Providing a varied, interesting and engaging curriculum is something that as a Pre-School we take very seriously. We look outside of the box, beyond the EYFS curriculum, providing opportunities that not all children would have access to, experiences that complement the children’s interests and developmental needs, and are ultimately huge amounts of fun!
Set in a prime position, adjacent to the outstanding primary school. We make the very best of our well designed and purpose built building. Free-flow between inside and outside space allows for children to follow their interests and to learn in their own individual way.
From small group work in our ‘quiet room’ to sensory exploration, to the preparation and eating of snacks in our ‘cafe’, every experience is a learning opportunity.
Outside, children bake and create in the mud kitchen, our challenge zone encourages risk-assessment and exploration, while our green roof and rainwater garden encourage a curiosity about the environment and how things work.
We are led by qualified teachers, both the head and deputy have many years of experience in schools and early years settings. We recognise the value that qualified Early Years specialists have in providing the best learning opportunities for children and therefore :
- All staff are either qualified or studying for early years qualifications
- The majority of staff are parents themselves and have first hand experience of the ups and downs that children bring!
- Our qualified Forest School teacher leads outdoor learning
- All staff are paediatric first aid trained
- We have an annual training programme covering ‘Speech and language development’, Safeguarding, behaviour management, health and safety, food hygiene,
One of our key values is GROWTH, for both children and staff. All our happy and motivated staff are learning and developing at any time and they are encouraged and supported in doing so. Staff regularly meet with and observe other professionals to share good practice, develop their own learning and reflect on how we can make the most of this in our own setting.
Belonging and involvement are two of the values at the core of what we do. We would not exist without the families and our community. Started 40years ago by parents as a playgroup, the Pre-School has evolved into what it is today, a progressive nurturing Early years setting. The community now has a state of the art, purpose built Pre-School for for the future. This could not have been possible without the funds raised by parents, carers, children and people from our community. Everyone is already involved and cares about what we do here.
Within that framework of community and involvement we are aware that at this stage of a child’s life we are here to work with and support families and not just the children.
Our sports days, nativity plays are special calendared events for parents to come along see what their children do and relax with staff and other families. We also run special parents workshops where parents come to learn about what happens at Pre-School. This is a big area for us now we have our own space- we hope to be supporting families with all sorts of topics and activities outside of Pre-School will become part of what we do in our new space.
CommitteeIn addition to our staff, we have a Management Committee run by local volunteers (including many parents) who guide and support the PreSchool. What this means it that throughout the time your child attends our Pre School you can be directly involved in how it runs. We are always keen for new members to join the Committee, but there are also other ways to get involved including our regular parent feedback sessions and fundraising events. This special setup allows us to set our own standards and goals, and work in the best way possible for the children, their families and our local community.
We are a charity. This means we do not aim to generate profits and have as part of our commitment being accessible to all (inclusive). We keep our fees as low as possible because we are not a commercial enterprise. Our stakeholders are our staff and families. We plough what we have back into the facilities, staff development, equipment, activities and reductions in costs wherever we can.
Being a charity means we can apply for, and actively do, various grants and reductions in things that would cost us more- e.g. apply for charity discount on our rates. All savings go towards providing an incredibly high standard of Early years childcare at affordable and value for money prices. Our charitable commitment means we have gone straight to offering 30 hours funding options for families who qualify.
We have raised all the money for a brand new Pre-School building we own through donations, events, and grant applications.