Management & Administration

Decision Making

The pre-school is run by an elected committee, which ensures that major decision making is in the hands of the parents who use the group. The committee are responsible for reviewing both policy and practice, and for the employment and appraisal of members of staff Our Annual General Meeting, at which the committee for the following year is elected, is held in the Autumn Term and parents will be informed in good time so they are able to attend. Responsible for fund raising events. Offered free advise and training from Hempsall Consultancies. The management committee liaise with the manager and OFSTED.

Fees

Fees are £9.00 per session payable in advance. We charge £1.50 per lunch club. Fees are payable during absence such as sickness or holidays. In cases of prolonged absence parents should contact the committee about fee payment. Each child's attendance at the group is conditional upon continued payment of fees.The term after a child turns three a child will receive government funding of up to 5, 3hr sessions per week for a total of 570 hours over a funding year. Any further sessions will be charged at £9.00 per session. Government funding does not include lunch club.

Starting Pre-School

A child who is tense or unhappy will not be able to play or learn properly, so it is important for parents and pre-school staff to work together to help the child feel confident and secure in the group. This takes longer for some children than for others and parents should not feel worried if their child takes a while to settle. If your child has a security blanket or special toy please feel free to bring this with your child. Your key person will spend time with you and your child on the first day going through background information to aid the settling in process.

What to Wear

In order to feel free to explore and experiment with all kinds of materials, including messy ones, it is best to send children dressed in clothes which are easily washable or not too new. Pre-School sweatshirts and T-shirts can be purchased at reasonable prices. It is good for children to practice the skills which will make them independent. Simple clothing which they can handle themselves will enable them to go to the toilet when they want to and put on and take off their outdoor clothes without being too dependent on other peoples help. We hope your child's time in pre-school will be a very happy and productive one. If you have any queries or if we can help, please contact the staff or the committee at any time.

Key Workers

Our Key-workers system gives each member of staff particular responsibility for a few children. Each child in the group has one special adult to relate to, which can make settling into the group much easier. In addition the key-workers are able to tailor the groups curriculum to meet the needs of each individual child, by making observations and assessments regularly, enabling early identification of SEN.

Record-Keeping

In keeping with the Data Protection Act only necessary information is kept and at Kings Pre-school this is in paper form, kept in locked filing cabinets. As we are not internet linked with our records we do not have to register with the information commissioners office. We however, fully comply with the Data Protection Act with the need for confidentiality. We keep paper records of your child's application form, records of fee payments, government funding forms and child's progress sheets. You are free to view these in private at any time. Child's records will be disposed of by cross shredder 6 years after they have left pre-school.

Training

Our membership of the Pre-school Learning Alliance ensures that we are constantly in touch with new thinking in the field of child education and care. We receive a monthly magazine offering practical advice and up-to-date information, and have access to a range of professionally produced publications. In addition ongoing training is available through Pre-school Learning Alliance courses and Children and Young People Services, which welcome both staff and parents. Informal training is available through local meetings and conferences, and parents will always be informed about these. Hempsall Consultancies offer support and training to parents on the committee.

The role of parents

The Pre-School Learning Alliance recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their young children. Our pre-school aims to support parents. Parents are welcomed:

  • To work in the group with the children To assist with fundraising
  • To take part in the management of the pre-school as part of the committee - see management & administration
  • To represent the pre-school at branch and county activities of the Pre-school Learning Alliance
  • To attend open meetings of the Pre-school Learning Alliance
  • To attend training courses, workshops and conferences organised by the Pre-school Learning Alliance.

 

 

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