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Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years’ experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun, secure whilst supporting their development, care and learning needs.

Nurseries, pre-schools, reception classes, out of school clubs, and childminders registered to deliver the EYFS must follow a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. This provides a set of requirements that we adhere to ensure that all children who attend our provision are safe and healthy and that they are supported to learn and develop to their full potential. The EYFS requirements cover the following:

  • The learning and development requirements shape the activities and experience we provide for your child.
  • The early learning goals provide a general level of progress, covering knowledge, skills and understanding that we will support your child to work towards having by the end of the academic year in which they turn five.
  • The assessment requirements detail how we will monitor and plan for your child’s progress.
  • The safeguarding and welfare requirements are steps we follow to ensure your child is kept safe and has their welfare promoted.
  • Our policies and procedures explained in detail the steps we take to satisfy the requirements of the EYFS in our everyday practice. Please ask any member of our team to view our policies and procedures or we can provide you with copies to take away and read. We are inspected and regulated by Ofsted on the quality of our childcare provision against the requirements of the EYFS.

We believe that young children learn best through planned purposeful play. The characteristics of effective learning are:

Playing and Exploring, Active Learning and Creating and Thinking Critically.

Our continuous provision of activities and experiences provide opportunities for each of these and cover all of the seven areas of learning and development as defined in the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.

The three prime areas, which are crucially important for young children are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal social and emotional development

These provide the basis for successful learning in the other four specific areas, which are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

We help children gain broad knowledge and skills to provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

We assess and monitor progress continually and complete summative assessments on a termly basis, ensuring that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind.

Our Continuous Provision

We are lucky to have access to a large and attractive outside area which is used for learning on a daily basis and provides ample space for physical development including the use of trikes, scooters, balancing and den building equipment.

Our wet play facilities include water (inside and out), a large sandpit, play dough and messy trays. These give lots of opportunity for physical development moving and handling equipment and early mathematical skills around shape, space and measure.

sand play

We provide a wide range of art, craft and mark making equipment, again assisting physical development, moving and handling one-handed tools and equipment; also creative and literacy skills.

Plenty of creative and mark making opportunities are also provided in our outside environment.

We have a wide selection of construction toys for the child to explore and use, building with a purpose in mind.

Our range of small world toys helps children to develop an understanding of the world and people and communities around them. Children learn to play initially alongside and then with each other and can be imaginative building stories around the toys.

The role play area is particularly pertinent for communication and language development, imaginative play and building relationships. It often takes the form of a ‘home corner’ but is varied to follow the children’s interests.

role lay

Our comfortable book area is well stocked with a range of books and enhancements such as puppets. Children are encouraged to look at books independently, with friends, and in adult-led activities.

We have a range of maths resources including numbers, shapes, games and puzzles in many forms.

maths table

In addition to technological equipment such as cameras and torches, we have a touch screen computer, loaded with a range of age-appropriate software.

We encourage investigation and provide resources to promote this.

Our continuous provision is regularly monitored and adapted to ensure that it is providing suitable learning and development opportunities to suit the needs and interests of each individual child.

Adult‐led Activities

Children are allowed to lead their own play for a large part of the sessions. Our experienced practitioners use their judgement of when to observe when to take part, when to model or when to lead play. We also have a number of routine adult‐led times, these include;

  • Story and rhyme time ‐ children develop listening and attention, understanding, self‐confidence and reading skills.
  • Snack and lunchtime – children learn to follow routines and tolerate delay, they develop health and self‐care skills and physical skills when helping with snack preparation or self‐serving.
  • Listening/Letters and Sounds games – we use activities from the Letters and Sounds Phase One Teaching Programme
  • Other adult led activities are planned according to individual children’s stages of development and interests.

The children’s development is enhanced by regular trips. These include walks around the local area, ‘Praise and Play’ sessions at St Cross church and a range of activities at Appleton Thorn Primary School. More occasional visits have been to the Arley Estate and catching the bus to Build a Bear. 

