Our aim is to provide a happy and caring Christian environment in which children can grow in confidence and social skills and learn through play planned in accordance with nationally approved learning outcomes. 


We want the children to feel safe and happy in the absence of their parents, to learn to recognise other adults as a source of authority, help and friendship and to be able to share with their parents afterwards the new learning experiences enjoyed at pre-school.

We believe that parents are the most important educators of their young children and our aim is to support them in this, consulting and involving them in all stages of their child’s stay with us. 

  

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES 

We are committed to anti-discriminatory practice.   All children will be treated with equal respect and consideration, taking into account their gender, cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds, as well as disability.

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITIES  (SEND) 

Crofton Early Learners aims to have regard to the DFEE Code of Practice on the Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs, and to provide a welcome and appropriate learning opportunities for all children. Where we have the facilities and support to provide effectively for a child with SEN, we will treat the application for admission as for any child.  

One member of staff is responsible for SEN, although all staff are involved in the identification and assessment of special needs.

ADMISSION  AND  FEES
Early Learners aims to accept children from the term in which they are 3 years old.   
 
The pre-school is open each weekday morning from 9.15 a.m. to 12.30 pm during term time (36 weeks).

Term dates are notified to parents on the pre-school noticeboard and in Newsletters and on this website.

The fees (which includes milk and a healthy option snack) and are payable half-termly.  Unfortunately it is not possible to refund fees for holidays or in the case of absence, except for prolonged illness, as our overheads have to be covered at all times.  Also if for any reason your child leaves during any term time we cannot refund any remaining fees as we will be unable to fill the space left until the next half term.

We have places for up to 32 children each morning (34 in the Spring/Summer terms) and we accept children for 2 - 5 mornings per week.  Where possible, children eligible for Government Funding are offered 5 mornings per week in the year before they leave for primary school.   Funding can only be offered at Crofton Early Learners to children who are not already attending an LEA maintained nursery class.  Our waiting list for places is arranged in order of date of application.

 

A happy introduction to pre-school is very important, and we recommend a morning visit with a parent during the weeks prior to admission.

STAFFING

At Crofton Early Learners, our ratio of staff to children is at least 1 to 8 (greater for children under 3 years).  Every morning we have a minimum of two qualified Level 3/EYT members of staff.  All members of staff at Crofton Early Learners are either Level 2 or Level 3 trained, or are currently in training.   One member of staff holds Early Years Teacher status (Level 7).  All staff hold First Aid certificates or are awaiting training.

Staff attend training courses as and when necessary and are constantly updating their training.

PREMISES AND EQUIPMENT 

Crofton Early Learners meets in a large, bright hall, which has easy access to toilet facilities.We have the use of a smaller side room and modern kitchen, including an oven, for cooking activities.   (No children are allowed into the kitchen area.)

We also have the use of a secure adjacent garden and use of a secure concreted area during the winter months.

We use a wide range of equipment to implement our learning programme.  Some activities pursued can be `messy`, e.g. painting, playdough, water and sand play, gloop, shaving foam, cooking etc.  Aprons are provided as appropriate.

  

Crofton Early Learners is proud of the good standard of appearance of the children and our uniform is kept bright, simple and as practical as possible.  We sell “Crofton Early Learners” sweatshirts, T-shirts and polo shirts.   Current prices and orders can be supplied by our Administrator.
 

RECORDING AND REPORTING TO PARENTS

On entry to Early Learners children are allocated a `key person` or member of staff who will take a particular interest in their development and maintain links with parents, working with them to ensure that the children are supported in reaching their full potential. Children are regularly recorded in all areas of activity.  This information is recorded into their own individual "profile" which will then go onto school with them when they leave.  Parents will be required to read these profiles and add their own comments before they transfer on to the school.  We hold two parents' evenings each year, in November and July but parents are welcome to speak to key persons or the leader/deputy on any morning after pre-school has finished.

 

CURRICULUM AND ACTIVITIES

In a Christian atmosphere, the children are encouraged by trained and experienced staff to explore and learn about the world beyond home, to find new interests and to have fun.   Children gain in skill and understanding through their play, especially when they have a chance to share their enjoyment with an adult and other children.

Children have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of activities and equipment, to progress their development and learning during the foundation stage. The curriculum is organised into 6 areas of learning.  An outline of each half-term's curriculum is posted on the noticeboard.

Before leaving for Primary School, children will have a time apart from the main playgroup for activities more suited to their age.

We aim to prepare children to move on smoothly to continue the Early Years Foundation Stage and subsequent National Curriculum once they reach school age.

Crofton Early Learners is a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, further details of which can be obtained from

Pre‑school Learning Alliance  South Division Head Office
National Centre 020 7697 2599

50 Featherstone Street

London EC1Y 8RT


0207 697 2500









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