Welcome to Five Wents Pre-School

Early Years Foundation Stage

On this page you will learn about Early Years Foundation Stage and how we aim to deliver this at Five Wents Pre-School.

Staff

On this page you will find out about the staff, their experience and qualifications.

Policies & Procedures

On this page you will find copes of our Policies and Procedures.

Happy childhood at Five Wents Pre-school

Upcoming events

About us

Our mission

Welcome to Five Wents Pre-school.

 

There has been a pre-school playgroup at the Five Wents Memorial Hall since 1972 and I was very lucky and excited to have opened the new Pre-School in the community in September 2018.  My name is Sasha, I am the owner and manager, and I attended Five Wents when I was a young child and my Mum worked there for a number of years. We are situated in a rural area between Swanley and Hextable.  

We know how important your child is and aim to deliver the highest quality of care and education to help them to achieve their best.

 

This website aims to provide you with an introduction to Five Wents Pre-school, our routines, our approach to supporting your child’s learning and development and how we aim to work together with you to best meet your child’s individual needs. This should be read alongside our Childcare Terms and Conditions for a full description of our services. 

 

Our setting aims to:

 

  • create an environment where children feel safe, secure and happy; 
  • provide a curriculum that meets the needs of all of our children;
  • offer experiences of awe and wonder of the world in which we live to our children;
  • give essential knowledge that children need to prepare them for their future success;
  • ensure all children make progress in their learning and development in readiness for their next stage;
  • work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop;
  • add to the life and well-being of the local community; and
  • offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity.

 

As we cannot offer visits at this time, please visit our Youtube channel for a vitural tour:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cj-zP1hJp0

 

 

Staff

My name is Sasha Tadman, I attended a playgroup at Five Wents when I was a young child and my Mum worked there, under previous owners, for a number of years.  I am very passionate about the importance of a Pre-School at Five Wents and understand the benefits it has to the local community.

I have been a Primary School teacher since 2001 when I graduated from Brunel University with a BA (HONS) in Primary Education.  I have taught Year 1, 2 and 3.  In 2011, I went to Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance part time and I graduated with a Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning.  I ran a dance school in Kent, called 'All Stylz Dance' since 2008.  I offered children aged 3-18 the opportunities to perform and take exams following the IDTA Freestyle Syllabus.

 

All of our staff have a valid DBS and are on the update service.  We all undergo continuous professional development.  The staff who work at our setting are:

 

Name

Job Title

Qualifications

Sasha Tadman

Owner/Manager

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Paediatric First Aider

Emergency First Aider at work (EFAW)

BA (HONS) in Primary Education with QTS

Candice Graham

Leader of Learning

Early Years Educator/Designated Safeguarding Lead

Paediatric First Aider

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

Jenny Waddington

 

Deputy Manager

Early Years Educator/Senco

Paediatric First Aider

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

Amanda Miles

 

Early Years Educator

Two Year Old Lead

BTEC Diploma in the Early Years
Hannah Osborne

Early Years Educator

Paediatric First Aider

CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Child Care and Education

 

Currently undertaking a Level 3 Apprenticeship

Rosie Jackson

Early Years Practitioner

Paediatric First Aider

CACHE Level 2 in Early Years Education and Care

Kate Rudd

Early Years Educator

Paediatric First Aider

 

Rachel Baynton

Early Years Educator

Paediatric First Aider

 
Susan Sharman

Early Years Educator

CACHE Level 3 NVQ Childcare and Development

Early Years Foundation Stage

This page in under review to include recent updates.  Please come back soon to see our updates.

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage

 

Provision for the development and learning of children from birth to 5 years is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage.  Our provision reflects the four overarching principles of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)(DfE 2014):

 

A Unique Child

Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

 

Positive Relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

 

Enabling Environments

Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners, parents and carers.

 

Learning and Development

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

 

How we deliver the EYFS

 

What is our curriculum?

