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Prospectus 2010


									               PROSPECTUS   Page 1 of 15
                  Staff Employed at Piglets Preschool

Mrs Clare Johnson
Position:             Playleader , Child Protection Co-ordinator
Qualifications:       Introduction to Preschool Practice
                      Diploma in Preschool Practice

                   Piglets’ telephone number is: 07759 382575

         For more Information please visit our website:
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      At Piglets Preschool, we aim to provide a happy,
   stimulating environment for children. In particular we :

   •   provide a high standard of play, care and education according to each
       child’s needs and to help children develop intellectually, emotionally,
       physically and socially

   •   create a setting where parents, carers, children and staff respect and
       care for one another within a happy atmosphere

   •   provide resources and display attitudes to promote a positive view of
       gender, race, culture and age

   •   display an inclusive approach to all children and their parents/carers
       providing support to those with differing needs

   •   keep all our children safe through a commitment to child protection                                         Page 3 of 15
This brochure is designed to introduce new parents to Piglets, imparting
information and sharing thoughts about our role in your child’s preschool
education. We hope you will find it useful as a starting point in finding out
about opportunities available. You are always most welcome to visit the
preschool with your child.
The work of today’s parents is moulding the preschool of the future, just as
the foundations of our preschool today owe much to the planning of our
parents of yesterday.

What is preschool for?
We welcome you and your child to our preschool and hope that your
preschool days will be happy and fulfilling for you all as your child starts the
long process of growing away from Mum and Dad and towards being an
independent individual in society. We understand that it is a big step to leave
home for a whole morning to start with, but we hope to create a homely,
caring atmosphere where children play, talk and socialise with other children
of their own age and start to get used to other children’s parents and
preschool leaders.
Preschool provides a stable and purposeful environment acting as a stepping-
stone from home to school. By the time our children move on to school, we
hope they are socially adjusted individuals with a vast store of play experience
on which more structured learning can be built. At the same time as your
child finds his/her feet, we hope that you will make new friends through
preschool activities and come to feel really involved in your organisation.
We like to think of our preschool as a friendly and welcoming one, but, of
course that, in turn, depends on each and everyone of us.                                          Page 4 of 15
How has Piglets Preschool evolved?
Many years ago, a privately run playgroup was started in the Village Hall. In
1975 it became a committee-run group adopting the Preschool Playgroup
Association constitution. In the late 1970s, a group of parents with foresight
started to realise that with determination and enthusiasm, it might be possible
to have a playroom of our very own. A place where the daily setting out of
heavy equipment would become a thing of the past. A place with tables and
chairs of a suitable size and where the children could feel at home. What a
dream it was to think of being able to display children’s artwork around our
walls and to be able to make a mess with water play, paints and glue without
upsetting other community organisations.
In November 1982, after much fund-raising and negotiation, £6000 was raised
to purchase our own, second-hand, relocatable room from Elliots of
Peterborough. By January 1983, the Wescott Room was formally opened and
in operation with running water and sanitation, electricity connected and our
toys and equipment transferred from the Village Hall.
Thanks to the vision of former parents, in April 1996, we said a fond farewell
to the Wescott Room and purchased a 21 year lease on a purpose-built room
in the Great Staughton sports pavilion. As the PPA changed its name to the
Preschool Learning Alliance, so we changed from playgroup to
During the years of fund-raising for the pavilion, the acronym PIGS
was used (Pavilion In Great Staughton) so we decided to be
informally known as Piglets Preschool, although on formal documents
and cheques we still have to use Great Staughton Preschool.

When does the Preschool operate?
We open for five mornings a week during term time. We try to match
Great Staughton School for most holidays. You will receive a list of
holiday dates as soon as we can finalise them with the Primary School.
Morning sessions start at 9:00am and finish at 12:00pm. We encourage
children to come any time between 8:45am and 9:00am when the children are
brought together for the register.
Our optional Lunch Club runs on straight after the session until 12:45pm.                                         Page 5 of 15
Settling my child
How can I help?
All children are individuals and it follows, therefore that there is no magic age
at which children will be readily separated from their parents to attend
preschool by themselves. You are the best judge of your child’s readiness to
stay at preschool and we aim to be as adaptable as possible when settling in
new children. If you can visit preschool a few times it will help familiarise your
child with the routines and the staff. Some children will walk into preschool
and stay three hours happily from day one; others need their parents to stay
until Register time. Your child’s confidence and happiness will be the guiding
factors. Preschool staff are always there to give support to both you and your
child as long as is necessary.

