Frequently Asked Questions
All children who are under two years old will be looked after by the Owlet Staff. However, once they are up and on their feet, we encourage free flow play across all the playrooms upstairs, so that they become familiar with the staff in the Branchers room. Once they are 2 years old, then the transition from being an Owlet to becoming a Brancher is smooth and uneventful!
Branchers are those children who are two up to three year olds who have not yet received their 1140 hours funded childcare. So, your child does not automatically move downstairs once they are 3 years old. But, once they are approaching 3 years of age, they will have opportunities to play with their Fledgling friends and meet the Fledgling staff to allow for them to familiarise themselves with their downstairs surroundings.
Moving downstairs to the Fledglings Room is not as clear cut as “once they have reached their 3rd birthday” There are a number of factors to consider, including their readiness, according to their Brancher Keyworker, how far along in their potty training they are (not being potty trained does not exclude them from being a Fledgling.) We also need to consider the dynamics of the group and staff to child ratios. This should be less important than following the needs of the child, but nevertheless is an important consideration to make in order to keep to our registration requirements and for the safety of the children.
We are delighted that, from August 2020, we offer flexible funded hours for all 3-5 year olds and for eligible 2 year olds. Due to high demand, children will be prioritised based on four factors; those who already attend WON; those who have siblings already at WON; those who require longer hours that are not accommodated at other settings; and those who require a 48 week model (full time) rather than a 38 week model (term time only).
Term time only children are eligible for 30 hours per week (limited term time only spaces available)
48 week model Sessions are 8am-12.45pm or 12.45pm-5.30pm (4.75 hours a sessions) Parents would be eligible for 5 of these sessions (i.e. 2.5 days)
Any additional requirements would be charged extra (e.g. extra hours 7.30am-6pm, early mornings, late pickups)
Children will be eligible for 1 free meal a day. If they attend for longer days, parents will be charged for the additional meal.
Yes, they are available in paper format at the Nursery – kept in the main
reception. Or you can access them via this link here.
Yes! You can read our latest monthly menu plan here.
It’s updated regularly by our nursery chef. All our menus are planned
following guidance by the Scottish Government, “Setting the Table” and
more recently, “Food Matters” Each recipe has a list of allergens, with the
exception of seasonal soup which is decided based on the vegetables in our
garden or local greengrocers.
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We are open 48 weeks of the year. We are closed for two weeks over Christmas matching the school holidays (Monday 26 December 2022 – opening again Monday Monday 9th January 2023 ) and for one full week and three days of the school summer holidays. In 2023 these are the weeks commencing 7th August and 14th, 15th and 16th August) We will
reopen on Thursday 17th August 2023. TTO children start on Tuesday 22 August 2023 We are also closed for Good Friday and Easter Monday (in 2023, this is Friday 7th and Monday 10th April 2023)
We adhere to the NHS guidance ‘Infection Control and Prevention in Childcare Settings’. You can view a table of the exclusion criteria here.