Choosing a pre-school for your child is an important decision and taking a tour of the pre-school when it is open will give you a really good feel for the setting and the staff. We welcome visits from parents who would like to find out more about us or just meet our staff so please do contact us to arrange a visit.
Registering your child
It’s easy to register your child with us: just complete the registration of interest form and return it to us. We will then contact you to talk you through the details. If your child is in the term after their third birthday we will also arrange the 15 hours funding for you if you wish.
Safety is a priority for us and all of our sessions have a minimum of 2 members of staff with a paediatric 1st aid qualification and all staff and helpers have safeguarding qualifications. If you would like more information on our policies relating to safety download our current policies document.
We encourage healthy eating at the pre-school by teaching the children about healthy foods, offering healthy snacks with milk or water and asking parents to include healthy foods in the children's lunchboxes.
We appreciate that settling into a new environment can be an emotional time for children and parents. To help we encourage you to take up familiarisation visits to the pre-school with your child before they start, and provide you with our telephone number should you wish to call and check how they are settling in. Please rest assured your child will be extremely well cared for and comforted should they feel upset at any time.
Key person system, Parent chats and Observation
Your child will be allocated a key person at Plymtree Pre-school. This gives you a regular point of contact who you can speak to at any time about your child’s progress, how they are settling in or any other queries that may come up. Your child will benefit from being able to build a good relationship with one key carer who will have a greater understanding of them, their interests and their progress.
Their key person will observe and assess your child during play and more formally planned activities. We track their progress against the Areas of Learning and Development in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. Individual learning needs, whether that is a requirement for extra support or further challenge, can be ascertained and incorporated into the planning for the daily activities.
In addition, we also hold parent chats in the spring and summer terms to give parents the chance to talk further to their child’s key person and go through their documents.
Through many of our activities and daily routines, such as the self service snack café, we are already helping to prepare your child for starting school. By visiting Plymtree Primary School regularly the children also get to be familiar with the setting, classroom and reception teacher so that it is a less daunting experience for them.
When your child starts Primary School, transition documents are completed and shared with parents before being passed on to the school ensuring good continuity between the settings.