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Our Pre-school

CONTENTS
* Learning through Play
* Planning and Educational Development
* General Information
* Parents as Partners and staff Ratios
* Equal Opportunities and Special Needs
* Behaviour and Discipline
* Health & Safety and Medication & Illness
* Fire Safety and Security
* Fee Structure/Terms and Conditions
Information that needs to be returned upon registration
* Registration Form
* Contract
* Child Protection

We ask that parents ensure that all forms are signed and dated. When a place has been secured at All Saints Pre-School, we will offer a 1 hour session where you will have the opportunity to spend time with the staff. This will give us the opportunity to discuss our daily routine and will give your child a chance to bond with the staff and the other children. We encourage this session as an opportunity to build relationships within the Pre-School both for parents/carers and children.

Learning through Play
2 – 3 years
Activities are provided to cover all areas of development and will always be stimulating and enjoyable for all children. Small group activities are also carried out on a daily basis. These children are given little structure to ensure that all areas of the ‘Birth to Five’ guidance are followed and that they are able to follow a small routine.

Children are learning to interact with each other which is encouraged greatly through their personal and social skills.

3 – 5 years

Activities for this age range are gauged to give the children an opportunity to use their independence and show their ability through choice and stimulating activities. Small group time is still carried out and a little more structure is put in place giving a routine that has flowed with them. A wide range of activities and material is available throughout the day although these are also changed and updated on a regular basis. Planning is created using the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) profile to ensure that your child is accessing and developing in all areas, ensuring that they are prepared to start school.
Staff ensure that all areas are developed while providing a stimulating caring and loving environment. The Pre-School treat all children as individuals and all their daily needs will be catered for by our loving, caring and dedicated staff team.
Planning and Educational Development
We have a skilled staff team, which enables us to provide stimulating, age appropriate activities for all children to support their learning. We have a vast range of equipment and toys for all ages from 2 to 5 years. As well as adult led planned activities, the staff team also devises the children’s learning, based on the children’s interests covering each developmental stage and ensuring new learning experiences to develop their learning further.
Pre-School planning:
We as a Pre-School are fully committed in working towards the EYFS as laid out by the Government. There are 7 areas of learning and development, these are the early learning goals which summarise the knowledge, skills and understanding that all young children should have gained by the end of the Reception year. Children’s achievements are assessed and a progress check will be carried out between the ages of 2 and 3. This will be put together in a short written summary showing your child’s development in the prime areas.

The 7 areas for learning and development that must shape our educational programmes within our setting are as follows:
Prime Areas for Learning:
Communication and Language
Physical development
Personal, Social and Emotional development
The Specific Areas for Learning:
Literacy
Mathematics
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design

General Information
Snack
A nutritious and healthy snack is prepared mid-morning/mid-afternoon on a daily basis. This is accompanied with a drink of either milk or water, however we sometimes add in hot chocolate and juice depending on the weather and extra drinks will be provided during hot weather.

Toileting
Children who are toilet trained are encouraged in a positive manner making it a fun and exciting experience as they become more independent.

Clothing
Starting Pre-School is a very big step towards independence, and familiar, comfortable clothes can help a great deal. We recommend that all children wear the Pre-School uniform as this gives our children a sense of belonging, part of a group and promotes their personal, social and emotional wellbeing. Pre-School can be a messy time and we encourage parents to provide spare sets of clothing for children and label them if possible. We play outside every day weather permitting, so sturdy shoes that are good for running and climbing are best.

Appropriate clothing should be worn:
* Summer Time: Sun cream, hats, shorts etc.
* Winter Time: Coats, hats, scarfs, gloves, wellies etc.
Toys
To avoid loss and disappointment it is recommended that children do not bring toys to Pre-School. Guns and war toys are disapproved of as we strive to use only toys that make learning fun and positive.
Parents as Partners
The Pre-School works in close partnership with parents, and we promote an environment at high quality care through our key worker approach. It is important to remember that you know more about your own child than anyone else and practitioners will ask you regularly to share information with them through our home school development programmes. This will include things such as ‘special person’, ‘wow’ forms, parental consultations and stay and play sessions. This is where you will have the opportunity to share information from home about your child’s interests, achievements and challenges. These are all valued and noted that the part you play in their learning and the choices you make will make a difference to their future. We welcome your involvement, as parents, at every level.

The EYFS states……
“When parents and practitioners work together in Early Years settings, the results have a positive impact on children’s learning and development”
EYFS 2007

Staffing and Ratios

We have a multi-skilled team lead by an experienced Manager and Early Years Teacher. The staff, working in our setting are all cleared by Ofsted and have DBS clearence.

We work on a key worker system, where each child is allocated a keyworker who supports, provides and records developmental progress. However, we all work together with the children and get to know them all very well.

The child/staff ratios are:

2 – 3 years = 1 member of staff to 4 children
3 – 5 years = 1 member of staff to 8 children
Equal Opportunities

All Children will be treated equally and as individuals. They will be valued and respected promoting their unique worth. Equality of opportunity will enable children to explore and develop further skills and knowledge of others around them.

Derogatory remarks will not be tolerated in the Pre-School and will always be challenged. We promote British values and believe in giving children choice.

