Parents

Parents Information

We are open for 38 weeks a year.

Open: Monday – Friday, Term time in line with the local Datchet and Wraysbury schools (communicated 12 months in advance).

Closed: Summer holidays, Christmas holidays, Easter holidays, Half-terms, and Public holidays.

In session: 9.00am – 3.00pm

Morning session
Monday – Friday 9.00am – 12.00pm
Afternoon session

Monday – Friday 12.00pm – 3pm

Lunch Club – Monday – Friday 12.00pm – 1pm
Lunch will run from 12.00 – 1pm for children who are with us for the afternoon session, however ‘morning only’ children can stay for lunch and be collected at 1pm if you wish. These additional Lunch club sessions cannot be used as part of the Government funding and are payable at a rate of £5.70 per session.

A packed lunch must be provided as there is no catering on the premises.

Please remember our Nutrition and Lunchtime Policy and Allergies and Allergic Reaction Policies.
In all cases please be reminded nuts are prohibited from the setting. Children are not allowed any nut based products in their packed lunches. This includes fillings ie: Nutella, sweet treats and cakes that may have traces of nuts in. We reserve the right to add to this food exclusion list where appropriate.

The Session
We plan our day to provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning. The children can choose to play and work at a range of activities.
The children will be introduced to new experiences and helped to gain new skills. They will also be encouraged to learn to work with others and to gain from the social experience of being part of a group.

Children can also to take part in adult-led small and large group activities designed to broaden their experiences.
Outdoor activities contribute to children’s health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. They have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities.
As part of our language development programme, every day we come together for songs, stories and rhymes. Our children will usually have a letter and number of the week (Details of these are contained within our newsletters). Children will be encouraged to look for letters in the environment, and bring in from home an item for Show and Tell that corresponds to our Letter or Sound of the week. We also introduce the children to ‘Jolly Phonics.’

An example of our timetable
9.00 am Arrival – Registration, Days of the Week, Colours, Letters and Numbers – Show and Tell

9.15 am Free play / Themed Activity / Outside play

10.45 am Circle / Song time

11.00 am Free play

11.30 am Tidy up Time

11.45 am Story Time

12.00 pm Lunch time / Home time

1.00 pm Outside play / Free play

2.15 pm Tidy up time

2.45 pm Story time

3.00 pm Home time

Snacks and meals
Snacks and meals are a social time where children and adults sit and eat together. Children attending all day (or if staying for lunch club) bring a packed lunch.
During both morning and afternoon sessions, we provide children with a healthy snack, such as fruit, vegetables and some bread products. Children have access to water and milk throughout the session.
Please tell us if your child has particular dietary needs.

Working with Parents as Partners:
The Early Years Foundation Stage states that, “parents are the first and most enduring educators. When parents and practitioners work together in early years ‘settings the results have positive impact on the children’s learning and development.” (EYFS 2014)
Positive relationships with parents and carers are at the heart of ensuring children feel safe and secure – happy children are happy learners! As a parent you need to feel assured that your child is safe, well cared for and receiving high quality early education, as this impacts on their later development and attainment. We understand that it is our responsibility to provide a high quality of service for children and their families.
We also recognise that some parents may be working and not able to see us regularly therefore to help ensure effective communication, we are happy to communicate through email or phone call at mutually agreed times.
The staff see themselves as partners with parents in providing care and education for children. There are several ways we can work together to make the setting a welcoming and stimulating place, for example:

exchanging knowledge about children’s needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff contributing to the progress check at age two helping at sessions at the setting sharing their own special interests with the children helping to provide and look after the equipment and materials used in the children’s play activities taking part in events and informal discussions about the activities and curriculum provided by the setting joining in community activities, in which the setting takes part building friendships with other parents in the setting

The importance of home learning
Parents play a vital role in their child’s learning and research shows that this can be the single biggest influence on a child’s development. It is so important for nurseries and pre-schools to work with parents to support them in developing home learning and signposting them to other services and agencies.
Children benefit enormously from activities such as singing, playing and looking at books.

The Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) identifies how parents should be involved in their child’s progress on a daily basis and highlights the importance of effective observation and assessment.
Working in partnership with parents supports the delivery of high quality provision and helps us to better meet the individual needs of children and their families. Supporting parents to fulfil their crucial role as their children’s first and most important educator is part of what we do.
We do this by:

Activity ideas Book library – your child will be given a book to take home for you to share together Story sacks Your Child’s Learning Journal – we welcome any home additions to these, possibly photos of experiences; a drawing, painting or a craft Wow Board – see below

WOW Board – If you have an idea for an activity, perhaps you have read a book that you think would be a great addition to our Library or perhaps you have come across something in a magazine or seen something on TV – then by all means please put a ‘Post-It’ note, a page from a magazine or photo on our WOW Board…and we will incorporate it into our planning.

Settling–in
We want your child to feel happy and safe with us. Our staff will work with you to decide how to help your child to settle into the pre-school.
We know that this may well be the first time your child has been left with people who are not family members. To help your child to settle, they will be assigned a Key Person. (Please refer to our Settling-In Policy).
The Key Person is a named practitioner who has responsibility for a small group of children; they are there to help your child to feel safe and secure. The role is important for both child and parent and it is an approach set out in the EYFS. The key person will respond to a child’s needs and help them settle into a new environment, communication is paramount between parent and key person as these discussions hold key information about your child. A Key Person will be the main point of contact for parents.

Meeting your child’s needs
• Wherever possible we aim to match your child to the practitioner they make an obvious attachment to.
• Please speak to your child’s Key Person on arrival if there is any information you feel will be useful e.g. a disturbed night’s sleep.
• Your Key Person will have an input into the planning, based on what they feel your child would enjoy/ benefit from to progress further. Your ideas and contribution in this are very much welcomed.
• The Key Person will get to know your child and ‘how they learn’ – we will use Characteristics of Effective Learning statements when planning for children’s individual needs
• Your Key Person is inclusive, they are aware of the child’s individual needs, related to their culture, background, any learning disabilities, ability, allergies, dietary requirements and sensitivities, and will pass this information on to the rest of the staff team and so ensure those needs are met.

Special Events [Link to our Calendar / Newsletters]
Throughout the year we will have several special events. These may be Picnics, Sport’s Days, or stay and play sessions where we can share songs and stories. We will be open to your suggestions and input too!

We will also be providing links on this website for useful information and on social media:

 :@bearsintheparkpreschool

We will let you know about ‘dates for your diary’  e.g. End of Term Parent’s meetings and parties.
If any parents have musical talents (or any other talents for that matter!) and want to join us you are very welcome!

Things to bring each day

A named drawstring bag
Which must include: a complete change of clothes, this includes additional underwear, socks and shoes (pumps/crocs)
If your child is in nappies – please provide:
Nappies, named pack of wipes, nappy sacks and cream (the cream must be named)
Weather appropriate clothing – e.g. a coat, hat, scarf and gloves and a sunhat and named sun cream in the summer A piece of fruit for our Snack Time – please put this in our Fruit Bowl when you arrive If your child is staying with us for lunch then please provide a healthy lunch in a named lunch box – Please remember our No Nuts policy

Uniform
T-shirt: £6
Sweatshirt: £10
We provide protective clothing for the children when they play with messy activities. We encourage children to gain the skills that help them to be independent and look after themselves. These include taking themselves to the toilet and taking off, and putting on, outdoor clothes. Clothing that is easy for them to manage will help them to do this.
To help children develop their self-care and independence, we recommend that your child wears clothing they can manage themselves, for example, leggings or joggers; and please no laces, Velcro works best; also no open toe’d shoes in summer for health and safety reasons. Thank you!
We ask parents to leave a spare set of clothing with the pre-school in case of spills or accidents.