FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does the nursery communicate with parents?
At Honey Pot we see one of our key strengths as a partnership with parents. We strongly believe that children learn best when parents are actively involved in all aspects of Nursery life. Children under 3 years will receive a daily diary that will provide you with all of the information you will need to know about your child’s day. Verbal handovers are provided on a daily basis for all children. Newsletters are posted each month on the nursery website and provide information regarding up and coming events. Important information is also displayed on the parent’s notice board. Each parent is encouraged to download the EYLog app as regular photos and videos of their child/ren are sent through to the parent’s device. Children are assessed once each term and their assessment is sent via EYLog for parents to read, comments on and submit back to the key person.
As a parent how involved will I be in Nursery life?
As a nursery, we actively encourage all parents/carers to be involved in nursery life. Twice a year we hold parents evenings where parents are invited into the setting to meet with their child’s key person and discuss learning and development. Once per term we hold parents and practitioners association (PPA) meetings when parents are invited onto the panel to voice parents opinions and provide them with the opportunity to be a part of decision making. Parents are welcome to come and take part in activities within the nursery should they wish. In addition, parents can use their EYLog app to send in photos and videos of their child at home and add comments to any observations, planning and assessment.
How often does my child go outside?
Children in our nursery will go outside a minimum of twice per day. Children are encouraged to access the outdoors. We pride ourselves on being an ‘all-weathers’ nursery meaning that children are encouraged to play out whatever the weather, including rain and snow. The only time we wouldn’t go out is if the weather became too dangerous for example, extremely high winds. We will not keep children indoors if they have a minor childhood illness such as a cough and cold. We know that being outdoors is likely to reduce the spread of infection and being outdoors will not make coughs/colds any worse, it is more likely to help improve symptoms.
What if my child requires medication or falls ill at nursery?
Children in our nursery will go outside a minimum of twice per day. Children are encouraged to access the outdoors. We pride ourselves on being an ‘all-weathers’ nursery meaning that children are encouraged to play out whatever the weather, including rain and snow. The only time we wouldn’t go out is if the weather became too dangerous for example, extremely high winds. We will not keep children indoors if they have a minor childhood illness such as a cough and cold. We know that being outdoors is likely to reduce the spread of infection and being outdoors will not make coughs/colds any worse, it is more likely to help improve symptoms.
How do you manage children’s behaviour?
In each site we have a designated behaviour coordinator who is fully trained in behaviour management. The management and behaviour coordinator work together to ensure that our behaviour policy is up to date and implemented consistently throughout the nursery. All practitioners will work with parents and children to promote positive behaviour in our settings. If staff have concerns about persistent behavioural issues, then we will invite parents in for a chat and to make a plan on which was we can best support the child and his/her family.
How will I know my child is secure at nursery?
At Honey Pot safeguarding is our utmost priority. All staff are fully DBS checked and we have rigorous recruitment processes in place. The nurseries are all secured by a number of security measures. All nurseries have a biometric entry system ensuring top-rate premises security. Passwords are in place for the collection of children and all staff trained in our collection procedures. No mobile phones or devises which have photographic capabilities are permitted in the playrooms. We have CCTV throughout all rooms and play spaces. CCTV does not link to the internet and is for the sole use of the manager. Ratios are always met within our settings and security is taken very seriously.
How will I know about my child’s progress at nursery?

When you enrol at honey pot you will receive a DVD for you to take home and share with family. This DVD details all about the learning and development of children who attend our setting. This DVD helps parents to understand the paper work you will receive and help you to understand the tracking of your child’s progress. Access to your child’s learning and development file is always accessible for you to look through and your child’s key person will always be on hand for you to talk to.

What is the adult/child ratio within the nursery?

The Statutory Framework the Early Years Foundation Stage sets out the below adult: child ratios. 

0-2 years – 1:3

2-3 years – 1:4

3-5 years – 1:8

At Honey Pot ratios are met at all times. In each of the settings we employ an early years teacher who can work on a 1:13 ratio if needed.

Are there a minimum amount of days my child has to attend?
Yes, we have a minimum session requirement of one day per week or two half-days per week. This is because any less time attending could affect how well a child settles into nursery.
Will I get help towards fees from tax credits?

Tax credits are paid directly to parents; if you need further information please click this link below www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits In addition, we accept 2, 3 and 4-year-old funding. 2-year funding is available to children whose parent/s earn less than £16,190 before tax. Every child (from the term after their third birthday) is entitled to 15 hours funding and some families are entitled to claim 30 hours funding. To be eligible for 30 hours funding, you need to earn more than the equivalent of 16 hours per week at minimum wage or less than £100,000. For more information about help with childcare costs visit www.gov.co.uk/get-childcare

Our History

Honey Pot Nursery Aigburth was established in 2007 by Julie and Tony Hurst. Using their combined expertise in the Early Years sector and business management, they decided to take the plunge and open their first nursery. Tony had spent many years running a successful catering business. Julie had spent years working as a nursery manager in a variety of nursery settings across Liverpool.