How is Preschool organised?
Preschool is not owned by any individual and is
NOT a profit-making organisation. The playroom
itself is leased by the preschool and trustees have
been appointed to oversee that it is well maintained on
a long-term basis. We are a democracy, comprising
members who are the parents of children currently
attending and associate members who are long-
standing preschool friends or parents of children on
the waiting list.
Our AGM is held in the Autumn each year. All our parents and associate
members are invited to come along to participate in the election of a
committee and discuss general business affairs. A Chairman, Treasurer and
Secretary, along with between four and nine other members are elected to
deal with the everyday business of running the preschool. The committee
appoints and employs preschool staff, collects fees, pays bills, arranges
insurance, and organises fund-raising etc. The tasks may sound daunting
put together, but they are shared out between the committee members who
come to feel an integral part of the group and get involved in their children’s
Great Staughton Preschool is a registered charity (No 291000) and is a
member of the Preschool Learning Alliance. We are officially approved and
registered with Ofsted. A copy of our latest report is on the notice board.                                            Page 6 of 15
Who can be on the committee?
Any parent of a child who attends, or is waiting to attend preschool or any
friend of preschool can be on the committee. Please don’t be shy to offer
your services if you feel you’d enjoy being involved. You don’t need any
qualifications, save a willingness to work behind the scenes and an interest in
the preschool. You may enjoy organising or more domestic
chores; you may be a budding treasurer or you may prefer to
sort jumble and arrange fund-raising ideas. We need all
kinds of talents and types and our combined small talents
make for the smooth running of your preschool.

Who pays to keep our preschool open?
The only regular income received by the preschool is
through payment of fees by parents of children who attend. In addition, we
receive government funding for all children in the term following their 3rd
birthday. At the present time, fees are set at £7.00 per three hour session.
Government funding pays for 2½ hours of our session so funded children
have to pay £1.50 for the remainder of the session. We are most grateful to
the Village Charities’ Trust for granting us an annual sum to help with
equipment costs. The remainder of our income is raised through fund-raising
projects like Christmas catalogue sales, book sales, photographs etc . You
will understand we need your willing support (and that of kind friends, relatives
and neighbours) on these occasions. You will also understand why the
government funding granted to 3-4 year olds is so important to us. We need
to claim for every session your 3-4 year old takes with us.

When do I have to pay fees for my child’s attendance?
At the beginning of each half-term the Fees Co-ordinator will give you a bill
detailing the fees that are due. Early payment is appreciated so that we may
meet the current running costs. If you ever have difficulties meeting this
payment or would prefer to pay weekly, please have a quiet word with the
Fees Co-ordinator.

Do I have to pay when my child is on holiday or sick at home?
Yes. You will understand that even when a child doesn’t attend preschool, the
running expenses will continue just the same. In exceptional cases where
longer term family / domestic problems arise, the Chairman will liaise with the
Treasurer to give the case consideration.                                           Page 7 of 15
Toy basket and Shared Reading
Children are encouraged to bring in a small toy from home to put in the toy
basket when they arrive in the morning. Shortly before the sessions ends, we
all sit together in the story corner and the toys are taken out one at a time and
held up for their owner to claim. We are trying to encourage the children’s
self-confidence as they come out to claim their toy and, hopefully, talk a little
about it and show it to the group. Not all children enjoy this and no pressure
is put upon children to bring in a toy, but it is often one of the first signs of a
child’s increasing confidence when they decide to bring a toy for us to see.
One of the ways we involve parents in the child’s learning is our Shared
Reading scheme. You will be given an explanatory letter when your child
starts and a form to fill in if you would like to take part. A box for returned
books is kept by the door.

How can I register my child at the preschool?
Once you have decided that you would like your child to attend our preschool,
you should telephone or visit the preschool preferably at the end of a session.
The Headteacher will let you have a registration form which you will need to
fill in with the relevant information. We charge a registration fee of £20.00
which is non-refundable. You can register your child as early as you wish, it is
a good idea to get your child’s name on the waiting list as early as possible as
places do get filled quite quickly.

