Frequently asked questions

FAQS – Baby Room

What happens during the settling in session?

We are now allowing parents into our baby room for settling in sessions. We do ask that you complete a lateral flow test before coming into the building. During the session we encourage parents to stay for a while, whilst we ask you some questions regarding your child’s routine, likes and dislikes and any other information we may need. We then advise leaving your child for a while, this allows them to bond with their key person and explore with their new friends too. We will update the Famly app with photos so you can see how they are getting on. 

What do I need to bring? 

We are a very home from home setting so please feel free to bring in anything you feel would help settle your child in to nursery. 

We do ask for the following: 

Nappies, wipes and any nappy creams (you can bring a big pack and we will let you know when we’re running low)

Formula if needed (we provide cows milk & oat milk)

Any comforters/dummies (to keep at nursery)

A few changes of clothes – clearly labelled 

Warm clothing for the winter

Suncream & sun hat 


Teething gels

Once your child has started they will be allocated a box in our cloakroom area which will have their photo on, we will keep all of their belongings in here.

What happens at sleep time?

We have a separate sleep room which is located next to our main baby area. We have blackout blinds and curtains and play a relaxing white noise in the background. We provide fresh bedding and blankets daily too. We currently have two bunk bed cots and our older babies nap on our sleep mats. Having a separate sleep room allows us to follow your routine at home. 

Who will be my childs key person?

During the settling in sessions we will see who your child bonds with and the key person will then be allocated. We also have a buddy system, this means whenever your childs key person is away on annual leave the buddy will take over.

What is the ratio for the baby room?

Ratio is 1:3 and we have 4 members of staff in our baby area.

What meals do you provide?

We offer fresh home cooked meals every day. We have a 4 week rotating menu which offers a wide variety of healthy meals. We also have vegetarian options available and cater for lots of dietary requirements.

Breakfast is usually a selection of cereals and porridge or weetabix for the babies

At lunch time we offer curries, pasta bakes, risotto, roast dinners, casseroles, shepherd’s pie, spaghetti bolognese, fish pie etc. 

At tea time we have homemade pizza, jacket potato, homemade soup, sandwiches, homemade cheese and tomato wheels, homemade cheese twists etc.

We also offer the babies a selection of fruit and yoghurt for dessert. 

We also cater for weaning, offering vegetable/ fruit purees or the baby led weaning approach, depending on what you do at home. 

Water is also offered frequently throughout the day too.

We do ask parents NOT to bring food into the nursery due to some children having severe allergies.

Full day 8am – 6pm 3 meals a day 

Part day 8am – 3pm breakfast and lunch 

Part day 9am – 4pm lunch and tea 

What is a typical day in the baby room at Nursery Rhymes?

We open at 8am and your child’s temperature will be taken on arrival.

Breakfast is then served between 8am – 9am 

9am morning activities begin this could be free play, garden time or messy play

11am nappy changes and song time begins 

11:30am lunch time 

12pm most of the babies have a nap

1:30pm nappy change/quiet time as the babies begin to wake up

2pm milk time 

2:30 afternoon activities, story time, messy play, garden time, free play

3:30pm tea time 

4pm toothbrush time and we begin nappy changes again

4:30 free play, quiet time with songs and stories

6pm home time

What happens if my child is ill?

We do ask that you do not send your child to nursery if they are unwell. We have a strict 48 hour sickness and diarrhoea policy. This is where your child will not be able to attend nursery for 48 hours from the last time they were sick or had diarrhoea. 

Temperatures will be checked on arrival and if your child’s temperature is 38 or above you will be asked to take your child home and book a COVID-19 test. Your child will only be allowed to return once we have proof of a negative test result.

If someone in your household tests positive you MUST NOT send your child to nursery and isolate for 14 days.

If your child has been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 you will need to self isolate for 14 days. Even without displaying symptoms. 

You MUST NOT send your child to nursery if yourself, your child or anyone in your household are displaying COVID-19 symptoms. 

How do you clean the nursery?

Every evening we have a great cleaning company who come in to carry out a two hour deep clean across the whole nursery. In addition to all the measures we are currently implementing, we have purchased a “Pro Fogger” which is recommended by the National Day Nursery Association (NDNA) and the nursery is fogged every week in order to kill and protect against 99.99% of bacteria.

We have fresh clean resources which are put out daily and are frequently cleaned with antibacterial spray/wipes.