St Richards Pre-School, Park Road, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 8DT
Registered charity number 1068465
OPEN MONDAY – FRIDAY
RISING 5’S SESSION
FULL VARIED & BALANCED CURRICULUM
QUALIFIED CARE & EDUCATION
SAFE & STIMULATING ENVIRONMENT
LINKS WITH LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS
HIGH RATIO OF ADULTS TO CHILDREN
CONTACT LISA JOHNSTON ON 07751072765 TO ARRANGE A VISIT
OR FOR MORE INFORMATION
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Welcome to St Richard’s Pre-School, here are a few points to note:-
Times: 9.00 am – 12.00 noon
12.00 - 1.00pm (lunch club session)
It is important to keep to these times, as our insurance does not cover children
outside state sessions.
Suitable clothing and shoes, preferably old as they may get messy. Uniform is
If your child is bringing his/her own drink, please ensure it is labelled with their
The children are encouraged to bring an item from home to show at carpet time.
Please ensure it is related to the week’s theme to avoid disappointment.
If anyone other than yourself will be collecting your child, please inform
supervisor as your child will not be released to someone unknown to us.
If your child is ill and will not be attending Pre-school, please ring the Supervisor
on the first day of absence, as a record of an illness is kept:07751072765
There is no need to ring on consecutive days if your child continues to be poorly.
Parents are asked not to bring into the pre-school any child who has been
vomiting or had diarrhoea until at least 48 hours has elapsed since the last
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We would like to extend a warm welcome to all our new families and hope that
the following will go a little way towards explaining what we are able to offer you
and your child/children.
We value the opinions and ideas of parents/carers, so please do not hesitate,
after all, we all have one very important thing in common, our children and their
Although we do not operate a parent rota system, parents/carers are always
welcome to stay and help. If anyone has any special skills or interests that they
would like to share with the group, we would be delighted to welcome you.
Please speak to a member of staff.
INTRODUCTION TO PRE-SCHOOLS
Pre-schools nationwide exist for children, particularly those in urban areas
without the freedom of space. They allow children to learn through play, to
develop and stimulate the senses, prepare for the school years ahead – not to
formally educate, but to encourage a health social interaction with other
children, to nurture friendships and self confidence.
ST RICHARD’S PRE-SCHOOL
St Richard’s Pre-school (formally St Richard’s Play group) began in 1969 to help
cater for the needs of the ever-increasing younger population in Heathfield. Like
other pre-schools, St Richard’s exists through the support of parents, both
financially – from fees and through the tremendous time and effort given by
them during annual fund raising events; all of which are essential to provide the
necessary resources, equipment, summer outings and Christmas parties!
St Richard’s Pre-school is a registered member of the Pre-school Learning
Alliance (P.L.A) which is an organisation set up to liase with the registered
members nationwide, offering advice, tutoring and a limited amount of funding.
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At St Richard’s Pre-school, we aim to provide quality care and education,
meeting the child’s individual needs and building upon existing knowledge in a
safe and stimulating environment. We aim to provide favourable conditions for
each child to develop his/her potential. We aim to encourage a good partnership
with our parents/carers and to provide equal opportunities for all families within
the community of the pre-school. Our team of qualified, experienced and
motivated staff members aims to provide a full, varied and balanced curriculum
in consultation with the parents and to support the children’s learning where
appropriate, enabling the children to become confident and independent
THE MANAGEMENT OF OUR GROUP
St Richard’s Pre-school is a community run group. It means we are run by a
committee, who consists of you, the parents. Each October we have our Annual
General Meeting, at which a new committee is elected. Without a committee the
group cannot function.
It is the committee’s responsibility to oversee finances and the general running
of the group, although it seems a big responsibility, with support and co-
operation from all those involved, this can be a very rewarding, enjoyable
experience. Committee meetings are aimed at being a social get together, it is
also an opportunity to make new friends.
