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Policies and Management

Management Committee

A parent management committee - whose members are elected by the parents of the children who attend the pre-school - manages the preschool. The elections take place at the pre-school's Annual General Meeting. The committee is responsible for:

• employing and managing the staff;
• making sure that the preschool has - and works to - policies which help it to provide a high quality service; and
• making sure that the preschool works in partnership with the children's parents.

The Annual General Meeting is open to all the parents of the children who attend the preschool. It is their forum for looking back over the previous year's activities and shaping the coming year's activities.

 

Policies

We are very pleased that our Ofsted report (November 2014) highlighted that our policies, and the procedures we use everyday, ensure the welfare of the children at our group is at the forefront of our working practice. They said:

"Children's welfare is central to everything they do. The premises are safe and secure with extremely effective procedures in place, that staff follow diligently."

The preschool's policies help us to make sure that the service provided by the preschool is a high quality one and that being a member of the pre-school is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for each child and their parents.

The staff and parents of the preschool work together to adopt the policies, and they all have the opportunity to take part in the annual review of the policies. This review helps us to make sure that the policies are enabling the pre-school to provide a quality service for its members and the local community.

Below are some of the policies and procedures we adhere to:

Child Protection and safeguarding
Student placements
• First Aid
• The Role of the Key Person and Settling In
• Nappy Changing
• Administering Medicines
• Recording and Reporting of Accidents and Incidents
• Promoting Positive Behaviour
• Health and Safety General Standards
• Supervision of Children on Outings
• Risk_Assessment
• Staff  Safety including Home Visits
• Valuing Diversity and Promoting Equality
• Parental Involvement

For all other policies or for any questions you have please feel free to contact us.

 

Special needs

As part of the pre-school's policy to make sure that its provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs which a child may have. The preschool works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2014).

Key persons

The preschool has a key person system; this means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom they are particularly responsible. Your child's key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that what the preschool provides is right for your child's particular needs and interests. When your child first starts at the preschool, they will help your child to settle in and throughout your child's time at the preschool, they will help your child to benefit from the preschool's activities.

"The key person approach provides a very strong emphasis for the organisation of the pre-school."

"Key persons are extremely effective in helping children feel safe and secure, and ensuring children are physically and emotionally healthy. Staff diligently observe children, make precise assessments and plan for their individual learning needs." Ofsted (2014)

 

Records of achievement

The preschool keeps a 'record of achievement' for each child. Staff and parents working together is one of the ways in which our pre-school works in partnership. Your child's 'record of achievement' helps us to celebrate together their learning and development, to plan for providing care and stimulating activities which your child needs to support their well-being and to make progress.

 Ofsted reported in our inspection November (2014)

 "The management have exemplary systems in place to oversee the delivery of the educational programmes and monitor the staff's teaching practice." Ofsted (2014)

Your child's key person will work with you to keep this record. To do this you  will collect information, together, about your child's needs, activities, interests and achievements. This information will enable the key person to identify your child's stage of progress. You will then decide on how to help your child to move on to primary school with your key person.

 

Learning opportunities for adults

As well as gaining qualifications in early years care and education, the preschool staff take part in further training to help them to keep up-to-date with thinking about early years care and education.

The preschool also keeps itself up-to-date with best practice in early years care and education through the Preschool Learning Alliance's magazine, 'Under Five' and publications produced by the Preschool Learning Alliance. The current copy of Under Five is available for you to read.

From time to time the preschool holds learning events for parents. These usually look at how adults can help children to learn and develop in their early years. Courses on similar topics are held locally by the Preschool Learning Alliance:watch out for information on these on our notice board.