Parents are children’s first and most lasting educators. It is vital for parents and Pre-School staff to work together to help children develop and learn.
- Parents are very welcome to stay for the session occasionally to see activities, and how their child, and other children of similar age, behave and respond.
- Parents and grandparents are a valuable resource for us, e.g. visits from parents who are nurses and firemen.
- We ask parents to help us on trips to school, nature walks, pond dipping, etc.
- Pre-School Committee – the Pre-School is run by a committee of parents who are appointed by the parents at the Annual General Meeting in the autumn term. The committee is responsible for employing the staff and the general management of the group, including financial control. They are also involved in fund-raising to supplement Pre-School income All parents are very welcome to attend meetings which are very informal.
- Staff are available before and after sessions to talk to parents and carers, listen to concerns and offer help and support. Privacy and confidentiality are respected.
- Staff will try informally, and formally via summer reports, to keep parents up-to-date with their child’s progress.
Our latest Ofsted Report can be found at: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/CARE/312322
Sessional Times and Fees
Broadbottom Pre-School opens Monday-Friday 9.00am – 12.00pm and 12.30pm – 3.30pm during term-time. Term-time dates correspond with Tameside, click here to check term dates in Tameside.
Sessional rates are £13.50 per session, which runs 9.00am-12.00pm every morning or 12.30pm-3.30pm every afternoon. Pre-school age children can attend for a full day with an additional charge of £2.50 to cover lunch time staffing. They have to bring their own packed lunch and it is a chance to get used to coming for a full day ready for school and it promotes independence at lunchtime and social skills.
Children can claim up to 30 hours of free sessions at pre-school. This is funded by the Government and starts from the term AFTER their 3rd birthday. For example, if your child turned 3 between June and August, they will be able to claim the funding from September. If your child is 3 between September and December, they will be able to claim the free hours from January. Please click here for advice on how to apply.
PLEASE NOTE: We are only a small Pre-School with 20 spaces and these spaces fill up fast. We may not be able to offer all 30 hours straight away. Please contact Donna Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about funding or to add your child’s name to the list for September 2017 intake.
Weekly Snack Menu
There is a four week menu on the notice board near the entrance which, following nutritional advice covered by our Healthy Eating Award, includes a balance of food comprising toast, crumpets, breadsticks and houmous, bagels with cheese, fruit toast, cheese, and fruit/raw vegetables/dried fruit Occasionally, we offer alternatives, such as pancakes, stir-fry, porridge, exotic fruits, and breakfast cereal, depending on the time of year, season and/or special events. Drinks are always milk or water. Children take responsibility for selecting their own snack and are encouraged to eat fruit and vegetables and to try new flavours. A copy of our Healthy Lifestyles Policy is available on the main Pre-School noticeboard and on request.
What To Expect, When?
Printed copies can be purchased from the 4Children website.
Tameside’s Local Offer
Tameside’s local offer is an online source of information on services, support and guidance for parents and carers and children or young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The information on this website is not just about education but a whole range of topics that you may find useful. Please click this link to be directed to the website.
Pre-school Learning Alliance
In order to ensure we offer the best support to children and parents we are members of the Pre-school Learning Alliance who are a leading educational charity specialising in the early years. They provide practical support to early years settings. Their products and services include specialist publications, childcare services, quality assurance, campaigning, research, training and family programmes. They also offer a range of independent professional information, advice, support and guidance tailored especially to meet the needs of young children and their families, students, early years practitioners and professionals. For more information please refer to their website: