St Johns Village Hall, Upper Street, Kingsdown, Kent, CT14 8BJ Tel: 01304 379727 / 07968 263185
Welcome to Kingsdown Pre-School
The Committee and staff would like to welcome you to Kingsdown Pre-School. Kingsdown Pre-School is a self supporting group and registered charity, number 285737. Kingsdown Pre-School first opened its’ doors in the 1970’s and is still a successful and caring environment where children can come and play.
We currently employ 8 staff with many years experience and childcare qualifications. All staff are DBS checked and First Aid trained every three years. We have an active training programme and staff are encouraged to access courses to add to their qualifications and experience throughout their careers with us. Each session has one supervisor, deputy and at least three further members of staff.
If you would be interested in working regularly as a volunteer - this could be general duties or an even greater help would be volunteers happy to take over the kitchen duties of making drinks, washing up, preparing snack club food for the children, then please email us at email@example.com
Ofsted Inspection report (16.9.15): "Staff are good role models and teach children to share, collaborate and take turns. Consequently children are well behaved and develop positive social skills which help them to prepare for their future learning."
Term DatesThroughout the year the Pre-School have Inset days for the staff. You will be notified of these dates in the Curriculum Letter each term and another reminder in our regular newsletters.
Term 1Start Monday 5th September Finish Friday 21st October
Term 2Start Monday 31st October Finish Tuesday 20th December
Term 3Start Wednesday 4th January Finish Friday 10th February
Term 4Start Monday 20th February Finish Friday 31st March *inset day 9th March - preschool closed.
Term 5Start Tuesday 18th April (Monday 1st May preschool closed - Bank Holiday) Finish Friday 26th May
Term 6Start Monday 5th June Finish Friday 21st July
Q) What if my child is still in nappies when they start Pre-School?
A) Don't worry! Bring a bag clearly labelled with your child's name, spare nappies and a change of clothes. Children become dry at different stages. If they aren't yet, then it won't be too long. Unfortunately though, soiled nappies will be returned to you as we have no means of disposing of them appropriately on the premises.
Q) What should my child wear?
A) Play clothes that can get dirty! Please put your child in clothes that you don't mind if they get a little dirty, with sensible playing shoes. Clothes that allow your child to move freely when playing and that are easy to take off when visiting the toilet are essential. You can purchase Pre-School t-shirts, sweatshirts and/or sun hats – please see a member of staff.
Q) What do I do if I'm going to be late collecting my child?
A) Phone us! It is very important that you phone us immediately if you are going to be late and inform us approximately of your arrival time. If you arrange for someone else to collect your child you must still phone us – we CANNOT let your child be taken home by someone else if you have not informed us in writing or in a late pick up situation have phoned to inform us of this. If the person collecting your child is not on your emergency contact list, they must have the pre-school password in order to collect your child. The password changes daily.
Q) Does Pre-School provide the lunches for my child?
A) No We do not have the facilities to provide lunches for all the children. Please bring a lunch box/bag for your child that is clearly labelled with their name and inform us if they have any dietary requirements/allergies etc. Please cut any grapes, tomatoes or olives provided in your child's lunch in half to prevent incidents of choking.
At Kingsdown Pre-School we acknowledge the importance of building good relationships with our parents. With this in mind we endeavour to do this by:-
- Keeping you well informed about your child's progress by operating a key person system, who you can speak to at the end of any session.
- Holding regular meetings where parents are invited to speak to their child's key person.
The Key Person System is in place to ensure that each child is cared for and treated as an individual. Each member of staff has a small group of children who they will monitor, observe and keep records for, during their time at Pre-School. This is the person who parents can liaise with and discuss any concerns or achievements as required. We would positively welcome your input to these records by telling us of events/milestones in your child's life such as swimming without armbands, visiting new places, cooking skills etc. Photos from home would be lovely too. Parents will be notified who your child's Key person is by letter once your child has started Pre-School. You are of course also welcome to speak to the Supervisors at any time about any concerns. It would also be great if you would like to share any hobbies, skills or talents which may be linked to our weekly themes.
Once your child has started we will:
- Provide regular newsletters about topics, activities, events being held, trips and special days.
- We will use photographs in displays and in the album to record daily events, topics and trips for you to view. (All parents will be asked to sign a consent form to allow photographs of their children to be used in these displays)
- Provide information about the Pre-School through letters home, regular newsletters and an up to date notice board.
- Invite parents to special events, e.g. New Parent Welcome coffee morning, Summer Picnic and Nativity Play.
Free Child Places
Since September 2010, Kent County Council funds 15 hours of Early Years educational entitlement to all children from the qualifying date following their 3rd birthday. The qualifying dates are 31st December, 31st March and 31st August. Kingsdown Pre-School can offer parents/carers the full 38 weeks funding (a full academic year). Lunches may also be included in the 15 hours of free entitlement.
If your child is under 3, or turns 3 after one of the qualifying dates listed above, the session fee for unfunded children applies. This fee is £14.50 per session. Free entitlement for families on low incomes may be applied for. Please speak to a senior supervisor for more information.
Some children aged 2 may be eligible for Free for 2 funding. If your child is eligible for this funding you will receive 15 hours free Early Years Education for your child from the age of 2. To find out if you are able to claim this funding, please visit www.kent.gov.uk/freefor2. Please advise us if you are applying for this funding. If your child has been in receipt of Free for 2 funding, they may also be entitled to claim Early Years pupil premium once they receive their 3 and 4 year old funding. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.
Funding is applied and claimed for by the Pre-school. You will receive notice prior to your child's application, at which time we will require sight of your child's birth certificate. Parents must also sign a Parental Declaration, which will be provided by pre-school.