Frequently Asked Questions

What should my child wear to Pre-School?

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 washed or not too new, and which are practical and appropriate. Sweatshirts and T-shirts in the red Pre-School uniform colours can be purchased through the Pre-School. These are both comfortable and practical to wear. We do have spare clothes in case of accidents, but children are often happier if they have their own clothes to change into. We require the child to bring a bag to Pre-School every session, with change of clothes, and appropriate outdoor wear for the time of year.

My child isn’t toilet trained yet, will that be a problem?

No, we DO accept children in disposable nappies, however parents must provide nappies, all cleaning products and nappy sacks as there are no disposal facilities in the setting.
If your child is toilet training, please let us know and we will work with you. Please provide extra clothing in case of accidents.

Will my child be assigned a keyworker?

Yes, the pre-school 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 the pre-school provides is right for your child’s particular needs and interests. When your child first starts at the pre-school, she/he will help your child to settle and throughout your child’s time at the pre-school, she/he will help your child to benefit from the pre-school’s activities.

How will i know what my child has been doing at Pre-School?

The pre-school keeps a record of development for each child. Staff and parents working together on this is one of the ways in which Pre-School and parents work in partnership. Your child’s record of development helps us to celebrate together her/his achievements and to work together to provide what your child needs for her/his well-being and to make progress. In January 2015 we replaced the children’s paper scrapbooks with tapestry the online learning journal. Parents are set up on Tapestry to both view observations and wow moments recorded during the children’s sessions and to add their own observations, news and comments. This is a lovely interactive way to share information between home and Pre-school. Parents are notified by email when a new observation is added to their child’s learning journey. This helps parents to see instantly what their child has enjoyed and promotes conversation when at home. 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. You and the key person will then decide on how to help your child to move on to the next stage.

What are the fees?

There is a small charge for each session, please see our fees page.

My child will be staying for lunch, what should I bring?

We do encourage all parents/carers to bring a healthy lunch for their child, this may include a sandwich, a yoghurt, a piece of fruit and a drink etc. We operate as a “nut free zone”. There is also an option to have a hot lunch or pack-up provided by the the kitchen at Scarning Primary School for a small charge.  Please ask if you would like more information about this.

What will my child be offered at snack time?

We do provide either milk or water to drink. We will also provide a selection of snacks for the children to choose from. This will vary but may include items such as apple, grapes, breadsticks, bread and butter, cheese, crackers, etc. Please do let us know if your child has any special dietary requirements.

We hope this may have helped to answer any questions you may have, if there is anything else that you would like to ask please don’t hesitate to contact us.