What age can my child start Small Steps Preschool?
Can I visit the setting prior to my child joining?
We are more than happy for you to visit the setting and to answer any questions you may have. You will be offered the chance to visit along with your child, and also the opportunity to leave your child for an hour “taster” session to see how they settle. Please contact us to book a convenient time.
How do I enlist my child?
How will you help my child settle in?
The first day at nursery is a big day for children and parents too and we understand parents can be very worried leaving children particularly if they are upset. Do not worry. Your child will have a key worker who will work with you to ensure they settle in as quickly as possible. If you have any questions no matter how small please do talk to us, and children are welcome to bring comforters in on the first few days if this will make them feel at home.
Do the children play outside each day?
Weather permitting we think it’s important for children to play outside whenever possible ensuring that children are involved in physical activity. We have direct access to the playground outside of the village hall and have usage of the garden outside of the Scout Hut where we have our very own mud kitchen!
Do you provide children with a snack and lunch during full day sessions?
Children are provided with a healthy snack and drink by the Preschool Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. On Wednesday and Fridays we ask that parents provide a small healthy snack in a lunchbox with the child’s name clearly stated on it. There is a collection tin by the front door should you wish to contribute to our snacks.
Lunch boxes need to be provided for any children staying on Tuesday and Thursdays with us. Please do not provide nuts in any food and please can we ask that grapes and cherry tomatoes are cut lengthwise to limit the risk of choking.
What happens if my child is ill?
If you child is ill please keep them at home and contact us to be advise they will not be attending. Any child with an infectious disease must not return within 48 hours to the preschool. Please check our policy on the policies page for further details.
How much do sessions cost?
Children aged 3 and above are eligible for 15 hours funding per week from the government. In order to receive the funding you must complete a form provided by the Preschool with all the necessary documentation. Children aged 2 can also be eligible for government funding, please check the government website for additional details or speak to Gemma Thomas, our Acting-Manager.
Do you have a school uniform?
You can purchase a uniform consisting of a polo shirt, jumper and school bags, however, this is not compulsory. All uniform can be purchased via myclothing.com
If you chose not to buy a uniform please send your child in old clothes and we encourage also sending a change of clothes in case they get muddy or wet.
In the winter you will need to provide wellies and appropriate warm wet weather clothes as we encourage the children to play outside for at least part of the session. In summer you will need to provide a hat and sunscreen. Please make sure all clothing and items are named. At the end of every session we ask that parents ensure that their child has their coat and bag with them. Any unlabelled clothing left at the end of a session will be put in the lost property box which is emptied at the end of each term.
Does my child have to be toilet trained prior to starting at Preschool?
No, we are happy to work with you to toilet train your child, and by using the same strategy at both home and nursery we can help support your child through the process. Please provide nappies and wipes at all sessions, as well as spare clothing.
Do you cater for children with special needs?
Do you have an Ofsted Inspection report?
We are delighted to be rated as good by Ofsted in April 2016. If you would like to view our latest Ofsted report please click here.
If you didn’t find the answer to your question, please do not hesitate to send us a message.