 

Our intent is for our children to be:

 

Happy

Engaged

Highly focussed

Curious

 

The way that we implement this will vary as each child’s experiences and learning will be unique to each unique child.  Each child comes to us with different experiences and we build upon these.

We aim to implement this learning based on each child’s interests, which are discovered through observations and our strong relationships with parents/carers.  We aim to build warm and positive relationships between children and their key worker, alongside a child centred, enabling environment to support and guide each child’s experience.

 

By the time our children leave we hope our impact will mean our children will be:

 

Confident

Resilient

Have an understanding of self regulation

Independent

Creative thinkers

Effective communicators

 

Characteristics of effective learning

We understand that all children engage with other people and their environment through the characteristics of effective learning that are described in the Early Years Foundation Stage as:

 

  • playing and exploring - engagement;

 

  • active learning - motivation; and

 

  • creating and thinking critically - thinking.

 

We aim to provide for the characteristics of effective learning by observing how a child is learning and being clear about what we can do and provide in order to support each child to remain an effective and motivated learner.

 

The Areas of Development and Learning comprise:

 

Prime Areas

 

Personal, social and emotional development.

Physical development.

Communication and language.

 

Specific Areas

 

Literacy.

Mathematics.

Understanding the world.

Expressive arts and design.

 

Assessment

For each area, the level of progress that children are expected to have attained by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage is defined by the Early Learning Goals. These goals state what it is expected that children will know, and be able to do, by the end of the reception year of their education.

 

The Early Years Outcomes (DfE 2013) guidance sets out the likely stages of progress a child makes along their progress towards the Early Learning Goals. Our setting has regard to these when we assess children and plan for their learning.  

 

We assess how young children are learning and developing by observing them frequently. We use information that we gain from observations, as well as from photographs or videos of the children, to document their progress and where this may be leading them. Five Wents Pre-school use Tapestry, this is an online learning journal. Once parents/carers sign up, they will receive notifications when a new observation has been made.  We believe that parents know their children best and we will ask you to contribute to assessment by sharing information about what your child likes to do at home and how you, as parents, are supporting development.  Parents and carers can also upload photos and videos to Tapestry of the children’s ‘wow moments’ at home.

 

The progress check at age two

The Early Years Foundation Stage requires that we supply parents and carers with a short written summary of their child’s development in the three prime areas of learning and development - personal, social and emotional development; physical development; and communication and language - when a child is aged between 24 - 36 months. Your child’s key person is responsible for completing the check using information from on-going observational assessments carried out as part of our everyday practice, taking account of the views and contributions of parents and other professionals.

 

 

 

 

Policies and Procedures

Please find copies of all our Policies and Procedures. Please click the links to open.

Upcoming Events

Below are our confirmed term dates for the academic year 2021-2022

 

Friday 3rd September Staff training (closed to the children)

 

Monday 6th September – Friday 22nd October – 7 weeks

 

Monday 1st November – Friday 17th December – 7 weeks

 

Tuesday 4th January Staff training (closed to the children)

 

Wednesday 5th – Friday 11th February – 5 weeks 3 days

 

Monday 21st February  - Tuesday 29th March – 5 weeks 2 days

 

Tuesday 19th April – Friday 27th May – 5 weeks 3 days (excluding bank holiday on Monday 2nd May)

 

Monday 6th June – Friday 22nd July – 7 weeks

 

Please note two additional afternoon sessions will be added to the Summer term

 

Opening Times and Fees

 

We are open weekdays during tem time.  

 

Our opening times are 9.15am – 12.15pm and the option of 9am – 2.30pm on Tuesdays.

 

Children can start with us from 2 years old and stay with us until they start their Reception year at school.

 

We will provide our term dates in the summer before each academic year starts in September.

 

Fees

 

The fees are currently £12 per session and £22 for all day Tuesday, payable monthly in advance, not in arrears.  Fees must still be paid if children are absent without notice for a short period of time. If your child has to be absent over a long period of time, please let me know.  An alternative session will be offered if possible.

