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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ratio of staff to children?

We have the following staff to child ratios

  • 0-2 years 1 staff to 3 children
  • 2-3 years 1 staff to 4 children
  • 3-5 years 1 staff to 6 children (the national ratio for this age range is 1 to 8)

How much does it cost to put my child into the pre-school/nursery?

This will vary depending on your child’s age and number of days they attend, please contact the setting directly for current fees

Is snack/lunch/tea provided?

Breakfast, lunch, tea and snacks are provided at Queen Mary’s Nursery. A fruit snack bar is available at Quetta Park at a small cost and children have to provide their own snack at Clocktower and Toye Box.

What is Free flow?

Free flow means that the children can move around the setting and can choose their own activities either inside or outside. All our settings offer continuous provision, this means that the activities/resources are available all the time. Adult lead activities are also available throughout the session/day and children are encouraged to join in with these activities.

Every child is unique and learns at their own pace so using a key person system allows the staff to get to know each child in their key group and plan an individual learning journey for them.


Does my child have to come every day?

No. You can choose the number of sessions/days your child comes to the setting, please speak to the setting manager to discuss your needs.

Can I claim 2 year old funding?

Both Queen Mary’s and Toye Box accept 2 year old funding if your child qualifies for it, for more information please speak to the setting manager or go to the Hants website