Welcome to St Peter’s Pre School
St Peter’s Pre-School is registered with & approved by the OFSTED Early Years directive and we are registered to receive the 15 hours Nursery Education Funding for all those children aged over 3 years. We are members of the Pre-school Learning Alliance and Dudley Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership.
St Peter’s Pre-School was founded in 1985 as a charitable run organisation to provide high quality care and education to children aged 2 and a half to below statutory school age. We are situated within St Peters Centre, Pedmore, Stourbridge, offering excellent facilities and “Good” (OFSTED report Feb 2017) pre-school education for your child.
At St Peter’s Pre-School we believe that care and education are equally important in the experience we offer to your child. The routines and activities that make up the day are provided in a way that:
- Will help your child to feel that he/she is a valued member of the pre-school
- Will ensure the safety of yours and every child
- Will help your child gain from the social experience of being a part of a group; and
- Will provide your child with the opportunity to learn and help them to value learning.
We organise our daily routine so that your child will be able to choose from , and work at, a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. Your child will also be helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others. Outdoors activities contribute to your child’s health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. Your child will have the opportunity, and be encouraged, to take part in outdoor activities on a daily basis (weather permitting).
At St Peter’s Pre-School each child has a key person. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom she/he is particularly responsible. When your child first starts at St Peter’s Pre-School she/he will help your child settle in and throughout your child’s time with us she/he will help your child to benefit from the many activities available to them.
Your child’s key person will make periodic assessment summaries and keep records of achievement for your child. Staff and parents work together on children’s records of achievement and this is one way in which the key person and parents can work in partnership. Your child’s record of achievement helps us to celebrate together his/her achievements and to work together to provide what your child needs for his/her well-being and to make progress. You child’s key person will work with you to keep this record. To do this information about your child’s needs, activities, interests and achievements will be collected. This information will enable the key person to identify your child’s next stage of progress and make decisions on how to help your child move on the next stage.
Children’s progress will be at different rates and individual achievements will vary. However, all children will be encouraged to make maximum progress towards their early learning goals.
St Peter’s Pre-School is opening hours are:
from 9:00 to 12:00 Monday to Friday.
We are open during term time only and close for all public bank holidays.
Parents/guardians are recognised as the most important educators of their child and at St Peter’s Pre-School we encourage parents/guardians to:
- Work in the group with the children
- To assist with the fundraising
- To take part in the running of the pre-school by joining the committee
- To strengthen the links between home and pre-school by taking an active interest in your child’s experiences in the group
Parents/guardians are regarded as members of our setting who have full participatory rights. These include a right to be:
- Valued and respected
- Kept informed
- Involved; and
- Included at all levels
We offer parents/guardians the opportunity to become involved in our “Stay and Play” sessions. Research shows that children learn better when the parents/guardians are involved. “Stay and Play” gives you the opportunity to come and take an active part in the group as often as you wish. It enables parents/guardians to see what happens and to talk about it with their child. In addition it provides a valuable opportunity for all children to see their parent/guardian in a new role. If you would like to be involved in our “Stay and Play” sessions then please approach a member of staff who will be more than happy to give you further details.
St Peter’s Pre-School has a duty under the law to help safeguard your child against suspected or actual ‘significant harm’. Our employment practices ensure children against the likelihood of abuse in our pre-school and we have a procedure for managing complaints or allegations against a member of staff. All staff are thoroughly checked via the Criminals Records Bureau to ensure their suitability to work in a pre-school setting.
Our way of working with children and parents ensures we are aware of any problems that may emerge and we can offer support, including referral to appropriate agencies where necessary, to help families in difficulty.
We operate a café system for snack time; this enables your child to decide for themselves when they would like to have their drink/snack. On occasions all children will eat their snack together, both these routines promote Personal/Social and Emotional development.
We offer milk and water to drink and a variety of fresh fruit, raw vegetables and plain biscuits as snacks to encourage healthy eating. Occasionally we may offer toast. If your child has a particular dietary requirement please make this known to staff. Fresh drinking water is available throughout the session to all children.
As part of our policies we ensure that our provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs a child may have. We are experienced in working in close liaison with outside professionals across a range of special needs and St Peter’s Pre-School works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2001).
We have an appointed SENCO (Special Needs Coordinator) who is trained in offering support and guidance in this area and if your would like to discuss the pre-school’s ability to meet your child’s specific needs then please ask for further details from the Pre-School Leader.
As well as gaining qualifications in early years and education, St Peter’s Pre-School staff are members of the Pre-School Learning Alliance and have excellent links with Dudley Early Years development which ensures they are constantly in touch with new thinking in the field of child care and education. We have access to a range of professionally produced publications including the Under 5’s magazine and publications through the Pre-School Learning Alliance.
We ensure that we have fully qualified First Aiders trained specifically in administering first aid to young children and update these every 3 years to comply with current legislation.