HOW TO REGISTER
We always recommend that you and your child visit us before you register – that way you can have a good look around, meet the team, and see if you like what we offer!
If you do decide to send your child to us, you will need to complete a registration pack so we can get your child on our waiting list. The registration pack is comprised of a Registration Form, a Consent Form and the Pre-School Terms and Conditions. The documents can either be collected from the Pre-School, requested by the completion of our enquiry form in which case we will send/email them to you, or they can be downloaded and printed from the links on this page. Applications must be accompanied by a £30 registration fee, which will be used to provide a pre-school polo shirt.
Once the registration documents have been received, we will email you to confirm that your child has been registered with us. Parents/carers will be informed of availability during the term before their child is due to start, at which time familiarisation visits to the Pre-School will be arranged.
We are always happy to help so please feel free to contact us with any questions or to arrange a visit!
OUR ADMISSIONS POLICY
It is the intention of Stoughton Pre-School to make our provision accessible to children and families from all sections of the community. Our admissions policy operates in conjunction with our Valuing Diversity and Promoting Equalities Policy to ensure that it is applied in a fair and unbiased manner.
- Children may attend Stoughton Pre-School when they reach 2 years of age. A child can remain with us until the term before their 5th birthday.
- We arrange our waiting list in birth order, with the eldest children taking priority. Our policy may also take into account siblings already attending the Pre-School and the length of time a child has been on the waiting list.
- We aim to accommodate each child from the date specified on their application form in accordance with spaces available at the time.
- No more than 36 children may attend at any one session.
We are flexible about attendance patterns to accommodate the needs of individual children and families, but ask that children attend for a minimum of two sessions per week. This is to ensure that children benefit from continuity and stability in their learning environment.
We want children to feel safe and happy in the absence of their parents. We believe that children cannot play or learn if they are anxious or unhappy. Our settling in procedure aims to support both parent and child to make sure that the transition into pre-school is as smooth as possible. Our aim is to help your child to feel secure and comfortable at pre-school so they can benefit from the opportunities it has to offer.
- During the term before a child is enrolled, we provide opportunities for the child and their parents to visit the Pre-School. We will not rush the settling-in process and if a child needs additional visits we will be more than happy to work with them until they are ready to join us.
- We will have individual meetings with parents if required to make sure that any questions are answered and any concerns discussed.
- We allocate a key person to each child and their family before a child starts. The key person will welcome and look after the child and parents at the child’s first session and throughout the settling-in process.
- The key person acts as the key contact for the parents and will have links with other carers involved with the child, such as a childminder, and co-ordinates the sharing of information about the child’s development.
- The key person is responsible for developmental records and for sharing information on a regular basis with the child’s parents to keep those records up-to-date, reflecting the full picture of the child in our setting and at home.