We don’t have a fixed settling in policy as every child is different. We work with our families on an individual basis. Currently, due to Covid-19, we are unable to have parents or visitors in our building. We are currently working out an appropriate procedure to assist with settling in when September arrives, such as using our outdoor space. We will keep you updated on this as we want to ensure that your child's starting time with us is the positive experience that they deserve. In our experience, we usually find that some children can become upset a few weeks after they have started, once the so-called ‘honeymoon period’ is over. Again, we will work with you to overcome this and help your child to settle.
Please supply a change of clothes, (or several, if your child is in the early stages of toilet training). We recommend that you do not dress your child in their best clothes as we encourage messy play indoors and outdoors. Peapod t-shirts are available to purchase from us at £4.50 each. Also supply nappies, if relevant, and a named water bottle. Please label everything, particularly lunch boxes, bags and coats and hoodies, etc. Seasonal items including wellies, hats, gloves should also be named.
We are happy for comforters to be brought in as we recognise their importance for settling in. Other toys will not be allowed into setting, due to Covid-19.
Drop off and pick up times
Prior to Covid-19 we were flexible with pick up times. We may have to introduce staggered pick up times but will keep you informed of this.
It is your responsibility to obtain your eligibility code and provide it to us in good time ahead of the local authority funding term dates. If you did not provide Peapod with this code then we are unable to claim any funding from the local authority and therefore you will be charged the standard Pre-School fees for your child’s attendance.
Yes. You will need to set up your own tax-free childcare account. Find further information visit: https://www.gov.uk/get-tax-free-childcare or www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
Yes. Fees are required to be paid in full for any days your child does not attend Pre-School due to sick days, holidays or other time taken off from Peapod.
Yes, it is possible to book ad-hoc sessions if we have the availability. Please contact us and we will make a note in our diary. Such sessions are usually arranged at the last minute, should another child become absent. You will be invoiced for separately for any ad hoc sessions.