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Our Staff

Our Staff

Name Job Title Qualifications and Experience
Justine Lees Manager Level 5 Leadership & Management of Health & Social Care, Children, Young People’s Services, NVQ Level Management, BTEC National Diploma in Caring Services (Nursery Nursing) - Joined in Sept 2018
Michelle Keogh Deputy Manager Foundation Degree in Early Years, NNEB in Nursery Nursing, Over 20 years’ experience working with children - Joined in 2010
Shirley Vernon Assistant Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce qualified with over 35 years childcare experience. - Joined in 2002
Leola Stevens Assistant NVQ level 3 qualified with over 30 years childcare experience - Joined in 2007
Dawn Tourney Assistant BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and development BA Hons Primary Education - Joined in 2018

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Opening Times

Opening Times

We are open term time only and try to keep our holidays the same as Appleton Thorn Primary School. Our opening times are listed below:

  • Monday  9am – 12pm & 12pm – 3pm
  • Tuesday  9am – 12pm & 12pm – 3pm
  • Wednesday  9am – 12pm & 12pm – 3pm
  • Thursday  9am – 12pm & 12pm – 3pm
  • Friday  9am – 12pm & 12pm – 3pm

Children are welcome to attend as many or as few sessions as required. Full day, morning or afternoon sessions are available.

The Pre-school also has strong links to local holidays clubs out of term time.

Link Club

From 3 years old the children are able to attend the link club at Appleton Thorn Primary school which runs from 7.45a.m before and until 6p.m after Pre-school opening times to fully support your childcare needs. Arrangements can be made for staff at the Pre-school to walk your child to the link club at the school which starts at 3.15p.m. Please find further details on their website - https://www.jklinkclubsltd.co.uk

Late collection of a child

Whilst we understand that things happen and parents can be delayed, our policy for late collection is available for all parents to read in our policies and procedures (which is kept on the table in the hall entrance) and depending on the circumstances, we reserve the right to charge parents for the additional time worked by our staff.
We have a late collection of a child, policy which you find in our policies and procedures.

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Term Times

Term Times

Term Dates for September 2018 to July 2019

Terms Date of Opening Date of Closing No of days
Autumn 1st Half Wednesday 5th September 2018 Friday 19th October 2018 33
Autumn 2nd Half Tuesday 30th October 2018 Friday 21st December 2018 39
Spring 1st Half Thursday 3rd January 2019 Friday 15th February 2019 32
Spring 2nd Half Monday 25th February 2019 Friday 5th April 2019 30
Summer 1st Half Tuesday 23rd April 2019 Friday 24th May 2019 23
Summer 2nd Half Monday 10th June 2019 Wednesday 24th July 2019 33
Total 190

Easter weekend falls within holidays

Fri 19th April – Mon 22nd April 2019
May Day – Monday 6th May 2019


Term Dates for September 2019 to July 2020

Terms Date of Opening Date of Closing No of days
Autumn 1st half Wednesday 4th September 2019 Friday 25th  October 2019 38
Autumn 2nd half Monday 4th November 2019 Friday 21st  December 2019 35
Spring 1st half Monday 6th  January 2020 Friday 14th February 2020 30
Spring 2nd half Monday 24th February 2020 Friday 3rd April 2020 30
Summer 1st half Monday 20th April 2020 Friday 22nd May 2020 24
Summer 2nd half Monday 8th June 2020 Wednesday 22nd July 2020 33
Total     190

Please note Easter weekend falls within holidays

Friday 10th April – Monday 12th April 2020
May Day – Monday 4th May 2020


Term Dates for September 2020 to July 2021

Terms Date of Opening Date of Closing No of days
Autumn 1st half Thursday 3rd  September 2020 Friday 23rd  October 2020 37
Autumn 2nd half Monday 2nd  November 2020 Friday 18th   December 2020 35
Spring 1st half Monday 4th  January 2021 Friday 12th February 2021 30
Spring 2nd half Monday 22nd  February 2021 Thursday 1st April 2021 29
Summer 1st half Monday 19th April 2021 Friday 28th  May 2021 29
Summer 2nd half Monday 14th  June 2021 Friday 23rd July 2021 30
Total     190

Please note Easter weekend falls within holidays

Friday 2nd April – Monday 5th April 2021
May Day – Monday 3rd May 2021

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Key Person

Key Person

Your child’s key person, will work closely with you and your child, to build a positive relationship that makes him/her feel safe and secure as he/she settle in giving him/her confidence to participate and enjoy their time with us.

