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You are more than welcome to talk to our staff  regarding any concerns you may have about your child’s time with us. The parent information board in each room enables continuous communication between parents and staff. We also use the Early Years Diary to communicate with you. These allow us to share information with you about your child’s day and also for you to share information with us e.g. your child’s routine, what they enjoy doing at home and what they have been doing at the weekend. Please speak to your child’s key person about their progress. For general information the nursery will provide a termly newsletter and the notice boards in the reception area are for your information. If you have any queries about the day to day running of the nursery please speak to Leanne.


Child Profiles

Your child will be continuously assessed to ensure our curriculum meets their needs and so that their progress can be recorded. We keep a profile for each child. This helps us to celebrate together her/his achievements and to work together to meet your child’s needs for her/his well-being and development.

You can request to see and discuss your child’s profile at any time. Staff and parents working together on children's profiles via the planning slip is one of the ways in which the nursery and parents can work in partnership. You and your child’s key person will collect information about your child’s needs, activities, interests and achievements. This information will enable the key person to identify your child’s stage of progress.

 Medicine & Sickness

We ask that you keep your child at home if they have any infections, and to inform us so that staff can alert other parents and make careful observation of any child who seems unwell. If, while in our care, your child develops an infectious illness e.g. chicken-pox you will be asked to collect your child. If your child is infected with head lice you will be notified, and advice on treatments can be given if required. If your child has been vomiting or had diarrhoea you will be asked to keep your child at home until at least 48 hours has elapsed since the last attack. If your child requires antibiotics, we will administer them after the first 48 hours has elapsed. If we administer any medication to your child we will need you to fill out a medication form. 

If your child has been sent home with a temperature of over 37.5 it is in our policy’s that you need to keep them off for 24 hours

We do not administer any non-prescribed medication, if a child has long term medical issues that needs regular medication then we would work with the parents to devise a health care plan. 

The medication must be given to us in its original box with the name of your child and the dosage to be given on it.

Individual Planning

We plan for your child taking in to account their interest and achievements and we value your input into this individual planning. If you ever wish to see the planning it is on the wall in the play room. Your children will learn through the play activities we plan for them.  Play helps babies grow in confidence as they gain important social skills, learning how to interact with both children and adults.


What your child needs

There are a few essential items that your child will require while they are with us at Nursery. These include:

  • If your child has a milk feed please bring in a bottle which can either be left at nursery or brought in for each of your child sessions.
  •  A water cup which can either be left at nursery or brought in for each of your child sessions.
  • A complete change of clothes.
  • Nappy Cream labelled with your child’s name.
  • A sun hat and sun cream (already applied) in summer.
  • A coat, hat and gloves in winter, as we provide outdoor play come rain, snow or shine!
  • Your child’s comforter e.g. dummy, soft toy, blanket. If your child has a dummy we ask you to provide a small box/case for it be kept in. (labelled)

Special Needs

As part of our policy to make sure that our nursery meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs a child may have. We work to the requirements of The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2000). Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is Karen Woodward. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s global development please discuss these with Karen


Our premises comply with all the relevant health and safety requirements and all our staff attend regular training in First Aid. At the end of your child’s session staff will make sure that children only go home with the appropriate adult. If you wish somebody else to pick your child up, please put this in writing and let a member of staff know. You will be asked to register your finger print with us so you are able to come in and out of the nursery for drop off and pick up times.


We support the children within our care, protect them from maltreatment and have robust procedures in place to prevent the impairment of children’s health and development.

Our nursery will work with children, parents, external agencies and the community to ensure the welfare and safety of children and to give them the very best start in life. Children have the right to be treated with respect and to be safe from any abuse in whatever form.

The Charlbury Railway Children has a clear commitment to protecting children and promoting welfare. 

The Designated Safeguarding Co-ordinator (DSCO) at the nursery is Leanne Akers & Karen Woodward.

What our parents say

  • "I just wanted to thank you for giving my son a lovely time at nursery since he started with you. You have given him such a great start in his early years and we are really grateful to you. He is well prepared to continue into his next stage at school and has adapted well and is enjoying school so far. He has lots of happy memories with you all and talks about being at nursery a lot."
  • "Thank you so much for all the help you have given us with our son. The way in which you and the nursery have dealt with his diagnosis, development and care has been great and always inclusive. You all need to know what a beacon of excellence you have been for us – which we would have driven miles if needed – but was here on our doorstep! Thank you for always making us and our son feel welcome and never a burden."
  • "Just wanted to say a huge thank you for all the kindness, patience and care you show my son. He is so happy at nursery and smiles lots! Jodie, Shauni, Caitlin and Terrie, and all the baby room ladies are brilliant with him and it feels like we are a team, which is wonderful to a parent leaving their precious bundle in someone else’s hands. Thank you so much for making his first 3 months with you such a pleasure."
  • "Thank you so much for all of the care, fun and experiences you have given our child over the last two years, and for making nursery a wonderful experience for the family. She will miss you all."
    Parent, June 2015
  • "It's seven and a half years since Emily started at nursery and over that time both she and Teddy have had such wonderful times with you all, its impossible to describe how grateful we are for all the love and care that you have given them."
    Parent, September 2015
  • "Thank you so much for looking after Henry for the past 3 and a half years. He has loved his time with you all and felt very at home which is down to the happy and caring environment you create for the children. He will miss you all very much but will be back to visit."
    Parent - September 2015
  • "Just wanted to say a huge thank you for all the kindness, patience and care you have show for Jude. He is so happy at nursery and smiles lots! The staff in the baby room are brilliant with him and it feels like a team, which is wonderful to a parent leaving their precious bundle in someone else's hands."
    Parent - October 2014
  • "The children feel fully included and secure, allowing them to have a thoroughly good time at the nursery."
  • "The management and staff work extremely well together to provide an effective and professional service."
  • "All the staff are fantastic and they work hard caring for the children and as a parent I have complete peace of mind each day! Thank you!"

The Charlbury Railway Children
The Inspectors House
The Old Pill Factory
Forest Road
Oxfordshire OX7 3HH

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