Who can come and how often?
Children have to be at least 2 years 6 months old before they are allowed to
attend. We prefer children to be toilet trained; if this is a problem please
speak to the Headteacher who will explain your options. When you register
your child, you will be told exactly when they may start. It is up to you and
your child as to how many times a week they come. Once your child is settled
it has been proved that the more sessions they attend the better. We
recommend that no child does fewer then 2 sessions and if your child enjoys it
they can increase to 5 sessions as soon as you wish.
In the event of high numbers (in accordance with our admissions policy),
children on the waiting list will be kept in birthday order and admitted when
space allows.                                            Page 8 of 15
How is a session run?
On arrival, your child will enjoy finding his/her special coat peg and taking
their name tag to hang on the board. Board pictures are changed every half
term and are in keeping with the topic. The toilets are nearby; this may be a
good time to use them before your child becomes engrossed in the day’s
The sessions follow an approximate timetable to give some structure to the
morning, but within that framework there is ample opportunity for freedom and
play by the children. The timetable is as follows:
8:45-9:00                 Choose an activity until the register is taken
9:00-9:10                 Sit in the story corner for register and topic
9:10-9:55                 Activities
9:55-10:00                Tidy up
10:00-10:15               Whole group time – PE, singing, rhyme-time,
                          dancing, drama, ring games, musical instruments,
                          action songs, moving to music
10:15-10:35               Walk
10:35-10:55               Snack
10:55-11:05               Story corner for book sharing, weatherboard and
                          story time
11:05-11:45               Activities/Free Play
11:45-11:50               Tidy up
11:50                     Story corner for topical song/poem; Toy Basket
                          (children who are not staying for Lunch Club will
                          be collected by their parent/carer)
12:10                     Children staying for Lunch Club wash their hands
                          and find their lunch boxes
12:35 (approx)            Outside play, dancing or a video
12:45                     Parents arrive to collect their

                          children                                         Page 9 of 15
     What will my child learn at preschool?
     For our curriculum, we are guided by the Early Years and Childcare Quality
     Framework . Compulsory education begins the term after the child’s 5th
     birthday. Until that time, a child may legally still attend a nursery or preschool
     or be kept at home. The documents we use outline six areas of learning
     which will provide a foundation for their later achievement. In these areas, we
     will provide opportunities for and encouragement to:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development                    Communication, Language and Literacy

                                                               •   listen attentively for increasing periods
                                                               •   talk with increasing fluency about their
 •   be confident                                                  experiences
 •   show self-respect                                         •   make up their own stories and take part in role-
 •   improve concentration skills                                  play
 •   establish relationships with other children and adults    •   enlarge their vocabularies
 •   initiate ideas and solve simple practical problems        •   enjoy books and handle them correctly
 •   demonstrate independence                                  •   understand how books are organised i.e. they
 •   show respect for other cultures and beliefs                   have a beginning and an end, the words carry
 •   take turns and share                                          meaning and, in English, print is read from left
 •   express feelings and behave in appropriate ways               to right and top to bottom
 •   develop an understanding of right and wrong               •   begin to recognise letter sounds and associate
 •   treat living things, property and their environment           them with words
     with care and concern                                     •   begin to recognise rhyming words
 •   respond to cultural and religious events                  •   use pictures and later written words to
 •   show a range of feelings such as wonder, joy and              communicate meaning
     sorrow in response to their experiences of the world      •   write their names, making correct use of small
                                                                   and capital letters and with correct letter

Knowledge and Understanding of the World                      Creative Development

 •   talk about where they live, the environment and past
     and present events in their own lives
 •   explore and recognise features of living things,
                                                               •   explore sound, colour, texture, shape, form and
     objects and events in the natural and man-made
                                                                   space in 2 and 3 dimensions
                                                               •   respond in a variety of ways to what they see,
 •   show awareness of the purposes of some features of
                                                                   hear, touch, smell and feel
     the area in which they live
                                                               •   through art, music, dance, stories and
 •   talk about their observations and sometimes record
                                                                   imaginative play, show increasing ability to use
                                                                   imagination to listen and observe
 •   ask questions to gain information about why things
                                                               •   use a widening range of materials, suitable
     happen and how things work
                                                                   tools, instruments and other resources to
 •   explore and select materials and equipment and use
                                                                   express ideas and communicate feelings
     skills such as cutting, joining, folding and building
 •   use technology, where appropriate, to support their

Physical Development                                          Problem solving, Reasoning and Nuneracy

