Pre-School (3 – 4 years)

Children move into Pre-School at the beginning of the term following their third birthday.


Our Pre-School activities follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and are delivered through planned purposeful play with a balance of adult-led and child initiated activities. We encourage children to be active and independent through following their interests and encouraging them to make appropriate choices. There is equal emphasis on indoor and outdoor learning.


Parents are asked to make sure their child has suitable clothes (clearly labelled) for outside play every day. In cold weather they will need a warm waterproof coat and hat. In sunny weather parents are asked to provide sun cream and a sun hat.


When your child starts Pre-School they will be given a Key Carer. This person will be your first point of contact should you want to pass on information or discuss anything about your child’s time in

Pre-School. Our Early Years Manager is available to discuss matters relating to any individual child or indeed issues relating to the Centre, both on a formal and informal basis.


At the beginning of each session parents are asked to help their child find their name card and hang their things on their pegs.


Each child has a named tray where you will find any letters etc. Parents are asked to check their child’s tray every day. We do not encourage children to bring in toys from home as anything lost or broken causes considerable distress. From time to time your child may be asked to bring something in from home to talk about in relation to current themes and interests. If this is the case please make sure that anything your child brings in to Pre-School is clearly labelled with your child’s name

As part of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, each child will have a Learning Journey which will record some of their significant learning while they are at Treetops. Parents are encouraged to contribute to their child’s Learning Journey and are welcome to look at them with their child’s Key Carer, or take them home to share with family. It is however important that the book is returned to Pre-School promptly so that staff are able to update it regularly.

Pre-School staff will encourage children to behave well and acceptably by giving positive examples and praise for appropriate behaviour. Good behaviour is praised and reinforced, unacceptable behaviour is dealt with in a consistent and positive way. If a child’s behaviour becomes consistently unacceptable this will always be discussed with parents.

Children of all cultures and backgrounds will be encouraged to share their beliefs and experiences, and all will be valued equally. This will include the sharing of festivals and celebrations, and an acceptance of the needs of each as individuals. Please let us know if there are any festivals or special occasions celebrated in your culture that your child will be taking part in and that you would like to see acknowledged and celebrated whilst he/she is in our Nursery, or alternatively if there are any celebrations you would rather your child did not take part in for cultural reasons. Both sexes will be provided with equal opportunities throughout the curriculum, and there will be no stereotyping in the provision of activities.

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