Information & advice

for parents

At Advantage, we want to support parents and carers so that together we get the best for our children.

Resources at a click of a button

We have curated a collection of parenting resources, advice, information and ideas available to you at the click of a button.

Your partner in your child’s development

Parenting isn’t easy and there is a breadth of information out there – whether books, online or in the press and magazines. We are always available to talk with you about any concerns or to share our knowledge and experience. Please feel free to ask us.

New starters

We feel very strongly that settling in is a very important phase for children and we work closely with parents to make this transition as easy as possible. For newcomers into Advantage we offer 3 settling in sessions – the first is a one hour session with one parent (for COVID reasons the parent must wear a mask), the following two sessions are two hours long each either from 10:30 to 12:30 or 14:30 to 16:30, depending on your child’s schedule. We will offer further settling in sessions if we believe the child will benefit from these.

For room transition within the nursery, we have a half hour visit with your child’s keyperson to their new room after which they stay to have lunch or tea in the new room and a further two sessions of two hours.

New starters

We feel very strongly that settling in is a very important phase for children and we work closely with parents to make this transition as easy as possible. For newcomers into Advantage we offer 3 settling in sessions – the first is a one hour session with one parent (for COVID reasons the parent must wear a mask), the following two sessions are two hours long each either from 10:30 to 12:30 or 14:30 to 16:30, depending on your child’s schedule. We will offer further settling in sessions if we believe the child will benefit from these.

For room transition within the nursery, we have a half hour visit with your child’s keyperson to their new room after which they stay to have lunch or tea in the new room and a further two sessions of two hours.

School Transition

We work with all our pre-schoolers to ensure they are as ready as they can be for the next stage of their education and can take their steps to ‘big school’ confidently with an enquiring mind and a thirst for learning. We are also recognise that children learn at different rates.

Our pre-schooler parents will receive a copy of our report which we send on to your chosen allocated school within the Borough. We have also added a few links which you may find useful to prepare your child and yourself to this next stage in your child’s life. The NDNA website has a few factsheets on the topic from building children’s confidence to developing literacy at home and being maths confidence.

School Transition

We work with all our pre-schoolers to ensure they are as ready as they can be for the next stage of their education and can take their steps to ‘big school’ confidently with an enquiring mind and a thirst for learning. We are also recognise that children learn at different rates.

Our pre-schooler parents will receive a copy of our report which we send on to your chosen allocated school within the Borough. We have also added a few links which you may find useful to prepare your child and yourself to this next stage in your child’s life. The NDNA website has a few factsheets on the topic from building children’s confidence to developing literacy at home and being maths confidence.

Keeping Safe

At Advantage we take safety and safeguarding very seriously. As a parent you will no doubt have seen some of our campaign and pictures from activities we run within the nursery. You can look back on some of the resources we have shared on keeping safe.

Keeping Safe

At Advantage we take safety and safeguarding very seriously. As a parent you will no doubt have seen some of our campaign and pictures from activities we run within the nursery. You can look back on some of the resources we have shared on keeping safe.

EYFS curriculum

You can find out more information about our curriculum on our learning page.

EYFS curriculum

You can find out more information about our curriculum on our learning page.

Funding

Find out more information about the funded places for 2 years old, universal 15 hours funding and extended funding for eligible families with children from 3 years old, and follow the links to check eligibility.

Funding

Find out more information about the funded places for 2 years old, universal 15 hours funding and extended funding for eligible families with children from 3 years old, and follow the links to check eligibility.

Health & Wellbeing

Wellbeing is important to us at Advantage. We want to ensure children learn good healthy habits for their future health and wellbeing. We have put together a few links which you may find useful.

NHS Change4Life has a bank of ideas of 10 minute shake up activities, indoor activities and sport activities which will keep the kids busy, get them to use some energy and keep them fit.

Also on the NHS Change4Life you can find a bank of healthy recipe ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and puddings.

Finally, we also wanted to share guides to weaning and toilet training which would be a good reference for any parent considering starting the journey to getting their baby onto solid foods or child toilet trained.

Health & Wellbeing

Wellbeing is important to us at Advantage. We want to ensure children learn good healthy habits for their future health and wellbeing. We have put together a few links which you may find useful.

NHS Change4Life has a bank of ideas of 10 minute shake up activities, indoor activities and sport activities which will keep the kids busy, get them to use some energy and keep them fit.

Also on the NHS Change4Life you can find a bank of healthy recipe ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and puddings.

Finally, we also wanted to share guides to weaning and toilet training which would be a good reference for any parent considering starting the journey to getting their baby onto solid foods or child toilet trained.

Activities Ideas

We have put together a bank of age specific activity ideas, which you might find useful.

On the BBC Tiny Happy People you can find tips and advice on language learning, communication skills and child development as well as ideas on activities to do with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers set out by age.

On the Hungry Little Minds government website you will find ideas on activities for children from newborn to five, suggestions of apps with good education value for 2 to 5 years old to help as well as links to online educational resources around the EYFS areas of learning.

Activities Ideas

We have put together a bank of age specific activity ideas, which you might find useful.

On the BBC Tiny Happy People you can find tips and advice on language learning, communication skills and child development as well as ideas on activities to do with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers set out by age.

On the Hungry Little Minds government website you will find ideas on activities for children from newborn to five, suggestions of apps with good education value for 2 to 5 years old to help as well as links to online educational resources around the EYFS areas of learning.

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