Our aim is to:

* Promote equality
* Raise awareness
* Promote inclusion
* Respond to individual needs
Special Needs

We have a Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCO) who works within our setting, we also work with outside agencies who help to support and provide an inclusive environment.

Children with additional needs are welcomed and activities are advised appropriately.

If we track a child who is not meeting their milestones and/or is having difficulties and needs more support, the SENCO will speak to parents/carers to discuss our concerns.

Behaviour and Discipline

For children to grow and prosper we believe that they need a friendly environment that makes them feel secure and appreciated. We provide consistency from all adults and a common set of expectations and limits.

Staff keep calm and deal with situations as they arise, reinforcing positive behaviour at all times. If a child is being particularly disruptive, aggressive or endangering themselves or others, then the following procedure is adopted, as appropriate:

* The child is encouraged to sit quietly until he/she clams down
* After the appropriate ‘time out’ – 2 minutes for a two year old, 3 minutes for a three year old, the incident is calmly talked about with the child
* The child is encouraged to apologies
* The child will be allowed to re-join play
* If a child is continually disruptive then parents are informed and involved in discussions to try to alleviate the problem or work out a strategy which will support the child and in some cases, the area SENCO will be invited to help with support.

All saints Pre-School have a behaviour statement which promotes good positive behaviour. We focus on praise and encouragement of positive actions which is important when role modelling children.
Health and Safety

Health and safety is of the utmost importance when caring for children, so promoting good practice is paramount. Positive steps are always taken to prevent any spread of infection.

The Pre-School’s insurance and registration certificates are displayed in the entrance.

* If incidents/accidents occur at Pre-School, parents/carers will be notified and on arrival of your child being collected the relevant person will be asked to sign our incident or accident book.
* If your child has had an accident out-side of Pre-School then we would ask you to complete and accident at home form.
* Child hygiene is extremely important therefore, they will be encouraged throughout the session to wash their hands, before and after meals and snacks, after using the toilet and after nappy changing.
* Fire drills are regularly carried out to ensure both children and staff evacuates the building in the event of a fire and assemble in a safe location allocated on the grounds of the Pre-School
* Registers are marked on arrival of children to enable us to be accountable for all children and people within the building.

Medication and Illness

If your child is unwell then we recommend that your child stays at home. We would ask that you advise the Pre-School of the absence on the FIRST DAY. If your child is in receipt of funding then we have a responsibility to contact you or any emergency contact that you provide if you have not contacted us. If we are unable to locate anyone to speak to then a call will be made to the Family Information Service.

We understand that some children from time to time may need medication. We can only administer medication that has been prescribed by your Doctor. This must be in its original packaging clearly displaying the chemists’ label with the instructions and your child’s name showing. However, we do recognise that some children who are in all day may need Calpol or similar. In these circumstances we can only use it if the medicine comes into Pre-School in a sealed unopened bottle.

Our policy states that you must allow 48 hours before returning to Pre-School if your child has vomiting and/or diarrhoea.
Fire, Safety and Security

The safety of children and adults is paramount. The Pre-School meets all fire, safety and security requirements.

* Fire drills are carried out regularly and exceed statutory requirements

* Access into the building for authorised adults (staff, parents and other carers such as grandparents) is via a secure door system using an intercom system

* Only the manager and Deputy Manager are authorised to permit entry into the building of visitors

* All members of staff and regular visitors to the Pre-School are DBS vetted.

Fee Structure/ Terms and Conditions

AGE OF ADMITTANCE

We welcome children from the age of 2 years to 5 years (pre reception year) in the Pre-School.

SESSIONS
5 mornings Monday to Friday 9.00 am – 12.00 pm
Lunch time 12.00 – 12.30 – packed lunch to be provided
5 afternoons Monday to Friday 12.30 pm – 3.30 pm
All day can also be accommodated during these times.
Children must be registered for a minimum of 3 sessions per week

FEES
Fees must be paid in advance weekly, monthly or termly either by cash, cheque or bank transfer.

HOLIDAYS AND ABSENCES
The Pre-School runs in term time only and is closed on all public bank holidays. If you take your child on holiday outside of these times then fees will still need to be paid accordingly.

SICKNESS
You MUST advise the Pre-School if your child is not going to attend on the first day of absence. Children who have, or develop and infectious illness must be excluded from the Pre-School. This is in the best interest of the child and other children. Sickness or absence from the Pre-School does not qualify for a reduction in fees.

LEAVING THE PRE-SCHOOL
Two weeks written notice is required to terminate your child’s place, or two weeks fees in lieu of notice.
Your child’s fees are still payable for the two weeks’ notice even if they do not attend the pre-School.

CLOTHING AND PERSONAL ITEMS

Parents should supply sufficient nappies/pull-ups, wipes etc. for their child’s needs and a spare set of clothes in case of accidents. The Pre-School cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to personal items.
Sun cream and sun hats must be provided in the summer months’, otherwise your child will not be able to benefit from going outside.

 

 

Here you can download PDF copies of our forms

All Saints Preschool Registration Form

All Saints Preschool Contract

All Saints Pre School Child Protection Form