Pre-School

Pre-School staff extend a warm welcome to all parents, carers and families. Starting Pre-School is a big step for both parents and children and we are happy to work you on any settling-in routines or concerns you may have.

Our aim is to provide a safe, stimulating, happy place to play, in a caring environment, where each child is allowed to develop as an individual.

Pre-School sessions times are :

Monday – Friday (term time only)

Mornings : 8.30 – 11.30am

Afternoons : 12.30 – 3.30pm

Staff members

Manager: Louise Knight (QTS, Early Years)

Deputy Manager: Sally Botteley (Btec Dip)

Practitioners : Dawn, Alison, Maureen and Debbie (all level III)

All staff members hold current enhanced CRB checks and undertake regular training, including first aid and safeguarding.

Pre-School follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is a curriculum from birth to the end of the Reception year in school (prior to Key stage 1). Each child will be allocated a key person and have a ‘Learning Journey’ booklet in which their progress is recorded and their work respected. Parental input is also greatly valued.

The staff will follow the children’s interests and plan for and monitor their progress individually as well as on a group basis.

Please take note that your children will be busy and get messy (both indoors and outdoors!) To this end, suitable clothing should be worn, along with pumps for indoor use and a coat and wellies for outdoor play. We also encourage independent toileting so clothes that the children can pull up and down themselves are also welcomed.

Funding and fees

Pre-school takes children from the age of two and a half years old, subject to places being available. Fees are payable either weekly or termly in advance, even when your child is unable to attend due to illness or holidays.

Fees are currently £10.53 for a 3 hour session

A period of 4 weeks notice is required if your child’s place is no longer required.

We are validated for FEEE (Free Early Education Entitlement) which begins the term after your child’s 3rd birthday for a maximum of 15 hours per week over 38 weeks of the year (term time only).

You may share this allocation with no more than one other provider.

We will need to keep a photocopy of your child’s birth certificate and ask you to sign a ‘Statement of Undertaking’ for funding purposes.

Some important issues :

 Equality & Diversity

We make equal opportunities an integral part of our setting and as a community-based Pre-School, we seek to eliminate discrimination of any sort, including age, gender, disability, race, or sexual orientation. Within the ethos of the EYFS, and with regard to the Equality Act 2010, we will seek to accommodate the various needs of different children to the best of our ability, in partnership with parents.

 Behaviour Management

We abide by a policy of ‘no physical punishment’ and ask all parents and carers to also respect this while on our premises.

Any behavioural concerns will be explained to the child at an appropriate level and at the time they occur, taking into account their age and stage of development. We believe that a working partnership between parents and pre-school is the best way to develop desirable behaviour patterns, so please discuss any concerns you may have.

Safeguarding

We take safeguarding very seriously and will act on any concerns appropriately. In order to provide an environment where children are safe and respected, we all need to respond promptly to any concerns.

Safety

We would like to point out that the safety and whereabouts of your child and any other family members is your responsibility both before and after the sessions until a staff member has signed your child either in or out.

Please check your child’s bags as they must contain nothing that may cause harm to another child, such as :

Sweets (in case of choking or allergies)

Medicines/inhalers/sun cream/ coins or any other sharp items.

Please pass on all such items to a member of staff and inform us if you have administered any medicines to your child before a session.