The nurseries have been very much a family affair from the very beginning as their youngest daughter Melissa joined them in the nursery in 2007 to gain her childcare qualifications. The following year, their eldest daughter Jenna joined the team during her degree studies in Early Years. Jenna and Melissa are both childcare qualified and have young children of their own, who all attend Honey Pot Nursery and enjoy having their say and opinions included in every day nursery life. Both Jenna and Melissa’s husbands, Michael and Demetri are involved in the running family business.

The family are involved in each of the nurseries every day, they do not manage from a distance and are most definitely ‘hands on’ owners.

Our Philosophy

At Honey Pot, we are influenced by a number of key childcare theorists and pedagogy. Taking parts from Reggio Emilia, Te Whariki with a sprinkle of Montessori and Steiner approaches. We are underpinned by a vision for children that they might be confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit and filled with curiosity and wonder of the world. Our approach is simple, it is our job at Honey Pot to ignite children’s imaginations and curiosity so that they shall enjoy self-directed learning and be thoroughly engaged in play and as a result, deep and purposeful learning shall inevitably take place.

We appreciate that choosing a nursery for your child is an incredibly important decision. We do not take lightly the trust parents place in us when they leave their precious children in our care.

What sets us apart:

  • Working together as one big Honey Pot family
  • Built for parents, by parents
  • Multi award winning nursery group
  • A focus on children’s health, well-being and mindfulness
  • Fantastic Ofsted judgements
  • An established and reputable group
  • A range of extra-curricular activities which are included at no extra cost to the parent
  • Biometric access systems ensuring the highest level of premises security
  • A staff team who are experienced and regularly receive training to ensure their knowledge reflects current best practice
  • An accredited forest school programme available to all children at no extra cost to the parent
  • Excellent outcomes for children meaning that they leave for school well-prepared and ready to begin their next stages in learning

OUR NURSERIES

Aigburth

358 Aigburth Road
Aigburth
Liverpool
L17 6AE
P: 0151 494 2373
E: [email protected]

Honey Pot Aigburth is a large detached house situated on Aigburth Road in South Liverpool and was the first nursery owned by Honey Pot Nursery Group. It opened its doors to the public in July 2007 and has gone from strength to strength since. The nursery has a baby room, a pre-toddler room, a toddler room and a pre-school room. It also has a sensory room and an outdoor garden and a separate baby garden. The children also have access to local parks within the vicinity and children go on regular outings and local walks.

Childwall

70 Childwall Valley Rd
Childwall
Liverpool
L16 4PE
P: 0151 722 2500
E: [email protected]

Honey Pot Childwall is a large detached house situated on Childwall Valley Road within the residential area of Childwall in South Liverpool. Formally a doctors surgery, the building underwent a huge renovation in early 2012 to make it purposely designed for the sole use of a day nursery. It benefits from a baby room, a toddler room and a pre-school room. It also has a sensory room, outdoor garden and separate baby garden
To the rear, we have a purposely designed garden room for children to enjoy uninterrupted play both indoors or outdoors.

Garston

Earp Street
Garston
Liverpool
L19 1RT
P: 0151 305 2023
E: [email protected]

Honey Pot Day Nursery, Garston, was opened in April 2009 due to the success and high demand for spaces at our sister nursery in Aigburth. Garston underwent a huge renovation in 2019 and now benefits from a baby room, a pre-toddler room, a toddler room, pre-school room, a sensory room, a library, and plenty of other communal play spaces. In addition, it has a large outdoor play area and designated baby garden. The nursery is located close to Garston village which offers the opportunity for children to go on local outings to the park, library and train station amongst many other regular outings.

Wavertree

Chestnut Grove
Wavertree
Liverpool
L15 8HS
P: 0151 305 2022
E: [email protected]

Honey Pot Wavertree was opened in October 2017 due to the success and high demand for spaces in our sister nurseries. The building has also been adapted to include a large training suite and head office where the central support team are based. All of our staff are trained at this site on a regular basis which helps us to achieve outstanding practice. In addition, it benefits from a baby room, a pre-toddler room, a toddler room, pre-school room, a school leavers room, a sensory room, a library, and plenty of other communal play spaces. In addition, it has a large outdoor play area, a designated baby garden and a designated toddler garden.

OUR AWARDS

Nursery World Award 2019
Team Development Award – Finalist

Nursery World Award 2019
Health and Well-Being Award – Finalist

NDNA – Team Development Award
Winner 2019

NDNA – Innovative Practice Award
Runner-up 2019

Nursery World Award 2016
Nursery Food Award – Finalist

Nursery World Award 2017
Nursery Food Award – Finalist

Nursery World Award 2017
Team Development Award – Highly Commended

Nursery World Award 2018
Early Years Launch of the Year – Finalist

Nursery World Award 2018
Team Development – Highly Commended

Family Go Live Award 2012
Best Nursery in Liverpool – Winner

Family Go Live Award 2016
Best Nursery in Liverpool – Finalist

Nursery Recognition Award 2019
Nursery Group – Finalist

Children’s Food Trust Eat Better Do Better Award 2017
Outstanding Award

Millie’s Mark Award 2018
Aigburth and Garston sites awarded

Millie’s Mark Award 2019
Childwall and Wavertree sites awarded

Time to Change Employer Pledge 2019
“Let’s end mental health discrimination”

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