Before registering your child, you will be invited to look around our setting to meet the staff, discuss your requirements and review our policies.
Settling in this is the time for you and your child to be introduced to the Early Years routine. Parents/ Carers will be encouraged to support their child on these visits to ensure a smooth transition. The settling in sessions will fit with your needs to ensure you and your child are happy for when they are ready to start. Generally, children will visit for a couple of hours of a couple of sessions and then perhaps a longer session, but we are very happy to be flexible with this approach and will work alongside you as a parent/carer. Over these periods, you can leave or stay, whichever you are most comfortable with.
We operate a key person system, which means that a key Person is assigned to your child to assist with your settling in. This member of staff will provide continuity throughout your child’s stay at Early Years, where they will be responsible for your child’s needs and development and can be approached on a daily basis. The key Person will work alongside your child, individually, in small groups as well as part of the whole group and will make observations on the child to build up a portfolio of development which will include your child’s interests and needs. This can all be accessed by parents via tapestry. If for anyone reason you do not have access to the system, we will instead provide you with a paper learning journal.
'Tapestry' is an online learning journal system in which staff record regular observations to highlight children's progress in their learning and development. An email will notify you each time that a new observation is uploaded to your child's learning journal and you may access them immediately and are encouraged to share them with your children at home. You may also upload photographs and observations of your children's activities at home so that staff can share these with the children at pre-school. Further information is provided regarding the Tapestry online learning journal system during the registration process.
Adult : Children
2 years – 3 years = 1: 4
3 years – 5 years = 1: 8
These are guidelines and we will reduce these ratios if necessary to suit the children we have at Early Years to ensure all our children receive the best care when they are with us.
All children will be signed in and out at drop off and collection by a member of staff. Parents/Carers have a duty to inform staff who will be collecting their child if this is different to normal. If you cannot collect your child, please inform staff at the earliest possible opportunity so appropriate arrangements can be made. No person under the age of 16 will be allowed to collect children from Early Years and a password system is in place for anyone other than designated persons who may collect a child. Security is paramount for the well-being of all the children at Early Years.
Our setting has a duty under the law to help safeguard children against suspected or actual ‘significant harm’. Our employment practices ensure 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.
Early Years aims to encourage mutual respect of the individual and will not discriminate on the grounds of culture, disability, gender, race or religion. It is important to us that all staff are committed to equal opportunities and take positive action to counter discrimination in all aspects of their work. All children have equal access to the settings range of resources and activities. They are treated as individuals by all staff, which ensures activities are suited to children’s specific levels of understanding and that they are appropriately challenged. Although we have very close links with Staunton and Corse C of E Academy, we are an independent setting within the school and encourage parents, staff and children to share their own beliefs and cultures as we embrace diversity and strive to ensure all children feel valued in an inclusive environment.
Early Years is dedicated to the inclusion of all children, including those with additional needs, staff work closely with parents to plan the provision for those children to enable them to reach their full potential. We have a designated SENCO, Katie Cove (Manager) who works with the Special Educational Needs Code of practice, alongside staff and other professionals who have been assigned to children with individual needs.
We provide a healthy and well-balanced snack around 10.30am accompanied by a drink of either milk or water, we do ask that you provide a healthy packed lunch and drink for your child. We also do a healthy cooked lunch for the children once a week.
For each session that your child attends you will need to supply them with a bag containing;
We have waterproof suits available for all children.
In the summer we ask that you apply sun cream to your child before they attend the session and also provide sun cream to be kept with their belongings. We do have sun cream in Early Years and will ask for permission for this to be used on your child if for any reason it has not already been applied.
We provide protective clothing (aprons) for the children when they play with messy activities. However please do dress them in old clothes/items that they can freely get messy in as often when a child is drawn to a fun but messy activity, their last priority initially is to stop and put on an apron! Please also remember to send in at least one change of clothing so that if your child gets wet or dirty we can change them so that they are comfortable.
We do encourage children to gain the skills that help them to be independent and look after themselves, as these are fundamental skills needed for when they go to school. These include taking themselves to the toilet (although supervised) and taking off, and putting on, outdoor clothes/ shoes. Therefore, please ensure that you dress them in clothing that is easy for them to manage e.g. elasticated waistbands, stretchy tops and clothes with front fastenings (items such as belts, and trousers such as jeans are really hard work for young children to manage).
Gooch Sports in Newent sell polo shirts and fleeces for you to purchase for your child to use when attending Early Years. The children feel a sense of pride wearing their uniform, and it can also save their own clothes being spoiled as we offer lots of messy play and outdoor activities daily. Further information on our uniform range can be found on our parent board or by asking a member of staff.
Our OFSTED inspection report is available upon request.
Rated – GOOD in our last inspection, April 2018.
The report can be found on the Ofsted website or ask a member of staff.
Below are the key times for the day, with activities and play we are very child led, so this varies daily.
8am / 9 am Arrival – children are encouraged to play and investigate the activities that are set up for the morning. We also provide a healthy breakfast table at drop off time.
10.30 am Snack time
12.30 pm Lunch
2.30 pm Circle time and prepare for home time.
3.00 pm Children are collected.
This is only a guide and we are led by the children, so the day changes and we adapt to the children’s interests, and on specific days, we have visits from:
Tuesday Andrea who teaches us dance and movement.
Wednesday Gary from FitActive Children comes in and does sport with us.
Thursday Kathryn from Melody Makers who sings and plays instruments with us.
Various Emma is our forest school lead, along with Alice so we run Forest School sessions, usually on a Wednesday and Friday.
We try to spend as much time as possible outdoors, we use our courtyard, school playground and field. We also like to take trips around the village to the local park, garden centre, pet shop, mobile library and on some occasions the post box if we have deliveries to make.