About our Pre-School
About our Pre-School
Wye Under Fives Pre-School have been proudly supporting families in the local area of Wye for over 30 years. We are a small independent charity, supported by our volunteer committee and run by experienced and well trained staff. We are based in the small village hall in Wye. We care for children aged 2.5 years to 5 years old. Open Monday to Friday 8:45am to 3:15pm, term time only, for 38 weeks of the year. Our session times are as follows. A packed lunch will need to be provided if your sessions include lunchtime:
- Morning session – 8:45am to 11:45am
- Afternoon session – 12:15pm to 3:15pm
- Lunchtime – 11:45am to 12.15pm – a packed lunch needs to be provided.
- Full day – 8:45am to 3:15pm
Facilities & Activities
We have a wide variety of equipment on hand to ensure that children have relevant and age appropriate activities to support their progress through the Early Years Stage. Children can choose from, and work at, a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. They 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. We have our own well equipped fenced garden, where children can take part in outdoor activities which contributes to their health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them.
Within Wye Under Fives, we use the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) as our curriculum. This supports all children to learn and develop well from their first few days with us. We work closely with our children’s parents and families. We regularly observe and assess the progress of each child to best plan their next steps and also to offer extra help where it’s needed.EYFS - Ages and Stages for Wye Under Fives
Our setting aims to:-
- provide high quality care and education for children below statutory school age;
- work in partnership with parents, helping children learn and develop and shape the service it offers;
- add to the life and well-being of the local community; and
- offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and vales diversity.
Our approach to children's development and learning, aims to ensure that each child:-
- is in a safe and stimulating environment;
- is given generous care and attention, because of our ratio of qualified staff to children;
- has the chance to join in with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn together;
- is helped to take forward their learning and development by being helped to build on what they already know and can do;
- has a personal key person who makes sure each child makes satisfying progress; and
- is in a setting that sees parents as partners in helping each child to learn and develop.
Our Full Mission Statement and Guiding Principles
Wye under Fives Preschool provides a safe, happy and stimulating environment in which our children are valued as unique individuals developing self-confidence, respect for others, and learning to challenge themselves through play. Children have empowerment over their environment and are guided in their learning by experienced, qualified practitioners. Through our daily interactions we have respect for our environment and the world around us – learning, growing and developing with every experience. By working closely in partnership with parents and with other professionals, our aim is to achieve the very best outcome for each and every child.
Our Mission statement is supported by the following guiding principles:
- the welfare of each individual child in our care is paramount and this forms the basis of our practice.
- We promote children learning through play and through hands on experiences. We continually assess our setting environment to ensure it enables children to learn through developing interests and receiving challenges of an appropriate level.
- We enable children to develop ‘cultural capital’ – encouraging their self-confidence and self-esteem, developing their skills in how they interact with others, seeking out alternative ways of dealing with and learning to relate to others in a positive way. All team members act as positive role models for the children in our care.
- We focus on the individual needs of each child in our care using the key person system – developing strong relationships between children and their key person who in turn supports, plans for and develops the learning of each child individually.
- We work in a ‘co-productive’ manner with parents – working together to find ways to enable children to benefit from learning through play and more focused interventions.
- We actively listen to the views of everyone in our setting – children, parents, employees, and other professionals to be able to reflect on our practice and be the best we can – continually improving our provision.
- We consider what our intentions are, how we’re going to implement it and how it has worked for the child – with the aim that regardless of their starting point, every child makes the progress they are capable of making.
- We accommodate the needs of each individual within our setting irrespective of gender, ethnicity, ability or disability, social & economic background or sexual orientation and ensure that children and adults can all enjoy the setting environment without judgement or discrimination.
- We implement our policies and procedures consistently and review then as frequently as necessary and at least annually.
- We comply at all times with the relevant National and local guidance and legislation.