PRE-SCHOOL TIMES & INFORMATION
Monday (rising 5’s) - 9.00 am until 12.00 noon
Tuesday to Friday - 9.00 am until 12.00 noon
Lunch club - 12.00 until 1.00 pm
It is important to keep to these times, as our insurance does not cover children
outside the stated sessions. Please be prompt when collecting your child, as
some may be upset if their parent/carer is not waiting at the end of the session.
If for any reason your child is not collected by 12.30 pm, we are obliged to
inform Social Services, but before doing so every effort will be made to contact
the child’s parent/carer and any emergency contacts numbers given to us.
Be prepared to stay with your child for as long as it takes him/her to settle in.
Some take a short time, others take longer to become happily settled. Each
child is different. Always say ‘goodbye’ when you leave your child at pre-school.
Never try to slip away unnoticed, as this nearly always ends in disaster and
leaves the staff with the hard task of restoring your child’s shattered confidence.
If there are any problems, please discuss them with the supervisor.
If anyone other than you (parent/carer) will be collecting your child, please let
the supervisor know, as he/she will not be released to someone unknown to us.
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You can contact the pre-school during opening times on the following mobile
The supervisor can be contacted on the above mobile number at all other times.
Please bring your child into pre-school through the side door into the main hall.
Outside shoes and coats can be left on the named pegs in the hall by the double
Please make sure that your child is wearing suitable clothing, old clothes are
best, as they may come home with glue or paint on them. It is a good idea to
provide soft shoes such as trainers or your children, which are safer when the
climbing frame is being used.
Pre-school sweatshirts and T-shirts are available to purchase but are not
compulsory. However if you purchase items please ensure they are clearly
marked with your childs name.
During the Summer your child will need a sun hat and please apply sun-cream
prior to pre-school.
The children are given a healthy snack and a drink of milk or water each
morning, but if you may bring juice, in a clearly marked beaker for your child.
We ask parents to keep us supplied with a range of healthy snacks i.e. cream
crackers, bread sticks etc. and fresh fruit and vegetables.
Please make staff aware of any food allergies your child may have.
At the end of the session the children are taken into a side room for a short
story. At 12 noon the children will be released one at a time to their respective
This is available several times a week. We ask that you provide your child with a
packed lunch (with ice pack if possible).
No fizzy drinks, glass bottles or sweets.
We are a nut-free Pre-school due to children with related allergies.
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Please notify the pre-school of any infectious diseases your child may have
contracted, such as chicken pox, measles etc.
For your information below is a list of the incubation and exclusion periods of the
common infectious diseases:
Disease Usual incubation Interval Appearance of
between onset rash on child
of illness &
Chicken Pox – 10-21 0-2 7 days from
rash; all the scabs
need not have
Dysentery after 1-7 - Until 48 hours
Food poisoning 0-2 - Until declared fit
German measles 14-21 0-2 Until clinical
Infective jaundice 14-42 - Until clinical
Measles recovery 7-21 3-5 Until clinical
Meningitis 2-10 - Until clinical
Recovery & (viral) 0-21 - Bacteriological
Mumps 12-28 - Until clinical
Scarlet fever 2-5 1-2 Until clinical
Whooping cough 5-14 - Until clinical
Exclusion periods of the common infections:
Disease Minimum periods of exclusion
Impetigo Until spots have healed, unless lesions can be
Pediculosis (head lice) Until treatment has been carried out
Ringworm of scalp or body Until adequate treatment instituted, provided
lesions are covered
Threadworm Until adequate treatment instituted
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Scabies Until adequate treatment instituted
If your child is ill and will not be attending Pre-school, please ring the supervisor
on the first day of absence as a record of all illness is kept: 07751072765
There is no need to ring on consecutive days if your child continues to be poorly.
You will need to complete an absence form on your child’s return to Pre-school.
The named Health visitor for St Richard’s Pre-school is Nicky Learmount on
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HOW CAN HEADLICE BE DETECTED AND CONTROLLED?
