There is a compulsory uniform, available from Forrest Casuals in Loughton.
What you will need to bring to school:
N.B. During the summer months, all children must wear a school 'legionnaire' style sun hat and sun cream.
Health and Medication
Please do not bring your child to school if you suspect they are ill or suffering from any contagious ailment. There is a 48-hour exclusion period for diarrhoea and/or sickness, for the health and safety of all other children and our staff. Please see our notice board for all other exclusion periods. If any child becomes ill whilst at school, the Officer-in-Charge will contact the parent/guardian who will be asked to collect their child and seek medical advice. Please be assured that any child waiting for their parent will be removed from the other children and kept comfortable in the office until their parent/carer arrives. If the Officer-in-Charge feels it necessary to call for an ambulance if a parent is un-contactable, this will be done to ensure your child receives the necessary treatment. Please see terms and conditions form.
If your child has been prescribed medication for any acute or chronic conditions, please hand to the Officer-in-Charge on arrival who will require you to complete a medication form. Please ensure that any medication (with the exception of 'Calpol') is prescribed by a Doctor.
Please let the Officer-in-Charge know if your child has taken any medication, including Calpol the morning they attend school. If you choose to bring a beaker into school, please ensure that medication is never mixed in with the juice.
If your child suffers from asthma, please ensure their pump is new and "in date" and left on the premises at all times.
All accidents/incidents are entered into the 'Accident Book', which will be reported to the parent/guardian when they arrive later that day to read and sign. N.B. All senior staff are qualified First Aiders
Child Protection Statement
The child's protection and safety is paramount. A confidential record of any concern is kept on file and if deemed necessary, Social Services will be contacted for advice. If a report is to be made to the authorities, we act within the area child protection team. In the unlikely event that a member of staff is accused of abuse, the matter will be investigated, and if necessary the member of staff will be suspended until the matter is resolved.
If a parent or member of staff does not feel the Officer-in-Charge has acted appropriately, then they can contact Social Services or the local police station themselves.
Security, Arrival & Departure
For the safety and security of all children attending Beechoak Farm Montessori Pre-school, we have over 30, 24-hour surveillance cameras in operation in the classrooms and around the premises.
To maintain a safe environment at all times, it is important that the Officer-in-Charge or senior member of staff is familiar with all adults arriving to collect a child from school. To ensure this, parents are asked to provide photographs, with names and addresses, of all adults authorised to collect your child. No child will be released into the care of a person unknown to the Officer-in-Charge/Deputy. Parents are asked to collect their children on time at the end of each session to avoid unnecessary distress to their child, and a late collection charge. Please let the Officer-in-Charge know if your child is unable to attend school, due to sickness or holidays.
Please bring any concern about your child, or any of our child-care practices to the attention of the Officer-in-Charge, who will endeavour to rectify the problem immediately.
There is a formal complaint procedure displayed in the upper school hallway.
All staff are aware that no child in our care can be physically punished in any way. Any occasion where physical intervention is used to manage a child's behaviour is recorded and parents are informed about it the same day. Physical intervention will only be used to prevent personal injury to the child, another child or member of staff.
Staff are good role models for all the children in their care and lead by example. Discipline is positive, giving praise and approval, which encourages children to co-operate. Distraction is also a good technique. Where possible, bad behaviour is ignored. Consistency is essential in treating all behavioural problems. Parental support is essential.
Settling in Period
Parent/guardians are encouraged to bring their child along to the school prior to their start date for one settling in visit (1 hour long) to meet their appointed key person and spend time in their new surroundings. This allows the child to become familiar with the routine and get to know the staff and children in their appointed class.