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Horley Community Pre School
Strawson Hall,
Albert Road,
Horley,
Surrey
RH6 7HZ
Telephone: 01293431898
Email: preschool@deepfields.co.uk
 
You can read general information about the Pre School immediately below.
More specific information about opening times and much more by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page
 
The Pre School Ethos
Our aim is to provide high quality, affordable and accessible childcare for children and their families aged two to five years in a safe, secure and happy environment. Our staff are trained to the highest level understanding the individual needs of every child.


We believe it is important that the Pre School is a centre where parents, carers, staff and children work in partnership offering a wide range of community facilities, from birth to the transition to school.


This continuity of care establishes a solid beginning to every child’s education.

 

Background
Horley Community Pre School has been part of Horley for 40 years. The Pre School has been owned and managed by a Partnership for the last 5 years and currently runs at an outstanding level as judged by Ofsted. There is a highly motivated and well managed team of dedicated staff who have worked together for the past 10 years. This enables us to offer the best care and education for children between the ages of 2 and 5 years.


The setting offers a wide range of sessions for children to attend, but will be expanding into full day care in the near future. 


We work in partnership with parents/carers and other outside agencies valuing their support and contributions. 


Within the setting there is provision for children with special needs with qualified SENCO support and an early intervention programme. The setting is inclusive and offers integrated services for both parents and children.


The centre is part of the Surrey Early Years and Childcare Service and receives help and support from this service.

 

Staff
The Managing Partnership are experienced and highly qualified in all areas of management, childcare and education. All full time staff hold a current level 3 qualifications with all the team qualified to work with children. Continued professional and personal development is encouraged and undertaken regularly. All staff are Criminal Records Bureau checked and are fully first aid trained.


The staff are dedicated and enjoy working with children. They encourage the development of their unique and individual character, enabling them to become independent and positive learners. 

 

Learning through play
At the Pre School we value all children and understand their individual needs. They will learn and experience a broad and balanced curriculum through play. They will enjoy many experiences and a wide range of activities carefully planned for using the birth to three framework and the curriculum guidance for the foundation stage. 


The children benefit from well-equipped indoor facilities with the latest equipment. There are designated areas for free play, arts and crafts, sand and water, construction and malleable materials. The children can also express themselves creatively enjoying cooking, music and dance and themed role-play. They can also enjoy a secure outside space and play garden with large equipment, bikes and wheeled toys for physical activities. Quiet time can also be enjoyed in the wildlife and sensory area. This allows the children to explore, develop and discover themselves in a child centred environment.


The children become part of the wider community enjoying theatre trips, farm visits and seasonal outings to pick your own farms. At a more local level they enjoy nature walks and trips to the post office library and town centre. This enables them to experience a different way of learning developing their confidence and self-esteem and to understand the environment around them.


The Pre School promotes healthy eating and living within the setting. This is done using curriculum based activities including growing their own vegetables, nutritionally balanced snack times, a positive approach to physical play and keeping themselves healthy.

 

Parental and carer involvement
The Pre School encourages the support and involvement of parents and carers at the setting.
Families can currently enjoy a library scheme, Play and home learning packs and a parent and toddler group.


We ensure all parents have the opportunity to be involved within the setting through the Parent Forum.

 

This group meets regularly to allow parents to contribute ideas, thoughts and feedback to the management. This allows parents/carers the chance to enjoy fundraising events and working as part of a team. This enables staff; parents and children to work together ensuring a happy and positive start for all the children in their early care and education.


Horley Community Pre School is open as follows:
Monday AM: Pre School Lunch Club PM Stay and Play
Tuesday AM: Pre School PM Tiddlywinks
Wednesday AM: Pre School Lunch Club PM Hopscotch
Thursday AM: Pre School PM Tiddlywinks
Friday AM: Pre School Lunch Club


Stay and Play -1pm to 2.30pm
Tiddlywinks -12.45pm to 2.45pm from 2 years old
Pre School -9.15am to 11.45am from 3 years old
Lunch Club -11.45pm to 12.45pm
Hopscotch -12.45pm to 3.15pm (Spring and Summer terms only for children going to school in the Autumn)


The Pre School opens for 38 weeks of the year following Surrey school term dates. There may be occasions upon which Pre School will have one-day closures for training purposes.
 
Snack Time
Monday - Fruit
Tuesday - Toast/Bread
Wednesday - Fruit
Thursday - Fruit
Friday - Toast/Bread
 
Drinks
We provide milk or water at snack time.


In addition to this morning drink you may provide your child with a sports type bottle i.e. spill proof for use during the Pre School session (no bottles or baby cups please).

 

Uniform
Book bags, plimsolls and the uniform of the Pre School are COMPULSORY and may be purchased using the order form in the back of this booklet. Prices start at £3.50 and we also have a range of as new items that have been donated back by previous children. If you wish to see any samples or sizes or colours please ask a member of staff. Any ordered items take about 3 weeks to arrive at no additional cost to you.

 

Plimsolls
Children will need a named pair of plimsolls or slippers (rubber or hard soled) that will remain at Pre School in their P.E. bags.


Please ensure that all coats, hats, and shoes etc are named. Labels are available through the Pre School.

 

Wellies
The children will need a pair of wellies at Pre School because we like to use our outside area all year round, including the grass area, which can be wet or muddy. Please ensure wellies are named with a permanent pen and these do not have to be new. We have a selection of donated wellies from previous children if you would like a pair.

 

Folders
During the time your child spends with us they crate many pieces of work some of these are kept at Pre School in their work folder. Please provide them with an A4 ring folder (no leaver arched) with a baby photography clearly named.

 

Arrival and Collection from Pre School
When you arrive at Pre School you will be asked to sign your child in and leave a contact number, this folder will always be found on the front desk. Any change of collection must always be noted here to.


You will then need to help your child find their name, choose a tray and to change their shoes. When you collect your child please remember to check their try and take home all their belongings. Finally you will need to sign your child out from our care in the contact book. Prompt arrival and collection enables your child to settle into the Pre School routine and feel secure.

 

Parental Involvement
We welcome all forms of parental involvement at the Pre School.


You are invited to come and join us for a morning session to see what we do and play with your child.
Also any skills you have are welcomed to, this could be cutting out for activities or taking home some toys in their holidays to play with and clean for us.


If you have some spare time though and would like to be more involved you could join our Parent Forum.

This is a group of parents that meet every half term to support the Pre School in all areas, especially with the fundraising events.


If you have any questions on the above subjects please talk to a member of staff who will be glad to assist you.

 

Consent Forms
Under Current Ofsted regulations the Pre School requires your consent for a number of things. These include Emergency Medical Consent, Photography, the use of Sun creams and Routine preventive head lice checks. These forms will need to be completed and returned when your child joins us.

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