Pre-School: children aged over three years : 20 places; ratio of 1 adult to 8 children
Our Pre-school Room is for children aged 3 to 4 years old. The term after your child turns three to four years old, he/she is entitled to 15 hours of funding provided by the Government.
Care is available 07:30am – 6:00pm, Monday to Friday, 50 weeks of the year. Our session times are 8:30am to 11:30am and 12:30pm to 3:30pm; however, childcare availability is flexible.
You are entitled to 13 weeks holiday throughout the school holidays. If care is required during this time, letters will be sent to you for confirmation of childcare required (our opening hours remain the same). Any holidays taken throughout term time will be charged.
You will be invited to visit Nursery prior to admission. This will enable you to meet staff and other children in the Nursery itself. It will also give you the opportunity to discuss any matters you may have. You are welcome to stay in Nursery during the first days in order to help your child settle.
Our fees are £3.85 per hour if you wish your child to attend for additional hours, other than those provided by funding.
We are able to provide your child with a hot meal from the primary school canteen at the additional cost of £2.46 per day; alternatively, you are welcome to send your child with a packed lunch.
If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We offer healthy snacks during each session. These could include apples and raisins, melon and kiwi, wholemeal toast or bread sticks and dip. The children often participate in helping to make their own snacks. We ask for a contribution of £ 1:00 per week. Water and milk are available at snack time giving the children a choice. Water is available throughout the day whenever children need extra drinks.
When your child starts Pre-school, you will be given the opportunity for your child to attend swimming lessons at the Teesdale Sports Centre on a Monday afternoon or a Thursday morning. Swimming lessons are for a 10 week period; we work on rota basis to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to attend if they should wish to do so.
Implementing the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Throughout your child’s time in Pre-school, we will follow their interests, progress and development. Your child’s progress will be recorded in their Learning Journey which is available for you to view and discuss at any time.If you have any concerns regarding your child’s development, please speak to a member of our team.
We have a close relationship with Green Lane Primary School and your child may be given the opportunity to spend some time in the reception/foundation class, taking part in activities and attending school assemblies. Pre-school children eat their lunch in the school along with the other children. We find this helps with the transition into primary school as the children are already familiar the environment.
Expressive arts and design
We support children’s creativity by extending their curiosity through exploration and play. Opportunities are provided for children to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings and experience a variety of art, music/movement and role-play activities, and design and technology.
Personal, social and emotional development
We provide children with experiences and support which help them to develop a positive sense of themselves and others, respect for others, social skills and a positive disposition to learn.
Physical development is supported and encouraged by providing opportunities for children to be active, to improve their skills, co-ordination, body control, manipulation and movement. We support the children using all of their senses to learn about the world around them and the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food.
Communication and language
We encourage children with communication, speech and listening skills. We offer varied opportunities which allow our children to utilise and extend their skills in different situations. The children really enjoy bringing ideas and stories to circle time to discuss these with their friends and the staff.
We provide opportunities for children to explore mark-making in a variety of fun ways and to begin to write (ie: marking with foam, sand, paint and various other mediums). We read to children and encourage them to take an interest in stories and print. The children enjoy quiet and group time reading of books, and playing games such as Listening Lotto and Story Stacks.
We support children in developing their understanding of Mathematics in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about their developing understanding. Children enjoy learning to use various tools such as dice, accounting games, matching games, number rhymes; these all assist in extending their skills to allow them to gain confidence.
Understanding of the world
Children are supported in developing their knowledge, skills and understanding of the world. We offer opportunities for the children to use a range of tools and materials safely, and to encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments. Taking part in real life situations allows children to reinforce their understanding of the world.
Play underpins all development and learning for young children. Our aims are to provide opportunities and support for the children so that they may develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally. We plan and observe around the seven areas of learning and development, including sand play, water play, malleable, instruction and role-play. The room theme is changed regularly using ideas from and interests of the children.
We offer the same play and learning opportunities outdoors as we do indoors. Activities can be provided on a larger scale to extend experiences further; for example, water play could include gutters and pipes. Children have free choice of play, as they do indoors. We have a mini-beast area to explore, a garden and planters for the children to water and care for, bikes and cars to encourage children to develop their gross motor skills, and lots more. We have access to a lovely garden which includes a sensory area, a willow igloo, and a walk-in sandpit. Also, we go for lots of walks around the area.The Early Years Foundation Stage framework states that outdoor play must be included in each day's activities unless the weather is deemed to be unsafe. We ask that children are dressed appropriately to suit the weather conditions (ie: named wellies, coats, hats for cold and wet weather, and sun hats in warm weather). Sun cream must be provided in the warm weather.
We assess and monitor your child’s progress and development during their time in Nursery in a Learning Journey. We carry out observations using sequences of photographs to record how the children use resources and also record special moments during their time here.We would like parents to have an input into their child’s Learning Journey. Photographs and stories from home, weekends away, and special moments can be added into your record.Learning Journeys are displayed in the Pre-school Room for your child and parents to see. Consent forms are included in the starter pack to ensure that you are happy for this to be displayed. Please speak to a member of staff if you have any queries.