The Pre-school

No Smoking

Smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes is not permitted in the hall, car park and garden while the pre-school is running.

Learning and fun each day

We organise our sessions to enable the children to choose from, and work at, a range of activities. Having the ability to independently choose an activity which interests your child encourages him/her to develop concentration.

‘Children enjoy a varied and interesting range of activities and are making good progress in their learning’. Ofsted June 2016.

The children are also encouraged to take part in adult led small and large group activities. These activities aim to introduce your child to new experiences, help them gain new skills and help them learn to work with others, take turns and share. These activities can take place either inside or outdoors as the full curriculum is delivered in both areas.

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Hours

The pre-school is open term time for 38 weeks each year, five days a week, closely following the Hampshire school’s academic year.

We are open every morning, and offer full day sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. We have a choice of  dropping off and picking up times, so that you can choose what best suits your child, family and work arrangements.

  • Drop Off: 9.00 or 9.30 am (or 12.00 or 12.30 on Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday)
  • Collect: 12.00 or 12.30 pm (or 3.00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday)

The children eat their packed lunch every day between 12 – 12.30 pm.

Ratios

We arrange staffing to suit the number and different ages of the children each day.  With 2 year old children we run on a ratio of 1:4 and for children over 3 years, where possible, we try to maintain a ratio of 1:6, which is considerably lower than the statutory requirement of 1:8.

Fees

2 year olds. Micheldever and Stratton pre-school is an approved provider for the Two Year Old Early Years Education Offer. From September 2017 the fees for all 2 year old children is £5.50 per hour. Two year old Early Years Education funding, for up to 15 hours per week, to a maximum of 570 hours per birthday year, is available for 2 year olds when specific criteria is met. The count of 570 funded hours starts at the funding period after the child’s 2nd birthday. Further information on this is available through the pre-school, via the Hampshire website www3.hants.gov.uk/eye or from the Hampshire information line 0845 6035620.

Up until the beginning of the term following your child’s 3rd birthday, all hours are charged at the hourly rate of £5.50.

3 and 4 year olds. As a registered childcare provider, the pre-school can claim Early Years Education funding for all 3 and 4 year olds for up to 15 hours per week, to a maximum of 570 hours per birthday year. This funding is effective from the beginning of the term that starts after their third birthday. Up until that time the hourly rate is £5.50. Your child’s count of 570 EYE hours starts at the funding period after your child’s 3rd or 4th birthday.

The information below shows the funding eligibility dates:

Child’s birthday:             1 Jan to 31 March           1 April to 31 August        1 Sept to 31 Dec When funding starts:     1 April                               1 September                     1 January

When your child becomes eligible to claim the funding for 3 and 4 year olds, and the hours they attend exceed 15 hours per week or 570 hours per birthday year, then fees are payable to the pre-school. With effect from September 2017, these are charged at an hourly rate of £4.75. Fees can be paid in instalments, and we accept childcare vouchers. Further information regarding fees and their payment is available from the pre-school.

30 hours funding

The pre-school is currently open for 25 hours each week and offers funded hours to  families who are eligible for the 30 hours funding for their 3 or 4 year child. The pre-school’s provision may be paired with another participating childcare provider, to allow parents to claim the full 30 hours of childcare. Under the 30 hours funded scheme the maximum funded hours in a birthday year is 1140. Further information on this funding is available from the Local Authority through the following link:

www.hants.gov.uk/www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/childrenandfamilies/earlyyears/payingforchildcare/freechildcare

Additionally, the Government have released a website called ‘Childcare Choices’ for parents to find out more about the help they can have with childcare costs.

The Childcare Calculator is available at: https://www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator. Families who could be eligible for 30 hours and/or Tax-Free Childcare will be directed to the digital childcare service to apply.

Curriculum

We follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017) which defines the current welfare standards and learning framework for children from birth to 5 years.  Learning through play is at the heart of our ethos along with planning for each child’s individual needs. We aim to nurture children’s progression and recognise each child as an individual.

Learning within Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum happens throughout each day in pre-school,  in meaningful contexts. We continually observe the children and record each child’s progress towards their early learning goals.

“Children enjoy engaging in imaginative play. For example, in the garden, they build a castle from large plastic bricks and when indoors, they explore in the role play area.” Ofsted March 2016  

We  believe that play is the serious work of childhood.  Although we plan stimulating activities to foster play and development, we also encourage children to pursue their own interests.  Young children’s learning flourishes in this way.

Our most recent survey revealed that 100% of parents feel the pre-school ‘fully meets’ or ‘meets the majority of” their child’s early learning and development needs (January 2015).   

To enhance the curriculum and to give all the children more opportunities to develop and progress, we offer a weekly sports session with a professional sports coach, as part of our provision on a Wednesday morning. Additionally, we offer a weekly music session on a Thursday morning to enable all the children to access music through song, movement and instruments.

Please read our Newsletters to see how we deliver the curriculum on a daily basis.

Communication

“Staff develop secure links with parents and share details of children’s daily experiences.” Ofsted March 2016

We understand how important it is for you to have the right level of communication with those who care for your child.  We communicate through:

  • regular formal Parent Chats, giving you the opportunity to speak with your child’s key person.
  • regular newsletters and e-mails to inform you of events, new developments and a summary of activities.
  • a daily notice board which outlines what the children did in the session.
  • relevant information posted on the parents’ noticeboard in the entrance area.
  • offering you the chance to talk to a member of staff at the end of every session.
  • offering you the opportunity to make an appointment with a member of staff to speak more formally.

Our most recent parent survey asked if parents feel involved enough and if they are happy with the level of communication. The responses were 100% positive with one parent saying ‘weekly newsletter is great,. Especially useful are details of how play activities feed into early years education’ (January 2015).   

Policies and Procedures

The staff and parents of the setting work together to adopt the policies and they all have the opportunity to take part in the annual review of the policies. This review helps us to make sure that the policies enable the setting to provide a quality service for all its members.

All our policies can be read or downloaded via the Documents and Links page.

The local community

The pre-school is an integral part of the community and we work hard to further links with other local groups, networks and individuals.  This allows the children to develop a sense of belonging within their own community, as well as ensuring the pre-school is itself a vibrant and dynamic presence within the local area.

During September the pre-school children were involved in designing the displays for the church Harvest Festival. These were erected in the entrance porch and the children went on an outing to see them and the other harvest displays.

Other settings and Primary Schools

Should your child also be attending another pre-school or nursery, we will be happy to visit your child there. With your written permission, we will be able to share records with them so your child’s learning experiences are co-ordinated.

‘Children are independent, communicate well and enjoy learning. They organise their own ideas and play cooperatively together. They are well prepared for their move to school.’ Ofsted June 2016. 

We have strong links with Micheldever C of E Primary School, sharing both expertise and resources. We hold a number of shared events every year to help the children’s transition to the primary school.  We also encourage and welcome visits from staff from other primary schools, for those children feeding into different schools.

100% of past parents surveyed feel the pre-school fully prepared their child for starting school (January 2015).  

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