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GENERAL INFORMATION

Introduction
Welcome to Crosspark Pre-School. We are a charity status independent pre-school run by a committee that includes parents and carers. Our committee is 'committed' to providing an independent pre-school where your child can safely develop and become better prepared for when the time comes for them to move on to the the school of your choice

 
We would like to make sure that coming to pre-school is a happy time for your child. He or she will find it easier to settle in if they know we are friends, can find the playroom and the toilet, and are familiar with the building, toys and the pre-school routine.
An open day/evening is held once during the year for parents and children to come and find out what goes on at our sessions. New parents are also welcome to pop into a pre-school session with their child before he or she starts properly.
NB – Throughout this document, whenever the term ‘parent’ is used, please read to include carers and guardians.

Aims of the pre-school

                                                                                                                       
The aim of the pre-school is to enhance the development and
education of the children primarily under statutory school age, by encouraging
parents to understand and provide for the needs of their children through
community groups and by:-

(a)   Offering appropriate facilities and training courses, together with the right of parents to take responsibility for and to become involved in the activities of such groups, ensuring that such groups offer opportunities for all children, regardless of race, culture or means. 

(b)  Encouraging the study of the needs of such children and their families and promoting public interest in and recognition of such needs in the local area.
 
(c)   Instigating and adhering to and furthering the aim of the Pre-School Learning Alliance Pre-School Constitution 1996.

(d)  Adhering and following the guidelines laid down by Ofsted.

When you start

Pre-school is registered for children from 2 years to 5 years of age.

Sessions
 

We are open Monday - Friday term time only and can offer the following sessions:

3 Hour Sessions

8.30am- 11.30am

12.30pm- 3.30pm

4 Hour Sessions

8.30- 12.30pm
11.30pm- 3.30pm

All day (7 Hour) Sessions
8.30am- 3.30pm with children bringing in their own packed lunch.
Packed lunches are refrigerated as required 
by a staff member at the beginning of sessions

Settling In

Most children settle very happily into pre-school within a week or two. On the whole we would advise you not to stay and a quick, firm goodbye is best, telling your child you will see him/her soon. Now and then a child will need his or her parent to stay longer, but please don’t worry, it is quite normal, and your patience will be rewarded as you watch him/her becoming more socially confident. We hope you will also enjoy becoming involved in the group’s activities. Separation is a big step for any child but gradually their confidence will grow and they will embrace their new venture.

Just occasionally, a child is not ready to start pre-school. Please chat to the staff at pre-school if your child is unhappy about coming. It may be best to leave it for a while and try again the following term.

Delivery and Collection (Security Password)

If anyone, other than yourself is likely to pick up you r child, it is very important that you tell the staff at pre-school. Staff will not allow your child to leave with someone they do not know. You will be asked for a password and anyone other than yourself will be asked for this. When you collect your child at the end of the session, please be prompt – staff may not mind, but your child most definitely will!

Staff

The staff at pre-school consists of the following:

Early Years Practitioners
NVQ 3 or NVQ 2 - Early Years Care & Education


Staff are qualified in
Safeguarding, First Aid, Food Hygiene,
 Extremism and Radicalisation.

 
Resources

We have a wide variety of toys and activities for the children to play with, such as puzzles, playdoh, creative activities, painting, imaginative play, construction kits, social activities,
life experience corner, songs, water play, sand play, parachute play, secure outside area and gardens for them to look after! In the garden they plant bulbs, grow flowers, herbs and even vegetables! They also tend some fruit trees during the summer months. We use the outside environmental area as much as possible, the children love to be able to play with sand, water, bark, peat, inspect the mini-beast area, ride on the bicycles and cars, kick and throw the balls, bean bags, play basketball, practice balancing, and choosing their own resources on a daily basis, AND LOTS MORE!!

Sickness

Please let pre-school know if your child has anything infectious. There are certain isolation periods for various diseases. Children suffering from tummy bugs and sickness/the runs must have a clear period of 48 hours before they can return to pre-school. A poster from the Health Protection Agency is held in the Managers Office for reference.

Key-person Scheme

Staff hold planning and staff meetings on a very regular basis, to plan the curriculum and discuss the progress, care and development of the children. A keyperson is a member of staff who takes responsibility for individual children and monitors their needs, progress and development.

Observations are kept on the children regularly throughout the term to build up an accurate picture of the children’s progress. We use the online Tapestry programme and parents are able to log onto their own account, to see what their child has done that week at pre-school. Parents can also add their own photos and comments. Staff are available at any time to discuss, with parents, their children’s progress. A Parent’s Evening is held towards the end of the summer term, where you can discuss your child’s achievements before they move onto school, or their second year with us. More information on 'what is a keyperson' can be found at the bottom of this page.

Clothing

Please dress your child in suitable play clothes as paint and glue have a tendency to get everywhere on occasions! Also clothes the children can manage themselves for going to the toilet. It would be very helpful if all clothes could be named to prevent any losses.
Pre-school accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to clothing.

Refreshments

We are in the Early Years Healthy Eating programme, which means that we provide the children with a drink of milk or water and a variety of healthy snacks, e.g. fruit and vegetables, yoghurt, multi-cultural foods, cereals, toast, teacakes, pasta etc.  If your child does not like milk or water and cannot drink it, please provide a drink in a marked container. At approximately 10 am/2 pm, the children will be able to visit their ‘café’ and chose their snack and pour their own drink. Water is always available to the children throughout the session times.

