Your child's first day

Starting at Saplings

We want your child to feel happy and safe. To make sure that this is the case, our staff will work with you to decide on how to help your child settle in.

Your child's first day

We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from – and work at – a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task until it is complete. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities which introduce new experiences and help them gain new skills, as well as teach them to work with others.

Outdoor activities contribute to the children’s health, physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity – and are encouraged – to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as those provided in indoor playrooms.


We provide protective clothing for the children when they play with messy activities. We encourage the children to gain the skills which will help them to become independent and look after themselves. This includes taking themselves to the toilet and taking off (as well as putting on) outdoor clothing. Clothing which is easy for them to manage will help them to achieve this.

Snacks & Meals

We make snacks and meals a social time where the children and adults sit together. We plan the menu for snacks and meals so that they provide the children with healthy and nutritious food. Please do let us know if your child has any special dietary requirements and we will take these into consideration.

Packed Lunches

We encourage healthy eating and a balanced diet. unchtime is organized to create a happy, sociable dining environment to encourage the development of good table manners.

Packed lunches should include:

At least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables every day.
Oily fish, such as salmon, at least once every three weeks.
A starchy food such as any type of bread with a savory filling, pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes or other type of cereals every day.
Dairy food such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais everyday.
A drink of water, fruit juice, semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, yoghurt or milk drinks and smoothies. This needs to be in a drinks bottle not a baby bottle.

Special Education Needs

It is part of our policy to make sure that our provision meets the needs of each indvidual child, including any special needs which they may have. In doing this we work to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and the Special Education Needs Code of Practice (2000).

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