Information about Little Stars Pre-School

Sessions

Our sessions run for 6 hours at a fee of £30.00 per session

Our sessions run for 3 hours at a fee of £13.00 per session.

 

Monday , Tuesday and Thursday   8.55am – 2.55 pm

Wednesday and Friday   8.55am –11.55 am

 

A maximum of 22 children aged between 2-4years are able to attend any one session.  During this time a variety of activities are provided to suit all the children’s individual needs.

 

Child Care

Key Person and Record Keeping

When your child starts at Little Stars they will be allocated a key person.  This member of staff will be responsible for updating your child’s records and liaising with you.  Record keeping is achieved by observations, planning and assessment , these carried out by members of staff whilst your child is participating in everyday activities.  All records are kept securely in a locked cabinet and are only available to staff and the relevant child’s parent/carers.  Any concerns you may have can be discussed with your key person as well as any member of staff.

 

Committee

Little Stars is a community pre-school run by a committee of parents.  We are a friendly group and welcome new parents to join.

We are active members of the Early Years Alliance.

As a registered charity we rely on fundraising and greatly appreciate assistance of any kind from parents and carers.

If you would like to find out more about the committee’s activities or join the committee, please speak to a member of staff.

 

Equal Opportunities

At Little Stars we welcome families from all sections of the community and treat all children as individuals. We have a behavioural policy to ensure any disciplinary matters are dealt with fairly and discreetly. And where necessary, we liaise with parents to help children overcome any particular difficulties.

 

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)

At Little Stars we provide an environment in which all children are supported to reach their full potential.  We have a designated SENCO member of staff.  And are able to help support both parents and children with their special needs/disabilities.

 

Healthy Eating

At Little Stars we promote healthy eating during our mid-session snack as part of the government initiative to help families; eat well, move more, and live longer. We recognise the importance of a good balanced diet in children and the positive effects this has towards leading a healthy lifestyle.

To read more click here.

 

Partnership with Parents

We pride ourselves in the good relationships we build with parents. We liaise with parents on a termly basis, sharing their child’s progress book and informing them of their wellbeing and involvement. We welcome parents to speak with their child’s keyperson, or any member of staff, whenever the need arises and will always do our upmost to be accommodating.

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

The EYFS sets the standards for Learning, Development and Care for all children up to the age of five.The principles which guide the work of all early years practitioners are grouped into four themes:-

 

A Unique Child - Every child is a competent learner, who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

 

Positive Relationships - Children are able to learn to be strong and independent within secure relationships

with parents and/or a key person.

 

Enabling Environments - The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.

 

Learning and Development - Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

 

The EYFS is made up of seven areas of Learning and Development, three prime areas and four specific areas, they are all connected to each another.

 

Prime Areas:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This focuses on developing children’s identity, independence and self-confidence, so they learn how to control their feelings and be thoughtful and respectful to others

 

Physical Development

Promoting development of; physical control, coordination, spatial awareness and manipulative skills. Learning the importance of good health, self-care and safety.

 

Communication and Language

 

Understanding language and developing vocabulary to enhance communication.

 

Specific Areas

Literacy

Allowing opportunities to develop early reading and writing skills.

 

Mathematics

The encouragement of understanding basic mathematic concepts and problem solving through everyday activities.

 

Understanding the World

Assisting children in exploring their environment and the world around them. Encouraging understanding of other cultures and their festivals. Developing basic I.T skills.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Allowing children the freedom to express themselves in a creative way using various materials and equipment. Providing opportunities to enhance their imagination through music, dance, mime and role-play.

 

For further details regarding the EYFS click here.

 

Policies and Procedures

Our pre-schools policies and procedures are available for parents to view and are located on the notice board in our cloakroom area.

 

Your Questions Answered

 

When can my child start?

Your child is able to start when they are 2 years old.

 

Can we visit Little Stars?

Yes, we encourage early visits to help children familiarise themselves with our pre-school before they start and give you the opportunity to meet the staff. Please telephone us to arrange a convenient time.

 

Do I need to bring anything when my child starts?

Please bring your child’s birth certificate. A member of staff will need to check your child’s details are as per their birth certificate, before funding can be claimed. We advice you bring a named bag with spare clothing for your child (in case of any little accidents).

 

When do I need to pay?

Fees are paid monthly in advance.  Invoices are sent out approximately 2 weeks before they are due.  Each child’s place is conditional upon the continued payment of fees.  If you have any difficulties in paying, please speak to our administrator or a member of staff.

 

How do I apply for Free Early Education?

Your child is eligible for funding the term after their third birthday.  We will inform you of this in advance and ask you to complete a declaration form stating how many hours you wish to claim. We then apply for funding on your behalf. Click Here

 

For FF2 funding eligible families should receive a postcard inviting them to apply online, once a confirmation email has been received please share this with us, we will then deal with the claim from there.

 

Do I need to inform you when someone else is collecting my child?

Yes, this is very important, as we will not allow a child to leave our premises with a stranger or any person unknown to us. Please provide staff with the name and contact details of the person collecting your child.

 

Is there a time when my child should not attend?

We would prefer that your child does not attend if they are suffering from any contagious conditions, as we feel this is unfair to the other children and staff.

 

What happens if my child has any dietary requirements?

We will happily adhere to any dietary requirements you may have for you child; from food allergies and personal preferences to cultural diets. Please share this information on your child's application form and speak with a member of staff when you visit. Dietary preference and allergy lists are displayed in the kitchen area, where food is prepared, to ensure all staff are made aware at all times.

 

 

More Information

For more information or any other enquiries call 01622 203438, email your details to littlestarspreschool@live.co.uk or go to our contacts page to fill out a simple form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Little Stars Pre-School | c/o South Borough Primary School | Stagshaw Close | Postley Road | Maidstone | ME15 6TL

Tel: 01622 203438 Email: littlestarspreschool@live.co.uk

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