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You can book a visit for a show-around where you will meet our staff and see our facilities at first hand. It will be an opportunity to ask your questions about the setting and its method of teaching. You will be given an enquiry pack with all the detail of the setting and an enquiry form. If you are happy and would like to register your child you will need to complete the enquiry form and hand it back to us. We will contact you to arrange a registration meeting according to the availability of the session you have requested in your form. The registration meeting will be an opportunity for us to meet you and your child and discuss any concerns or requirements your child may need while in our care. You will then be handed our Registration Pack that would need to be handed back by the end of the week.
Buckingham Montessori operates from 8am-6pm throughout the year, closing only for Bank Holidays and 1 week between Christmas and New Year. Our part-time sessions run from 8am-1pm and 1pm – 6pm.( a minimum of 3 sessions is required for registration)
Security is of paramount importance to us and this is apparent as you enter our setting. We have CCTV cameras in operation 24/7 to ensure the highest possible security for the children, parents and staff. All external accesses are controlled by video entry systems monitored at reception. Staff members have access swipe card which they use to enter and exit the premises. At registration we request pictures of the Parents and people who are authorized to regularly collect a child to ensure our receptionist is familiar with our families and to enable them to enter the building during the hours that their child is booked for. If anyone, other than a parent, is to collect a child from the Montessori, we will require a written consent and a photo or a password to be set up in order to ensure no one unauthorized has access to the building to collect a child. On arrival the video entry will give you access to the lobby where our receptionist will deal with your query and give you access to enter the main building. The Children’s House and other internal rooms are secured by a pin code access of which only staff members are aware of, parents are required to ring the doorbell and wait for a member of staff to allow them in. As a parent you will be requested to wear a blue visitors badge if you will be staying on site for any reason other than collection.
Buckingham Montessori School provides fulltime care for children aged 3 months-5 years. Sessions are available in two sessions, 8am – 1pm and 1pm – 6pm. Families are able to register for a minimum of 3 sessions to their convenience. At Buckingham Montessori we offer sibling discount for full-time session as below: 2 siblings are offered a 10% discount Please contact our office (020 8952 5691) to arrange a visit and discuss available price plans.

NEG

As from September 2014 children aged 2, 3 and 4 years are eligible for the Nursery Educational Grant (NEG) for the term following their second or third birthday. NEG fees are calculated over 38 weeks of the year with the remaining weeks charged at standard nursery rate. Families are able to choose the NEG sessions as 5 hours of free entitlement per session totalling to 15 hours. This can be taken over 3 half day sessions or 2 full day sessions and 1 half day each week. You must do all 15 hours to remain eligible. Spaces are limited and available on a termly basis. Priority will be given to wrap around care and internal families. For more information more the age 2 grant and to check your eligibility please refer to https://www.gov.uk/free-early-education

Childcare Vouchers

Childcare Vouchers help to make childcare more affordable for working parents. Many parents use various childcare voucher providers through their employment schemes to help cover their monthly fees, our accountancy department can provide all the necessary information.
Buckingham Montessori School requires the non-refundable registration fee of £50 to be payable upon registration. Once your child has been allocated a place at the setting we will request a deposit (refundable) to be paid. On the successful completion of the settling in period (3 days) the terms fees will be requested. Families will be invoiced 10 days before the start of the months and payment must be received and cleared within 5 days. Additional extra payments will be visible on the invoice. We request families to set up a monthly direct debit or transfer termly. Temporary methods of payment include cash and cheque. Our Bank Details: Bank name: Lloyds Bank Account name – Buckingham Nursery Sort Code – 309384 Account No – 01399123 Please reference payments as below: Registration Fee: [child name] REG Deposit: [child name] DEP Monthly fee: [child name] MTH Term Fees [child name] TRM Additional Charge: ADD Receipt of payments are available on request.
Buckingham Montessori School requires your child to wear uniform consisting of a branded poloshirt, jumper and jogging bottoms while at the setting. Our uniform consists of a winter set and a summer set. Cotton shorts are available for the summer. Uniform is available to purchase from the setting on registration. We require parents to provide separate indoor and outdoor shoes for your child along with spare clothes and suitable outdoor wear for all weather.
Item Description Size Price
Sweatshirt Amber, Fleece 2/3, 3/4, 5/6 £12.00
Poloshirt Gold, Cotton 2/3, 3/4, 5/6 £9.50
Jog Bottoms Maroon, Fleece 2/3, 3/4, 5/6 £9.50
Shorts Maroon Cotton 20”, 22”, 24”, 26”,28” £5.50
String Bag Maroon Small £6.00
Winter Set Sweatshirt, Poloshirt, Jog Bottoms Your Total: £31.00
Summer Set Poloshirt, Shorts Your Total: £15.00
All Season Set Sweatshirt, Poloshirt x2, Jog Bottoms, Shorts Your Total: £46.00
We record initial information about your child’s interests in their ‘All About Me Booklet’ which will be one of the activities that your child will do with the key worker at the visit. The key worker will also bring your child’s uniform, pictures of the nursery and a welcome card with a picture of their key worker. These steps will help your child look forward to coming to Buckingham Montessori and have a familiar face to look forward to on arrival. We consider the settling in period to be extremely important at Buckingham Montessori School. This time can be upsetting for both the child and the parent. Children settle into nursery in lots of different ways. Some children will confidently move into the nursery room as soon as they come in. Other children may be nervous and anxious about leaving their beloved parent. Most children will be somewhere in between the two. Please be reassured and try not to worry if your child experiences difficulties – it is a very normal part of a child’s development to be anxious, nervous or angry about starting nursery. We also recognise that many parents will find this a difficult and sometimes upsetting process. We hope that we can use our experience to support you and your child in whatever way suits you. Please remember that we require all parents and carers to help their children settle in. No matter how confident you feel your child is, we will insist that you follow our settling in procedures. In our experience, all children benefit greatly when the nursery works closely with the family on settling in. Children can be helped to settle in by their parents, and other important people who they know well and can be comforted by – aunts, uncles and grandparents for example. All children are different. We have given a rough guide below to the stages most children go through when settling-in. Stage 1 – Parent/carer and child spend 1 & 1/2 hour together in the nursery Stage 2 – Parent/carer and child spend 2 & 1/2 hours in the nursery. If appropriate, the child will spend 20 minutes in the nursery without the parent/carer. Parent/carer need to stay in the building (e.g. in reception) Stage 3 – Parent/care spends sometime together in the nursery then leaves the child with the key worker for 20 minutes. Parent/care need to stay in the building (e.g. in reception). Parent/carer stays in the building.
Buckingham Montessori is located on a quite residential road with onside parking. Cars are able to park anywhere on the road apart from the yellow line. We kindly request you to respect our neighbours and park considerately. At the rear of the premises we have a limited parking spaces that are for staff only however families are able to use that as a drop off and collection point. Due to the limited spaces we prefer families to use the roadside parking during peak times. Families who walk to the setting can use the front entrance canopy as a temporary buggy parking otherwise should you prefer to keep the buggy at the setting you can use the buggy shelter at the rear of the building.