My child is under 2 years old, can I enrol them at Bardykes Farm Nursery School? Yes, you can enrol them onto a waiting list. We are only able to offer places to children aged from 2 as stated in our registration with The Care Inspectorate. We hope in the near future to lower the age of registration and open a baby room. If you would still like to enrol your child to the waiting list, please get in contact to complete a registration form and secure your child’s place with a £50 registration fee. We will get in touch as your preferred start date approaches to discuss settling in sessions.
How can I enrol my child at Bardykes Farm Nursery School? Following your interest in Bardykes Farm Nursery School, we recommend that you visit the farm to meet the Dream Team, the animals and walk around our farm, letting you and your child get a feel for the place. We then ask that you complete an application form and secure your child’s place with a £50 registration fee. To complete the enrolment process we will require 2 proofs of parents/carers address (council tax/utility/bank statement) and a copy of your child’s birth certificate.
Do you offer term time places? We are open 50 weeks of the year, but if you require term time attendance, please let us know.
Do you operate throughout the year? Yes, we are open 50 weeks of the year. We close for South Lanarkshire Council’s school Christmas holidays.
I work shifts, can I change my child’s sessions weekly or monthly? We try our very best to be flexible and accommodating with our parents/carers. Although we will try out best to support your family’s needs, we cannot guarantee availability indefinitely. As we reach our enrolment capacity, we must ensure that we operate within required staff to children ratios.
Do you provide drinks, snacks and lunch? We provide healthy morning snack and afternoon tea during our full day sessions. We ask that you provide your child with a labelled water bottle which they can help themselves to throughout the day which we can refill if required. Chilled milk is offered during snack and lunch times. We ask that you provide a healthy picnic packed lunch. Please note that we are not able to heat up any pack lunch items and would recommend thermal flasks.
How can I help my child settle into nursery? In order to support your child’s transition from home into nursery we offer 2 complimentary settling sessions. We ask that you complete our settling in document and a personal care plan for us to find out as much information about your child as possible to support your transition. During the first settling session (which is usually for around 1 hour). Your key worker will discuss these documents with you and start to form a secure attachment with your child. The length of the 2nd settling session will depend on the first and we will gauge how long your child should settle for based on your family’s individual needs. If we feel that your child requires additional settling, we will discuss this with you. Please note that if your child is not yet 2 years old, we will require you to stay with them throughout these settling in sessions until they reach their 2nd birthday due to insurance purposes.
Can my child attend for 1 day? We have a minimum requirement of children attending 2 days per week. This allows staff adequate time to form secure attachments with your child, create positive relationships with you and your family and time to support your child with their development providing them with rich learning opportunities.
Can I drop off/pick up my child out with the standard session times? We offer a flexible drop off between 8am – 9am. If you arrive after 9am, we ask that you register your child and find your keyworker around on the farm as the session will have started. Similarly, pick up is either 4, 5 or 6pm based on your preferences. Please note there is no discounted price for using less hours as we have to ensure we have adequate staffing levels to cover the number of children enrolled in each session.
Are you in partnership with South Lanarkshire Council? Yes, we are in partnership with South Lanarkshire Council to offer funded places for children aged 3 – 5 years old and eligible 2 year olds. To see if your child is eligible for funding, visit their website - HERE
How do I pay my nursery fees? We will provide you with an annual invoice which will detail your fees until the end of term which can be broken down into average monthly payments. Payment should clear before the month your child attends. We can accept BACS transfer and cash payments but no cheques or card payments.
Do you accept childcare vouchers? Yes, we accept a wide range of childcare vouchers. These include: - Busy bees - Sodhexo - Co-op - Computershare - Edenred - Fideliti - Care4 - Tax Free Childcare