Our TEAM
Our team is led and managed by Nikky McGuire who qualified with her Early Years Degree and Professional Status Level 6. She has worked within this role for the last 10 years and prior to this worked with us as Deputy Manager and Playroom Supervisor for 7 years. Nikky is the nursery’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and Designated Safeguard Lead (DSL). She oversees the smooth running of the nursery with a hands-on approach, along with leading learning on a part time basis within the pre-school room.


Our pre-school playroom is supervised by Anne-Marie who has worked within the nursery for over eighteen years. She is experienced and qualified at level 3, leading her playroom with lots of enthusiasm, and energy. Anne-Marie is dedicated to developing children’s learning and understanding and easily engages the children with fun and exciting experiences. She is also known as our pallet queen and makes the most fantastic resources for the nursery out of pallets and recycled materials.


Our toddler playroom is led by Supervisor Lucy who has worked within the nursery for over twelve years. She is experienced and qualified at level 3 loving nothing more than to nurture and support our younger children as they take their first steps into nursery life. Lucy recognises how starting nursery can be difficult for parents/carers too and will support and walk you through your child’s start to education building on a strong parent/nursery partnership.


Teaching the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS)
Within each playroom every child is supported in developing their potential at their own pace. Children work within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework setting the standards for learning, development and care. Children’s development is promoted initially through the prime areas of learning: Personal Social & Emotional, Communication & Language and Physical Development. A secure understanding of these key areas is needed before progressing onto the specific areas of learning: Early Maths and Literacy, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Designs. 

At Maison Dieu Nursery our team promotes children’s development
through the (EYFS) by means of positive interactive adult roles, learning through play and a balance of child initiated and adult led activities. Our nurturing key person approach allows our team to regularly observe, assess and record children’s progress in unique, individual learning journey books. These are available and shared with parents throughout the year.

We recognise that parents/carers are children’s first and main educators and we invite families to contribute to their child’s learning journal where they can. The children enjoy showing their key person and friends photos of favourite toys, special family days out, amazing artwork and home learning achievements. Sharing experiences and information in this way helps to promote your child’s wellbeing, self-confidence and self-esteem.  


Funding
Free Funded Early Years Education – Are you eligible? 
 
Free Early Education for 2 Year Old’s 
In Kent this is known as the Free for 2 Scheme. 
This is NOT a universal offer, families have will need to meet an eligibility criteria.  
Families can check to see if they are eligible by applying online at: kent.gov.uk/freefor2  
 
Free Early Education for 3 & 4 Year Old’s 
This is a universal offer for all families. 
Effective from the beginning of the term following the child’s third birthday. 
 
Free Early Education for 3 & 4 Year Old’s of Working Parents – Extended Entitlement 
This is NOT a universal offer. 
Effective from the beginning of the term following the child’s third birthday. 
Parents must be working and will need to meet an eligibility criteria. 
Families can check to see if they are eligible by applying online through the governments Childcare Choices website (www.childcarechoices.gov.uk) 
If eligible a code will be allocated which must be given to nursery. 
 
 
How we offer the Free Funded Early Years Education 
Maison Dieu Nursery offers the following patterns of delivery for the free funded early education hours: 
  •  2, 3 & 4 year olds in receipt of free early education will be offered a maximum of 12.5 hours per week for a stretched period of 46 weeks per year. If the full amount of hours is taken (575 hours) families will have accessed an extra 5 hours over the year, which they can take off in their child’s last funded week or pay for the additional 5 hours. 
  •  Eligible 3 & 4 year old’s of parents receiving the extended entitlement will be offered a maximum (depending on availability) of 24 hours over a stretched period of 46 weeks per year. 
  •  We have very limited spaces for the 38 week (term time) pattern of delivery. Families must meet the criteria of having older siblings at school or will be working the school term time only to request this. Universal offer is up to 15 hours, extended is up to 30 hours over 38 weeks per academic year 
  •  Families may access as little or as much Free Early Education as they wish, although please be aware that the sessions per week, requested at Maison Dieu Nursery, will be subject to availability. 
  •  Free Early Education can be used at a maximum of two nurseries, but families must not exceed the 12.5 hours per week if receiving the stretched pattern of delivery or 15 hours per week if term time.  

Terms and Conditions
Acceptance 
  • Upon starting at Maison Dieu Nursery your child is expected to attend all pre-booked sessions throughout each term. Should your child miss a session for whatever reason (illness, holiday etc.) the full fee is still payable.  
  • All parents/carers must have read and agreed to all of the COVID 19 terms and conditions for families to adhere to before starting their child at nursery.  
  • A copy of child’s birth certificate will be required as proof of age.  
  • There are no holiday allowances given as Maison Dieu Nursery closes for up to five weeks per annum with the additional bank holidays. 
  • Fees and term dates are revised annually and may be subject to change.  
  • If without negotiation, fees are not settled within a period of 4 weeks after the due date, Maison Dieu Nursery will withdraw your child’s place and if necessary take legal action to recover outstanding fees. Children in receipt of Free Early Education (funding) will be unable to access any additional chargeable hours until outstanding fees are settled. 
  • If you wish to terminate this contract by withdrawing your child from the nursery prior to the primary school age 4 weeks’ notice must be given in writing, for fee paying places, otherwise the four weeks will be charged. No notice is required for non-fee-paying place. 
  • A non-refundable deposit of £10 is required together with this completed form to register your child on the waiting list for a fee-paying place which will be deducted off your fees. 
  • Maison Dieu nursery has responsibilities under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and will provide parent/carers, upon acceptance of a place, with a copy of our Privacy Notice. This will detail how the information you give us will be used. 
 
Conditions of payment: 
  • Fees are payable in advance, either weekly, monthly or ‘in full’ at the beginning of the term. 
  • Fees can be paid by cash, tax free childcare, BACS or cheque payable to Maison Dieu Nursery. Please note cheques are cashed termly and if for any reason a cheque is returned by your bank an additional £10 fee will be charged. 
  • All pre-booked sessions remain payable, even if unattended. 
  • If a child is unable to attend due to COVID 19 and requiring to self-isolate then fees must still be paid. However, the nursery will endeavor to return these sessions at a convenient date and time with parent/carers and nursery. 
  • Extra hours/sessions are payable on the day attending. 
  • It is the parents/carers responsibility to ensure that fees are paid in full and on time. 
  • Fees are to be paid within 2 weeks of the payment due date. If without negotiation, fees are not settled, we are left with no alternative but to withdraw your child’s place and if necessary take legal action to recover the amount owed.  
  • For children whose places are funded by external agencies e.g. university/college or extended funding, the parent/carer is liable for any shortfall or withdrawal of funding for whatever reason. 
  • Children in receipt of the Free Early Education will be unable to access any additional fee-paying hours until outstanding fees are settled. 

CONTACT
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CONTACT ADDRESS

94 Maison Dieu Road,
Dover,
Kent
CT16 1RU


Email: maisondieu@btconnect.com

Tel : 01304 203191




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