Starting at Horringer Preschool
Welcome to our team!
Stephie – Lead Practitioner
Mel Deputy Lead Practitioner
Michelle – Senior Early Years Practitioner and SENCO
Gina – Early Years Practitioner
Katie – Early Years Practitioner
Your child will have their very own
- Key Person to help them settle, develop confidence and have fun!
- Named peg for their belongings (Please bring a named bag with spare clothes and nappies/wipes if needed)
- Registration and refreshment name card
- Interactive Electronic Learning Journal to record observations and track development. Emails will alert you to a new observation.
They can bring in
- Special items of interest but due to guidelines at the moment they must stay in their named bag on their peg.
- They also have the option to wear a uniform. Click here to download an order form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Early Years Foundation
Curriculum planning is flexible and is based around the children’s interests, creating a healthy balance of adult led and child initiated play to maximize care, learning and development. In September 2012 the EYFS was revised to ensure the framework continues its success.
The EYFS is all about each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.
Prime Areas of Learning
These are fundamental, they work together and the children move through these areas to support development in all other areas.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
Specific Areas of Learning
These include essential skills and knowledge that enable children to participate successfully in society.
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Art & Design
A good proportion of our environment is self-select, this allows the children to create their own learning opportunities
Key Person Observations and the Tapestry Online Learning Journal
Observations made by your child’s key person can be uploaded and new entries made when they happen or, when your child’s key person has approved them.
- Parents can comment on new entries and add their own – mobile apps allow new entries to be made from iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
- You will be able to view complete sets of observations as a learning journey, flipping through your child’s observation pages, in time-order.
- Automatic emails are generated for parents when new entries are made to the journal.
2 year Progress Check (These will not be taking place at the moment)
The aims of the progress check are to :
- Review your child’s development in the three prime areas of the EYFS.
- Ensure that you as parents have a clear picture of your child’s development
- Enables us as practitioners to understand your child’s needs and plan appropriately.
- Enables you to understand your child’s needs and, with support from practitioners, enhance their development at home.
- Note areas where your child is progressing well and identify any areas where progress is less than expected.
Our Sessions cater for 2 year olds through to school age and we differentiate activities and provide small group work to tailor learning
- Staff are good role models
- Staff use age appropriate communication skills
- Staff encourage the children to acknowledge other peoples strengths and achievements and celebrate our differences
- The children help create the pre-schools behaviour expectations
- Staff work closely with parents/carers to discuss strategies that will help the children achieve the behavioral expectations of the setting.
Indoor and Outdoor Learning Opportunities
- Children can access both the inside and the outside areas.
- Both areas are well equipped and set up with opportunities for the children to explore and develop in the seven areas of learning.
- Our outdoor area has a safety surface, climbing equipment, seating area, playhouses, also a veg and sensory area. A large shaded sand pit and water channeling equipment are some popular resources outside.
- We have a Copse that lends amazing natural learning opportunities.
Communicating with Parents
- Conversations at the beginning and end of sessions
- Tapestry Electronic Journal
- Parent Newsletter – by email
- Committee Newsletter – by email
- Funding Forms and Invoices – by email
- Notice boards inside and outside of the preschool building
- Parents Consultations (Virtual)
- Private and Public Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/159819637444068
- Instagram Public Page https://www.instagram.com/horringerpreschool/
- Closure alerts – by email and website
Our Safeguarding Statement;
Horringer Preschool welcomes all children and families.
We will listen to, and keep confidential anything you say to us. However, we will inform the appropriate agencies if we have any concerns about the care of a child.
Our Designated Person for Safeguarding is: Stephanie Page
In the event of our designated person being unavailable, our Deputy Designated Person for Safeguarding is: Melanie Hyde Carr
Session Times and Fees
From September 2021:
8.45 am – 11.45am
11.45am – 12.30pm
12.30pm – 3.30pm
2 year old funding
We offer Government funded sessions for 2 year olds in conjunction with the UK Government initiative – this provides up to 15 hrs funding a week for families that meet the criteria set by the Government.
Check if you are eligible online at; https://www.myearlylearning.co.uk/EarlyYears/About
3 & 4 year old funding
All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. It can be taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year. In this setting it is over 5 sessions. Funding forms will be issued to you by Horringer Pre-School at the start of each term.
Parents are responsible for finding out whether their child is eligible for the extra fifteen hours free early education. This will need to be done in the term PRIOR to their child accessing it.For more information, please visit the UK Government website »
Payment and Terms
We accept a range of child care vouchers from employers.
All chargeable sessions (including Lunch Club) are invoiced at the start of each half term.
Fees to be paid within 15 days (or a 10% charge will occur).
Please make sure we have received your deposit and enrolment form. The ‘All About Me’ form should be filled out online in your child’s Tapestry Learning Journal. However, it can be downloaded here and filled in. Uniform order forms can be filled in and emailed to Stephie at email@example.com then issued on your visit.
The following policies are very useful to look at on enrolment, please refer to our policy page for all other policies.
Quotes from our most recent OFSTED report;
“Leadership and management are excellent. The trustees and managers are inspirational and work tirelessly to continually make improvements to benefit all children.”
“Staff are highly skilled at helping children to learn to behave appropriately. They are calm and sensitive in their approach and demonstrate a depth of understanding that is second to none.”
“The standard of teaching is consistently excellent. Staff know how to extend children’s learning as they play and every interaction is purposeful and well considered. Children readily invite staff to join in with their activities and thoroughly enjoy the time spent playing and learning together.”