Prospectus

Community Centre, Breech Lane,
Walton on the Hill,
KT20 7SN
01737 814207

Our setting aims to:

• provide high quality care and education for children primarily below statuary school age;

• work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop;

• add to the life and well being of its local community; and

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

We aim to ensure that each child:

• is in a safe and stimulating environment;

• is given generous care and attention, because of our ratio of qualified staff to children

• has the chance to join with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn together;

• is helped to take forward his/her learning and development by being helped to build on what he/she already knows and can do;

• has a personal key person who makes sure each child makes satisfying progress;

• is in a setting that sees parents as partners in helping each child to learn and develop.

Working together for your children

In our setting we maintain the ratio of adults to children that is set by the Statutory Requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage 2012.

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

How parents take part in the setting

The Lanes Kindergarten recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All of the staff sees themselves as partners with you in providing care and education for your child. There are many ways in which parents take part in making the setting a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents, such as:

• Exchanging knowledge about their children’s needs, activities and progress with the staff;
• Sharing their own special interests with the children.
• Spending time in the nursery.

Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children think. Our setting uses the Early Years Foundation Stage development matters to plan and provide a range of play activities which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development. In some of these activities children decide how they will use the activity and, in others an adult takes the lead in helping the children to take part.

Key person and your child

Our setting has a key person system. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom she/he is particularly responsible. Your child’s key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that what we provide is right for your child’s particular needs and interests. When your child first starts at the setting he/she will help your child to settle and throughout your child’s time at the setting, he/she will help your child to benefit from the settings activities.

Records of achievement

The setting keeps a learning journey for each child. Staff and parents working together on their children’s records, is one of the ways in which the key person and parents work in partnership. Your child’s record helps us to celebrate his/her achievements and to work together to provide what your child needs for his/her well-being and to make progress.

Your child’s key person will work with you to keep this record. To do this you and she/he will collect information about your child’s needs, activities, interests and achievements. This information will enable the key person to identify your child’s stage of progress.

All children leaving to start school will receive end of year reports recording progress and attainments at the end of SUMMER TERM.

Learning opportunities for adults

As well as gaining qualifications in early years and education, the setting staff take part in further training to help them to keep up to date with thinking about early years care and education.

The setting also keeps itself up to date with best practice in early years care and education through Surrey County Councils Early Years and Education Adviser who visits the setting, and through various publications.

The setting’s timetable and routines

Our setting believes that care and education are equally important in the experience which we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the session/day in the setting are provided in ways that:

• help each child to feel that he/she is a valued member of the setting;
• ensure the safety of each child;
• help children gain from the social experience of being part of a group; and
• provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning.

Snacks and meals

The setting prides itself in providing taster sessions at snack time. We ask parent’s to provide on a daily basis a healthy snack which meets some of the children’s nutritional needs for the day. Snacks and meals are made a
social time at which children and adults eat together. Do tell us about your child’s dietary needs and we
will make sure that these are met. Water and milk is always available. Cooking activities take place on a regular basis.

The session

We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from – and work at – a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult led small and large group activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.

Outdoor activities cover the same areas of learning and development as those provided indoors. Outdoor activities contribute to children’s health and their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity – and are encouraged – to take part in both adult and child initiated activities.

Policies and procedures

Copies of all the setting’s policies and procedures are available in the hallway by the parents notice board

The setting’s policies and procedures help us to make sure that the service provided by the setting is a high quality one and that being a member of the setting is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for each child and his/her parents.

The parents and staff of the setting work together to adopt the policies and they all have the opportunity to take part in the fortnightly review of the policies. This review helps us to make sure that the policies and procedures are enabling the setting to provide a quality service.

Special needs

As part of the setting’s policy to make sure that its provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs a child may have. The setting is able to work with external professionals who are in contact with your child to help their development as a whole.

The setting works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2000).

Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is Sharon and Michelle R.

Opening times

MONDAY TO FRIDAY 9.00AM TO 12.15PM
MONDAY AFTERNOON 12.00PM TO 3.00PM
TUESDAY AFTERNOON 12.00PM TO 3.00PM
FRIDAY AFTERNOON 12.00PM TO 3.00PM
Monday, Tuesday & Friday LUNCH CLUB 12.15PM TO 1.00PM (£3.75 PER SESSION)

Illness

All cases of absence should be reported to us.
Children who have a temperature should not attend their session. When children experience sickness and diarrhoea they are not permitted to attend Pre School until 48 hours after the last bout. This is to prevent any virus being spread and this is the suggested recommendation from the health authority.

