Most children qualify for the Early Years Entitlement soon after their third birthday. This covers up to 30 hours of Pre-School education per week for 38 weeks a year. Our administrator will explain the system to you.
If you do pay fees these are: £4.25 per hour/£12.75 per session, £25.50 for a full day.
Once sessions have been booked for the half term you are obliged to pay for them. If you wish to reduce, increase or change your hours please inform the office and these may be altered for the following half term. This is to ensure that we have the correct staff ratios and provision in place.
We have very thorough policies and procedures to protect the children but if your child has had an accident it will be recorded in the accident book. One copy will be given to you when you collect them.
Children cannot enjoy preschool if they are unwell so please feel free to keep them at home until you feel they are well enough to return. We ask that if they have had vomiting or diarrhoea that you keep them off for 48 hours after the last ‘episode’.
If your child is unwell please phone the school ASAP to let us know not to expect your child.
If your child needs to have any medication whilst in preschool you will need to fill in and sign a form at the office so we are sure we have all the correct information. We are only able to give your child medication that has been prescribed by a doctor. Ask the office if you need to know more about this.
Photographs and Videos
We regularly take photos of the children to record special achievements and progress. You will be asked if you are happy to consent to this but you can of course decline if you prefer. These photos may also be used on our website.
We are happy for you to take photographs of special occasions or events at preschool but we respectfully ask you only to photograph your own child and not to post any photos in which other children are identifiable on social media etc.
We believe that parents are children’s first educators. Talking with staff and your child about their learning is important and exciting.
You might also like to share a talent with the children, let us know if you can. As a small school we are always looking for help in a variety of ways including school trips and welly walks.
Outline of a Typical Day
9:00 am Morning session starts: Starts with self registration and a free choice session in which the children decide where and what to do in the main class room. Staff will be very happy to help you to settle your child if needed, please do not hesitate to ask. The staff will be available on the door if you need to discuss anything at this time too.
Circle time morning greeting song, children will be doing a variety of activities. These sessions will be short and involve lots of interaction and children will be encouraged to develop listening and concentration skills as well as getting to know each other better.
Child initiated play and focus activities: Which staff support children to develop their learning by choosing from the activities/areas available and then to explore either on their own, with a friend, in a group with or without an adult.
During this time staff will be carrying out observations which are then used to plan the next learning steps for the children. Staff may work with individuals or small groups on planned or spontaneous activities during this period.
10.00 am Phonics: Children join together for sound activities, singing, making sounds, playing instruments, recognising sounds and letters- sounds. We also have story time too. This is a time when we again encourage the children to focus and listen to the adult and to other children as well as to participate.
10.15 am Snack time: Children are provided with a healthy snack and drink of milk or water. This is a social time and children and staff sit together. During this time children have an opportunity to learn about food, aspects of healthy lifestyle and to develop their language and social skills.
10:30 am – 11:00 am Muddy Maths: this happens outdoors. The children will explore number, space, shape and measurement through our outdoor environment. Through concrete experiences we will lay the foundations for future Mathematical develop.
11.00 am – 12.00 pm Child initiated play: both indoors and outdoors
12.00 pm Morning session ends
12.00 pm Stories and singing: This is also when we celebrate anything special like a birthday or other achievements. This is a time when we again encourage the children to focus and listen to the adult and to other children as well as to participate.
12.15 pm Lunchtime: We sit in the school hall with the rest of the school. Our cook Vanessa creates a choice wonderful home cooked meals on site (menu available from school office). Or children can bring their own packed lunch. Staff sit and eat their lunch with the children, this is a fun and social time. Followed by outdoor play
12:15 – 3:15pm Afternoon Session: This session, like the morning ones, will be a balance of: indoor and outdoor play and learning, quiet time, child initiated learning and small group work. We try to get out as much as possible and weather depending will take part in Natural Learning walks. During these walks we will explore our local environment and take part in a variety of activities based around nature. The session will finish with tidying up and then a whole group activity usually a story or singing. Reception children often join us during this time.
3:15 pm Afternoon session ends: We will dismiss the children from the Pre-School play area.