Fees

Fees are payable at the beginning of each half-term. We request that they be paid within three weeks of the bill being sent out. Please pay fees online if possible (details are National Westminster Bank account number 41645103 sort code 56-00-63). If you cannot pay online, you can pay cash by putting monies into an envelope, with the amount and your child’s name written on the outside, and given to the member of staff on the door, at either the beginning or end of the session. This member of staff will enter the fees into our payment records. We cannot accept any cash if it is not in the envelope, with the appropriate information written on the outside. If fees are not paid within three weeks, your child could lose its place at pre-school. You will be asked to sign an accompanying agreement regarding fees and other issues when completing the enrolment form. 

Government Funding

We offer all three and four year olds, whenever possible, 15 hours per week, in accordance with our Admissions Policy and government policy. The funding is for 38 weeks throughout the year, up to 15 hours per week. Where the total terms are more than 38 weeks in one year, parents are responsible for the deficit and will be issued with the appropriate request for fees. Parents do have the option to not pay this deficit and not send their children the last week/weeks of that particular term, whichever is the case. The enrolment fee, for funded children, is voluntary. We also provide for 30 hours funded children.

Photograph Album

We have produced photograph albums to show prospective parents, Ofsted Inspectors, and other Early Years Agencies, of some of the activities we offer at this pre-school. These are updated occasionally and your children may be featured in them.

Confidentiality

All workers, volunteers and carers, must read and familiarise themselves with pre-schools confidentiality policy, which must be observed at all times.

Accident and Incidents

All accidents and incidents are recorded in the accident/incident books, which are checked by the manager at regular intervals. Existing injuries or marks must be reported before the session and recorded by a member of staff.

Medicines

Any medications given are recorded in a medicine book, which is signed by the parent and two members of staff.

Insurance

Pre-School has Public Liability and Employers Liability Insurance.

P.L.A.

We are members of the Pre-School Learning Alliance, a national organisation, whose aim is to promote the work of pre-schools in the community.

Policies

We use the policies and procedures for the Early Years Foundation Stage as published by the Pre-School Learning Alliance.

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

SAFEGUARDING
AND PROMOTING CHILDREN’S WELFARE

      Safeguarding children
 

     
Incorporating - Children’s rights and entitlements 
                                   T
ackling Extremism and Radicalisation
                                    Female Genital Mutilation – Keeping Children Safe
                                    Identifying Disadvantaged Children
                                   
Safeguarding children and child protection (including                                          managing allegations of abuse against a member of staff)
                                    Children in Care
                                    Confidentiality and client access to records
                                    Information sharing
                                    Uncollected child
                                    Missing child
                                    Supervision of children on outings and visits
                                    Maintaining children’s safety and security on premises
                                    Making a complaint

       Equality of opportunity
 

 Incorporating - Valuing diversity and promoting equality
                              Supporting children with special educational needs
                              Achieving positive behaviour

 

Promoting health and hygiene
 

Incorporating -  Animals in the setting
                              Administering medicines
                              Managing children with allergies, or who are sick 
                              of
 infectious (including reporting notifiable 
                              diseases)

                              Nappy changing
                              No smoking

                              Food and drink
                              First Aid
 
                                         SUITABLE PEOPLE

      Employment

Incorporating -  Employment and staffing (including vetting,
                              contingency plans, training and development)
                              Induction of staff, volunteers and managers
                              Student placements
 
SUITABLE PREMISES, ENVIRONMENT AND EQUIPMENT
 
      Health and Safety

Incorporating -  Risk assessment
                              Health and safety general standards
                              Fire safety and emergency evacuation

                              Recording and reporting of accidents and 
                              incidents (including procedure for reporting to 
                              HSE, RIDDOR)

                                    Food Hygiene (including procedure for reporting 
                                    food poisoning)
 
These policies are kept on the
pre-school premises and are available to all parents.


National Curriculum

All staff are trained to work towards the national curriculum which is in accordance with the EYFS Guidelines. 

They fall into the following categories:-

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication, Language and Literacy

Physical Development

Mathematics

Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Designs

Don’t throw away list

We are always in need of resources such as bits of materials, card, envelopes, ribbon, yoghurt pots, wrapping paper, any sort of paper, coloured tiles, and a variety of cardboard boxes. 

We cannot accept toilet rolls.

WHAT IS A KEYPERSON

Definition – A keyperson has special responsibility for small groups of children. Parents and children know the name of their keyperson from the beginning of their involvement with thepre-school. We use the Tapestry online programme for all observations.

Aim – A keyperson will ensure that the needs of each child are recognised within the pre-school so that, within the overall curriculum framework of the group, an individual curriculum or play plan is devised to meet these needs.

 
Main duties To assist the child to settle into the pre-school by:
  • introducing the child and parents to the pre-school
  • talking with parents, carers, and other relatives
  • keeping a special watchful eye on the child in the first few sessions
  • assisting the child to integrate into the pre-school

To provide for the emotional needs of the child e.g. to comfort and reassure at any times of distress

To care for the child e.g. to assist with toileting as necessary, at snack time etc.

To plan, in conjunction with other staff, and sometimes parents/carers, a curriculum plan for each child, ensuring that account is taken of each child’s race, culture, religion, language and family values.

To keep observations and records and to monitor the child’s progress.

To liase with parents, encouraging them to contribute their expertise and knowledge.

To develop a day-to-day rapport with parents, informing parents of their child’s activities and being available, especially at the beginning and end of each session, to answer queries.

To contribute information about individual children’s needs to the planning of the pre-school’s curriculum framework, whilst respecting confidentiality as necessary.

To attend and meet with parents and carers at the designed date for Parents Evenings, sharing their child’s development and achievements.

To liase, in conjunction with parents and carers, with statutory/professional personnel, as necessary.

It is important to recognise that a keyperson does not:-

  • shadow her children throughout the session
  • liaise only with her key group of children
  • prevent other staff from developing a relationship with her keyperson children.
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