Pre School Sessions


The Session
Drinks and Snack Time
Preparation for School
Term Dates
Holidays
Illness
Head Lice
Jewellery
Changes in Circumstances
Record Keeping
Training
The Role of Parents

The Session

The Pre-school organises it sessions so that children can choose from a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their confidence to select a task then work it through to its completion. The children are encouraged to take part in adult supported small/large group activities as well as totally child led activities. These introduce them to new experiences/skills and help them to work alongside others. The children

also have the opportunity to take part in a range of outdoor experiences during sessions. Although we offer a selection of free choices craft activities regularly, we believe it is more important to focus on the process of creating, rather than the finished product. Our workshop area allows children to freely access materials to create in both 2D and 3D.

Science based, imaginative small world and role play activities offer a great opportunity to develop children’s creativity, vocabulary, problem solving and social skills.

At the end of a session whilst the children may not have anything to bring home they will have gained significantly from an array of play experiences.

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Drinks and Snack Time
Milk, juices and a range of nutritional snacks are provided. If your child has an allergy to any drink or food item, please let us know on your child’s registration form or, if the allergy comes to light thereafter, please give us written information which will enable us to update your child’s registration form and provide alternatives.

Cooking
We believe that cooking activities can be both enjoyable and beneficial to children’s learning in all aspects of the curriculum. We therefore try to encourage food preparation by the children on a regular basis. We implement a healthy eating policy and use wholesome and, where possible, organic ingredients to reinforce our commitment. On occasions we may ask for a parental donation towards this activity.
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Preparation for School

During the summer term, sessions are particularly geared to meeting the needs of children moving onto primary school in September. We focus on developing the independence skills needed in reception class, such as having confidence to undress and dress independently for P.E. We offer opportunities for children to attend ‘lunch club’ aimed at allowing children to experience bringing a lunch box and eating in a large group environment. We plan visits to the Primary Schools to promote a smooth transition and invite the reception teachers of all relevant schools to participate in some of our sessions. This allows the children to meet them on familiar territory and start the process of relationship building.

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Term Dates
We usually observe the same school holidays, teacher-training days and bank holidays as Middleton Cheney Primary School, but occasionally for certain reasons these may be different. However parent/carers will be advised in advance should this be the case. Term dates are posted in the foyer.

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Holidays
In the event of you wishing to withdraw your child from Pre-School for family outings/holidays etc., we would greatly appreciate advance written notice to better enable us to plan for your child’s curricular requirements. Pre-School fees must be paid for any short term absences during term time and this includes family holidays. Holiday forms are available upon request.

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Illness
If your child has diarrhoea, sickness or sticky eyes, please keep them at home for 48 hours. If your child has German measles (Rubella) could you please advise the Pre-School supervisor so that the information can be relayed to other parents/carers, especially any who are in the early stages of a pregnancy. On a poster in the foyer is a list of common childhood ailments and their incubation periods etc. Please advise us as soon as possible by telephone or text if your child is unable to come to Pre-School for any reason.

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Head Lice
Unfortunately in these modern times, head lice are a common occurrence and can spread rapidly. If your child picks them up, please telephone Pre-School and we can then ask for other parents for vigilance. (Please do not be afraid to do this as strictest confidence is assured and the child is NEVER named). When the child has been suitably treated they may return.

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Jewellery
Pre-School will accept no responsibility for any accident involving jewellery, especially earrings in pierced ears, or loss thereof.

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Changes in Circumstances
It is always helpful for the supervisor and staff to know of any changes in circumstances at home, e.g moving house, getting a job, a split or death in the family, loss of a pet or indeed anything which is likely to affect the child’s behaviour or mood. We want your child to be happy at Pre-School and this kind of knowledge will help us to ensure that. Equally, if there are exciting events taking place at home, such as planned trips, holidays or the arrival of a pet for example, please write a note on our parent’s board in the foyer.

We can then share in the excitement with the children and plan activities around these events, which can build on their interest and enthusiasm.

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Record Keeping
We use a system of ongoing continual informal observation supported and augmented by formal observational methods and consultation with parents/primary carers as a basis for curriculum planning. We operate a Key worker system which essentially means that every child is allocated to a particular member of staff, who has special responsibility for a small group of children and their pastoral/learning needs.

Before every child enrols his/her parents/primary carers are required to complete a registration form which we keep at Pre-School and which details all the salient information we need demographic, personal and medical etc. All data handled by pre-school is done so in such a way as to comply with the Data protection Act 1998 and the pre-school policy (a copy is available in the foyer of pre-school).

Additionally every child has their own record of achievement which goes home with them when they leave Pre-School. Staff and parents work together in partnership to contribute to these learning records in order to help your child progress and develop. With parental permission at the end of children’s time at Pre-School, these records may be viewed by the primary school reception teachers in order to assist in the smooth transition from Pre-School to school.

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Training
Our membership of the Preschool Learning Alliance and links with advisory consultancies ensures that we are constantly in touch with the new thinking in the field of child education and care. We receive a monthly magazine offering practical advice and up to date information from the alliance which also contains details of a range of professionally produced publications. We are also in constant communication with the Learning Achievement and Schools forums being fielded in our area. All the staff are committed to continuous professional development.

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The Role of Parents
We recognise parents as the first and most important educators of their young children. Our Pre-School aims to support parents.

Parents are welcome:

  • To stay and play with the children through the session
  • To join the Voluntary Management Committee, who, with the staff, work together to shape the running of the Pre-School.
  • To assist with fundraising
  • Offer ideas or suggestions about ways they feel practice could be improved, or topics they would like to see covered.
  • To attend training courses, workshops and conferences organised by our early years development team.

Discipline

We deal with each situation separately, explaining why certain behaviours actions or language are not acceptable at pre-school. Our Behaviour Policy is available to read in the foyer at Pre-School. We operate a zero-tolerance when it comes to either verbal or physical threats or abuse towards staff. Any adults demonstrating threatening behaviour within the Pre-School will be asked to leave immediately. Failure to do so will result in the police being called.
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