THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE (EYFS)
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a statutory framework that all OFSTED registered early years settings adhere to. The seven areas of learning are divided into two categories, Prime and Specific. The Prime areas include: Communication and language, Physical development and Personal, social and emotional development. The Specific areas include: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive arts and design. The pre-school has had five OFSTED inspections to date: the latest was in March 2020. A copy of this is available on request, or you can access it online at www.ofsted.gov.uk.
The pre-school session is planned to provide children with a balance of activities and experiences across the curriculum. We believe that young children learn constantly from everything that happens around them, and that play is their natural medium for learning. As such, our goal is for children to have plenty of purposeful play throughout the session. We aim to balance our daily activities between child-initiated and adult-directed experiences. At the end of each session any work your child has completed will be available in your child’s folder. Parents should make sure they regularly take home any creations produced.
TOPICS AND THEMES
Since the introduction of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) the themes and topics are initiated and affected by the children’s interests and life-experiences as well as environmental factors eg: seasons; weather; and religious and secular celebrations eg: Halloween; Harvest; Eid; Christmas; Chanukah; etc.
We ask for a 30p contribution towards your child’s snack per session they attend. This is added to your termly invoices and we ask you to pay separately either by cash, cheque or bank transfer.
Children should be dressed in hardwearing clothes and suitable shoes (no flip flops, crocs or laces please) that can withstand the pre-school session: however hard we try, we cannot guarantee that their clothes will not get splashed with paint or soaked during water play, hand washing etc. Please ensure your child brings a spare set of clothes every day. We have pre-school fleeces and all in one waterproof suits (puddleducks) for the children to wear outside when it is cold and/or wet.
If your child is still using nappies, please provide enough nappies, wipes and appropriate disposal bags on a daily basis. We ask that you dispose of any changed nappies at home as we don’t have the appropriate facilities at pre-school. We are happy to work with you and your child in the toilet training process, but ask you to ensure that your child is clean and dry at the beginning of each session.
We have clear boundaries for both staff and children, and focus on caring and being kind to each other. There are stages in a child’s development when they can be quite antagonistic with each other – we work through these, identifying a programme in partnership with parents, to ensure a consistent approach to any inappropriate behaviour. We believe that a calm but ordered environment leads to relaxed and settled children. It is important that parents keep us updated about any events in family life that may affect a child’s behaviour – for example, a change in household circumstances, illness or bereavement. Any information divulged about children and their families will be held in the strictest confidence.
Children are happier when the adults in their life work together as part of a team. As parents, you are part of a two-way process of sharing knowledge and information about your children. We want to work closely with you, drawing upon your detailed knowledge of your child.
We ask you to fill in an admission form, providing details about your child and any relevant medical history, as well as a home information form, which establishes a starting point for your child’s learning.
We strongly encourage parents to support the pre-school by volunteering to spend a
couple of hours with us from time to time for stay & play.
Volunteers are not included in the staff ratio. Parents and carers are welcome to join us at any time during the pre-school session. If you are unable to volunteer during the session, you may be able to help in other ways.
Regular e-mails and letters are sent home with details of current news and future events.
As a charitable organisation, we aim to hold fundraising events, such as quizzes and sponsored events, and are always looking for new ideas from parents.
All parents are invited to join the management committee, made up of parents and friends of the pre-school, who oversee the running of the organisation. There is an AGM in the autumn term, and committee meetings every half term.
Details of roles and responsibilities of committee members are available from Janet.
Entry to the pre-school is through the top door, which is secure. The main gate will be padlocked when the children are using the outside area. Parents and carers must collect their children at the agreed time, and parents must give prior notice if anyone other than the named carer collects a child. You will be asked to provide a password, which must be used if another authorised adult collects your child. If necessary we will ring you to verify the adult collecting your child.
We are lucky to have a large garden, and like to use it as often as possible – whatever the weather. It is therefore important that your child brings warm outdoor clothes in cold weather, wellies when it is wet or muddy, and summer hats and sun cream when it is sunny. Both wellies and hats must be named and put on the welly rack at the beginning and removed at the end of each session.
OLRPS has appropriate public liability insurance, organised through the Early Years Alliance. The document is on display on the wall by the front door. We regret that OLRPS cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to children’s property or clothing.
The children’s welfare is paramount. As such, we have a legal duty to report any concerns – particularly those about the protection of a child – to the relevant authorities.
We encourage parents who are unhappy about any aspect of the pre-school to discuss their concerns with a member of staff immediately. There is a 5 Stage Complaints procedure on the wall inside the front door.
Please speak to a member of staff if you require further information about health and safety, fire drills, policies and procedures, domestic details.