Frequently asked questions - Questfield

Frequently asked questions

Questfield (nursery and school) operates under absolute legality, Questfield students having the possibility to transfer or continue their studies in any other educational institution (be it nursery or school, public or private) that operates legally according to the provisions of the Romanian educational system.

Questfield Nursery School follows the principles of the British curriculum. Our core group of teachers are very good English speakers, but children also have classes with native English teachers. The educational philosophy is based on “structured play”, which means that all the activities are perceived by children as a game, as play; this is not just a random play, it is one where the teacher organizes and selects the activities so that children achieve the educational objectives in a motivating and fun way.

  • Filled-out Registration Form;
  • Copy of the child/children’s birth certificate;
  • Copy of both parents’ identity cards (passports in case of foreign citizens)
  • Medical file (including results from the mandatory medical tests: Copro-culture; Copro-parasitological (Giardia); Nasal exudate; Pharyngeal exudate.) + epidemiologic note from family paediatrician
  • A copy of the vaccination record.

We accept children as young as 14 months. Potty training is not a requirement; we actually assist children and advise parents through this process.

For a better nursery school – home circuit of items and information, we kindly ask that every child bring a school bag containing at least:

  • One complete change of clothes which has to be checked every day;
  • Pampers, wet wipes (if necessary);
  • Sun lotion and hats for the summer;
  • Gloves and ski equipment during wintertime.
  • There is no need for a towel, since we only use disposable paper towels in order to ensure we have the best hygiene practices.

At the entrance in the nursery school, the child will need to change into indoor shoes with the child’s name written on them. Every Monday, the children registered for the afternoon program need to bring pajamas; on Fridays, they will be sent home to be washed.

From time to time, “accidents” may happen. Children tend to become very involved in what they do and forget to go to the toilet until the last moment. We don’t make a big deal of it, but we reassure them that accidents like this can occur and we explain how they need to deal with them: “In the future, maybe we should go earlier to the toilet in order to avoid this from happening again”.  Please ensure that each child has in his school bag one complete change of clothes. (In case of diarrhoea, we strongly recommend to keep the child home for 24-48 hours, until complete recovery, since the child may still be carrying the virus even if it does not display a clear symptomatology).

Children’s emotional needs are as important as any other development area. We’ll do our best to help them calm down. For this purpose, we can use their personal things or familiar words and phrases. But if the child is not ready to calm down, we will definitely give you a call to make sure the child doesn’t have to go through any unnecessary distress.

We have a well thought-out induction procedure, aimed at helping children adjust to school at their own pace. It is a gradual process that involves increasing the time the child spends in school from one day to the next.  The nursery teachers will take care of your little one while you are away, leaving with a firm “Good bye, I will see you at X o’clock.” It is very important to keep your promise since your child will be reassured with: “Another 5 more minutes and after snack time, your mummy will come.” In case your child is too distressed to calm down and become interested in the activities offered, we will call you right away on the emergency telephone number you’ll be asked to give us before you leave.

At the beginning of every year, the class objectives in each area of development will be sent home for your information. Weekly, the class teacher will also send information about the weekly book as well as information concerning the specific activities for different areas of experience, which can be further reinforced at home.

The parent can contact the school via telephone or email being able to be in direct contact with the class teachers, office manager or any of the representatives of the different departments. Please find below some of the channels through which parents can exchange information with the school:

  • Direct communication with the teacher on the phone or by email after the end of the curricular activities (after 2 pm).
  • Weekly note to parents introducing the weekly book and activities.
  • Detailed bi-annual assessments (February, June) on all areas of development.
  • Newsletters announcing the latest news and events in school.
  • Parent questionnaires.
  • Facebook account
  • Media Server/virtual board where you will find all the Note to parents and pictures of various activities; username and password to be transmitted via class teachers.

Regular communication by email or sms informing you of the various current activities.

We are a nursery that believes that any sensorial experiences have an essential role in the development process of every child; we use daily various types of glue and colours, children play with different materials and substances with different textures and consistency. Children are wearing aprons during the activities, but this doesn’t mean that they will not stain their clothes. That’s why we advise you to dress them in plain, practical clothes, so that the children can fully enjoy all this range of activities.

In the registration form, besides other contact numbers, an emergency telephone number will be required. If a child gets sick, we will first consult the nursery school’s doctor or nurse and after that, if necessary, the parent will be contacted on the emergency number, to come and take the child from the nursery school. Depending on the nature of the sickness, the child must be kept at home throughout the convalescence period. This responsibility is vital for the smooth running of the nursery school.

During the initial period of adjustment, a child can bring a “comfort toy”, which can help during this time. Generally, we discourage children from bringing toys, jewellery or any other objects into the nursery school, because these can be lost or damaged.

Food restrictions, or any allergies, will be written down in the medical file completed by the paediatrician and forwarded to the entire nursery staff (teaching and non-teaching staff). This way, the food offered by the catering company can be replaced. The weekly menu is known from beforehand; therefore the parent can also study it and announce the necessary change.

The nursery accepts children with diapers. The transition out of diapers depends on a certain degree of independence that children reach in their own time. The nursery school accepts this as a normal part of the child’s personal, social and emotional development. At the same time, we encourage a consistent communication with the home environment, essential to help the child go through this whole process

Children starting nursery school for the first time normally need a gradual adjustment period. The adjustment process depends both on the child’s and the parents’ attitude. On a case by case basis, after talking to you and observing the child, our teachers can recommend whether the child should start on a short program and increase it gradually, or whether they can begin with a normal schedule.

Our class teachers have a notebook for observations, in which they continually write remarks and suggestions about each child. According to these observations, every semester, assessments will be made and sent to parents.

When giving feedback to children, teachers take great care of the manner in which they express themselves, avoiding firm negative criticism, in order not to affect the child’s self-esteem and creativity.

The teachers at Questfield offer children the freedom to experiment and find their own solutions to the problems they come across.

The method we use to discipline children is called “time out”. The child has to discuss face-to-face either with the teacher or the Head Teacher about “the incident” – not in a certain place, not with a certain person, so that the child does not associate the person or the place with the idea of “punishment”.

Transportation is a service both offered by Questfield by its Traffic Renault buses, as well as an externalised service to a specialised transportation company, when the case may be. The costs are established function of distance, number of courses (one way / two ways), group / individual, home / fix location.