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, extended leave or any other planned leave MUST be made in writing to the Headteacher. Please request a leave during term time request form from your child's Key Worker before the leave is taken.
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 themselves and in the case of illness occurring during the session, you will receive a telephone call asking you to come and 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, cover their moth when they cough or sneeze 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.
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 8.15am and 3.45pm 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.