Choosing Us

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Working together for your children

We are a small friendly group, where we welcome everyone from the community. Our website should answer most of the questions you may have about our pre-school, however if you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

At Jiminy Cricket's we maintain and in most cases exceed the ratio of adults to children that is set through the Welfare Requirements. This helps us to:

  • Give time and attention to each child.

  • Talk with the children about their interests and activities.

  • Help children to experience and benefit from the activities we provide.

  • Allow the children to explore and be adventurous in safety.

  • We work closely together to ensure that the children’s needs are met and that learning and activities are fun and enjoyable.

 

Our Aims

Our setting aims to:

  • Provide high quality care and education for children below statutory school age.

  • Work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop.

  • Add to the life and well being of the local community.

  • Offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity.

 

Children’s development and Learning

The provision for children’s development and learning is based on The Early Years Foundation stage. This is a framework the staff follow to aid in the development of children through play whilst recognising that they are all unique and learn at different rates.

More information on the Early Years Foundation Stage can be found on our learning page.

 

Key persons

Each child has a key person, who takes specific interest in that child and has regular contact with their parents. Your child’s key person assesses at which stage they are, and what to plan for their next steps.

Assessments

Each child has a learning journal, filled in by their key person, which includes regular observations and photographs. It documents their progress in relation to the ages and stages of the Early Years Foundation stage. Each child also has a Record of Achievement which is updated with parents once a term.

Special Needs

As part of the Pre-School’s policy to make sure that our environment meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs a child may have. We work to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2001).

We have a nominated SENCO (Special educational needs officer) and an area inclusion officer that we can call on where needed.

Policies

Jiminy Cricket's has a set of written policies and procedures by which they operate, covering all aspects of running the Pre-School. Our policies help us to make sure that the service we provide is a high quality one and being a member of the pre-school is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for each child and his/her parents.

Snacks

We make snacks a social time at which children and adults share together. We plan the snacks so that they provide the children with healthy and nutritious food. If your child has any specific dietary needs, please let us know and these will be met. Milk or water is always offered at snack time. Parents contribute, on a voluntary basis, to the snacks that we offer, please see the list opposite. Water is always available throughout the session.

Joining Us

Once you have decided to join us, we ask that your child has accompanied and unaccompanied visits to the pre-school as settling in sessions. You will need to complete our registration forms on your visit and arrangements will be made for your child's starting date. You will also be given a welcome pack which details everything you need to know regarding the day to day procedures.

Snack Time
food request

For our morning and afternoon snack time we provide milk, cheese and every day fruits such as apples, bananas, oranges etc.

However, we would be grateful for donations of the following:

  • Wholemeal bread/pitta

  • Melba toast

  • Rice cakes

  • Breadsticks

  • Crackers

  • Malt loaf

  • Dried fruit such as: raisins, apricots, cranberries etc.

  • Tinned fruit in natural juice

  • Peppers

  • Popcorn (plain)

The children also love to try more interesting fruits, such as:

  • Strawberries

  • Raspberries

  • Grapes

  • Kiwis

  • Melon

  • Pinespples

  • Blueberries

Thank you for your support.