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Pre-School

PRE SCHOOL

Pre School

Pre-School

About five years after opening the Nannery, the ‘free entitlement’ was offered to settings able to provide ‘quality teaching’ to the over 3’s. The free entitlement is offered to children the term after their 3rd birthday. In our nursery, this gives 11 hours a week throughout the year or 15 hours free for 38 weeks, term time only.

With regards to areas of play, the Pre-School Free Entitlement sets nurseries with a list of rules about how to approach the teaching and how to lay out our rooms for children over 3 years old. These rooms need to provide for the following areas of play: exploratory, malleable and textile, creative, book and language, knowledge and understanding of the world, ICT, mathematical, construction, and small world.

In the new layout of our ‘Home from Home’, we incorporated this in a comprehensive way with exceptional facilities both internally and externally. However, I strongly felt that the age of three was very young for a classroom-type education and we overcame this with some of the other facilities we offered, and by having a free play layout.

The outdoor area and the weekly outings are supported by government legislation but an outside garden is not mandatory in nurseries. Despite this, in my mind, it is fundamental in childhood opportunities. You, as parents, will see how much your child’s lives are enriched by some of the growing, outdoor and nature led experiences that they will be involved in. Government initiatives sometimes need perspective and what was important to me, as a mother and a child carer, was to run a nursery where children have fun, are relaxed, and are stress-free.


What was important, I felt, was to offer exceptional care in a beautiful, very comfortable environment. Also, for the children to enjoy space and traditional practical experiences that I hope would become intrinsic to their lives, such as cooking, gardening and creating.

Also, cultural experiences such as dance, drama, languages, science and nature, add dimensions to their personality and help them become well-rounded individuals. These subjects are incorporated in our ‘Teaching Program’, (Messy Monday, Talent Tuesday, Welly Wednesday, Thinking Thursday and French Friday). The team at ‘Home from Home’, have been heavily involved in leading and achieving the highest standards in these objectives. The areas we have focused on have been the layout, quality assurance, training, leading learning, policy review and health and safety. For the first nursery in which this was implemented, our achievements have been endorsed by Ofsted with ‘outstanding’ commendations in all seventeen areas scrutinised by them. I hope you will join us; by making this decision you will give your child the very best introduction to schooling possible.


What was important, I felt, was to offer exceptional care in a beautiful, very comfortable environment. Also, for the children to enjoy space and traditional practical experiences that I hope would become intrinsic to their lives, such as cooking, gardening and creating.

Pre School

Ofsted

The PARKSIDE Nursery is a 17 / 17 Outstanding Nursery