                                                               •   use mathematical language to describe shape,
                                                                   position, size and quantity
 •   move confidently and imaginatively with increasing
                                                               •   recognise and recreate patterns
     control and co-ordination
                                                               •   be familiar with number rhymes, songs, stories,
 •   use a range of large and small equipment, balancing
                                                                   counting games and activities
     and climbing apparatus with increasing skill
                                                               •   compare, sort, match, order, sequence and
 •   handle tools appropriately and construction and
                                                                   count using everyday objects
     malleable materials safely and with increasing control
                                                               •   recognise numbers 1-10 and become familiar
                                                                   with larger numbers from their everyday lives                                                            Page 10 of 15
Who runs the preschool sessions?
Staffing requirements vary with the demand for preschool sessions. This can
range from the Playleader and between one and three assistants . We think it
is important to have a high ratio of adults to children to ensure extension to
many activities. Our staff either have qualifications in child education or are in
the process of gaining them. We have regular training and preparation days
and do our best to keep abreast with training opportunities.

What kind of activities take place at preschool?
The activities at preschool are concerned with providing young children with
as many different play experiences as possible. Young children learn best by
doing, using art and craft materials, playdough, dressing-up, role-play,
climbing and sliding, PE and dancing, and using construction toys etc. We
can only provide the stimuli, it is the children who transform them into learning
experiences. Notice when you come in to preschool how the children get
used to playing with each other and how they develop their language skills as
they talk to other children and adults. Notice too, how independent they
become going to the toilet, washing their hands and tidying up. The children
learn more specialised skills such as cutting, tracing and colouring to aid their
development. Songs, rhymes and stories are an integral part of the preschool
day. We try to encourage children to be more confident with spoken language
both individually and in group situations. There are plenty of opportunities for
the children to climb, run, jump and slide (please bear in mind suitable
footwear for the activities). We take a walk in our playing field everyday
regardless of the weather. The field in an invaluable resource for every
aspect of the curriculum. Please remember that the children will need named
wellies plus a coat with a hood or a hat on most days.
Although aprons are provided for messy sessions, children are fast movers
and may get paint or glue on themselves. Paint stains will wash out better if
soaked in cold water first. Please dress children in suitable clothing, wrestling
with dungarees or tight trouser buttons can often result in a toilet accident
which is very upsetting for the child. It is very helpful to us if children wear
shoes they can manage to do up themselves. Imagine what it would be like to
be presented with 40 feet all requiring laces to be done up!!!                                          Page 11 of 15
                            What are Special Days?
Each morning, a child is chosen (in register order) to have a special day.
They will wear a badge and have certain tasks to perform. By doing this, we
hope to enhance the child’s self-esteem and increase their feelings of
responsibility while the rest of the children will be practising the skills of self-
restraint, patience and turn-taking.

Where can I park?
There are parking facilities at Piglets. When arriving from St. Neots direction,
turn right immediately before the school and you will find the car park directly
at the end of the short roadway.

Are there other activities going on throughout the year?
Apart from our usual preschool sessions, there are some regular events and
activities throughout the year. A Christmas party is held on the last morning
of the Autumn Term often preceded by a Nativity play performed by the
children. A Teddy Bear’s Picnic is held after the last session of the Summer
Term when a book is presented by preschool to all the children leaving to go
to Big School. During the year, all the children who are registered to attend
Great Staughton Primary School the following September get a number of
‘taster’ sessions when they go over to the school to join in the playtime,
assembly etc and to meet their new teacher. We hold a Sports Day on our
playing field each Summer.

Lunch Club
This is an optional extra immediately following the morning session. Children
bring in a packed lunch and then enjoy free playtime until 12:45pm. The fee
for this is £3.50 per session ( £3.00 if booked at start of half-term) whether or
not your child is funded. We ask that children are picked up no later than
12:45pm please.                                            Page 12 of 15
What safety precautions are in place?
No smoking is allowed in or around the building
There are fire extinguishers and smoke alarms in preschool and a fire blanket
is attached to the wall near the sink. Fire drills are carried
out once every half term. A qualified first-aider is present
at every session. A first aid box is situated on the wall by
the sink. An accident book is kept and filled in as
necessary. All glass used is safety glass. Ofsted includes
a health and safety check in its regular inspection.