Wet combing using a detection comb (control method).
Wash hair thoroughly using normal shampoo, rinse, condition with normal
conditioner, rinse and comb hair thoroughly, section by section, using detection
comb. Adults and children, whether head lice are detected or not, should be
encouraged to do we comb detection on a weekly basis throughout the year. If
lice are found, wet comb detection should be done on alternate days for two
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR HEADLICE?
1. If treatment with an insecticide is necessary.
First choice – Suleo M or Prioderm Lotion which are both alcoholic based,
For young children, asthmatics or those with skin problems, use Derbac M
which is Malathion in solution. (It should be noted that some cases of
Malathion resistance have been identified in a local study)
Other alternatives are – Lyclear Cream Rinse or Full Marks Lotion
(Alcoholic) but full resistance to both these incsecticides has been
demonstrated in a small local study.
2. Use of Carbaryl
Carbaryl is available on prescription only, limiting its use to cases of
multiple resistance only.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE TREATMENT WITH LOTIONS SHOULD BE CARRIED
OUT ONLY WHEN LICE ARE FOUND
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We prefer fees to be paid either half termly – this should be paid within 10 days
of the beginning of each term, or weekly. Unfortunately, we are unable to make
allowances for illness or holidays (except in exceptional circumstances), as even
in your child’s absence the running costs of the group remain the same.
Monday (rising 5’s) - £9.00 per session
Tuesday to Friday - £9.00 per session
Lunch club - £3.00 per session
We also require a one off non-refundable registration fee of £20.00 from children
who are not yet entitled to the government funding.
SUPERVISOR Lisa Johnston
DEPUTY SUPERVISOR Emma Keeley
PRE SCHOOL ASSISTANT Janice Sherwood
Lisa Johnston Diploma in Pre-school Practice – Level 3
Paediatric First Aid
Emma Keeley BTEC National Diploma in Nursery Nursing
Advanced Diploma in Child Care and Education
Janice Sherwood Paediatric First Aid
Staff update qualifications regularly by attending various courses and training
COMMITTEE: Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary, Committee Members
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What does the committee do?
The supervisor is responsible for providing quality care, education and
supervision on a daily basis. She/he is also responsible for his/her staff and for
those children attending each day.
Working alongside, supporting the staff member is The Committee. The
Committee runs the business and financial sides of the pre-school. They are
responsible for employing trained and qualified staff to supervise the children,
participating in the interviewing for job vacancies and negotiating their wages.
The Committee also set fees, which cover the cost of rent for the hall, wages
milk and insurance.
As fees only cover the above mentioned, one of the major roles of the
Committee is to raise funds for the pre-school to provide the following: paper,
pens, pencils, new equipment, Christmas part, “leavers party and if possible to
subsidise a summer outing.
The Committee holds regular meetings to discuss any forth coming events and
to decide any policy matters. Subcommittees may be elected for some fund-
raising events e.g. sponsored bike rides.
HOW DO WE RAISE FUNDS?
We are always pleased to hear of any new fund-raising ideas; even if you do not
choose to sit on the Committee. Each year we hold some of the following fund-
raising events: jumble sales, Christmas Bazaar, Easter Fayre, a sponsored event
We use www.edupayment.co.uk a school fundraising marketplace. Any of your
online purchases through edupayment’s participating retailers ill raise vital funds
You do not pay extra for your purchases, you won’t have to register and all sales
are completed direct with the retailer.
350+ leading online brands are participating in this service including Amazon,
Play, B&Q, Tesco, Toys R us, Mothercare, Currys, Thomas Cook, and many
Providing you go through edupayment.co.uk selecting our Pre-school we will
receive commission on your purchases at an average of 5.9%.
You will find special offers and discount codes to use with your orders to make
shopping cheaper for you as well.
So don’t forget www.edupayment.co.uk when purchasing online.
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If you have any suggestions or complaints, please initially speak to the
Supervisor, who will then forward it to the Committee if it is felt that the matter
needs to be taken further. Please read the attached policy for further details.
Attached are the two policies for you to read our Complaints Policy and our
Procedure for Child protection. The group’s remaining policies are available for
you to read and sign.
All our policies are designed to offer the best possible experience for the children
and families in our group. Our policies are reviewed on a regular basis and
comments and suggestion from parents are always welcome.
NURSERY EDUCATION FOR 3 AND 4 YEAR OLDS
St Richard’s Pre-school is a member of the Early Years Development plan. This
mean that we are inspected by OFSTED who will aim to ensure that we, as a
pre-school, are offering your children a suitable well balanced curriculum that
will enable them to make maximum progress towards the Early Leaning Goals.
All OFSTED information can be found at: www.ofsted.gov.uk
CHILDREN’S DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING
The provision for children’s development and learning is guided by The Early
Years Foundation Stage (DCFS 2007). From September 2008 the Early Years
Foundation Stage became law. This brings together Birth to Three Matters and
the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage. Our provision reflects the
four key themes and 16 commitments of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
A Unique Child
Child Development:Skilful communicator, competent support.
Inclusive Practice: Equality and diversity, children’s entitlements, early
Keeping Safe: Being safe and protected, discovering boundaries, making
Health and well-being: Growth and Developing, physical and emotional
Respecting Each Other: Understanding feelings, friendship, professional
Parents as Parents: Respecting diversity, communication, learning
Supporting Learning: Positive interactions, listening to children, effective
Key Person: Secure attachment, shared care, independence
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Observation, Assessment and planning: Starting with the child, planning,
Supporting Every Child: Children’s needs, the learning journey, working
The Learning Environment: The emotional environment, the outdoor
environment, the indoor environment.
The Wider Context: Transitions and continuity, multi-agency working, the
Learning and Development
Play and exploration: Learning through experience, adult involvement,
contexts for learning.
Active Learning: Mental and Physical involvement, decision making,
Creativity and Physical Thinking: Making connections, transforming and
understanding, sustained shared thinking.
Areas of Development and Learning.
How we provide for development and learning
Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are
born. The care and education offered by our setting helps children to continue to
do this by providing all the children with interesting activities that are
appropriate for their age and stage of development.
The Areas of Development and Learning comprise:
Personal, social and emotional development;
Communication, language and literacy development;
Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy;
Knowledge and understanding of the world;
Physical development; and
For each area, the practice guidance sets out the Early learning Goals. These
goals state what it is expected that children know and be able to do by the end
of the reception year of their education.
The practice guidance also sets out in ‘Development Matters’ the likely stages of
progress a child makes along their learning journey towards the early learning
goals. Our setting has regard to these matters when we assess children and plan
for their learning.
Within the group, all children are supported in developing their potential at the
own pace. Our key worker system enables us to ensure a planned curriculum
tailored to the needs of each individual child. By means of developmentally
appropriate play activities and a high level of individual adult input, we offer a
curriculum which leads to nationally approved learning outcomes and prepares
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children to progress with confidence to the National Curriculum at the age of five
COMMUNICATION, LANGUAGE AND LITERACY
In both small and large groups, children are encouraged to extend their
vocabulary and fluency by talking and listening and by hearing and responding
to stories, song and rhymes. Children are helped to understand that written
symbols carry meaning, to be aware of the purposes of writing and when they
are ready, to use drawn and written symbols for themselves well-stocked book
corner gives every child the opportunity and encouragement to become familiar
with books, able to handle them and aware of their uses, both for reference and
as a source of stories and pictures.
PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Within a nurturing environment, children are individually supported in developing
confidence, autonomy and self-respect. They are encouraged to work and
concentrate independently and also to take park in the life of the group, sharing
and co-operating with other children and adults. Through activities,
conversation and practical example, they learn acceptable ways to express their
own feelings and to have respect for the feelings of others. All children are
given the opportunity, as appropriate, to take responsibility for themselves and
also for the group, its members and its property.
