As a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, Twiggs Lane Pre-school recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All of the staff see themselves as co-workers with you in providing care and education for your child. There are many ways in which parents take part in making pre-school a welcoming and stimulating place for children, such as:
- Exchanging knowledge about their children’s needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff
- Helping out at a pre-school session; for example, we run a book scheme and welcome parental help with this at the beginning of a pre-school session
- Sharing their own special interests with the children
- Helping to provide, make and look after equipment and materials used in the children’s play activities
- Joining the fundraising committee or becoming a member or director. Please make contact with us if you are interested
- Taking part at events
- Joining community activities in which the pre-school takes part
- Building friendships with other parents of children at pre-school
We have an open door policy at Twiggs Lane Pre-school and welcome any help or suggestions and ideas to improve our practices. Parents who express an interest to help out will be asked to complete a DBS form for us to submit (criminal investigation check).
The pre-school has a key person system. This means that each member of the pre-school staff has a group of children for whom they complete a ‘Transition Document’.
Your child’s key person will be appointed before your child starts, however, all staff work together to help your child to settle and ensure that what the pre-school provides is right for your child’s needs and interests.
The key person will also keep a file including observations and photos of your child whilst they are at pre-school; these files are sent home on a regular basis giving parents the opportunity to provide any feedback.
The pre-school keeps a Transition Document for each child which is updated with their progress each term. As and when it has been observed that any child has made a significant development in any of the seven areas of learning, it will be written down and dated. The records are then shared with parents periodically and any parent comments will be requested. It will then be decided between the parents and the child’s key person as to the ‘next steps’ to help their child progress further.
Any information you can give us about your child’s needs, activities, interests and achievements will enable us to identify their stage of progress, which in turn will help the staff to decide how to help your child move into the next stage.
Each child’s Transition Document will be passed onto the Infant School they are going to be moving up to or to another pre-school setting if you move out of the area whilst they are still attending pre-school.
The Pre-school’s timetable and routines
Twiggs Lane Pre-school believes that care and education are equally important in the experience which we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the pre-school’s session are provided in ways that:
- Help each child to feel that he/she is a valued member of the pre-school
- Ensure the safety of each child
- Help children to gain from the social experience of being part of a group
- Provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning
‘Twigglet’ sessions are for children who are in their final year of pre-school and moving onto infant school in September. These sessions are usually of a more constructive nature and are designed to include activities to help children make a smooth transition to school. These sessions run in the afternoon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The pre-school has a comprehensive set of policies. A copy of our policies is available at the pre-school to read at any time and a digital copy can be downloaded here
As part of the pre-school’s policy to make sure that our provision meets the needs of each individual child we will take account of any special needs which a child may have.
We liaise on a regular basis with our Area INCO Co-ordinator (Inclusive Officer) and we have good links with other outside agencies such as: Portage, health visitor/nursery nurse and educational psychologist. We will also make contact with any other agencies as and when necessary.
We work alongside parents to provide the best care and education for your child and we will liaise closely with the feeder school when your child is due to move on.
The pre-school’s special needs co-ordinators are Wendy Clarke and Sue Stride who are continually updated with any relevant training as and when necessary.