They will observe your child to ensure that the care we provide meets his/her individual needs. Your involvement is essential in this, therefore we will keep you regularly informed of your child’s progress and in turn the information you provide to your key person about your child’s interests, development and experiences at home will help us to build on your child’s development. Your key person is here to listen and help so please feel free to share any comments or concerns you may have.

You will be informed who is to be your child’s key person once we know the sessions your child is attending.

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Clothing

Clothing

We provide protective clothing for the children when they play with messy activities however sometimes they do get dirty so we ask parents not to send their child in their best clothes. 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.

We do have a uniform of green polo shirts and jumpers and if you would like to place an order please download and fill in the uniform order form below and give to Justine or Michelle.

Download Clothing Form

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Fees Information

Fees Information

Fees are £4.00 per hour for children over 3 years old and £4.45 for 2-year-olds (due to the higher staff ratio required).

From the 1st April 2019, the fees will increase to £4.25 per hour for children over 3 years old with no change for 2-year-olds. There is also a 50p charge for a snack during morning sessions. Fees are billed monthly and payable in advance.

The Pre-school is registered to accept Early Education Funding of 15 hours for 3 and 4-year-olds and 30 hours for those eligible.
We are also registered to accept funding for eligible 2-year-olds.

Pre-school is able to accept Childcare Vouchers.

If your child has to be absent over a long period of time please inform us at the earliest opportunity.

The Trustees reserve the right to increase the hourly fees on an annual basis.

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Snacks & Meals

Snacks & Meals

For a small charge, the Pre-school provides snacks during the morning session and follows the Learning Alliance guidelines for snacks. We make a snack and lunchtime a social period at which children and adults eat together. We plan the menus for snacks so they provide the children with healthy and nutritious food. Please tell us about your child's dietary needs and we will make sure that these are met.

Children attending either all day or afternoon sessions only need to bring a packed lunch.

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Parent Volunteers

Parent Volunteers

We encourage parent volunteers to help out at a session or sessions and come to trustee meetings which take place each term. Helping at the session enables parents to see what the day-to-day life of the setting is like and to join in assisting the children to get the best out of their activities.

The Pre-school is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation run by Trustees. Parents can join the board of trustees which enables them to have a say in how the Pre-school is run and help with the decision making. However, we do understand that some parents may be unable to do this due to work, family and other commitments.

If you would be interested in joining the board of trustees, please contact us.

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Trustees and Committee members

Trustees and Committee members

Name Position
Trustees  
Felicity Wisken Chairperson
Charlotte Pitchford Vice Chair
Sheila Wallace Treasurer
Melanie Heald Secretary
Melanie Heald  Trustee
Paula Davison  Trustee
Helen Shaw Trustee

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Ofsted Comments

"Children are confident, happy and they behave very well."


"Staff have a good understanding of how children learn and they know children very well. They provide a broad range of activities and experiences, which supports children to make good progress across all areas of learning."


"There are strong links with the local community."


"Staff organise the environment particularly well to help children to be as independent as possible in leading their own play and learning."


Ofsted Inspection Report, January 2017

Opening Times

Mon 9AM - 12PM 12PM - 3PM
Tues 9AM - 12PM 12PM - 3PM
Wed 9AM - 12PM 12PM - 3PM
Thurs 9AM - 12PM 12PM - 3PM
Friday 9AM - 12PM 12PM - 3PM

Contact Us

  • Appleton Thorn Pre-School
    Stretton Road, Appleton Thorn,
    Warrington. WA4 4RT
  • 07938 511441

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