The pre-school was moved to its present location in August 2011 as part of ‘Suffolk County Council’s’ re-organisation plans (phase 2) of closing the middle schools’. The pre-school was invited by the council to move to the middle school(now primary school) as the pre-school mobile (in playground of old primary school) was needed to accommodate the new year 5 children, in the primary school facility.
The Pre-school is voluntary controlled and the committee is responsible for the group. It is normally made up of elected parent/carers, who stand for one or two years. (please see our get involved section above) Ofsted rated us GOOD overall and found us very strong in some aspects (please see Ofsted’s website for full report)
Our pre-school offers education and care in a purpose built pre-school section in the primary school, where we create a learning through play environment for children age two years and three months to school age.
We are able to offer funded early years places for 15 hours and the extended 30 hours per week (if eligible) and unfunded places for those who are not eligible as yet or want to pay for extra sessions.
The pre-school is open for 5 morning sessions, Monday to Friday, 8.55am until 11.55am and 5 afternoon sessions, Monday to Friday, 12.30pm until 3.30pm and run in accordance with school term-time as close as possible. For children whose parent/carer work and are entitled to the extra 15 (30) hours of government funding; times are as mentioned above but to include lunch club 11.55am to 12.30pm at an extra cost, lunch is provided by the pre-school (we are a nut free pre-school) if eligible/spaces/ratios are available as we have limited spaces. Lunch is also available to children who attend our pm sessions.
Parent/carer’s will need to supply a drink for lunch club.
Fees for non- funded sessions are £16.00 per three hour session. (approx. £5.33 per hour)
Fees for non-funded children age two – can pay £10.66 for a two hour session
from 12.30pm – 2.30pm or £16.00 for a three hour session from 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Lunch Club is £3.50 per day
A refundable deposit is required for your child to go onto our waiting list.
Worlingham Pre-School has a secure outside area which is accessed daily.
The group has continued to develop itself and has purchased a wealth of new resources, including many with positive images of different cultures, ages, backgrounds and abilities.
Aims of Worlingham Pre-School:
The aim of the Pre-School is to provide a happy, safe, secure and stimulating atmosphere in which we can provide pre-school education and care in a ‘learning through play’ environment. We aim to be fully inclusive of all children and adults.
We offer developmentally appropriate activities which can be adjusted to suit the individual child’s needs. The curriculum offered enables children to progress through the Early Years Foundation Stage’s for Learning and development through the seven areas which are crucial for igniting the children’s enthusiasm and curiosity and help relationships to thrive. The first three areas are crucial and known as the ‘Prime Areas’ and the other four is known as the ‘Specific Areas’ of Early Learning which help to strengthen the ‘Prime Areas.’
‘Prime Areas’ are:- Communication and Language, Physical development, Personal, social and emotional development.
‘Specific Areas’ are:- Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design.
The Pre-School works within the suggested guidelines set out by Ofsted which also includes ‘Safeguarding and Welfare’ to ensure children:
- Are protected from harm or neglect and stay safe
- Are healthy Enjoy and achieve
- Make a positive contribution to our provision and the wider community
The Pre-School also works within Ofsted’s minimum standards.
The Pre-School has a fully trained named SENDco, Gail Reynolds. (Deputy Manager)
Along with the Pre-School Manager, Angie Gurney, aim to keep other staff up to date with procedures and practices through in-house training, courses and meetings.
The professional development of all staff is continuous and ongoing.