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The Almond​s Pre-School

EST 1966



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A long established pre-school working with parents/carers for the benefit of the child


Our Aim


To enhance the development and education of children under statutory school age in a parent/carer involving, community based group
 
To provide an environment for all children that is welcoming, safe and stimulating


To work within a framework which ensures equality of opportunity for all children and their families and where children are able to enjoy 'learning through play', to grow in confidence and to fulfil their potential


We offer education and care for children below school age and over the age of 2 years 

Early education forms the basis of your child's future and it's all delivered by Learning Through Play. In partnership with parents, we ultimately aim to ensure your child will be as 'Ready for School' as possible, by the time they leave us. This means that children should have strong social skills, can cope emotionally with being separated from parents, are relatively independent in their own personal care and have a curiosity about the world and a desire to learn. Through a combination of long serving dedicated members of staff, a huge range of resources and an interesting and varied curriculum we believe we can offer "The best for every child"



We offer your child

  • A specially tailored curriculum 
  • Individual care and attention made possible by a high ratio of adults to children
  • Fun and friendship with children and other adults
  • The support of a nominated key-person
  • Opportunities for you and your family to be directly involved in your own childs progress


Special Needs

Each child is able to progress at their own rate in all areas of development, and this is true for children with or without disabilities or learning difficulties.

Key-Person

Our Key-Person system gives each member of staff particular responsibility for just a few children. Each child has one special adult to relate to, which can make settling into the group very much easier. The Key-Person is in a position to tailor the groups curriculum to the individual needs of the child.

Record Keeping

We hold individual records of each child in which observations of the children in the group are used as a basis for curriculum planning. These child folders are set up for each child once they have been allocated a Key-Person and can be accessed by parents at any time. Parents will also be given opportunities periodically to contribute to their childs ongoing progress by means of a Next Stage report from their childs Key-Person.

Adult Ratios

We are proud of our high ratio of adults to children in the group. This ensures individual attention to the needs and development of each child

Outdoor Play

We have access to outdoor play at all times whether it is by means of the grassy area behind the village hall, the basketball court for physical activities or our freeflow enclosed area at the rear of the building. It is essential that your child has access to a warm top if cold and a named hat to protect from the sun. Sun cream should be applied prior to arriving at school as necessary.

Photographs

Photographs of children are taken as part of our curriculum evidence, also some parents like to video special events as a keepsake. Please advise a member of staff if you have any objections to photographs being displayed or videos being taken. Parents please note that such information should not be shared with Social Networking Sites.

​Attendance

Children are required to attend a minimum of two sessions when joining the Ladybird Class and a minimum of three sessions when moving on to either the Butterfly or Rainbow classes in September, the academic year before joining school.