What we provide
- We have a large indoor pre-school room which is divided into areas of continuous provision: a creative workshop, a sand/water area, a construction / small world’s area, a tactile area, a discovery area, a book corner, a role play area and a mark making area. Each area is designed to promote learning and development across the Early years foundation stage. Leading directly from this room are child sized toilet facilities.
- The small indoor pre-school room is a more flexible space which is used in the following ways: as an open space for dance, music and other physical activities, as a space for snack, as a space for baking activities and for other small group activities to support all areas of the Early years foundation stage
- We also have a safe, enclosed outdoor area which can be accessed directly from the large pre-school room. We have a wide variety of resources that are used outside: a wooden climbing frame and slide, an A frame, bikes, scooters, wheel barrows, gardening equipment, play house, tunnel, scramble nets, chalk board, sand pit, bat, balls, bean bags, hoops, skipping ropes, trampoline, equipment to build obstacle courses, large scale construction blocks, outdoor themed resource boxes etc.
- The indoor and outdoor environments are carefully organised to accommodate different interests and learning styles. We aim to provide a balance of both child-led and adult-led activities.
- Also of vital importance to a child’s well being is the emotional environment – the staff at pre-school aim to create an environment that is caring and accepting of everyone. As a child develops we encourage them to enjoy sharing and joining in with other children and adults and to express themselves creatively in their own unique ways.
- The pre-school has an access ramp and a toilet suitable for a wheel chair user.
- A snack area is usually open for about 45 minutes in the middle of both the morning and afternoon sessions. Children are expected to remain seated whilst eating both their snack and their other meals with us and we encourage good hygiene, good social skills and conversation during these periods.
Who run’s pre-school
Pre-school is overseen by a committee of volunteer parents. The pre-school manager is Julie Benson. The other members of the team are, Susan Kearns, Lisa Kentzer (deputy), Kath Taylor, Caroline Harris, Carol Molloy, Movita Madden, Lisa Finnegan-Smith, Sue Casey (deputy) and Helen Duffy. The role of designated safeguarding lead is shared between Lisa, Julie and Sue. Finance administration is provided by Andrea Hawes-Johnson and Jenny Glossop.
Each child is assigned to a specific member of staff who will be their key person. However, all staff will carry out activities with every child in a session so will get to know them. All key persons up to date qualifications in first aid and safeguarding. The key person liaises with parents to learn about a child at home and also carries out the main observations on the child whilst in pre-school. All this information is then used to assess the child’s development and to plan suitable activities. It is vital that parents are involved in the process and communicate regularly with pre-school. Whilst at pre-school we collect observations and photographs of each child in their yellow books and from time to time review progress and provide written summaries and next steps. Parents are also invited to feed information about home life into the review process and to work with pre-school to help their child’s development progress.
Illness - if your child is ill it is important to keep them away from Pre-school. Please follow this link to the NHS site which provides lots of useful information about how long a child with a contagious disease should be kept away from pre-school.
Safety online -We are aware that young children often have access to the internet. Here are some links that we have found with some helpful advice about e-safety, http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/article/internet-use-and-safety and http://www.nspcc.org.uk/help-and-advice/for-parents/online-safety/advice-for-parents/what-parents-need-know_wda99629.html.
Here is a link to information about a free online first aid for children course https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/child-first-aid