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URGENT – SPACES AT PRE-SCHOOL DURINGLOCKDOWN Dear Parents / Carers,We have now had further guidance from Norfolk County Council about reducing the number of children at Pre-School due to staffing issues and the health & safety of the children, staff and the families of both. This also helps any unnecessary travelling to and from the…
Here’s our lovely Kaye reading a Bedtime Story!
URGENT PRE-SCHOOL CLOSURE DETAILS Dear Parents/Carers, We write further to our previous letter yesterday keeping you up to date as promised.We have decided in line with our feeder schools and the fact that we will not be fully staffed to close Pre-School until further notice. We will however be opening from Tuesday 5th January (tomorrow)…
Online Learning Story
Easy-to-use and secure, your child’s online learning journal celebrates his/her achievements.
Our Facebook page is where we post regular updates and share stories from the pre-school.
Starting at our setting
We want your child to feel happy and safe with us. To make sure that this is the case, the staff will work with you to decide on how to help your child to settle into the setting.
We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from, and work at, a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.
Outdoor activities contribute to children’s health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as those provided in the indoor playroom(s).
We provide protective clothing for the children when they play with messy activities.
We encourage the children to wear pre-school T-shirts and sweatshirts which parents can purchase, although this is not compulsory. We also sell pre-school book bags which prove very useful for the children for carrying home letters etc.
We encourage children to gain the skills that help them to be independent and look after themselves. These include taking themselves to the toilet and taking off, and putting on, outdoor clothes. Clothing that is easy for them to manage will help them to do this
Timetable and Routines
Our setting believes that care and education are equally important in the experience which we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the day in the setting are provided in ways that:
- Help each child to feel that she/he is a valued member of the setting.
- Ensure the safety of each child.
- Help children to gain from the social experience of being part of a group.
- Provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning.
The setting makes snack time a social time at which children and adults eat together. We plan the menus for snacks so that they provide the children with healthy and nutritious food.
Do tell us about your child’s dietary needs and we will make sure that these are met.
You are able to make a voluntary snack donation for each session. (Money box located on the parent’s table in the cloakroom).
The setting’s policies help us to make sure that the service provided by the setting is a high quality one and that being a member of the setting is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for each child and her/his parents.
The staff and committee of the setting work together to adopt the policies and parents are welcome to contribute if they wish. Yearly reviews help us to make sure that the policies are enabling the setting to provide a quality service for its members and the local community.
Copies of the setting’s policies and procedures are available for you to see at the setting. Copies of the policies can be provided upon request. These can also be viewed on tapestry (your child’s online learning journal).
We comply with health and safety regulations and the Welfare Requirements of the Development Matters in making our setting a no-smoking environment – both indoor and outdoor.
Mobile phones, Cameras and Video equipment
Due to changes to Child Protection Legislation, policies and procedures and guidance given within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and development matters, we do not allow the use of cameras, video equipment and mobile phones by Parents/Carers, visitors or students whilst on the premises.
Thank you for your co-operation.
Hellesdon pre-school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Our setting has a duty under the law to help safeguard children against suspected or actual ‘significant harm’.
Our Child Protection Officer is Alison Roberts-Jones.
In the absence of Alison Roberts-Jones, Kaye Bell is back up Child Protection Officer.
Our employment practices ensure children against the likelihood of abuse in our settings and we have a procedure for managing complaints or allegations against a member of staff.
Our way of working with children and their parents ensures we are aware of any problems that may emerge and can offer support, including referral to appropriate agencies when necessary, to help families in difficulty.
Some of the kind words from parents of children at our preschool.
Wonderful preschool. Our daughter loved it and our son enjoys it just as much! Thank you to all the wonderful ladies who make it so special!
Friendly and caring attitude of ALL the staff – they are all brilliant and make such a positive and welcoming environment for the children.
My little boy went here, it’s fantastic. I’ve got my 2 twins on the list already!