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Early Years CentrePart of Student Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions are provided below to help you with enquiries you may have.

Where is the Early Years Centre?

The Early Years Centre is located on Highfield Campus. Directions and maps are available on our find us page.

What are the opening times?

We are open 50 weeks per year, Monday to Friday 08:00 - 18:00. We close for one week at Christmas, one week at Easter, and all bank holidays.

What sessions can my child do?

We offer you the flexibility to choose a selection of morning (08:00 to 13:00) or afternoon (13:00 to 18:00) places to fit your study or work needs. We may be able to offer you additional sessions, when needed, subject to availability and adequate notice.

Can I come to look around?

You can contact us at any time to arrange to come and view the Centre. We offer show-arounds daily at 10:30 or 14:30 by appointment.

What age can my child start?

We accept children from birth to five years.

How will my child settle in?

Our settling in page details how we will work with you to ensure your child settles in well at the Centre.

What food do you provide?

Our meals page explains the food and drink arrangements on offer at the Centre.

What will my child do at the Centre?

We offer a range of structured and child-lead activities appropriate for each age group. Our typical day page provides an insight into what your child will do. We also ensure children have the opportunity to learn and experience a range of cultures. We celebrate festivals including Christmas, Eid, Passover, Diwali, Chinese New Year and Thanksgiving as well as offering a wide range of extra activities that let children learn more about the seasons and different countries.

How much does it cost?

Our fees page provides information on session costs and times.

What happens if my child is sick?

If your child has an illness or infection, they should stay at home. Please let us know if your child is sick, in case we need to inform other parents and observe other children who seem unwell.

If your child suffers from vomiting or diarrhea, they should not return to the Centre until 48 hours have passed from the last bout of illness.

If your child becomes ill while at the Centre we will contact you immediately so you can collect your child. We can administer Calpol providing you sign the consent form when you register your child with us.

Can I help at the Centre?

Children benefit most from pre-school education and care when parents/carers and the Centre work together in partnership, so if you would like to help you are always welcome. Activities you can get involved in include story- telling, helping with art and craft activities, playing games, and sharing skills like gardening, computing or singing. There are also opportunities to help and meet other parents/carers at outings and special day events. Please contact us to find out more.

Early Years Centre

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