Frequently asked questions

  1. How do I apply for a place?
  2. How long is the waiting list?
  3. Can I get day care for my child at short notice?
  4. How does the retainer work?
  5. What is the minimum number of sessions that I can apply for?
  6. When can my child return to the nursery after illness?
  7. Can the nursery staff administer medication?
  8. What happens when my child leaves the nursery?
  9. Can I reduce my child's sessions at nursery for a limited period of time (for example, whilst I'm on maternity leave)?

1. How do I apply for a place?

Check the nursery admissions policy. Fill in the application form (PDF, 357kB) and return it to the Nursery Manager.

2. How long is the waiting list?

Long! For up to date information contact the nursery manager. Apply as early as you can. If your child has yet to be born write 'unknown' for child's forename on the application form.

3. Can I get day care for my child at short notice?

Generally the University Day Nursery can not provide care for non-registered children at short notice. However we can sometimes accomodate children of visiting academics or short-term students if we have availabilty at the time.

4. How does the retainer work?

The retainer allows a child's place to be retained at 50% fees whilst the child is absent. This allows you to take your child out of nursery for holidays etc. whilst only paying half normal fees. The amount of time available depends on whether you are a member of staff/general public or postgraduate student. Applications for use of the retainer must be made 28 days in advance using the change of use form (PDF, 193kB). For more information see the fees page or contact the nursery manager.

5. What is the minimum number of sessions that I can apply for?

Four sessions, morning and/or afternoon, with or without lunch.

6. When can my child return to the nursery after illness?

It is imperative that children do not return to nursery until 48hrs after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea.

When returning your child to nursery after illness remember that they have to be able to cope with the nursery day and one-to-one care is not available. More information is available in the policies and procedures section.

7. Can the nursery staff administer medication?

We believe that children with long - term medical needs have the same rights of admission to the setting as other children. We will work with staff, parents, children and relevant healthcare professionals to enable this to happen whilst ensuring the safety of staff and children and recognising that there maybe circumstances in which this is unable to occur e.g. with complex medical procedures.

We aim
To enable children with long – term medical needs to access the provision.
To administer medicines for short – term medical needs to enable the child to attend the provision while recovering.
To be clear on the responsibilities of parents, management and staff.
To provide a safe and robust procedure for staff to follow.

Staff are able to administer medication in accordance with our policy - Administration of Medicine (PDF, 100kB)

More information is available in the policies and procedures section.

8. What happens when my child leaves the nursery?

If you need to remove your child from the nursery please give at least 8 weeks notice. Failure to provide this could result in loss of your deposit.

It is expected that the children who will be attending school each September will not attend Nursery following the August Bank Holiday. If you require a place for your child following the Bank Holiday please make the request to the Nursery Manager as early as possible.

9. Can I reduce my child's sessions at nursery for a limited period of time (for example, whilst I'm on maternity leave)?

You can reduce your child's attendance at the nursery at any time using the change of use form (PDF, 193kB) and giving 8 weeks notice. However, we cannot guarantee that those sessions will still be available when you wish to increase your child's attendance again. It is important to maintain maximum occupancy to keep fees as low as possible.