Welcome to Collingham and District Preschool
To a child the pre-school years are a time of wonder and exploration; a time to learn and play. Our pre-school offers children a chance to have fun, make friends and learn through a varied programme of stimulating and enjoyable activities, using a range of resources all tailored to this age group.
This website is intended to inform you about our programme of activities and how they will contribute to your child’s development. It will also provide information about our organisation and how we are run. We regard the pre-school experience as a partnership between parents/carers and our setting looks forward to working with you to make your child’s stay happy and rewarding.
Our overall aim as a pre-school is to enhance the development and education of children below statutory school age within a parent and staff managed community based group in close cooperation with parents
We hope that you enjoy your visit to our website, and that you find the information you are looking for. Please feel free to contact us direct with any queries you may have.
WE AIM TO:
AS A MEMBER OF COLLINGHAM AND DISTRICT PRE-SCHOOL, YOUR CHILD:
ADULT STAFF RESOURCES
STAFF DEVELOPMENT & PROFESSIONAL UP-DATING
Our membership of the Pre-school Learning Alliance (PLA) and support from our designated Early Years Teacher ensures that we are constantly in touch with new thinking and best practice in the field of early years care and education. We have a strong commitment to continual improvement of the pre-school through staff development, training and self-evaluation. As well as gaining qualifications in early years care and education, the pre-school staff access a range of on-going training courses and workshops to help them keep up-to-date with thinking about early years care and education and to provide ideas and inspiration for new activities. The current copy of the PLA’s magazine Under Five is available for you to read.
The pre-school has a key person system. Upon joining the pre-school, each child is allocated a key person. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom she/he is particularly responsible. This member of staff will seek to tailor our programme of activities to the needs and interests of your child. The key person will also work with you, through regular informal discussions and shared record keeping, to enable your child to fulfil his/her potential. When your child first starts at the pre-school, your key person will help your child to settle and throughout your child’s time at the pre-school, she/he will, along with all members of staff, help your child to benefit from the pre-school’s activities.
THE PARENTS ROTA
We operate a system of parent/carers helping at sessions on a rota basis and hope that you are able to contribute. Usually you will be asked to help at one or two sessions per half term. Helping at the session enables you to see what the day-to-day life of the pre-school is like and to join in helping the children to get the best out of their activities.
It is stimulating and fun. Your child will love to share their pre-school experience with you. This parental help is invaluable and enables us to offer a very high adult to child ratio and widens the scope of activities we can offer to each child. If you have any ideas for helping, making equipment or new activities, we would be delighted to hear from you.
SHARING YOUR INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE
The rota is not the only opportunity for you to join in a session. You can offer to take part in a session by sharing your own interest and skills with the children. This could be to play an instrument, introduce a pet or share with the children customs and traditions practised in you and your child’s home. Not only is this of great value to the pre-school and all the children but your own child will be delighted! Please feel free to discuss any possible visits with our staff.
HOW PARENTS SHARE IN THE LIFE OF PRE-SCHOOL
As a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, we recognise parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All of the staff see themselves as co-workers with you in providing care and education for your child. There are many ways in which parents take part in making the pre-school a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents, such as: