St Jude’s Pre-School
We are a quality Pre-School setting with a Christian ethos in the heart of the St Jude’s Community.
Our setting exists to serve the local community, we provide high-quality experiences and care for children over the age of 2, with an experienced and friendly team in a setting with a wealth of resources and a wonderful garden space.
Importantly to note, is the fact that our sessions attract no additional charges, funded sessions will not incur an extra costs to parents, including children eligible for 30 hours of free funding each week. Where parents choose to pay for any non-funded sessions these are very competitively priced and significantly cheaper than other local providers.
Our Pre-School offers education and care for children below school age and over the age of 2 years and meets at the following times:
Mondays – Fridays, during School term time,
Morning Sessions 8.45 am – 11.45am
Afternoon Sessions 11.45am – 3.00 pm
Find out more about our pre-school staff here
Wrap Around Additional Hours Care
We are aware that many working parents require additional hours to those offered at our Pre-School, we are delighted to say that we have some wonderful professional relationships with local childminders, all of whom are rated at least ‘Good’ by Ofsted. These enable you to register your child at a quality Pre-School, but take advantage of additional care as needed, before or after Pre-School and holiday times. Many childminders collect a number of children from our setting and provide activities such as trips to the local park, as well as providing services such as breakfast prior to coming each morning. Please do speak to us if you feel this may of interest to you.
To enhance the development and education of children under statutory school age in a parent-involving, community-based group.
To provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment.
To work within a framework which ensures equality of opportunity for all children and families.
We Offer Your Child
A curriculum based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Principles.
Individual care and attention made possible by a high ratio of adults to children.
Fun and friendship with children and adults in the group.
The support of a personal Key Worker.
Opportunities for you and your family to be involved in the activities of the group and in your own child’s progress.
We are able to provide advice about funding for sessions and will even deal with applications for ME2 funding on your behalf. Just let us know if you would like advice about your entitlement to funded Pre-School care.
Children are very welcome to attend additional sessions which are payable weekly at a cost of £13.50 per session for 3 and 4 year olds and £15 per session for 2 year olds. Entitlement for Grant Funding begins at the start of the term after the child’s second or third birthday (depending on your circumstances).
You are very welcome to book any sessions prior to this time, but will incur the standard Pre-School charges. Grant Funding Forms are provided and administered by the Pre-School, you will be asked to sign a form once a term to confirm your session booking.
We believe that children learn best when they are engaged in play. Our staff are committed to providing high-quality play opportunities that are designed in response to the developmental needs and interests of children. We encourage you to check out our Facebook page where there are plenty of images and information about our exciting planning and activities. www.facebook.com/stjudespre-school
We balance a range of Adult Led activities with Child Initiated play, promote creativity and develop and extend lines of play. We use both the indoor and outdoor spaces as valuable environments for play and learning to take place. We engage in all areas of the curriculum both indoors and outdoors and promote the use of open ended resources, as well as encouraging the use of tactile and ‘real world’ resources. We provide large and small scale play opportunities, facilitate children to gain skills to engage in shared play, as well as identifying times where children may require quieter spaces to play in smaller groups or alone. We use our skills as practitioners to extend ideas and help children to develop and extend lines of thought.
We have a strong focus on supporting learning through the development of language and communication skills, as we identify this as an important area to underpin all learning and development.
Our Pedagogy is based upon the Reggio Emilia Approach which is based upon the following principles Children must have some control over the direction of their learning Children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing, and hearing
Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that children must be allowed to explore Children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves. If you would like to know more about our Pedagogy, or the range of ways we support learning please let us know.
What Ofsted Say About Our Pre-SchoolOur Pre-School was inspected by Ofsted in March 2014, St Jude’s Church Pre-School was judged to be ‘Good’ Ofsted define this as below;
Good provision is effective in delivering provision that meets the needs of all children well. This ensures children are ready for the next stage of their learning. Their report stated that:
Children are confident in the preschool as staff provide an environment where they enter the building with ease and feel secure. Children engage in various activities and are able to make their own choices of play because the resources are easily available to them. Staff plan interesting activities that appeal to children and hold their interest, which is continued at home further promoting children’s learning. Staff effectively promote children’s early mathematical skills well so children recognise number, count, and use early mathematical language.
The full report is available from the Ofsted Website
This judgement is made under the new Ofsted Framework (November 2013), which reflects a rise in standards required to meet a Good outcome. We are delighted to have been acknowledged for our quality of service and for our commitment to raising standards in our Pre-School.
Training and Staff Development
Our membership of the Pre-School Learning Alliance ensures that we are constantly in touch with new thinking in the field of child education and care. We have strong links with the Local Education Authority and access a wide range of training through courses they provide. Our staff are well qualified in Early Years Education and we continue to support their Professional Development right up to Masters Level.
Special Needs and Valuing Each Child
Our aim is that each child should be able to progress at her/his own rate in all areas of development, and this is true for children with and without disabilities or learning difficulties. We are experienced in working in close liaison with professionals across a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. If you would like to discuss the group’s ability to meet your own child’s needs, please contact us. We welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you may have and understand the importance of selecting the Pre-School care which will best suits your child.
Registering My Child
The first step in registering your child to attend, is to request a Registration form. This will allow you to provide us with some preliminary information and advise what sessions you would like to book. Once we receive this completed form, we will confirm session availability and invite you and your child to join us for a taster session, where you will get to come and visit our setting, look around and join in activities. It’s also a good opportunity to discuss how best we can support you and your child in settling in and answer any questions you may have. After your taster session, you are free to decide if you would like your child to join us and to arrange a suitable start date. As an established and well respected Pre-School we are a popular choice for families, both in the St Jude’s area and further afield.
Demand for sessions is often high, we allocate sessions on a first come first served basis, we encourage prospective parents to contact us as soon as possible to register an interest in the Pre-School and ensure they are offered a place when their child reaches the appropriate age. As always if you would like to discuss future attendance and availability, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
The First Days
A child who is tense or unhappy will not be able to play or learn properly, so it is important for parents and Pre-School staff to work together to help the child to feel confident and secure in the group. This takes longer for some children than for others and parents should not feel worried if their child takes a while to settle. We have a range of strategies to support children and parents and encourage positive early education experiences.
We have a range of policies which ensure our compliance with all necessary statutory obligations as well as ensuring the quality of our service and care. These include our requirement to have policies on Child Protection and Safeguarding, Complaints and Managing Allegations. These are available to view at any time. If you would like to receive a copy of any of our policies, please let us know.
What to Wear
In order to feel free to explore and experiment with all kinds of materials, including messy ones, it is best to send children dressed in clothes which are easily washable or not too new. It is good for children to practice the skills which will make them independent. Simple clothing which they can handle themselves will enable them to go to the toilet when they want to and to put on and take off their outdoor clothing (play in the garden takes place throughout the year in dry weather) without being too dependent on other people’s help.
We are proud of the high ratio of adults to children in our group.
This ensures individual attention to the needs and development of each child.
Working in Partnership with Parents and Carers
We understand and value parents as children’s primary educator and carer. Research has shown that the role of parents during a child’s earliest years is the single biggest influence on their development. Good quality home learning contributes more to children’s intellectual and social development than parental occupation, education or income. We therefore understand our role is to support parents in their role as primary educators and support them to help their children to thrive, we do so by building respectful and trusting relationships with families, where we aim to develop a shared understand of how each child learns and develops and how we can work together to extend this learning and fully engage the interest of the child.
Our Key Person system gives each member of staff particular responsibility for just a few children. Each child has one special adult to relate to, which can make settling into the group very much easier. In addition, the Key Person is in a position to tailor the group’s curriculum to the needs of individual children. The Key Person maintains links with the child’s home setting, working with parents through shared record keeping so that all children are supported in reaching their full potential.
We undertake formal and informal observations and assessments of children regularly, these allow us to ensure we are effectively meeting the needs of each child and tailoring the work we do to ensure they are stimulated, engaged and enjoying the activity and resources we provide. Your child will have a Learning Journal which is where their time with us is recorded through a range of observations, examples of work they have done, photographs of their proud moments and celebrations. You are encouraged to view this regularly and to contribute their news and achievements with us, we use a system called Tapestry, you can download an app to access the information, or access it from a computer, we can make one available in the setting should you not have access elsewhere.
Our short term and long term planning is key to the work we do, we base planning on areas of the curriculum, but mainly in response to the interests of the children and to extend and develop their skills. Our planning aims to be creative and give plenty of opportunity for children to discover and explore. We make good use of our indoor and outdoor spaces and have a wide range of resources for children to enjoy. We offer some Forest School inspired activities and have exciting engaging things happening such as hatching and growing chickens, an annual wedding the children take on roles in as we explore ceremonies in different cultures. A six week programme for children in their last year with us, based on Nature Learning, with activities such as Den Building, cooking on a camp fire and exploring nature and mini-beasts etc.
As a provider of Early Years Education, we are pleased to be able to qualify for Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) for a number of our 3 and 4 year old children. This funding can provide us with up to £300 additional income per eligible child each year. We will discuss the EYPP when your child joins us, should you qualify we will simply require you to sign a completed form each term along with the grant funding form that all funded children receive, we do the rest.
At our setting, we believe that high staff ratios have the greatest impact on the quality of the provision that we are able to offer. We feel committing our EYPP income to providing additional staffing, as well as specialised staff training, is the most effective way to meet any further needs of those children who may require additional support or benefit from some tailored input. Thus ensuring all children in our Pre-School have the best start in their education.
We support the agenda for all children and young people (0 to 25) to have a good start in life. We acknowledge that some children and young people have special educational needs (SEN) and these differing needs mean varied levels of support are required at different times.
We are committed to providing support for these children in our setting to ensure they have are able to enjoy education and social opportunities alongside their peers, within our local community. In order to do so we work along the principles of the Plymouth Local Authority SEND Offer which can be accessed at the SEND Local Offer Page.
We are committed and experienced in working with parents/carers and a range of agencies to ensure we provide a range of measures to support children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities, these include ‘additional and different’ arrangements for:
• teaching and learning;
• the way in which learning and well being is assessed;
• the ways in which access to the curriculum is facilitated;
• drawing on specialist expertise, within and beyond the school;
• pastoral support;
• intervention programmes over and above standard quality teaching provision for pupils;
• equipment as required;
• staffing arrangements to promote access;
• more intensive engagement with parents and carers;
• monitoring and evaluating the impact of the ‘additional and different’ arrangements on progress and outcomes for pupils with SEND.
Office Telephone: (01752) 222092
Out of Hours Phone: 07963597366
St Jude’s Church Pre-School
St Jude’s Church
Ofsted Registered Number EY466480
The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastic Parish of St Jude, Plymouth. Registered charity Number 1134316
Management and Administration
The group is owned and managed by St Jude’s Church, though day to day running of the group is in the hands of the experienced staff of the Pre-School.
Pre-School Manager and SENDCO – Claire Weaving
Assistant Manager and Deputy SENDCO – Sally Cameron
Early Years Professional & Designated Safeguarding Person – Jayne Garcia
Chairman of St Jude’s PCC & Ofsted Nominated Contact – Rev. Tim Smith