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All of our staff hold an enhanced DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) check which is renewed every three years. Our playgroup has very specific safeguarding policies and procedures in place, and OFSTED’s requirements in respect of references and CRB checks are abided by.
Our designated person who co-ordinates child protection issues is Mrs Angie Aldridge.
Our deputy designated officer is Mrs Joyce Sprason.
Northway Preschool Playgroup is committed to meet the needs of all children who use our playgroup. The playgroup works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2001.
The Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCO) for our playgroup is Mrs Dawn Long.
We understand that the settling in period is important for both children and parents. This will take longer for some children than others and parents should not feel worried if their child takes a while to settle.
Children cannot play or learn if they are anxious and tense and every child has different needs. To ensure that starting playgroup is a positive experience and children leave feeling happy and secure, our staff will work with parents to achieve the best plan for settling their child.
Parents are quite rightly the first and most important educators of their children. Our staff see themselves as partners with you in providing care and education for your child. There are many ways in which parents can take part in making the playgroup a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents such as:
· Helping at sessions via a parent duty rota
· Exchanging knowledge about your child's needs, interests and progress with the staff, particularly their keyworker
· By helping us to reward their efforts with a “wow” voucher
· By accepting our invitation to attend the AGM
· By attending ‘Share a Story’ mornings at our nursery group.
This is a new scheme funded by the Government aimed at giving children aged 2, up to 15 hours of free nursery sessions per week. Children can take up their place the term after their second birthday. Families who are in receipt of any of the following benefits are eligible for funding:
· Income Support,
· Income Related Employment and Support Allowance,
· Income based Job Seekers Allowance,
· Guarantee element of State Pension Credit,
· Support under part vi of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
· Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an income on or below the threshold of £16 190
Children who have additional needs can also be referred via their health visitor for a place through Common Assessment Framework (CAF) if they meet certain criteria. Furtherinformation is available from your health visitor.
Three and four year old children can access up to 15 hours of free nursery/preschool sessions per week regardless of how much money you have or how much you earn.
If you are not eligible for funding under the Achieving Two Year Olds Scheme, or the Free for Three and Four’s Scheme, then payment for fees can be made by cheque, cash or via Internet Banking.
Statement of Intent:
As a community playgroup located in Northway, the majority of our children feed into Northway Infant School and then on to Carrant Brook Junior School.
We work in partnership with Northway Infant School and our Preschool group is run from a classroom within the school. The children who use our playgroup benefit greatly from being able to use all the facilities within the school. This prepares the children well for starting school as they are used to the environment, the staff, and they will already have made friends with their peers who will join the school at the same time. Having school staff available to share professional development enhances our group and staff expertise.
The number of places we have in any group is dependent upon:
* the number of staff,
* the ratio’s appertaining to the age of the children in each group and
* ensuring the charity remains financially sustainable.
In order to achieve an open, fair and clear admission procedure, we will administer the following criteria:
At the time of allocating spaces, if we are over subscribed a point-scoring system for admission into all groups will apply to all children and will be driven by spaces available.
· Children already using our groups
· Siblings attending our groups
· Siblings attending Northway Infants or Carrant Brook School
· Children using our group have the intention of being registered to attend Northway Infant School
· The length of time on our registers
Further information is available upon request.
Attendance at our playgroup does not guarantee a place at the school as admissions are handled by Gloucestershire County Council.