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Parents' Area

Before your child attends the Pre-school on their own, we recommend that you visit with your child at the group.  This will familiarise you both with the setting and with the staff, and it would be an ideal time to discuss any requirements that you may have with your child’s key person.

Whilst attending Pre-school your child will be offered milk or water at snack time, we offer a healthy nutritious snack in line with EYFS guidance & occasionally foods from around the world to celebrate festivals and other cultures.  It is therefore essential that you inform us of any known or suspected food allergies that your child may have on their registration form.

 

Lunch Time Session

During your child’s time at the pre-school if they are attending a session from 12pm onwards they will joining other children at our lunch club which runs from 12pm to 1pm, your child will need to be provided with a packed lunch and drink which are clearly labeled with their name, this includes tubs, pots and lunch bag.

Could we also ask that you include an ice pack of some description in your child’s lunch box in order to keep their food as fresh as possible and that ‘fruit shoot’ lids or similar drinks that you kindly remove the plastic lid beforehand.

As empty packets and left over food are sent home with the children we advise that a sandwich bag of some description is also provided in their lunch box as left over yogurts etc can make the lunch box a little messy!

 

 

Admissions

Children can attend Pre-school from the age of 2 until they start school. During the sessions we work in line with the EYFS curriculum and the activities are planned from the children’s individual interests, abilities and staff observations. 

We always have a waiting list at Pre-school so if you wish your child to attend Pre-school we would advise you to send your child’s registration form in as soon as possible.  Registration forms are added to the waiting list in the order in which we receive them.

Children don’t need to be toilet trained when they attend Pre-school and we are happy to implement a routine in the setting for those children who are still in pull ups. However all nappies will be sent home with the child as we do not have the facilities to dispose of them at the setting.

 

Curriculum


The Pre-School is validated as part of the LEA’s Early Years Development and Childcare Plan, which is concerned with nursery education.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which was introduced 1st September 2008, sets the foundations for learning which your child will experience at Pre-school. More information on the Early Years Foundation Stage is available on the OFSTED Website www.ofsted.gov.uk .

The EYFS framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of Learning and Development.


Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first:


•    Communication & Language
•    Physical development; and
•    Personal, Social and Emotional Development


These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.  As children grow, the prime areas will help them develop skills in 4 specific areas:


•    Literacy
•    Mathematics
•    Understanding the world; and
•    Expressive arts and Design



These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs.  This is a little bit like the curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it’s suitable for very young children, and it’s designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s unique needs and interests.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.