Q: What age should my child start at preschool?

From September 2018 we will be welcoming children from 2 years and upwards. Children would generally stay with us for 2 years to allow us to set a great foundation for life. We have two, three and five day places available for younger children.


Q: What is the child to teacher ratio?

The ratio is 1:11 so for a class of 22 we would have a minimum of 2 trained staff. We always aim for 3 staff for 22 children. We will also have trainee teachers completing training during the year so we will have plenty of hands on deck to look after your little one.


Q: Does my child have to be toilet trained?

No, we require children to be toilet trained in the larger classes but we allow children in nappies in the smaller class (space permitting). We are more than used to assisting young children with toileting, toilet training and dealing with little accidents. We have spare clothes on hand for emergencies!


Q:What training do the staff have?

The preschool leader is Montessori trained in St. Nicholas Montessori College and has many years experience. All other staff have either Montessori qualifications or Early Childhood qualifications at level 7 or 8.


Q: What is the ECCE and when can my child qualify?

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme provides two free years of early childhood care and education for children of preschool age.

In general, children are eligible for the ECCE scheme just after they turn three years old. There are three entry points into the scheme: September, January and April. Please contact the preschool for more information on your child's eligibility.

The state pays a capitation fee to participating playschools and daycare services. In return, they provide a preschool service free of charge to all children within the qualifying age range for 3 hours per day over 38 weeks.

In general, children will qualify for the ECCE in two school years but possibly in three, depending on when their birthday falls.  A child who has been assessed as having Special Needs may be able to spread their free preschool year over 2 years or can apply for an exemption to the upper age limit.


Q: Do you have an outdoor area?

Yes, we have an enclosed area to the side of the Parish Centre that has a sturdy fence. We have a selection of outdoor toys, a playhouse and a sandpit. We aim to get each class out every day for 30 minutes provided the weather is not too bad.


Q: Where can I park?

We are very fortunate that the church has ample car parking spaces available. There is a oneway system in operation in the carpark. We would ask you to be very vigilant and careful in the carpark as there are small children entering and leaving the building.

Please hold your child’s hand in the carpark. We also ask that you park considerately as the Parish Centre has multiple users.


Q: My child  has special needs. Is your preschool suitable?

Yes, we have many years experience working with children who have special needs. We aim to include children who have special needs, where possible. If you give us a call we can have a chat to see whether the school would be suitable for your child.


Q: What should my child bring to school?

Your child needs a small school bag, lunchbox and drinks container that they can open. A change of clothes is also useful.
Please ensure that all items are labelled with your child’s name. A photo of your child and another of family, pets, etc are useful also.

We ask that toys are not brought to school as we don’t want them to get lost or broken.
Please ensure that your child is suitably dressed for the weather (eg: raincoat in wet weather and a sun hat in summer time).

We would ask that parents send children to school in comfortable clothing with easy to open/close fastenings (eg: Velcro on shoes) as this will help them to become more independent.


Q: What should my child bring for lunch?

As the school day is only 3 hours, we would ask that you limit your child’s snack to 2 to 3 items in an easy to open lunchbox. We encourage healthy eating and kindly ask that no fizzy drinks, crisps, popcorn, sweets, biscuits or chocolate be brought to school.

Allergies

Please don’t send nuts as they are particularly dangerous to children with a nut allergy.
We will have occasional parties when treats and goodies are allowed.

Lunch ideas include:

A drink
Yoghurt
Cheese
Sandwiches, wraps, pitta breads
Crackers, rice cakes, breadsticks
Raw vegetables, fruit
Salads, pasta, cooked meat, tuna
Raisins, dried fruit, seeds