 

For your child to keep her/his place at our setting, you must pay the fees.

 

We are in receipt of nursery education funding for two, three and four year olds; where funding is not received, then fees apply.

 

We also ask for a voluntary contribution of £1 per week to cover snacks, craft activities and sand etc.

 

Please note, some of our activities and procedures are different due to Covid - 19, please contact us for more information.

 

Additional activities

 

We are lucky to be able to offer, at an additional charge, sessions run by specialists. The children currently have opportunities to attend (Please note that these are subject to change):

 

  • Music and Movement run by Miss Lizzie from Simply Performers
  • Tiny Tekkers run by Concept 4 Football
  • French sessions run by Louise Ives

 

Starting at our setting

We want your child to feel happy and safe with us. To make sure that this is the case, our staff will work with you to decide on how to help your child to settle into the setting. Our policy on the Role of the Key Person and Settling-in is available on request or on our website. 

 

How parents take part in the setting

Our setting recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All of our staff see themselves as partners with parents in providing care and education for their children. There are many ways in which parents take part in making our setting a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents, such as:

 

  • exchanging knowledge about their children's needs, activities, interests and progress with us;
  • contributing to the progress check at age two;
  • helping at sessions of the setting;
  • sharing their own special interests with the children;
  • helping to provide and look after the equipment and materials used in the children's play activities;
  • being part of the management of the setting where appropriate;
  • taking part in events and informal discussions about the activities and curriculum provided by the setting;
  • joining in community activities, in which the setting takes part; and
  • building friendships with other parents in the setting.

 

Joining in

Parents can offer to take part in a session by sharing their own interests and skills with the children. Parents may wish to visit the setting to play the clarinet for the children, show pictures of the local carnival held in their neighbourhood, and show the children their collection of shells or share facts about their job.

 

Key person and your child

Your child's key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that the childcare that we provide is right for your child's particular needs and interests. When your child first starts at the setting, they will help your child to settle and throughout your child's time at the setting, they will help your child to benefit from our activities.

 

Learning opportunities for adults

As well as gaining childcare qualifications, our staff take part in further training to help us to keep up-to date with thinking about early years care and education. We also keep up-to-date with best practice, as a member of the Early Years Alliance, throughUnder 5magazine and other publications produced by the Alliance. The current copy of Under 5is available for you to read. From time to time we may hold learning events for parents. These usually look at how adults can help children to learn and develop in their early years.

 

The setting's timetable and routines

Our setting believes that care and education are equally important in the experience which we offer our children.  Our timetable is shared with the children at the beginning of each session.  The routines and activities that make up the day in our setting are provided in ways that:

  • help each child to feel that she/he is a valued member of the setting;
  • ensure the safety of each child;
  • help children to gain from the social experience of being part of a group; and
  • provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning.

 

The session

We organise our sessions so that the children can lead their own learning, this means they are given the opportunity to become highly focussed in an activity of their own choice.   Their key person will identify their interests and then ensure resources to engage them are on offer.  The key person will then observe them and seize a 'teachable moment' in order to develop the child's learning.  The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities, which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others. Outdoor activities contribute to children's health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as those provided in the indoor playroom.

 

Snacks

We make snacks a social time at which children eat together. We plan the menus for snacks so that they provide the children with healthy and nutritious food. Please tell us about your child's dietary needs and we will plan accordingly.

 

Clothing

We provide protective clothing for the children when they play with messy activities. We encourage children to gain the skills that help them to be independent and look after themselves. These include taking themselves to the toilet and taking off, and putting on, outdoor clothes. Clothing that is easy for them to manage will help them to do this.

 

 

Contact us

If you would like to contact us for more information or to request an application pack, please either use the form below or alternatively contact us on:

 

07538 561854 or

 

info@fivewentspreschool.co.uk

 

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Location:

Five Wents Pre-school

Five Wents Memorial Hall

Swanley Lane

Swanley

Kent

BR8 7LD

 

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