Welcome to Top Place Preschool and thank you for registering your child with us.
We know how important your child is and aim to deliver the highest quality of care and support to help them achieve and reach their potential.
This prospectus aims to provide you with an introduction to Top Place Preschool, our routines, our approach to supporting your child’s learning and development and how we aim to work together with you to meet your child’s individual needs.
Top Place Preschool aims to:
Children's development and learning
We aim to ensure that each child:
The Early Years Foundation Stage
The early years foundation stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that sets the standard that early years providers must meet. This framework covers children from birth to 5 years. Our pre-school reflects the four overarching principles of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (DfE 2014):
Within the group, all children are supported in developing their potential at their own pace. Our key worker system enables us to ensure a planned curriculum tailored to the needs of each individual child. By means of developmentally appropriate play activities and a high level of individual adult input, we offer a curriculum which leads to nationally approved learning outcomes and prepares children to progress with confidence to the National Curriculum at the age of five years.
We follow the early Years Foundation Stage Framework which has the following 7 areas of learning and development.
2-Year-Old Progress Check
The Early Years Foundation Stage requires that we supply parents and carers with a short written summary of their child’s development in the three prime areas of learning and development - personal, social and emotional development; physical development; and communication and language when a child is 2 years. Your child’s key person is responsible for completing the check using information from ongoing observational assessments carried out as part of our everyday practice, taking account of the views and contributions of parents and other professionals.
We assess children’s learning and development regularly by observing and recording their achievements. We use information that we gain from observations, as well as from photographs of the children to document their progress in a learning journal. We believe that parents know their children best and we will ask you to contribute to assessment by sharing information about what your child likes to do at home and how you, as parents, are supporting development.
We complete a learning journal with your child which you can view at the end of each term. We also have a parent evening once a term where you can meet one on one with your child’s key person.
We have good contact with local schools and we prepare transition documents, which are sent to your child’s next educational establishment and encourage those establishments to visit us to view their prospective pupils in their current environment.
We provide a daily diary to let you know what your child has done during each session, and in which you can write information or ask any questions you may have.
How parents take part in the setting
We recognise parents as the first and most important educators of their children. Our staff members see themselves as partners with parents in providing care and education for their children. We encourage parent’s participation in various ways like:
Sharing information about their child’s needs
Snacks and meals
We make snacks and meals a social time at which children and adults eat together. We plan the menus for snacks so that they provide the children with healthy and nutritious food. Please tell us about your child's dietary needs and we will plan accordingly. We always welcome any healthy snacks/fruits that are donated by parents.
Children staying for lunch or the whole day are to come with their packed lunch. All food must be nut free and no chocolates and sweets allowed.
All coats, cardigans, jumpers and wellingtons should be clearly labelled and all children arriving in wellingtons should bring a pair of shoes to change into. Please ensure that all trousers are easy to pull down (elasticated waists are best) and please do not send your child in dungarees or with a belt. Children often get very engrossed in an activity and rush to the toilet at the last minute resulting in an ‘accident’ if the children cannot pull their cloths down fast enough.
Please do not send your child in their best clothes as children are quite likely to get paint or glue on themselves.
PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE, label everything clearly - shoes, coats, bags, spare clothes, water bottles etc.
Our staff can explain our policies and procedures to you. Copies of which are available on request or on our website www.topplace-preschool.co.uk
Our policies help us to make sure that the service provided by our preschool is a high quality one and that being a member of the pre-school is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for each child and his/her parents/carers.
Our preschool has a duty under the law to help safeguard children against suspected or ‘significant harm’. Our practice ensure children are protected against the likelihood of abuse in our preschool and we have a procedure for managing complaints or allegations against a member of staff.
Our way of working with children and their parents ensures that we are aware of any problems that may emerge and can offer support, including referral to appropriate agencies when necessary, to help families in difficulty.
To make sure that our provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs a child may have. We work to the requirements of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years (2015). We have a named Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and a deputy working within our pre-school to support all children with additional needs.
Breakfast Club- 07.30am to 8.30am
Morning sessions- 08.45am to 11.45am
Afternoon session- 12.15pm to 3.15pm
Lunch club- 11.45am to 12.15pm
All day sessions are also available
Non-refundable registration fee £25
Termly Snack Fee £20
Breakfast club £5
Morning Session £20
Afternoon Session £20
Lunch club £3
All day (7.30am – 3.15pm) £48
You will be invoiced at the start of every month (non-funded children only), snack and any extracurricular fee will be added to the first invoice of each term. Please note that snack fee applies to all children irrespective of the funding status. You may choose to pay the invoice weekly or monthly. Please talk to the manager about your payment preference.
Please note that late payment attracts 10% charge of total invoice.
For your child to keep his/her place at our preschool you must pay the fees, even if your child is ill or you decide to go on holiday within/during the term.
FEES ARE PAYABLE EVEN IF YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT FOR ANY REASON!!!!
HALF A TERM NOTICE OR THE EQUIVALENT IN FEES IS REQUIRED OF A CHILD LEAVING TOP PLACE PRESCHOOL.
If you are a parent/carer of a child and want to find out more information about Top Place preschool, please do get in touch by emailing email@example.com or call us on 07842519294/ 07944402240
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