New Parents Information
Welcome to ‘tinylittletinkers’
Scallywags / St Albans / Fairlands / Ruxley Lane Pre School’s
How Can I Help My Child
A happy introduction to the Pre School is very important. It is advisable to visit the Pre School beforehand with your child before trying to settle him/her into the group. On the first morning your child will feel shy and strange, therefore be prepared to stay. Having you there will give confidence in the new surroundings and he/she may soon be happy to let you go home. The Pre School staff will help you decide when this time has come.
We want your child to feel happy and confident in the Pre School you have chosen.
Pre School staff are always available to discuss your child’s needs at the beginning and end of each session. If you would like more private time with your child’s key-person, please book for a ten-minute appointment at your convenience during the session. Your child’s Key Person will keep a record of his/her progress, which you may ask to view at any time during your child’s stay. When your child leaves you will be given their notes to keep and records will be sent on to the next setting.
Whilst on the premises parents/carers must be responsible for the supervision of their own children.
Aims & Objectives
Are aims & objectives are to aid the social, physical and intellectual development of children in a safe, fun, learning environment, whilst attending to the individual needs of each child in our multi-cultural community.
§ We use a practical system that results in the children learning new skills, developing concepts and establishing attitudes.
§ We use a variety of different topics and themes to enable children to build on first hand experiences in all areas of their environment and the curriculum.
§ We give children the right opportunities and appropriate adult support to gain practical experience and considerable achievement, incorporating the religious and cultural beliefs, along with the principles of the community, into our learning program.
§ We aim to incorporate the religious and cultural beliefs, along with the principles of the community, into our learning program.
§ We support children’s explorations and understanding of the world around them and create an environment within which children learn to respect and care for themselves and others.
§ We welcome parental input and encourage you to take an active role in your child’s learning and development, by keeping you informed of our plans.
§ We ensure that through the use of observation and record keeping, that our session plans specify learning outcomes and meet the real needs of the children.
§ We ensure that development is monitored allowing children to progress continually in all areas of our curriculum.
§ We believe a broad and balanced Pre School curriculum provides the essential foundation for lifelong learning, preparing children for later studies.
§ We believe good planning is essential for effective early year’s education and care. Through planning, we will ensure that the children learn what they need.
§ We believe if children are to learn the skills they need most, which will enrich their lives and make them useful members of society, adults must plan a curriculum accordingly.
A child’s name is entered on the waiting list immediately the parent/carer approaches the Pre School.
We require name, address, telephone number and date of birth for our records. When a place becomes available, you will be notified. Your child must be 2 years of age to enter the Pre School. Depending on availability, you will be able to choose the sessions you require.
When a Pre School place has been taken you will be able to change sessions when available.
Although we have a current waiting list, please do not worry if you are new to the area. We will endeavour to help you find a place within the ‘tinylittletinker’s group.
Please note that we require four weeks notice in writing of leaving the group.
The ratio of children to staff is 1 member of staff to every 4 two year olds and 1 member of staff to every 8 children ages three and above.
We always have at least one member of staff trained in first aid and a minimum of 50% qualified staff per day.
Anyone not dressed in red and black at Pre School are there on a voluntary basis i.e. parents, students from local schools and colleges. There will always be a member of staff on the door when you arrive and leave to ensure the children leave with the right parent or guardian. If there is not a member of staff at the door it will be kept locked and you will have to ring the bell.
We want to see equal treatment for the whole Pre School and do not tolerate discrimination of any kind against any person on grounds of gender, disability, ethnic and cultural background. Please see our Policy Folder.
In this Pre School we aim to encourage socially acceptable behaviour by praise and example i.e. treating children, as we would wish to be treated ourselves. The Pre School adopts a behaviour management policy and this is available in our Policy and Procedure folder displayed daily.
We welcome children with all types of special needs and aim to work in partnership with parents and other agencies.
Pre School Rules
§ If your child is to be collected by anyone other than the parent or guardian, the Pre School must be notified, i.e. phone Pre School, advise staff, use your child’s code word, or fill in a “child collection form”
§ An emergency telephone number and record sheet must be completed on the first day of Pre School.
§ The Pre School should be notified of any allergies or special dietary details on first day of starting the group.
