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 full day and part-day care for three and four-year olds with early starts, late pick up and access to 30 hour funding (if eligible). 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. Stacey is our setting SENCO and Faye is our Designated Safeguarding Lead. Stacey has completed the Level 3 SENCo Award, is awaiting her certificate for Level 5 Leadership and Management and will begin The Early Years Foundation Degree this September.
All other teaching staff have a minimum level 3 NVQ/Diplomas in Child Care and Development and are 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. Most of our team have training in ‘Learning Language and Loving it’ which is the program delivered by the Speech and Language team.
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. We send home ‘Next Steps’ to keep you up to date with what we are working on in Pre-School to support your child’s development and ask for your suggestions, comments or concerns. To further help support your child we will send home learning packs that we can work on together and work as a team to support their development.
Every Child Matters
Our vision at Whitchurch Under Five’s is that every child’s individuality is celebrated. Through activities and being good role models, we support your child to develop a sense of right and wrong, to build their confidence and self-esteem and also encourage and celebrate our British Values. A child needs to feel happy and confident to be able to engage in their learning environment.
We aim to:
Offer a friendly, safe and happy place to learn through play
Encourage independent choices and value their opinions and experiences
Support children to explore their own strengths and assess their own risks including the physical environment
Develop positive learning attitudes in preparation for school
Model and support all stages of communication, encouraging each child to become a confident communicator