Little Berries Pre-School
At the start of the Summer Term - the end of April 2019, we are excited to be opening a preschool within our school. We have been working hard to create an exciting, stimulating and creative environment to enable children to develop and learn through explorative play.
Little Berries Preschool will be part of our Berrycroft Class, from September, which will be made up of Foundation Stage children in two age ranges: Preschool (ages 3-4) and Reception (ages 4-5). This gives the Preschool children a flavour of school life in an engaging and stimulating setting. These children will be taught by an experienced teacher and supported by a qualified Early Years Leader.
Through research it has been proven that when children have attended a Preschool, in a school setting, transition can be smooth into full time education. The benefits of attending a Preschool are:
- Happy confident children who are already familiar with their school surroundings.
- They have made good relationships with school staff, not only in Preschool, but throughout all Key Stages.
- Children have begun to develop an understanding of our school values.
- Expectations in school are already embedded and children will have a clear understanding about what is expected from them.
Ashbury school grounds are full of opportunities. We have a large playground and patio area – suitable for games as well as quiet areas to read or be calm. EYFS has a lovely area outside of their classroom to explore and learn through play. This area is constantly being updated and changed to stimulate and engage all learners. Currently you will find a lovely play house, a blackboard writing shed, construction, investigation station, maths area, sand and water play as well as access to a lovely story telling area and music station.
Our school grounds have a fabulous trim trail for all ages to climb and explore. This is situated opposite our developing Forest Schools area. Children experience outdoor learning throughout the week with one session specifically in the Forest School area.
Preschool children will follow the Early Years Curriculum. This will be based around a main topic each term. However, child led learning will also be incorporated. If your child has a keen interest, this topic will be linked in during the year.
Topics will be taught on a 2 year rolling programme to ensure children are not repeating the same topics in Preschool and Reception. Topics might include:
Superheroes, Dinosaurs, Farms, Castles, The World Around Us. To give children further experiences and enrich their learning we invite in visitors to talk with the children – these vary each year depending on the topics.
Little Berries Preschool children are invited to take a 15-hour place (3 hours each day Monday-Friday). We have 10 spaces available. We can also offer 30 hour places (6 hours each day Monday-Friday) during term time only. If you decide to come to Little Berries Preschool a place has to be for 15 hours or 30 hours as these cannot then be offered to another child.
We look forward to opening our Preschool and sharing our provision with children aged 3 and older. Routine is important for all children and we ask that they attend their designated sessions to help with continuity and consistency for all children. It can become unsettling for children if their routine is not consistent – we understand that circumstances may change and that some children may not be ready for a full education, we will work with each family to ensure children are supported in their educational and social, emotional journey.
If parents are not entitled to Government funding, you are welcome to pay for 15 hour or 30 hour sessions at a rate of £5.50 per hour.
Please note that parents are responsible for registering and renewing their entitlement to funded sessions, failure to do so may result in you being charged for your child's place. Parent declarations will need to be completed at the beginning of each term in order for the funding to be obtained.
More information about funding can be found on https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/free-childcare-and-education-for-2-to-4-year-olds
Morning session – 8:45am – 11:45am
Afternoon session – 12pm – 3pm – This session includes lunch.
If you would like your child to attend for 30 hours Timings are as follows:
8:45am – 2:45pm
Additional hours – if you would like your child to attend the same hours as school i.e 8:45am – 3pm this will work out at an addition 1 hour per week. This will be charged at £6.85 per week. This needs to be arranged in advance to ensure we have the correct ratios of adults and children at all times.
Lunch and Snacks
If your child is attending the morning session, there will be time for a snack. We would like to invite parents to send their child with a healthy fruit or vegetable snack, along with a water bottle.
If your child is attending the afternoon session, lunchtime is included in the children’s 15-hour funding. If children would like a hot dinner this can be purchased at £2.20 or children are welcome to bring a packed lunch from home.
It is important for children to feel part of Ashbury Primary School and therefore we would like Little Berries’ children to wear a red polo shirt and an Ashbury Primary School, red jumper. Children may choose their own trousers to wear to keep them comfortable throughout their time in school.
Uniform can be purchased from: https://pmgschoolwear.co.uk/
Little Berries Preschool Admissions are organised internally, following our admissions policy. Please complete our enrolment form if you wish to apply for a place. If you would like to visit our setting, please contact the school office on: 01793 710259.
Please note that coming to Little Berries Preschool does not give your child automatic admission to Ashbury Primary School. You will need to apply through the Local Authority, before the middle of January that your child is due to start school, the following September.
Please see our Admissions policy for further information or visit this website:
Applications for places at Little Berries Preschool can be made on an enrolment form available from the School Office. These may be submitted at any time after a child’s second birthday. The order in which they are received does not affect the admissions procedure outlined in our school admissions policy.
Dates on which Preschool Places will be Offered
Little Berries Preschool takes children in on a term-by-term basis, and places are offered by the end of the first half of the term before their entry date. Therefore, if you are successful in gaining a place you will be notified before May half term to start in September, October half term to start in January, February half term to start in Term 5
If an application is received after an admissions meeting for the next term’s intake and the child is of preschool age, then he/she will be added to the waiting list and ranked according to our admissions policy and offered a place dependent upon a place being available once application offers already made have been accepted by dates specified.
The earliest date of entry is the start of the term after the child becomes 3, depending on numbers. Earlier admission cannot be considered. Please ring school at any time if you wish to make an enquiry as to the progress of your application.
Enrolment forms are now available from the school office. To apply for a place for Summer 2019 term, please submit this application by 1st March 2019. The school will confirm offers of places by 15th March 2019. Please note, we will accept late applications, however these will not be considered until all applications received within the time frame have been processed first.