Summary of Information
St Anne’s pre-school group is situated in the grounds of St Anne’s Catholic Primary School in a purpose built secure building. The environment is stimulating, bright and fully focused on children’s interests and learning. Resources are fully accessible to children and they can choose the resources they play with. We also have our own outside play area at the side of the building for daily outdoor play.
Our pre-school aims to provide high quality care and education for children below statutory school age, work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop, add to the life and well-being of the local community and offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity.
Priority for places is given to children who are intending to attend St Anne’s Catholic Primary school. We are registered for up to 24 children aged 3 and 4 years old per session, term time only. Our pre-school is registered with OFSTED, with an outcome at our last inspection in April 16 as ‘Good’. You can view our latest report on www.gov.uk/find-ofsted-inspection-report.
Our session times are:
The lunch club provides children with a school lunch from the school kitchen and staffing to cover the club. There is a small charge for the lunch club but attendance is optional for parents. The pre-school does not allow children to bring in a packed lunch but dietary requirements, due to medical conditions, can be accommodated by the school kitchen. Children can bring in their own healthy snack for during the day.
All pre-school staff are qualified in childcare and very experienced in children’s learning and development. Our staff take part in training to help them keep up to date with thinking about the early years care, education and best practice.
Our setting uses a key person approach. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom they are responsible for. Your child’s key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that the childcare we provide is right for your child’s particular needs and interests. When your child first starts they will help your child to settle into pre-school life and throughout your child’s time at the setting they will help your child to develop and grow.
We organise our sessions so that children can choose from, and work at, a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also supported and encouraged to take part in adult led small and large group activities, which introduces them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others. We also access our own secure outside area daily and also make use of the school grounds.
We make snacks and lunch time a social time encouraging children to socialise with their peers and adults. All children eat their lunch in the school infant hall along with the key stage 1 school children.
Our pre-school is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) for the development and learning of children. Our provision reflects the four overarching principles of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (DfE 2014):
And the seven Areas of Learning:
Attendance at our pre-school has been proven in aiding the children’s transition from pre-school to reception. The children have the opportunity to eat their lunch in the infant hall with key stage one children, participate in P.E in the infant hall and grounds and join school assemblies and productions. All of which makes the children familiar with the school environment and staff.
Our pre school group is registered with OFSTED. We are completing the Lancashire Quality Award and we are also a Lead Practitioner Setting. Our Ofsted report can be viewed by clicking here.
If you require any further information please contact Julie Banner on 01695 574697.