§ Children may bring one toy with their name attached. The Pre School cannot be responsible for any damage to, or loss of any toys which are bought into the Pre School
§ On you first day please make sure that bags, coats, toys etc. are named. This avoids any confusion during ‘changing time/home time etc.
§ Children must wear soft shoes
Payment of fees is required on the first week of every half term. Cheques should be made payable to the Pre School. If fees are not met within the first two weeks of each term then the Pre School place will be cancelled.
Four weeks notice must be given for cancellation of a place.
A registration fee is due for all children including funded children.
You will find on our notice board half terms dates and the sum of fees required.
If you have a three year old child, funding is available from the term after your child becomes three. Funding is also available to 2 year olds subject to application to the local authority. The grant is available for up to 15 hours per week. You are responsible for paying the Pre School for any sessions, which are not covered by the nursery grant scheme. (i.e. holiday scheme weeks)
From January to July we have a waiting list for extra sessions, so you may not be able to use all of your 15 hours at our pre-schools. You may however, use any remaining hours at other Ofsted approved groups
Please put you name down on the waiting list as soon as you require extra sessions.
Please remember to view our notice board regularly for any changes to the Pre School. Any increase in fees will be notified the term before changing.
If Your Child is Absent
Please contact the Pre School if your child will be absent from the Pre School.
Healthy Eating & Living
Here at Pre School we encourage healthy eating. We ask parents to contribute a piece of fruit/vegetable to our basket every session.
Policies & Procedure
All our policies and procedures are available in our folder-displayed daily.
For the benefit of the children, staff and parents/carers we will not tolerate bullying at any time and therefore have zero tolerance toward this.
All incidents/accidents are recorded as a requirement of Ofsted.
If you have any complaints or grievances regarding the Pre school, please contact the Pre School leader or Proprietor immediately or contact the Ofsted help line on 0300 1231231.
Fair Processing Notice – Early Years Settings
Important information on the Data Protection Act 1998
Organisations that hold information about children and their families must comply with the Data Protection Act 1998. This means that the information they hold must only be used for specific purposes that are allowed by law.
The details below cover the different types of information that organisations might hold, why that information is held, and to whom it may be passed on to.
‘tinylittletinkers’ holds information on children to:
· support their development
· monitor their progress
· provide appropriate care
· assess how well the Setting itself is doing.
This information includes: contact details, attendance information, characteristics such as ethnic group, special educational needs and any relevant medical information. (Parent/carer data supplied will also be kept on record by the setting).
Early Years Settings are sometimes required to pass on some of this information to other groups such as:
· Local Authorities (LA’s)
· Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)
· The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)
· Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector for Schools
· The National Assessment Agency (NAA)
· The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
The Local Authority (LA) uses information about children to help it plan and deliver services for the local community. For example, the Local Authority will make an assessment of any special educational needs a child may have. It also uses the information to produce statistics to help make various decisions. The statistics are used in such a way that individual children cannot be identified from them.
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) uses information about children to administer national assessments such as the Foundation Stage Profile. Any results passed on to the DCSF are used to produce statistics on trends and patterns in levels of development. The QCA can use the information to determine how effective the national curriculum and assessments are, and to ensure that these are continually improved.
Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector for Schools and Ofsted use information about the progress and performance of children to help inspectors evaluate the work of Early Years Settings, to help them in their self-evaluation, and as part of Ofsted’s assessment of the success of new initiatives and policies in education.
The National Assessment Agency (NAA) uses information for those settings undertaking the Foundation Stage Profile. The data that these settings produce is passed on to the NAA who then use the information when working with schools, the QCA, and Awarding Bodies, to help ensure that there is an efficient and effective assessment system for all ages of school children across the country.
The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) uses information about children for research, to produce statistics, to allocate funds, to develop new policies on education and to monitor the performance of the education and children’s services.
Children have rights under the Data Protection Act 1998, including a general right to be given access to personal data held about them. If you would like a copy of the information that our setting, or any other group, keeps about your child, please write to the organisation at the address given below.
Organisation contact details
Local Authority (LA)
DPA , Corporate Customer Care Team, London Borough of Sutton, Civic Offices
St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA
Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)
Data Protection Officer, QCA, 83 Piccadilly, London, W1J 8QA
Data Protection Officer, Alexandra House, 33 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6SE
National Assessment Agency (NAA)
Data Protection Officer, NAA, 29 Bolton Street, London, W1J 8BT
Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)