Key person system and Tapestry
We allocate a key person to each child when they start pre-school. Your child’s key person will help them to settle in and to get the most out of their time at pre-school. They will work with you to understand your child’s needs and interests, helping us to provide tailored learning and development activities and experiences for your child. They co-ordinate the sharing of appropriate information about your child’s development with other carers.
We use an electronic learning diary called Tapestry. You will be emailed a link which you need to accept. Tapestry allows you to view observations and photos of your child online. Ongoing observations of your child help us to assess the progress they are making in their learning and development and help us to plan your child’s individual development through appropriate play and learning experiences, which are based on your child’s interests and needs.
When your child first starts pre-school, this may be the first time that they have left their parents for an extended period, and we know that this can be a big step. We focus on getting to know your child, helping them settle in and helping them to get the most out of their time at pre-school. We encourage the children to share toys, take turns, play together and have fun!
The safety of your child is extremely important to us. Our pre-school policies are reviewed regularly to ensure that the pre-school environment is safe and that children feel happy and secure. All of our staff and committee volunteers undergo Disclosure and Barring Service checks, and we have a dedicated Safeguarding Children co-ordinator. We work together with children, parents and the community to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all the children at pre-school.
Learning through play
We have a well-planned and stimulating curriculum that supports all round development of your child. We will use your child’s interests to extend their learning and development. We take our lead from the children, ensuring that there is a balance between child-led and adult-led activities. Your child can join in with lots of group activities (both small and large groups) for stories, songs, activities and discussions.
Your child can choose to play inside or outside, whatever the weather, so make sure that your child is dressed in clothing appropriate for the weather.
Our indoor space is well organised, with lots of toys and activities. Your child can choose from arts and crafts, play dough, sand and water play, construction toys, mathematical games and puzzles, home corner, dressing up, books and much more. We encourage the children to try different activities and explore a variety of materials, including paint, chalks, play dough, clay, glue, sand and water. We provide aprons for messy play activities, but it is very helpful to have a named change of clothes in pre-school for your child, just in case.
Outdoor play in our garden helps to keep your child healthy and gives them the chance to explore and be physically active. We have a large selection of ride on toys, scooters and cars, climbing and physical games equipment, and areas for gardening and exploring the natural world. We also use the school fields and woodland areas for playing and getting active.
Transition to school
Transition is a process and not an event. Transitions happen within the setting throughout the day. Activities are planned to be flexible so that children can be independent and confident to achieve or ask for support if they need it. Children are encouraged to develop their self-care skills so that when they start school they can already support themselves in an environment with less staff. We will offer suggestions to support children at home preparing them for school.
Snacks and lunch club
During our pre-school sessions, the children sit together to eat a healthy snack mid-morning and mid-afternoon. We encourage parents to provide healthy and nutritious snacks such as fresh fruit and vegetables for the children to share. We will always make sure that we meet your child’s dietary requirements.
We have an optional lunch club each day and the children can bring their own packed lunch and eat together. This is a great social activity and good preparation for the transition to school.
We help your child to explore new activities and gain new skills, helping them to become more confident and independent. We help them learn to get along with others through sharing, turn taking, listening and playing together.
We also encourage your child to learn to look after themselves, by putting on their own coat and shoes, going to the toilet and washing their hands. Your child does not have to be toilet trained when they start at pre-school, and we will work with you to support you and your child in toilet training. If your child is in nappies, please provide spare nappies, wipes, nappy bags and a change of clothes in a named bag.
Before your child starts pre-school, we invite you to bring them along for a welcome visit so that they can meet the staff and familiarise themselves with pre-school.
What to bring
Things to pack for pre-school
• Drink bottle
• Lunch (if staying to lunch club. No nuts)
• Coat, hat, sunhat (depending on weather)
• Sun lotion (if sunny)
• Change of clothes
• Nappies, wipes and bags (if needed)
First Step Pre-School,
Thornbury, BS35 2HQ
Call us: 01454 867283 (9 am - 3.15 pm)
Pre-school mobile (for use in pre-school hours): 07718 798826
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
First Step Pre-School Ltd is registered in England
Registered Number 5885935
Registered Charity Number 1142554