By means of adult-supported practical experience, children become familiar with
the sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting activities, which form
the basis for early mathematics. As they use their developing mathematical
understanding to solve practical problems, children are assisted to learn and use
the vocabulary of mathematics, identifying objects by shape, position, size,
volume and number. Songs, games and picture books help children become
aware of number sequences and when they are ready, to use simple
mathematical operation such as adding.
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD
A safe and stimulating environment allows children to explore and experiment
with a range of natural and manufactured materials. They learn to observe the
features of objects and substances, recognising differences, patterns and
similarities and to share and record their findings. Children are assisted in
exploring and understanding their environment. A range of safe and well
maintained equipment enables children to extend their technological
understanding, using simple tools and techniques as appropriate to achieve their
intentions and to solve problems.
A range of equipment and opportunities, both indoors and out of doors, allows
children to develop confidence and enjoyment in the use and development of
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their own body skills. A very high level of adult supervision enables children
safely to create and meet physical challenges, developing increasing skill and
control in moving, climbing and balancing. At the same time, children are
supported in the development of the fine motor skills required to use tools,
including pens and pencils and to handle small object with increasing control and
Children are encouraged to use a wide range of resources in order to express
their own ideas and feelings and to construct their individual response to
experience in two and three dimensions. Art equipment, including paint, glue
crayons and pencils as well as natural and discarded resources, provides for
open-ended exploration of colour, shape and texture and the development of
skills in painting, drawing and collage. Children join in with and respond to
music and stories and there are many opportunities for imaginative role-play,
both individually and as part of a group.
NURSERY EDUCATION GRANT FUNDING
As a pre-school that is a member of the Early Years Development Plan, we are
entitled to receive funding for all 3 + 4 year olds. Eligible children may claim 15
hours a week over a 38 week year. Children will receive funding starting from
the term after their third birthday. For more information, speak to a member of
staff. When your child joins our pre-school, he/she will be allocated a key
worker (staff member) who will have a special responsibility for your child
ensuring that his/her specific needs are met within the group as a whole.
CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
If certain criteria are met, children may be able to obtain early intervention
funding from the term before their third birthday via a referral. Referrals can be
made by Health Visitors, Social Workers, Early Years SEN teachers, local Sure
Start teams, Lone Parent Advisors or the Ethnic Minority Pupil Service. For more
information, please talk to the Supervisor.
ST RICHARD’ PRE-SCHOOL COMPLAINTS POLICY
(Taken from our Policy folder)
1.10 Making a complaint
Our setting believes that children and parents are entitled to expect courtesy
and prompt careful attention to their needs and wishes. We welcome
suggestions on how to improve our setting and will give prompt and serious
attention to any concerns about the running of the setting. We anticipate that
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most concerns will be resolved quickly by an informal approach to the
appropriate member of staff. If this does not achieve the desired result, we have
a set of procedures for dealing with concerns. We aim to bring all concerns about
the running or our setting to a satisfactory conclusion for all of the parties
On starting Pre-school you will be given the opportunity to read our policy folder
and sign to say you have read them.
Our Policies include:
Equality of opportunity
Promoting health and hygiene
Health and safety
Child care practice
In the event of a complaint being referred to the Committee and not being
resolved due to the seriousness or the complexity, further advise will be sought
from OFSTED Early Years, Complaints, Investigation & Enforcement Team (CIE
Team) Freshford House, Redcliffe Way, BRISTOL, BS1 6NL 03001231231
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ST RICHARD’S PRE-SCHOOL PROCEDURE FOR CHILD PROTECTION
We comply with the procedures approved by the Area Child Protection
Committee. We intend to create in our pre-school an environment, in which
children are safe from abuse and in which any suspicion of abuse is promptly
and appropriately responded to. In order to achieve this we will:
EXCLUDE KNOWN ABUSERS
It will be made clear to applicants for posts within the pre-school that the
position is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act
All applicants for work within the pre-school, whether voluntary or paid, will be
interviewed before an appointment is made and will be asked to provide at least
one reference. All such references will be followed up. In the case of applicants
with unexplained gaps in their employment history, or who have moved rapidly
from one job to another, explanations will be sought.
