Whitchurch Under Fives Pre-school is a Committee run, non-profit-making setting which has a Charitable status. We are OFSTED registered and can take a maximum of 30 children. The setting chooses to run at a maximum of 22 children to be able to offer better child to adult ratios. We have a minimum of three members of staff on duty, this includes a manager or deputy. We have two additional members of our team covering lunch times. Whitchurch Under Fives have been established since 1984. We are situated next door to Wansdyke Primary School and is open term time only.
Whitchurch Under Fives offers offer full day and part-day care for three and four-year olds and can offer early starts and late pick up. As a registered Charity we have a committee of parents who are involved in the running of the setting, who discuss and make decisions on how we run. This gives parents and carers the opportunity to make a difference to their child’s Early Years education.
We have a team of committed practitioners. Sam is our Qualified Early Years Teacher and oversees the curriculum. All other teaching staff have a minimum level 3 NVQ/Diplomas in Child Care and Development. All staff is trained in paediatric first aid, child protection training and have regular DBS checks (Police checks). Practitioners are continually training to extend their knowledge and understanding of Early Years Education adhering to current Government requirements. Two of our team have training in ‘Learning Language and Loving it’ which is the program the Speech and Language team use.
Each child/family are allocated a ‘Key person’ who will plan to encourage and monitor learning development through the child’s interests using the Department for Educations Early Years curriculum the ‘Development Matters’. We work in Partnership with families to gain a greater understanding of each child and aim to make learning enjoyable, relevant and fun for everyone. Each child has a learning diary which monitors and records their progress and achievements. The learning diary is regularly shared with families throughout the academic year and parents are encouraged to contribute to their child’s achievements from home.
Every Child Matters
Our philosophy at Whitchurch Under Fives is based on the principle that ‘Every Child Matters’ and their individual differences should be celebrated. Social and emotional development in a child is arguably one of the most important areas of development at this age. It is important for individuals to feel secure, welcome and accepted in their learning environment. A child needs encouragement and positivity to promote self-esteem to further their development. A child needs to feel happy and confident to be able to engage in learning. Every child has the right to an education, to be loved, cared for and to be kept safe. They are also entitled to be given the best care and opportunities possible, and to have their voices heard (UNCRC 1989). Children are curious, inquisitive, adventurous and resilient with their own opinions, thoughts and ideas about their world. We believe children learn most effectively through play, with respectful relationships and interactions in a happy, stimulating environment. We are committed to providing the highest standards in child care and aim to:
Offer a friendly, safe and happy environment where children can learn through play.
Have a caring and free choice where each child is valued for themselves, feel secure and is happy and able to form positive relationships.
Allow children to know their own strengths and have confidence, whilst celebrating diversity.
Build each child’s sense of self-esteem, enabling them to enjoy and achieve, helping develop their self confidence.
Prepare each child for their next big challenge such as moving on to their next school.
Build on each individual child’s experiences, learning and development.
Supporting independence, encouraging choices and decisions.
Encourage moral development and to give them a sense of right and wrong.
Encourage positive learning attitudes in preparation for school.
We help children to have fun, giving positive experiences whilst at Pre-school.