General Information

We aim to provide a curriculum for children through play experiences and opportunities that will support and promote their overall development in a safe, stimulating and caring environment. 

We encourage and support children in becoming independent, confident and co-operative with positive attitudes and respect for others. We provide activities taking into account the child’s stage of development, based on their individual needs, and curiosity.

Research has shown that children learn in many different ways and that no one method is suited for all. At Polka Day Care we have a ‘child centred’ approach, based on learning through play, allowing children to work in a way to complement their learning style. Play is vital for children to learn, grow, gain confidence and most of all have fun!

Polka Day Care is Ofsted registered, and in the last inspection received a ‘Good’ report.

The Ofsted Inspector had the following to say:-

  • Children are confident and show good levels of independence for their age, as a result of staff practice. They receive nurturing care and encouragement to explore their environment and engage in varied activities, which are based around their interests.
  • The setting is child-centred and well organised. Staff undertake thorough observations, which are reflected in the planning to meet the unique needs of every child. This ensures that every child makes good progress in their learning and development from their starting point.
  • Children feel safe and secure in their relationships with staff. The strong key person system, built around effective settling-in arrangements, strengthens relationships with the children and their families and supports continuity between nursery and home life.
  • Partnerships with parents are very well fostered, as staff work hard to ensure there is a joint approach to children’s care and learning.

You can download the full report here: ‘Ofsted Report 2013’

Management Committee

Polka Day Care Ltd is a company with registered charity status. The day to day running of Polka is the responsibility of the on site management team, and a voluntary committee comprising of parents and members of the local public, all of which are subject to enhanced DBS police checks.

Polka Day Care is run by a voluntary committee and is always looking for new members. Everyone has something they have to offer; we meet approximately every six weeks in the evening, if you feel you can help us in anyway, please speak to Sharon, Amy or your child’s Key Person.

Admissions:

We operate a waiting list. If a place is not available we will notify you as soon as we have a vacancy. We accept children from outside our catchment area subject to availability. Please see our admissions policy.

Opening Times:

Polka Day Care is available from 8.00 am until 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday for children aged 3 months to 11 years. Polka Day Care is open all year including school holidays and school training days, (Wells Primary School calendar). We close on bank holidays and over the Christmas period.

Meals:

Prices includes all meals, snacks and drink, excluding the holiday club.

Policies:

A copy of our policies are available on request and are also on display on the parents notice board in each room, in the main foyer and on our website.

Policies include:

  • Safeguarding
  • Accident and First Aid
  • Behaviour
  • Camera, Mobile Phone and Recording Devices
  • Administering Medicines
  • Sickness and Illness
  • Fees and Payments

Key Persons:

Every child who comes to Polka will be given a key person, the key person is a qualified practitioner who’s role is to get to know your child, their likes and dislikes and their own individual needs, the idea is for the practitioner to be your child’s go to person, so that your child feels secure and safe when they come into Polka.

Safeguarding:

Safeguarding and Child Protection are of the upmost importance at Polka Day Care. We ask all staff, visitors and volunteers to follow guidelines set out in our safeguarding policy. All staff receive regular child protection training to ensure the safety of our children at all times. All adults who work with children within Polka Day Care have been subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and we operate a policy of restricting unsupervised access to children to those who have not been correctly vetted.

Mobile Phones:

The use of mobile phones is strictly forbidden whilst on the premises of Polka Day Care where children are being cared for.  All visitors will be asked to leave their mobile phones in the office upon arrival.

Evacuation Procedures:

If the fire alarm sounds, please leave the building by the nearest fire exit.  The fire assembly point is at the outside classroom on the far side of the school playground.

Duty of Care:

Polka Day Care has a duty of care to protect the safety and welfare of all children and must pass on any concerns where a child is at risk of injury or harm.  If you have any concerns about the welfare of a child, please speak to our Designated Lead Practitioners: Sharon Cousins (Manager) or Amy Smith (Deputy Manager). In their absence please report concerns to Deputy Designated Lead Practitioners: Sarah McNab (Polka Dots Room Leader), Emily Kelly (Polka Tots Room Leader), Reanna Farrow (Pre-School Room Leader)

Staff Vacancies:

We currently have two staff vacancies at Polka. If you are interested in working with us, please download the application form below and send it back to us.