What do you need to know?
At Broadbottom Pre-school, we believe that parents and carers are children’s first and most lasting educators. It is therefore vital for parents/carers and Pre-School staff to work together to help children develop and learn.
- Parents/carers 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/carers and grandparents are a valuable resource for us. We welcome support from all adults with a particular skill or an interesting profession e.g. knitting, baking, nurses and fire-fighters.
- We sometimes ask parents/carers to help us on local trips to school, on nature walks and 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. It is important to note that Pre-school cannot run without this Parent Committee.
- 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 at all times.
- Each child’s key person will keep parents/carers up-to-date with their child’s progress both informally via daily chats, and more formally, via written summative reports. Each child’s key person will also complete a Learning Journey for each child which will document their learning and development and includes photographs and pieces of work. You can ask to see these at any time.
Our latest Ofsted Report can be found HERE
Opening Times and Fees
Broadbottom Pre-School opens Monday-Friday 9.00am – 3.30pm during term-time.
Generally, our term dates correspond with Tameside, click here to check term dates in Tameside however these sometimes differ due to inset days.
Sessional rates are £14.00 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 £4.00 to cover lunch time staffing. We ask that children bring their own packed lunch however we provide milk to drink and fruit for snack. Lunchtimes allow children the chance to get used to coming for a full day ready for school and staff work to promote independence and social skills.
All 3/4 year olds are able to claim 15 hours of funded sessions and some 3/4 year olds can claim up to 30 hours of funded 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 1st April and 31st August, they will be able to claim funding from 1st September. If your child is 3 between 1st September and 31st December, they will be able to claim the free hours from 1st January. Please click here for advice on how to apply.
We also accept 2 year old funded hours for some 2 year olds, Please click here to check the criteria and 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 our next intake.
Following nutritional advice covered by our Healthy Eating Award, we provide a daily snack which includes a balance of food comprising toast and fresh fruit and vegetables. Occasionally, we offer alternatives in line with our theme, 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. We are aware that some children may have dietary requirements, allergies and intolerances and we will work with Parents/carers to put a Health Care Plan in place to support them.
What To Expect, When?
Broadbottom Pre-school follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which are the standards that all childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5. There is a more parent/carer friendly version of this which is call What To Expect When and can be found here.
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.
Early Years Alliance
In order to ensure we offer the best support to children and parents we are members of the Early Years 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.
All Staff have access to CPD through Noodle Now, an online training provider which provides training on Manual Handling, Food Hygiene, Children’s Mental Health and lots more. All staff complete regular Safeguarding Training through the Local Authority and also undertake regular First Aid Training through Millie’s Trust.