All about Feniscowles Pre-School
Welcome to Feniscowles Pre-school. We aim to make your child’s time here an enjoyable, happy and educational one.
We were first established as a pre-school in 1967 and are happy to still be here so many years on.
We are a local pre-school run by staff that are all fully qualified from a level 3 to level 6 standard and understand the importance of providing a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere for your child to grow and learn through play.
Our sessions at Feniscowles pre-school are held on a Monday through to Friday mornings 9:00am – 12:00pm. We run term time only. Please see attached sheet for the pre-school term and holiday pattern 2015/2016. A copy will be on the parent’s board for your information.
At Feniscowles Pre-School we operate a Key Worker System. One member of staff will be allocated to a group of key children. They will be responsible for forming the first relationship with you and with your child. They will also be responsible for observing and tracking your child’s learning and development.
The staff to child ratio within Pre-School for 2 year olds is 1 member of staff to 4 children and for 3-4 year olds 1 member of staff to 8 children. These are the requirements set out by Ofsted guidelines.
During your child’s time with us we will be working towards the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ framework. This framework will help us prepare your child to be ready to progress through to school with the essential skills needed.
There are seven areas of learning. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These are the prime areas:
We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
Through the above we will observe and plan for your individual child.
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We are a committee run pre-school and our committee consists mainly of parents. We are also a registered charity and rely on the committee members to support our pre-school to keep us open. Support from new parents would be greatly appreciated and if you are interested in joining our committee please feel free to contact any member of staff for further information. A letter will be sent out every term requesting new members.
The committee itself is responsible for fund raising ideas and activities that are carried out each year. These fund raising events are vital for our pre-school as we are a non-profit pre-school and need extra funds for the upkeep of our equipment and resource’s and of course buying new, and also little extras for your child such as reduced prices for pre-school and trips etc..
These committee meetings are 6 times a year. Although attendance to all meetings would be helpful we understand that we all have busy lives and ask that if you join our committee you are able to attend at least 3 of them. Parental involvement is essential for the committee and the community as we rely heavily on word of mouth to promote our events and activities, and the more people who are able to attend our meetings means more advertising for our pre-school. Also, by attending these meetings means you will have a huge input into your child’s care and learning by helping to decide which activities we can provide.
All of our staff hold up to date DBS’s and are fully checked as suitable persons. Permanent staff hold relevant childcare qualifications ranging from level 3 to 6. Some members of staff are working towards higher levels with ongoing degrees.
It is compulsory for all our staff and volunteers to attend various continuous training courses over the year.
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