pharmacist. Encourage the child not to rub their eyes and to wash their hands regularly.
Coughs and Colds – It is fine to send your child into Nursery if they have a mild cough or cold. Encourage your child to throw away any used tissues and to wash their hands regularly.
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease - Please get this confirmed by a GP. If your child has this but seems well enough to be in Nursery then there Is no reason to keep them off. Encourage your child to throw away any used tissues and to wash their hands regularly.
Head Lice - There is no need for your child to miss Nursery if they have head lice if their hair has been treated. Please also inform their Key Worker (this Is very common at nursery age so don't be embarrassed).
Ringworm - If your child has ringworm then it is fine for them to go to Nursery once they have started treatment. You are advised to consult with your GP.
Slapped Cheek Syndrome - You don't need to keep your child at home syndrome because once the rash appears they are no longer infectious. If you suspect your child has this you should take them to the GP and let the Nursery know if diagnosis is confirmed.
Threadworms - You don't need to keep your child at home. Treatment is recommended for your child and household contacts.
Tonsillitis - You don't need to keep your child at home if they have tonsillitis. Most cases are due to viruses and do not need an antibiotic.
Absence due to Covid-19
Following current Government advice any child who displays any of the main Covid symptoms (high temperature, new, continuous cough, loss or change of taste or sense of smell) MUST self isolate and get a Covid test. While waiting for the results the child and their whole family MUST self-isolate. If the result comes back as negative then the child can return to Nursery immediately. If the result is positive then the child and their whole family MUST self-isolate for 10 days. This also applies if a member of the household is awaiting a test result.
We will call parents to collect their child from Nursery if they are displaying any of the main Covid symptoms (high temperature, new, continuous cough, loss or change of taste or sense of smell) and advised they MUST take their child for a test. The child cannot return until a negative test result is seen or 10 days self-isolation has passed.
All positive cases in children MUST be reported to school IMMEDIATELY so that it can be reported to Ofsted and Public Health and any children and staff identified can also self-isolate. This includes weekends and school holidays.
ALL test results to be emailed immediately to firstname.lastname@example.org
Information from Dudley Public Health
Dear Parents and Carers,
As you are aware, individuals who have any of the three main Covid-19 symptoms (high temperature, new, continuous cough, loss or change of taste or sense of smell) must self-isolate (stay at home) immediately and book a Covid-19 test.
However, there are also a number of other, wider symptoms (see below), which may be linked to Covid-19 infection, although these symptoms are also common in a number of other illnesses.
Dudley Council’s Public Health team and the school are keen to make sure we are doing all we can to prevent any further cases and are therefore recommending that all children and staff in education settings get a Covid-19 test as a precaution if they display any of these wider symptoms.
Details of how to book a test are included below.
Please note that:
If the test result is negative but your child then develops a high temperature, new, continuous cough or loss or change of taste or sense of smell they (and your household) must self-isolate and you must arrange another test for your child.
The Council’s Public Health Team believes that this approach will help reduce transmission in the school and help maintain your child’s education.
The national testing centres across the borough have good availability and tests can be booked through the NHS website or NHS Test & Trace App. When booking a test you will need to select ‘’My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms”, if your child does not have one of the three main symptoms. For further information on how to book a test, please see the attached guidance.
Please remember that even if your child tests negative now, should they develop a high temperature, new, continuous cough or loss or change of taste or sense of smell the household must self-isolate and your child will need to be retested. If your child tests positive, they must isolate for 10 days and your household must also isolate for 10 days.
We hope you understand that this new measure is important to keep your family, the school and your local community safe.
Dudley Council’s Public Health Team
Reporting a child's absence
If your child is unwell and cannot attend their session you must let us know.
Please either call main Reception on 01384818255 between the hours of 8.00am and 4.00pm or send a text to 07497371870. We will need to know the following information:
If we haven't heard from parents by 9.00am for the morning session or 1.00pm for the afternoon session then Jackie (Safeguarding and Pastoral Lead) will call to check all is ok.