INTRODUCTION

The staff and committee welcome you and your child to Wheelock Pre-school, which has been running in the village since 1985.

We have been fortunate enough to be situated at Hancock Hall, in the heart of the village since 1996.

We have two activity rooms for the children along with a large hall and an outside play area.

We are open mornings and afternoons, 5 days a week, during the term time.

We have a maximum of 25 children in any one session with four members of staff, and also run a daily lunch club.

We are a registered charity run by an elected voluntary parents committee. This ensures that the major decision-making is in the hands of the parents.

The pre-school employs a dedicated, long serving group of staff, all of whom hold appropriate early years qualifications and many years of experience of working with children.

We are Ofsted inspected, and are very proud of our results, which can be viewed at: www.ofsted.gov.uk

At Wheelock Pre-school, we aim to provide a friendly, safe and stimulating environment, which is rich in learning experiences.

We accept children from the age of two until they go to primary school at four years old. We follow the themes and principles set out in the 'Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)'.

We hope that your child's time in our Pre-school will be a happy and rewarding experience.

Please feel free to speak to the supervisor, staff and committee members at any time.

EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE

The four principles which guide the work of early years practitioners are grouped into four themes:

A Unique Child

Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive Relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

Enabling Environments

Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.

Learning and Development

Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities. Practitioners teach children by ensuring challenging, playful opportunities across the prime and specific areas of learning and development.

AREAS OF LEARNING

Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Making Relationships

Self-confidence and self-awareness

Managing feelings and behaviour


Physical Development

Moving and handling 

Health and self-care 

Communication and Language

Listening and attention

Understanding

Speaking


Specific areas

Literacy

Reading

Writing

Mathematics

Numbers

Shape, space, measure

Understanding the World

People and communities

The World

Technology

Expressive Arts and Designs


Exploring and using media and materials

Being imaginative

This strategy is for children from birth until the end of their first academic year at primary school.

 

THE STAFF

Supervisor                   Debbie Robertson
Deputy                         Fiona Mitchell
Pre-school Assistant     Karen Coombes
Pre-school Assistant     Diane Hulme
Pre-school Assistant     Beverley Carron
Lunch Club Assistant    Sharon Cotton

 

KEYWORKER

Each member of staff is a key worker for a small group of children.  They will be assigned to your child when they first start pre-school and are available to see on our notice board.  They will help your child settle in, help them to benefit from the pre-schools activities and complete a book to show their achievements.  Please feel free to discuss your child's progress with them at any time.

SESSION TIMES

The morning session starts at 9.00am and finishes at 12.00pm.

The afternoon session starts at 12.30pm and finishes at 3.30pm.

LUNCH CLUB

Wheelock Pre-School operates a lunch club facility between the hours of 12.00pm and 12.30pm where children can stay for lunch, before, after, or in-between pre-school sessions. The lunch club is operated by fully trained staff, who will assist children with their lunch.

There is a cost per session for this facility unless you wish to use the free early years education entitlement grant.

Children need to bring their own healthy packed lunch with them ensuring it contains an ice pack to keep lunch chilled.

Please ask the pre-school supervisor for further details and to reserve a place at lunch club.

DELIVERY & COLLECTION OF CHILDREN

Children should be delivered into the care of a member of staff. Children will only be released into the care of parents unless authorised by the parents personally, by telephone or in writing. Please do not leave pushchairs in the busy corridor area.

ADMISSION POLICY

The youngest age that children can begin pre-school is 2 years. Nappy changing facilities are available so your child does not need to be toilet trained. Your child?s name will be placed on a waiting list and you will be contacted nearer the time when places are available. Sessions are allocated to the oldest children first. Should you require extra sessions please speak to the Supervisor.

ABSENCE

Parents are asked to notify pre-school if their child will be absent through illness, holiday etc. In the event of absence, we cannot refund or substitute alternative sessions.

ILLNESS

Any child that is unwell should not be brought to pre-school within 48 hours of illness. In the event of illness, please ensure your child has passed the incubation period. The pre-school exclusion is guided by Cheshire Community Health Care NHS trust.

FEES

The fees are payable in advance and can be paid in full at the commencement of the term or monthly. Invoices are issued at the start of each term.  Fees are non-refundable. Should organised activities take place during the session, no refunds will be given for children not participating in it. 

FREE EARLY YEARS EDUCATION ENTITLEMENT

The Free Early Education Entitlement for three and four year olds is currently for 15 hours per week, 38 weeks of the year. A child becomes eligible in the term proceeding their third birthday.  If you would like your child to stay for the continuous 6 hours, including lunch club you can use your Free Early Education Entitlement funding to cover this cost, collecting your child at 3pm.  If you would like to access the lunch club as an additional half hour, collecting at 3.30pm, this will carry a small charge. Any funded children who use the funding elsewhere will be charged at the funded rate.

NON PAYMENT OF FEES

Parents are asked to pay promptly. If payment is not received within the specified time, a reminder letter will be sent. After that a final notice letter will be sent advising that if full payment is not received within 14 days then the child will be excluded permanently. The pre-school reserves the right to pursue outstanding monies through the small claims court. Please contact the supervisor straightaway if you need to discuss payment.

HEATHLY SNACKS & DRINKS

We provide healthy snacks of breadsticks, fruit and milk, or water if preferred. In order to reduce costs, we ask parents to donate breadsticks, Dettol, wet wipes, tissues and toilet roll.

ALLERGIES

Please advise the supervisor if your child has any allergies.

CHILDREN IN NAPPIES

Parents are asked to provide a bag containing nappies or pull-ups and wet wipes to be brought to each session. Please ensure bags are clearly labelled with your child?s name.

CLOTHINGS, BAGS & CHANGE or CLOTHES

Wherever possible, parents are asked to provide a change of clothes for their child. Please ensure all clothes, coats, hats, gloves and bags are clearly labelled.

WARM WEATHER

Please ensure your child comes to pre-school with sun cream already applied. Hats are provided.


THE COMMITTEE

A voluntary parent committee, whose members are elected by the parents of the children who attend the pre-school, manages the pre-school. The elections take place at the pre-school's Annual General Meeting which is held in September each year. The committee is responsible for:

  •  managing the pre-school's finances and arranging fund raising events
  • employing and managing the staff
  • making sure that the pre-school has - and works to - policies which help it to provide a high quality service.


A.G.M.

The Annual General Meeting is open to the parents of all the children who attend the pre-school. The committee meets every 2 months.  The pre-school encourages parents to join the committee and help the pre-school in whatever way they can.

NEWSLETTERS

Regular newsletters are produced to let parents know of meetings and events, fundraising activities, committee activities and other information that the parent should be aware of.

NOTICEBOARD

We have a notice board inside pre-school which will keep you informed of any important news.

SWEATSHIRTS

Branded sweatshirts and polo shirts are available to purchase. Please contact a member of staff if you are interested.

SCHOOL FUNDS

The Schoolfunds Reward Scheme is an online shopping reward scheme, which involves 350 of the leading companies. Every time you use the schoolfunds directory to shop online, the pre-school receive points, which can be exchanged for educational equipment.

www.schoolfunds.co.uk

CONTACT DETAILS

Please ensure your contact details are kept up to date.

ANY CONCERNS?

If you need to speak to someone about any matters relating to Pre-school, please contact Debbie Robertson, Supervisor.