Through our relationships with parents, we are aware that some people are unable to access childcare because they do not meet certain criteria. For example a parent may have medical or physical needs which can make it difficult to give their children the range of activities or experiences they would like to. This would not necessarily entitle them to financial help to enable their children to access these. Selsey Community Nursery feels this is something we can help with and now offers some Community Childcare places free of charge to parents who feel their children would benefit from attending the nursery. These sessions are offered at times when we have staff on duty but have some childcare spaces available.
To find out if you could access one of these places, please speak to your Health Visitor or to someone at the Selsey Children and Family Centre as they are able to complete the form to request a place on your behalf.
Part of the ethos of the nursery is to ensure that every child should have a nutritious, home cooked meal and healthy snacks regardless of the parents ability to pay. To this end we employ a cook who produces meals that meet the nutritional needs of growing children. Meals are planned and with regard to current guidelines. The cost of meals and snacks are not an additional cost to parents.
The nursery works hard to keep costs to parents as low as possible so is very grateful to the Tesco store in Chichester for donating overstocked food to the nursery. We collect trays of fruit, vegetables and bakery on a weekly basis and any items we do not use are passed on to the families of our nursery children.
This entails the nursery being part of a nationwide initiative called FareShare. Information about this can be found by clicking this link FareShare Sussex
After receiving a grant from West Sussex County Council's Community Initiative Fund, the nursery is developing an area in the entrance hall to enable parents to meet together and to get support. There will also be refreshments and information available.
The nursery has developed a close partnership with the Children and Family Centre and has representatives on the Advisory Board. This ensures up to date knowledge about local issues which impact on families.