Information about Little Stars Pre-School

Sessions

Our sessions run for 3 hours at a fee of £14.00 per session.

Morning Sessions

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8.55 - 11.55am

Tuesday and Thursday 8.30 - 11.30am

Afternoon Session

Tuesday and Thursday 12.10-3.10pm

These sessions focus more on preparing these children for primary school, so more structured activities are planned

 

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 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.  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 Pre-school Learning Alliance (a national educational organisation).

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.

 

Sparkle

We were very fortunate to be part of the sparkle project; this is a local organisation consisting of a speech therapist, a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist. During the last academic year they visited our setting on a regular basis to offer staff; support, advice, ideas for activities and training. This proved to be extremely valuable for the staff and the knowledge gained has had an outstanding effect on promoting children’s development through play.

 

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.

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.

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 following policies and procedures are available for parents to view and are located on the notice board in our cloakroom area.

 

Child Protection

Safeguarding children and child protection

Uncollected child

Missing child

Use of mobile phones and cameras

Whistle Blowing

E-Safety

 

Suitable People

 

Employment and staffing

Student placements

 

Staff Qualifications, Training, Support and Skills

 

Induction of staff, volunteers and managers

First Aid

 

Key Person

 

The role of the key person and settling-in

 

Health

 

Administering medicines

Managing children who are sick, infectious, or with allergies

Recording and reporting of accidents and incidents

Food and drink

Food hygiene

 

Managing Behaviour

 

Achieving positive behaviour

 

Safety and Suitability of Premises

Environment and Equipment

 

Health and general standards

Maintaining children’s safety and security on the premises

Supervision of children on outings/visits

Risk Assessments

Fire safety and emergency evacuation

Animals in the setting

No smoking

 

Equal Opportunities

 

Valuing diversity and promoting Equality

Supporting children with special educational needs

 

Information and Records

 

Admissions

Parental Involvement

Children’s records

Providers records

Confidentiality and client access to records

Working in partnership with other agencies

Making a complaint

Children’s records

Provider records

 

Your Questions Answered

When can my child start?

Your child is able to start when they are 2 years old, Tuesday and Thursday morning sessions are encouraged for our younger children.

 

How often can my child attend?

Children can attend a minimum of 2 sessions and a maximum of 5 sessions per week.

 

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.

 

What can I do to help my child settle into pre-school?

All children are individuals and some settle quicker than others. At Little Stars we work closely with parents to ensure the settling in period is as ‘pain free’ as possible for both parents and children. We have different strategies we use if a child is having difficulties in settling in. For example: welcoming you to stay with your child and gradually increasing the time you leave them or collecting them a little earlier from the session. Please be assured that we will always contact you if your child is distressed and we are unable to console them.

 

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.

(Please note:  If your child does not attend a session due to illness, holiday, etc, fees still have to be paid).

 

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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