The Pre-school Environment
Barton Pre-School Nursery strives to provide the best experience and to meet the needs of each individual child. We aim to remove barriers to the children’s enjoyment and learning, responding to each child’s personal challenges.
We do this by giving children opportunities to play indoors and outdoors, by providing well planned experiences based on children’s spontaneous play. Through their play the children develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.
Barton Pre-school conforms to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum guidelines to ensure a balance of adult led and child initiated play based activities. All parents will receive information packs on the EYFS when their child starts with us, which are included in our prospectus and may also find further information on the EYFS in this websites downloads page or at the www.foundationyears.org.uk web site.
All children are welcomed at our nursery and we try to accommodate all their needs. Please see our downloads page for a link to our Local Offer for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).
Through play children can:
- Explore, develop and represent experiences that help them make sense of the world.
- Practise and build up ideas, concepts and skills.
- Learn how to understand the need for rules.
- Take risks, make mistakes and learn from them.
- Think creatively and imaginatively.
- Communicate with others as they investigate or solve problems.
We value the children as individuals and diversity is respected, therefore our provision is personalised, offering support tailored to individual needs. This takes into account children having English as an additional language, any additional needs and the gifted and talented.
The environment is planned to promote physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing, with a wide range of very good quality toys and learning experiences available at all times. We would recommend that you visit the pre-school in person to fully appreciate the range of activities, equipment and happy atmosphere for the children.
Breakfast and After School Club
The core hours of the pre-school run from 8.45am – 3.30pm, however to assist working parents we operate a breakfast and after school club which can extend the provision of care from 7.30 to 5.30. Please refer to the session times and fees section for further details.
Meals and Snacks
Breakfast – A full range of breakfast items are offered including fruit, cereals, toast, yoghurts, muesli, crumpets, milk and water.
Mid-morning Snack – this is usually fruit with a drink of milk or water. We may also offer crackers, bread sticks, toast, raisins etc.
Lunch – If your child is staying for lunch they may have a school dinner (for a fixed charge) or bring a packed lunch.
Afternoon Snack – as per morning.
Light Tea – This is provided at after school club and varies from day to day. It will include meals such as sandwiches, wraps, cheese and biscuits, soup, pasta, beans on toast etc.
All parents are encouraged to read our policies and abide by them at all times. Details of our policies are enclosed later in this web site on our downloads page and also available in full online via the school website – www.st-lawrence.lancsngfl.ac.uk/ . Parental consent is required for the following –
- Prior to any trips or outings
- Before consulting with any other professionals.
- Before sharing information about your child with any other named person.
- Before taking photographs of your child within the nursery setting.
- For emergency medical care and any medication that your child may require.
The pre-school has a number of security measures in place. The entrance is accessed via a designated walkway through 3 gates. There is an entrance hall for visitors to enter without having access to the children. Our access security arrangements meet all Ofsted requirements. All children are signed in and out of every session and a password system is arranged as part of the enrolment procedure. All visitors to the building must be signed and accompanied by a member of staff at all times.
The balcony area is accessible to the children at all times throughout the day. The children may also access our enclosed outdoor play area, school field, trim trails and the playground for physical play and outdoor learning.
The pre-school is open during term time and mirrors the holiday patterns set out by Barton St Lawrence C of E Primary School. There is no charge for the school holiday period or bank holidays. Personal holidays in term time are charged at the normal rate to retain your childs place.
Fees remain payable as normal if your child is ill to retain their place.