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Tredworth Two’s and Preschool

 

Our Approach

We aim to build positive relationships with all our children and their families so that every child feels safe, secure and confident. Our role as Early Years Practitioners is to support children’s ideas, encourage them to become independent thinkers and to build their self esteem.

Our Facilities

In Both Pre –school and our Two’s provision we have a large bright, attractive room for activities and designated areas such as the quiet area, the book corner and messy play area. We have secure outside spaces that is used solely by the pre school/ Two year olds and acts as an extension to our indoor space.

By providing a wide range of activities and resources we aim to stimulate, motivate and nurture children so they can experience decision making, learn to socialise with others, develop their confidence and be well prepared for when the time comes to start school.

Parents and Staff working in Partnership

Tredworth recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their young children. We aim to work in close partnership with parents and carers to ensure that every child has the best possible start in their early years. We ask that parents support their child child by looking at their online reports and commenting on them or sending in WOW vouchers as part of their learning.

All our Early years Practitioners are fully qualified and experienced and we hold regular parents meetings and open sessions giving parents and carers the opportunity to discuss and contribute to their child’s development.

 Fees

We are registered for the Government’s Nursery Education Grant. From the term after your child is 2 and 3 years old they are entitled to 5 free sessions at any setting accepting the Grant

At the beginning of the term you will be given a form to complete. Because the LEA gives us a deadline, we need the form back as soon as possible, together with your child’s Birth Certificate (this is just checked and returned to you immediately). For any additional sessions an additional fee of  £10.00 per session. Our policy is that fees are paid in advance, on a weekly basis.

We accept applications for places at any age (Please complete and return the relevant Application form) and are registered to take children from the age of 2 if places are available. Our main intakes are at the beginning of September, January and April/May, however places may also be available during the term. 

We always try to accommodate parental requests, but we may not be able to offer first choice of places immediately.

 Session Times

Monday - Friday

AM   8 30 - 11.30

PM    12.15-3.15pm

Starting at Two’s and Preschool

Our visiting period depends on the experiences of the child. Some may only need parental support for 2-3 sessions whilst others need a longer settling-in period. Generally we suggest:

  • The visit starts 30 minutes after the session commences and ends before story time begins (little ones can find sitting still in a large group difficult so story time can be a challenge for them).
  • If your child is not used to being left a gradual separation maybe the answer.
  • Always try to be the first through the door for the first few sessions. Your child may worry when they see other children collected and they’re still waiting.

NB – Always check with the Supervisor before leaving. Talk to your child about leaving them before you get to the session. Say goodbye to them when you’re ready and then the hard bit, walk straight out the door. Most of us have been there and know how this can feel, so don’t hesitate to call to find out if they’re coping, we really don’t mind. Always leave a contact number, if your child is unhappy we may need to get in touch quickly.

If your child is not dry we ask you to provide them with a bag containing:

  • Nappies or Pull-ups
  • Wipes
  • Travel Changing Mat (if appropriate)
  • Nappy Bags

In the interests of reducing cross-contamination all children are changed in the designated area away from the playroom.

Curriculum

 Our Framework is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, which covers a child’s education and development from the age of 2 to the end of the reception year at school.

The EYFS is the early years equivalent of the National Curriculum, and includes three primary areas and four key areas of learning.

These are as follows:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding The World
  • Expressive Arts & Design

If you wish to have a more in depth look at what the EYFS framework entails we have further information available in school and on the DFS website.; www.foundationyears.org.uk

Within each area there are a number of “early learning goals” for the children to work towards and more specific “stepping stones” along the way. We include a full range of activities and take account of each child’s individual needs when planning the curriculum.

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A Typical Session

Each session is based around a routine. This quickly becomes familiar to the children helping them to become secure, confident, independent and able to try new things within a known structure.

A typical session is run in three parts, this means we stop half way through for healthy snacks, which along with water is provided by the school.

  • Arrive and hang up coats (children have their own name tag which are displayed near the coat rack when they arrive)
  • Free Play
  • Circle Time includes songs, rhymes, playing musical instruments etc
  • Snacks (Generally milk or water, fruit or vegetables)
  • Free Play
  • Story Time
  • Home Time

Free play involves a variety of activities including painting, puzzles, duplo etc, but there will also be some adult led activities in addition. Children’s development is recorded in their on line learning journey and Amazing Achievements Book and parents are at liberty to look at their child’s work whenever they wish.

 

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 Lunches

For the children who will be staying for a full day (8 30-3 15 pm) we can offer a cooked lunch or you can provide a packed lunch. Could we ask that lunchboxes are clearly labelled and if food items enclosed require refrigeration that a small ice pack is included within the lunchbox.  