All appointments, both paid and voluntary, will be subject to a probationary
period and will be confirmed unless the pre-school is confident that the applicant
can be safely entrusted with children.
SEEK AND SUPPLY TRAINING
We will seek out training opportunities for all adults involved in the group to
ensure that they recognise the symptoms of possible physical abuse, neglect,
emotional abuse and sexual abuse.
PREVENT ABUSE BY MEANS OF GOOD PRACTICE
Adults will not be left alone for long periods with individual children or with small
groups. An adult who needs to take a child aside – for example, for time out
after behaviour, which need improvement – will leave the door ajar.
Adults who have not been registered as “fit” persons will not take children
unaccompanied to the toilet.
Children will be encouraged to develop a sense of autonomy and independence
through adult support in making choices and in finding names for their own
feelings and acceptable ways to express them. This will enable children to have
the self-confidence and the vocabulary to resist inappropriate approaches.
The layout of the hall will permit constant supervision of all children.
RESPOND APPROPRIATELY TO SUSPICIONS OF ABUSE
The first concern will be the child. Children whose condition or behaviour has
given cause for concern will be listed to, reassured and helped to understand
that they themselves are valued and respected and have not been at fault.
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Changes in children’s behaviour/appearance will be investigated.
Parents will normally be the first point of reference, but if they are not in a
position to allay any legitimate anxieties, the matter will also be taken up with
the Duty & Assessment Team within Children’s Social Care and OFSTED.
In exceptional circumstances, the Duty & Assessment Team may be the first
point of reference.
All such suspicions and investigations will be kept confidential, shared only with
those who need to know. The people most commonly involved will be the
member of staff/key worker, the Supervisor and the Chairperson.
If a volunteer or member of staff is accused of any form of child abuse, the
person in charge of the group will interview him/her. The person accused may
choose to attend the interview accompanied by a friend or colleague.
The interview will usually be with the Supervisor. However, if the allegation is
against the Supervisor, the Chairperson, may conduct the interview. The person
against whom the allegation is made will be informed of the allegation and will
be immediately be suspended on full pay while an investigation is made.
Investigations will be in line with Area Child Protections Committee procedures
and conducted with the ACP Committee. Confidential records will be kept of the
allegation and of all subsequent meetings.
Whenever worrying changes are observed in a child’s behaviour, physical
condition or appearance, a specific and confidential record will be set up, quite
separate from the usual ongoing records of children’s progress and
development. The record will include, in addition to the name, address and age
of the child: timed and dated observations, describing objectively the child’s
behaviour/appearance, without comment or interpretation; where possible, the
exact words spoken by the child; the dated name and signature of the recorder.
Such records will be kept in a separate file and will not be accessible to people
other that the Supervisor, Chairperson and Key worker.
The pre-school will take every step in its power to build up trusting and
supportive relationships between families and staff and volunteers in the group.
Where abuse at home is suspected, the pre-school will continue to welcome the
child and family while investigations proceed. Confidential records kept on a
child will be shared with parents.
With the proviso that the care and safety of the child must always be
paramount, the pre-school will do all in its power to support and work with the
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LIAISE WITH OTHER BODIES
The pre-school operates in accordance with guidelines laid down by the
registering authority. Confidential records kept on children about whom the pre-
school is anxious will be shared with OFSTED, if the pre-school feels that
adequate explanations for changes in the child’s condition have not been
OFSTED Early Years
Telephone: 0300 1231231
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