Extra Curriculum Activities

At Christmas a Nativity sing-a-long takes place, as well as Christmas craft workshop each child is encouraged to take part. In the summer term we hold a sports day followed by a picnic. We encourage all parents and grandparents to attend these as the children take great pride in joining in, in front of their families and friends.

Enquiries and visitors

Visitors are welcome during school hours where the smiling faces of the children bear witness to the fact that learning and play can be and is enjoyable.

Collection at the End of the Session

Parents/carers are asked to let us know if anyone other than themselves are to collect their child. We require a password, from all parents that will be sealed and kept on your child’s file until someone different be collecting your child.

Staff
The regular staff in the group are:

Name Title Qualifications and experience

Michelle Williamson Manager Level 5 in Early Years, First Aid 15 years experience

Sharon Fishlock Deputy Manager NNEB in Childcare, First Aid 20 years experience

Michelle Russell Practitioner NVQ 3 in Pre School Practice 10 years experience, First Aid

Lorraine Wrenn Practitioner NVQ 3 in Childcare & Education, 12 years experience
First Aid

Natalie Webber Practitioner NVQ 3 in Childacre & Education 5 years experience, First Aid

Mel Perera Practitioner Studying Level 3 Diploma in Children and Families Workforce 

Jane Killy Childcare Assistant 4 years experience

Janet Williamson Childcare Assistant 5 years experience, First Aid

 

We hope that your child’s time at The Lanes Kindergarten will be a very happy and productive one. The staffs are always willing to talk with you about ideas, views and questions. Parents are always most welcome and encouraged to come and discuss their child with us especially if they have any worries or concerns. You can either make an appointment before or after the session, when a member of staff can spend time with you.
We operate an open door policy.

FEES

Fees are paid on the first day of each term.  £18.75 per session non funded.  £4.50 per session for children in receipt of NEG funding.
Cheques made payable to “The Sunshine Pre School Limited”
The term AFTER your child’s third birthday they are eligible for the government grant for early education.
This is up to a maximum 15 hours per week. 3 hours funded per session it is possible to have two sessions on one day. Please be aware that we charge a small amount for additional services on a sessional basis.
Also please be aware that you cannot be charged for the 3 hour funded sessions at all.
As you are aware your child is entitled to 38 weeks of free part time nursery education a year. At the Lanes Kindergarten we deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

STARTING AT THE LANES KINDERGARTEN

The first days
We want your child to feel happy and safe with us, so that is why we ask you to spend as much time as needed to settle your child into Pre School. This transition from home to Pre School is just as difficult for parents, so we want you to be happy, by spending time in the setting you will know what your child is doing during their time with us.

A child who is tense or unhappy will not be able to play or learn properly, so it is important for parents and staff to work together to help the child to feel confident and secure in the group. This takes longer for some children than for others and parents should not feel worried if their child takes a while to settle.

What to wear

In order to feel free to explore and experiment with all kinds of materials, including messy ones, it is best to send children dressed in clothes which are easily washable or not too new. Uniform is available to purchase, sweatshirts £8.50 and polo t-shirts £7.00 a great way of making sure your children’s clothes don’t get spoilt by messy play and craft!
Book bags are available and these are great for when the children borrow books to share with you at home.

It is good for children to practice the skills which will make them independent. Simple clothing which they can handle themselves will enable them to go to the toilet when they want to and to put on and take off their outdoor clothes without being too dependent on other people’s help.

Please can you provide wet weather clothes Wellington boots and waterproofs as the EYFS advises children should be able to go
outside in any weather. Please make sure all coats, bags are named.

Community Centre, Breech Lane,
Walton on the Hill,
KT20 7SN
01737 814207

Here are the contact details of the departments that work alongside us:

Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
3rd Floor
Royal Exchange Buildings
St Ann’s Square
Manchester
M2 7LA

Telephone Number: 0300 123 1231
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web: www.ofsted.gov.uk

Early & Years Childcare Education
Fairmount House
Bull Hill
Leatherhead
Surrey
KT22 7AH

Telephone Number: 01372 833 888