At Preschool we aim to ensure all aspects of food and nutrition promote the health and wellbeing of the children. In view of this could we kindly request parents not to include the following:

  • Sweets
  • Food containing nuts (some children have an allergic reaction to any contact with nuts)
  • Any drinks (as water is provided)

As much as possible we would like lunchboxes to reflect a healthy balanced meal. There are currently no government regulations regarding the content of children’s packed lunches. However the British Nutrition Foundation have produced a set of guidelines recommending what should be included in a lunchboxes to provide children with a healthy meal.

Allocation of Key worker

As part of our practice the staff at Tredworth are continually assessing and recording the children’s achievements. These records are always available for inspection by parents and carers. Due to changes that have come about through the introduction of the new Early Years Curriculum, we are now offering a more formal contact point or “Key worker” system. We would ask parents to refrain from discussing issues with their child’s Key worker, if the Key worker is involved in manning the doors or gate at the end of a session.

Clothing

Coats and other removable items of clothing must be clearly marked with your child’s name. However, in the interests of safeguarding children, Children should wear play clothes since some of the activities can be very messy. A loop to help your child hang up their coats would be appreciated.  Clothes that are easy to pull on/off make it easy for everyone when the toilet is urgently needed!

Please note outdoor play is available every day, so always bring suitable clothing for your child including warm clothes, hats and gloves in the winter, waterproof clothing for the rain and sunscreen and sunhats in the summer. Would you please supply your child with a bag containing a change of clothes in case we need to change them, also nappies, pull-ups and wipes if appropriate.

Transition

Our Pre- school children have opportunities to mix with the Reception children to ensure smooth transitions into the Reception year, equally our Two year old children have the same opportunities with Pre- school, thus ensuring children are happy and confident to move on to the next step of their learning journey.

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Accidents and Illness

 

 

For minor incidents, first aid will be given at Preschool. In an emergency, parents and a Doctor will be contacted immediately, so please ensure we have up to date contact numbers.

 

Please let us know if your child has any on-going conditions such as asthma, diabetes, allergies or if he/she is on a particular diet.

 

We require parents to complete a medical and emergency treatment permission form on registration.

 

If your child is ill please let us know as soon as possible if the illness is infectious, and please keep him/her away from preschool until the risk of infecting other children is past. Children suffering with diarrhoea and vomiting within 48 hours should not be at Preschool and it is our policy that children must be out of session for 10 days from the first appearance of Chicken pox spots. For further details please refer to our Health and Safety Policy.

Safety

We are always safety conscious at School and we ensure that we meet childcare, health and safety as well as educational standards.

We take great care in monitoring the safe arrival and departure of all our children,. One of strategies for ensuring safety is to have a member of staff at the door when you arrive at session, as well as a second staff member manning the outside gate. They are not there in the role of ‘meet and greet’ so please could you avoid engaging them in lengthy conversations. If you need to talk to a member of staff please could you speak to one not engaged in this duty. This may sound unduly harsh but the safety of our children is of paramount importance to us.

When you collect your child at the end of the session, for security reasons we are unable to release children to a person for whom we do not have the appropriate authority, so please inform the key worker if there are to be any changes to your child’s collection.

Safeguarding Children

We intend to create an environment in which children are safe from abuse and in which any suspicion of abuse is responded to promptly and appropriately. We cannot undertake to keep anything confidential which may be detrimental to the welfare of the child. It is our policy that only staff with appropriate checks will take the children to the toilet, change their clothing or supervise activities in a separate room.

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If for any reason you take your child away from Preschool before they would normally go to School, we ask that you give us at least half a terms notice, We must adopt this policy to protect our longer-term budget plans.

Special Needs

The number of adults present in Two’s and Preschool enables us to provide individual attention to each child. Every child is able to progress, at its own rate, in all areas of development. This is true for children with or

without disabilities or learning difficulties. We are experienced in working in close liaison with professionals across a range of special needs.

Notices

Notice boards are situated within the entrance where you will find details of any forthcoming event or important information so please check regularly. Regular Newsletters are also given out to all parents.

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Photographs

Photography now plays a significant role in day-to-day activities within Preschool. With digital and video cameras readily available it is much easier for us to take pictures of Preschool activities and outings. These images may then be used for publicity material (online or print) or just kept for Preschool records. In order to publicise what is happening within the Preschool we also invite the press to come along from time to time and children’s pictures may appear in newspapers.

In order to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 we must obtain written parental consent before we take photographs. If you prefer your child not to be photographed please inform a member of staff.

Complaints Procedure

sketch of ten childrenWe hope you will be happy with the excellent service we offer, but if you feel you would like to make a compliant then please speak to the Preschool staff in the first instance. We will then endeavour to resolve your complaint to your satisfaction, but if this is not the case then please refer to our complaints policy.