Parent info and Policies
In our last Ofsted inspection, November 2017, Elsworth Pre-School was rated Good in all areas!
Here are a few highlights from the report:
- Dedicated, friendly and caring staff welcome children with a friendly smile. Parents comment about the good care provided by the staff and about how well they feel supported as a family.
- Children are happy and enthusiastic about their time at the Pre-School. They arrive confidently in the morning and eagerly greet their friends and staff. Children are sociable and enjoy helping others. They form close bonds with the caring and nurturing staff, and go to them for affection and attention when desired.
- Children are happy and confident. They are kind and helpful to each other and staff skilfully support this, meaning children are confident and self-assured in social situations.
- Staff develop strong partnerships with parents and other professionals to ensure that children's progress is well supported.
- Staff praise children for their efforts. They talk calmly to children, encourage them to share and to be kind to one another. Children's behaviour is good.
- Children use their imagination and make links with their own experiences as they play in the role-play area. They eagerly make pretend picnics and cups of tea for each other while sharing and taking turns. All children make good progress and develop the key skills they need to help prepare them for their future learning, including moving on to school.
NB: Elsworth Pre-School converted from a charity to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation in September 2019. The Ofsted report here is from Elsworth Pre-School Charity. We've made no other changes to our staff or how the Pre-School is run but as we have a new legal structure we count as a new setting and will be reinspected in the next 30 months. Our new Ofsted reg. no. is 2533218
To read the full report click below:
For full policy information and please scroll to the bottom of this page to find the documentation.
Here is a summary of important points.
Please click here to see our Covid-19 Procedures, which may be different to our standard policies below. These will be updated as guidance changes.
If your child is ill
It is important for parents to advise the staff of any health problems promptly. These include any infectious illnesses which may affect other children and staff.
If your child will be absent for the session, please call the Pre-School on 01954 268050.
Please allow your child a full recovery before returning them to Pre-School. In the event of sickness and/or diarrhoea please allow 48 clear hours.
We are not allowed to administer any medication except for ongoing conditions, e.g. asthma. If this applies to your child, please talk to the staff for further advice.
What happens if my child has an accident?
Our setting takes all due care to prevent accidents, however, tumbles and knocks do happen. If this does occur, our staff will administer first aid as necessary. They will also offer to comfort any child in need of reassurance. Any accidents, and the action taken, are recorded in the Accident Book which parents/carers will be asked to sign when they collect their child. More serious accidents are extremely rare, and our setting prides itself on its long accident-free record. However, should one occur it would be dealt with as necessary and the child’s parent/carer informed immediately. For this reason it is vital that we have up to date contact details for all parents or carers. Please ensure that you notify us of any changes to your contact details.
Please allow yourself enough time to travel, park and walk to the Pre-School gate. If you are not waiting at the gate when it is opened by a member of staff at the end of the session, you are counted as late. You can find the current sessions here.
When we end one session and start another our insurance cover limits us to no more than 20 children at one time. When parents are late we go over our capacity, our staff to child ratio may be incorrect and we often end up comforting children who are upset that their grown- up has not arrived to collect them. If this occurs at the end of the day, two members of staff are obliged to stay to safeguard the child and staff. Staff cannot then clean up and prepare for the next day and may also have their own commitments after work (such as picking up their own children from school), which places them in a very difficult position.
Whilst we are sympathetic to lateness on the rare occasions when a genuine emergency arises, please do not abuse the goodwill of the staff by routinely being late or by being late for inadequate reasons.
We have recently started to follow many other Pre-Schools and issue fines for late collection of children. To make sure that all parents are clear about this, from now on we will:
Give parents one written warning about late collection
Ask our treasurer to invoice you £1.00 for every minute that you are late collecting your child, after you have received one written warning
The staff and the committee appreciate your help with the smooth running of the Pre-School by collecting your children on time.
Other important information
The Pre-School's entrance can be accessed via the Primary School staff car park on Broad End. Please note that the staff car park is for walking access only, and we kindly ask that you continue to use the street parking to park your car. Primary School parents can use the Pre-School entrance in the school playground for morning drop off.
Could all children have indoor shoes please - plimsols/doodles are ideal as they provide a firm grip.
Please check your child’s tray at the end of the session and your email as this is how the majority of communication is passed to you.
Please collect your child’s coat and shoes from the cloakroom and bring them to the carpet area at the end of the session. Your child will be waiting on the carpet for you where there is more space to get ready.
Please name all shoes, indoor shoes and coats clearly with your child's name.
Can all lunch boxes be named and of a sensible size as we have limited space. As a nut free premises we ask that food containing nuts is not included.
Please update us with any new contact numbers/addresses.
Although your child has a designated key person, feel free to speak to any member of staff about your child. ‘Parent updates’ are held during the year but appointments can be made if the need arises.
Spare clothes are available at Pre-School so there is no need to bring any - especially as space is limited in the cloakroom.
Whilst we have no problem in changing nappies at Pre-School, we have no provision for their disposal so will have to send them home with your child - apologies for any inconvenience.
Children are encouraged to bring in items from home for ‘show and tell’ - this encourages communication skills and confidence. Photos from holidays/outings are a great idea too!