In general
We have to keep an eye on activities in the        preschool
room. We need to be observant and speak            firmly to children behaving
irresponsibly or dangerously e.g. throwing sand.    We have a positive attitude
to discipline and will always point out that it    is the action of which we
disapprove and not the child.
Please be careful when carrying hot drinks and keep them well away from the
Toilet requirements must only be dealt with by preschool staff (who have all
been C.R.B.checked) and this also applies
to changing children’s clothes.
Staff and helpers should make use of the
disposable gloves available when dealing
with spilled bodily fluids.
In hot weather could you please ensure
you put sun cream on your child before
coming to Piglets? You will appreciate the
staff are unable to spare the time to do
 In case of an accident
 On the admission form, we ask you to
give us the name, address and telephone
number of your doctor as well as your own
telephone numbers. In addition, we ask
you to give us permission to seek
emergency medical attention if we are
unable to contact you straight away. If
you have any cultural or religious beliefs
which may be affected by general medical
treatment this should be noted on the registration form. Please let us know
too, if your child has any allergies or medical conditions we should know
about. In the case of food or drink allergies, it is helpful for us to know in
advance as we can then be prepared with alternatives if we are doing any
form of food tasting.                                        Page 13 of 15
In case of illness
Please do not bring your child to preschool if they are unwell or if you suspect
something is wrong. It is advisable to allow at least 24 hours after vomiting
before returning to preschool in order not to expose the other children and
staff to infection.
As there are often pregnant mothers in preschool, should you suspect that
your child has German Measles (Rubella), please do not come to preschool
but seek information from the doctor. A person is infectious as long as the
rash remains – usually around six days.
Head-lice infestation is always a possibility when young children play closely
together, although we are not often affected. Please check your child’s head
regularly for the eggs (nits). If you do find nits or lice on your child, please
have a quiet word with the headteacher. A general notice asking all parents
to check can then be displayed.

Final thoughts
Parental involvement in preschool
We firmly believe that parents are the prime educators of their children. We
are anxious to involve parents in as many ways as we can in their child’s
education. We have already mentioned the committee and the Shared
Reading scheme. Each half term, we focus on a particular topic when we
encourage the children (and their parents) to look for and bring in artifacts
(objects, pictures, photographs etc) to put on our display table. Sometimes
the children bring home a topic-based worksheet with which their parents can
help. Children’s experiences and progress are monitored on a daily basis and
record-booklets are filled in regularly. Three times a year we have Parent
Consultation Evenings when all your child’s books and records are available
for you to see. You will also be able to have a chat with the headteacher to
discuss your child’s progress and share any observations you have made of
your child’s learning at home. An opportunity will be provided for you to make
a written comment which will be kept with your child’s records.In addition
there are observation notes on the notice board for you to let us know of any
achievement reached at home.
Child protection
The staff and committee of Piglets are committed to the safety and protection
of all the children in our care. Our designated member of staff for child
protection is Clare Johnson. We have a document listing her roles and
responsibilities displayed on the notice board.
It is a legal requirement that we report to the Duty Social Worker any
suspicion we have that a child has been abused physically, emotionally or
sexually or is suffering from neglect. In the very unlikely situation that we
have to do this, please remember it is being done for the good of the child.
Outlines of our procedures can be seen in our policies for Child Protection
and Suspected Child Abuse. All policy documents are posted on out notice
board. We also need to note any injuries we see on a child when they arrive                                         Page 14 of 15
at Piglets. We shall have to ask you to explain the circumstances of the injury
so we can record it in the appropriate book. We know that a vast number of
these incidents are purely accidental so please don’t be embarrassed to have
a quite word with us.
If you know you or your partner will be unable to pick up your child at home
time and that someone else will do so, we ask that you sign the child out in
the appropriate book. In an emergency we will accept a telephone request
from you for a named person to pick up your child, If we have no record of
the change then we will try to contact you. If we cannot contact you, we have
to keep the child with us and telephone Ofsted to let them know the situation
and take their advice. We have to ask you to fill in a list of acceptable people
who are allowed to pick up your child. These people need to be recognisable
to staff either in person or by photograph. Once again – if the person picking
up your child is not named on your list, we are not allowed to let your child go.
Please remember- it’s your child we are protecting.
We hope this information has proved useful and that you will relax and enjoy
your child’s days at preschool. They are only young once in their lives and it
is an exciting time we can share with them in a meaningful way.
The preschool leaders and committee are always grateful for your help,
support and ideas.

         Thank You                                          Page 15 of 15

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