Parents wishing to apply for a place should contact the Centre direct, who will provide parents with an application form.
The Centre will maintain a waiting list; this is updated regularly. Contact records are kept with each applicants form. Allocation of places will be reviewed on an individual basis taking into consideration the following criteria:
* Children already attending daycare
* Children with siblings attending Bannerman Road Community Academy and Children’s Centre
* Children with additional needs may be considered as a priority
* Families/children with working parents or parents attending training, who live in the reach area. Families living nearest the Centre will be given priority, each applicant has their distance measured using the reach area map
The core sessions are 9.00am – 1.00pm & 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Additional sessions available are 8.00am – 9.00am.
(A minimum of two core sessions per week must be contracted).
All places are chargeable and parents will be asked to sign a Daycare agreement.
Charges are subject to the Local Authorities charging policy which is reviewed on a regular basis. Four weeks’ notice of the start date, termination, or alterations of the daycare agreement is required. Non-compliance with the terms of the daycare agreement may lead to the termination of daycare.
The Centre will be closed for all public holidays and 3 days in between Christmas and New Year, plus an additional 8 days for staff training. No fees will be charged for these dates.
How to apply
Parents who wish to apply for a place should contact the centre to complete a Free Early Education for 2 yr olds application form.
Eligibility and other information
A multi-agency panel meets monthly to allocate the successful referrals appropriate daycare and/or family support services.
Children who are offered these places may only be admitted to the Centre after their second birthday.
When children become three years old they will be eligible for a Free Early Education place of fifteen hours of provision, term time only. The places are split into the beginning and end of the week into two full days and one half day.
Admissions usually take place the September following a child’s third birthday and if spaces remain some further intakes take place in January.
Children are offered part-time early years education in accordance with Bristol’s Education Admissions Policy. In addition to the free sessions parents can pay for wrap around care.
Parents wishing to apply for a Free Early Education place should contact the Centre direct, who will provide parents with an application form.
Children who are attending sessions in Daycare are NOT guaranteed a place they must also apply through the Centre.
Wrap around care will be available for three to five year olds attending free early education sessions. There will be eight spaces available in the morning and eight in the afternoon.
Core sessions are 8.45am – 3.00pm Monday and Tuesday, 8.45 – 11.15am on Wednesday or 8.45am – 3.00pm Thursday and Friday and 12.30pm – 3.00pm on Wednesday.
Additional sessions for Nursery children will be available 8.00am – 8.45am and 3.00pm – 5.00pm. Additional sessions for Reception children are 8.00am – 9.00am and 3.10pm – 5.00pm.
All places are chargeable and parents will be asked to sign a Daycare Agreement. Charges are subject to the Local Authorities Charging Policy which is reviewed on a regular basis. Four weeks’ notice of start date, termination, or alterations of the daycare agreement is required. Non-compliance with the terms of the daycare agreement may lead to the termination of the service.
The Centre will be closed for all public holidays plus additional dates for staff training. No fees will be charged for dates and you will be given one months’ notice in advance of the date.
Parents can apply for Wrap around once their child has a Free Early Education place and should contact the Centre direct, who will provide parents with an application form.
Holiday provision will be available for three to five year olds accessing Free Early Education or children up to 8 years old in our KS1 classes. This provision will be bookable in advance and subject to availability.
Core sessions are 9.00am – 1.00pm & 1.00pm – 5.00pm
A minimum of two core sessions per week will be offered.
Additional sessions are 8.00am – 9.00am.
All places are chargeable and parents will be asked to sign a Daycare Agreement. Charges are subject to the Local Authorities Charging Policy which is reviewed on a regular basis.
Four weeks notice of start date, termination, or alterations of the Daycare Agreement is required. Non-compliance with the terms of the Daycare Agreement may lead to the termination of daycare.
The Centre will be closed for all public holidays plus additional dates for staff training. No fees will be charged for any of these dates.
Parents can apply for ‘Holiday Provision’ once their child has a Free Early Education place or if they access the school classes and should contact the Centre direct, who will provide parents with an application form.
We use the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Throughout their time at Bannerman Rd your child will be given opportunities to learn in a variety of ways – through their own self-initiated play and in more structured ways such as focused play with an adult.
We focus upon the seven areas of learning outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage;
* Personal Social and Emotional Development
* Communication and Language
* Physical development
* Understanding of the world
* Expressive arts and design
We use the children’s ideas and interests to make the curriculum more meaningful to them. We aim to encourage children to become independent learners who are excited about coming to the Centre and exploring new things. We use the garden as an integral part of our day to help the development of the whole child. Your child will be given daily opportunities to take part in messy and tactile play.
We also use AcE (Accounting early for lifelong learning) framework to work alongside parents to support children’s development.
There is a parent’s information board on the wall of the room which tells you about their day and shows their current interests and how we are planning for these.
A copy of the current newsletter is on display in the bathroom and will be available for you to take from the red drops outside the room.
Where children have pierced ears, only stud earrings are permitted. Hanging earrings should not be worn because of the risks involved. The wearing of any other kind of jewellery will be monitored in the interests of health and safety. We would ask you to avoid letting your child wear any other jewellery. If this is necessary it must be worn inside your child’s clothing. We do not take responsibility for any jewellery lost, broken or stolen; it is worn at your own risk.
hildren can have a hot meal at a charge or packed lunch. Hot meals are provided by Early Years Catering www.earlyyearscatering.co.uk. Lunch options are traditional, Halal, vegetarian or packed lunch and we will cater for all dietary needs. We will provide you with an up to date menu. Lunches are ordered in advance. If you are going to be late or your child will not be at the Centre please let us know so that we can make sure meals are only ordered when needed, otherwise you will still be charged.
Meal times are a time for encouraging children to become more independent and socially aware. We encourage the children to serve themselves where appropriate and make their own choices. Mealtimes encourage a family feel and opportunities for quality conversations with friends and family.
All children under five years of age receive free school milk. Water is always available in the room. If your child still has a bottle of milk, we ask that you provide the empty bottle and pre measured milk powder in a separate container which we will make up as necessary. Please do not send any other drinks.
Fruit is also provided free of charge to all children twice a day.