Information for Parents and Carers
Welcome to Pip and Jim’s Preschool. Firstly I would like to thank you for choosing Pip and Jim’s for your child’s early learning experience. As a preschool we have an excellent reputation for our high quality child care, caring staff and excellent activity programme. I believe a good preschool is like an extended family where children are cared for and encouraged to achieve their goals through play and active learning.
The children at Pip and Jim’s will have wonderful opportunities this year to explore and experience many areas of learning. Our themes are based on children’s interests and we use a multi-sensory approach to activities, through being a hands-on setting. Activities will support all areas of learning in line with the early years foundation stage (EYFS). The parent’s guide can be found on our notice board. Children will explore many medias during their creative work along with cooking, music and physical play etc. All of which will enhance your child’s educational experience. We will note down the day’s activities in your child’s communication book so you can share your child’s experiences at the end of the day.
The role of the key worker is to support children and their parents/carers through transition stages. They are committed to meeting the needs and rights of all children through equal opportunities and inclusion. The keyworker communicates effectively with children and families while respecting confidentiality. They plan activities to meet development needs, observe and assess children, evaluate their learning and provide next step based activities to extend learning and knowledge.
A ‘Treasure box’ will come home with your child several times throughout the year and will contain a set of instructions to follow. The idea is that you talk with your child about their treasures and items that are precious to them. They can be collected from around the home; for example photographs, toys or mementos, anything that they want to talk about for approximately five minutes. During group work your child will have the opportunity to discuss the contents with their friends and keyworker. This activity at home and during the setting supports communication, language and literacy skills along with social and emotional development.
Look at Me
Children’s achievements are celebrated with a look at me. This can be something done at home such as getting dressed by themselves or doing well at potty training, or acts of kindness or learning-based achievements etc. in the setting. We have a ‘look at me’ board in the hall where you will find a plastic envelope holding blank ‘look at me’s’ for you to write your child’s achievements on. The look at me should then be handed in to a member of staff. It will then be presented to your child at the end of the morning, where their achievement will be celebrated by all children and adults.
Pip and Jim’s welcome and encourage parents to be part of our preschool by participating in the parent/carer rota and activities throughout the year such as coffee mornings, the Christmas show, cake sales, trips, DIY and story-telling etc.
We value the support that parents and carers bring to the setting and have a parent rota in place which can be found on the information board and on the website. The rota duty includes preparing snack for the children, clearing up afterwards and supporting where needed. We also feel this is an ideal opportunity to talk with your key worker about your child’s progress and take part in your child’s activities (which the children love). For parents unable to participate in the rota we have other areas to in which to support so please ask. We are a community run playgroup and a registered charity, therefore we need the support of parents and carers to ensure the safe and rewarding environment for all children who attend. Please see the rota displayed on the notice board at the beginning of each term.
At Pip and Jim’s we like to keep snacks as healthy as possible. We promote independence by encouraging the children to pour their own drinks. The older children can join our lunch club which runs on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and now Friday’s with collection time on those days of 2pm. Again we encourage children to bring in a wholesome and healthy lunch in a named lunchbox.
Please can your child bring a named water bottle every day with fresh drinking water only
Parents and carers must sign their child in and out on the daily attendance register. Parents on rota including toddlers must also sign in. This is a fire safety requirement for everyone on the premises. Preschool staff are responsible for opening the door to visitors including parents and outside agencies and we request that parents/carers do not open the door.
Due to safeguarding regulations and our settings policy mobile phones and cameras are not permitted to be used while at the setting. This includes parents collecting children and parents on rota. Our policy also states that under no circumstances should parents on rota assist children with personal care (unless it is their own child). We also have a no smoking policy which includes the outside play area. We kindly ask that parents or carers who do smoke considerer other children/families and wait until they are away from the premises before they start.
Please notify us of any changes to your registration forms i.e. change of address, work/mobile or landline numbers, any medical changes such as new allergies etc.
We understand that some children will need a comforter to help them settle in to preschool. These should only be used for a short period of time and we will be encouraging children to leave them in their bag when they feel comfortable to do so.
Children will need a spare pair of trousers/skirt/leggings for any occasion where clothing may become wet i.e. outdoor play/spilt drinks etc. Children who are toilet training, may need an extra change. We play outdoors where possible so a suitable coat/ jacket for the season is required along with a warm coat, hat and gloves (named) in the winter months. In the Winter months we will play in the rain and snow so we recommend waterproof clothing (with a hood) and wellington boots etc.
|First day of term||Last day of term|
|Tues 6th September||Wednesday 19th October|
|Monday 31st October||Thursday 15th December|
|Wednesday 4th January||Friday 10th February|
|Monday 20th February||Friday 7th April|
|Tuesday 25th April||Friday 26th May|
|Monday 5th June||Wednesday 19th July|
These dates do not include bank holidays and inset days.
Thank you for taking the time to read this information. We are always available to answer queries or help with concerns, so please do not hesitate to speak with us.
Our contact details by phone are 07484523570 email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Please read our Ofsted reports here