Parent/Carer Information

At Sunshine Pre-school we think that it is far better to celebrate a small number of festivals with knowledge...


From September 2017 30 hour funding comes into effect for working parents of 3/4 year old children.
The HCC county website has lots of information available for you to look at, so please check it out if you are interested in this scheme:
http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/parents
Sunshine Pre-school will have places available from September 2017 for this incentive so please contact us to register your interest.

At Sunshine Pre-school we think that it is far better to celebrate a small number of festivals with knowledge and sincerity than to celebrate many more without knowledge and sincerity.

The United Kingdom has such a diverse religious population that it would not be practical or achievable to cover all religious festivals in one early years setting.
It is very important to us that children and families feel they belong and the best way to achieve this is to make them feel valued.

Instead of trying to celebrate every religious festival, we now show families that they are truly valued by inviting staff and families to share their beliefs.

This information contributes towards other activities which explores the real lives of local families and their communities.


Weather

With the possibility of bad weather during the colder months, we are now on an online system which allows us to alert parents/carers when we are closed due to severe weather.
This is the same system used by schools so please go to www.hertsdirect.org/eycclosures where you can view messages from our setting.

Pre-school will be closed if St. Marys is unable to open & they will broadcast their closure on the following radio station: Three counties 103.8 FM/95.5 FM.

Equal Opportunities

We will ensure that our service is fully inclusive in meeting the needs of all children regardless of social and economic, ethnic and cultural or religious background. Sunshine Pre-school provides an environment in which all children are supported to reach their full potential. We have regard for the SEN (Special Educational Needs) code of practice. We include all children in our provision and work in partnership with parents/carers and other agencies in meeting individual children's needs. We identify specific needs of children and meet these through a range of strategies.

Policies and Procedures

We have a number of policies in place to ensure your child's safety and well-being. Please ensure to look at the policies manual when your child starts at pre-school.

Settling in Procedure

Our objective is for children to feel safe, stimulated and happy in our setting and to feel secure and comfortable with practitioners and in particular their key person. We request that parents/carers support us in this process by staying with their child for a short period of time during their first visit and then we gauge on an individual basis if further support is required. We also work towards parents/carers having confidence in both their children's well-being and their role as active partners working in partnership within our setting.

Behaviour and Bullying

It is our policy to distract any child behaving unreasonably. Each child is encouraged to learn to co-operate with others, by providing them with clear guidelines and reasonable expectations appropriate for their age and level of understanding. On occasion it may be necessary to discuss your child's behaviour with you if they are behaving unreasonably.

Nurture Group

We offer a Nurture group which is a small group of children working together to develop particular skills. Children work with an adult focusing on their targeted learning opportunities that focus on their individual needs.

Wellcomm

We offer a Wellcomm programme which supports all childrens language and communication development.
They are screened every term by the Wellcomm specialist who records their results. This is shared with key persons and parents and support given if necessary.

Forest Group

We offer older children Forest group sessions at particular times of the year. Children have opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on experiences in the local woodland/natural environment.

Forest group is a specialised approach that compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland learning which supports the development of the learner and the natural world.

SEN Information Report (Special Educational Needs) local offer.

Please contact Louise Booth 07966-461549

Download our SEN Information Report Officer Document here