We have policies and procedures for you to read prior to your child starting at Acorn. These will be discussed with you during your initial visit and your child's induction session. These are also available for you to view at all times at school. An example of some of these policies would be;
Each child that attends Acorn Montessori will be assigned a Key Worker. The key worker approach is an effective way of enabling children to develop a strong relationship with a significant adult in the school. It also enables each child to become familiar with the nursery environment and develop confidence. When a child starts with us, their key worker (along with all staff) will ensure that the needs of their key children are met educationally and emotionally. They will build a relationship of trust through a process of listening to, observations and responding sensitively to their needs, whilst encouraging self help at all times. The Key worker acts as a role model
The key workers at Acorn Montessori are positive role models at all times and the children's positive behaviour is acknowledged at school by way of our 'Kindness Tree', being given 'Dogger' to take home, along with many other methods of positive reinforcement.
The key worker will also arrange a meeting with their key child's parents or carer during the first term to discuss how they are settling in and to understand more about their interests and home life. This will be followed up with termly meetings, or when requested, to discuss their progress.
If your child is staying for lunch, they should bring their own packed lunch and drink. Our school offers a mid morning and afternoon snack including a drink of milk or water, plus a biscuit, bread sticks and fruit. We also have fresh water available for all children throughout the school day.
It is important that you inform us of any food allergies, intolerances or any special dietary needs prior to starting.
Please note, Acorn Montessori has a NO NUT POLICY in place due to an increased number of children with nut allergies. Therefore please ensure that no nuts are brought into the school.
Children should be sent to school in clothes that are practical, comfortable and in which they can easily manage themselves, particularly when attending the toilet.
We would discourage children bringing their own toys into school, as they can distract the children and easily become mislaid or broken.
In the summer we require your child to bring in a sun hat to wear during outside play. Please also ensure your child has the appropriate sun protection applied when arriving at school, and if attending all day, sunscreen is labelled and brought into school to be applied by a teacher later in the day.
In the Winter months, your child requires a hat, gloves, scarf, warm coat and welly boots. We also request that waterproof trousers are available for your child on days when we have Woodland School.
Please ensure all items of clothes, including shoes are named and clearly marked.
We understand that every child's development is different, and whilst we do ask that you are well on your way with toilet training when you child starts school, children may also require changing from time to time. We do therefore ask that during this process each child has their own change bag which includes a change of clothes, pull ups, wipes etc.
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