The sandpit in the play school

Parents information

Creating opportunities for children to learn through play

The sandpit in the play school

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Key Person?

Each child within the Pre-School will be assigned a key person. The key person works closely and builds a relationship with the children to whom they are assigned. Parents will also get to know their child’s key person and can discuss any concerns, questions they may have about the child/Pre-School etc.

What are Themes and Letter/Colour of the Week?

Throughout the year the Pre-School may look at different themes and topics. Children are encouraged to bring in items related to the letter or colour of the week and these will be discussed amongst the group. Please label items with the child’s name so this does not get lost or claimed by another over enthusiastic child! A Weekly Roundup outlining the theme/topic for the next week is email out every week & updates are posted on our Facebook Page.

What is the EYFS and Curriculum?

We follow The Department For Education’s Early Years Foundation Stage framework which is mandatory for all early years settings. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. For every child attending the pre-school their key person will commence a learning journal. This will include information to help track your child’s progress according to the EYFS and will include evidence of what your child has been learning. Parents are asked to regularly contribute to the learning journal to support their child’s development.

What is School Transition?

During your child’s final term at Pre-School they will take part in ‘transition’ sessions which will encourage them to gain the necessary skills in preparation for starting school. These include activities such as getting ready for PE and encouraging literacy and numeracy skills. We work closely with local schools to support your child’s transition to school.

What are Achievement Stars/Wow Moments?

Achievement Stars/Wow Moments are used as a tool for staff and parents to acknowledge when a child has done something they can be proud of. Children are encouraged to talk about their achievements with the staff and other children. These are a great way for staff to gain further information about their key children at home and promote self-esteem and confidence. These can be taken from the parent board or ask your child’s key worker.

What should my child wear?

We encourage messy play as part of learning at pre-school and ask that you please send your child into pre-school wearing old clothes. Could you also please send your child in with a spare set of old clothes in their bag. Accidents do happen and children often feel happier to change into their own clothes from home.

We do have uniform available to purchase and this is a great way of saving your child’s clothes from getting grubby and creates a feeling of belonging in the pre-school. The uniform consists of T-shirts, sweaters and fleeces which can all be purchased via the Pre-School office.

Please can we ask that all clothing is named and that way we can ensure everything comes home to you. 

Toys and learning tools in the garden

Do they need outdoor clothing and footwear?

We do go outside in all weathers and provide children with all in one wetsuits. Could we ask that you please provide appropriate clothing for outdoor play, i.e. wellies/coats/hats/scarves in winter and sun cream and sunhats in summer. In addition we ask that children wear sensible footwear when attending the setting. The children play outside in the playground regularly where there is climbing equipment and other apparatus. Therefore, shoes which fasten properly and preferably with grips are recommended. Please no flip flops.

What about snacks?

Healthy snacks are provided for all children attending the morning sessions. This consists of fruit, breadsticks, rice cakes etc. Water and milk are also provided to drink. We ask parents for a voluntary contribution of 25 pence per session towards the cost of snacks.

What is the Weekly Roundup?

Our Roundup is sent throughout the year, containing information about the pre-school, planned themes/topics and any news we would like to share with parents.

Who are Bertie & Bella?

Bertie & Bella are our busy bees who love to go home with the children throughout their time at the pre-school. They come with a book and we just ask for a few words and perhaps a picture of what our bees got up to on our visit.

What if my child is sick?

Please let us know if your child will not be attending Pre-School if they are ill. If your child has had sickness/diarrhoea we ask they remain away from pre-school for 48 hours after their last bout of illness. If your child is prescribed antibiotics they may return to Pre-School 48 hours after the first dose providing they are well enough to come. 

Can I volunteer?

We encourage parent partnership within the pre-school and if you are interested, please see Carla for more information.

Is there onsite car parking?

No. We do not have access to the car park and therefore request that parents do not park in it. There is plenty of local parking close to the pre-school.

Do I need to provide nappies?

If your child is in nappies, we please ask that you provide sufficient nappies and wipes in their red bag. We are happy to work with parents potty training your child and have excellent nappy changing and toilet facilities.

What if my child can’t attend?

If your child is to be off for any reason please let us know at your earliest convenience. Unfortunately no refunds will be given for periods where the place is unfulfilled due to illness or holidays on the part of either party. We are closed on bank holidays and our term dates are displayed on the parent notice board.