The Parish Centre doors open from 8.50am. Parents are welcome to sit
and wait in the parents information room or the cloakroom on either side of the
stairs. Please do not wait on the stairs, as we are concerned about
the safety of the small children. Before the session begins the children
are still in YOUR CARE. Each child has a named peg in the cloakroom,
please help your child find their peg and hang their coat.
The outside doors are locked at 9.00am. Latecomers should ring the
bell or come down the side entrance to pre-school, to be let in through
the fire exit. Parents with pushchairs may prefer to use this entrance
as there are fewer steps.
register is marked on arrival and again on departure. Please inform
the Playleader if you will be collecting your child early or if someone
other than the regular parent/carer will be collecting your child.
We prefer to be personally introduced to different faces to ensure
the childrens safety.
All children are allocated a Key worker when they start at pre-school,
who will have a special responsibility for your child, recording their
progress and writing a play plan with you, Key workers are available
and willing to discuss your childs progress.
Our aim is to work together in the interest of parent and child so
please feel free to approach play staff with any worries, concerns,
ideas or suggestions.
Children with special needs
We have long experience of working with children of varying Special
Needs and do our best to cater for their needs. Speak to our special educational needs
inclusion coordinator if you feel your child may have a special need at this point in time.
|Settling new children
Parents are welcome to stay for as long as they feel necessary to
settle their child into the routines of pre-school. We ask that all
parents stay for at least one full session so that they know the routines
of the pre-school session, before thier child is alone.
Keyworkers will give guidance about when you could go and how long
|We always suggest that parents go and sit upstairs for a while for
the first time, so that they can be retreived if necessary. When you
leave your child at pre-school for the first few times, please go
home or make sure we have a contact number.
Please try to ensure that you are back at pre-school at the correct
time so that you get a chance to see what has been happening at pre-school
and so your child does not become distressed when everyone elses
parents appear. Unfortunately our registration requires that we ensure
all children are out of the pre-school room by 11.45am and 3.00pm.
In addition to our large, bright playroom we have an outside play
area that is available daily.
We have child size toilets, hand basins. The children do not have
access to the store room where we have a wide variety of play
equipment and art materials.
On registration you will have been asked about specific dietary needs
your child may have, please inform staff if any of these change.
St Johns pre-school respects childrens individual needs and will work
in partnership with parents with regards to toilet training should
the need arise. A member of staff is always there to assist and positively
encourage children should little accidents occur.
Spare clothes are kept in the group, but you may like to put a spare
set in their personally named drawer. Do talk to your keyworker about your
childs stage of toilet training.
Our holiday closures usually follow St Johns School pattern. Details are displayed
on the Notice Board.
Sick children should not be brought into pre-school. A sick child
will not be able to participate in the activities and may pass illness
to others. When children are taken ill during the session we do our
best to contact parents/ carers to collect the children and in the
meantime make them as comfortable as possible.