Longtown Community Primary School

Longtown Community Primary School

Information for Parents

Admissions and Fees

Children are welcomed into the Pre-school from their second birthday. Children are entitled to 15 hours of Nursery Education Funded childcare from the term after they turn 3.  In addition children aged 2 may be eligible for 15 hours funding per week if they meet certain criteria.

Fees for non funded two year olds and all two and three year olds attending more than 15 hours are £4.50 per hour.

Settling In

When your child first joins us, we will work with you to support them through the transition ensuring they are settled. As every child is an individual, we will tailor our approach to suit your child.

We will arrange a visit to familiarise your child with the Pre-School giving you an opportunity to update us with your child's current developments.

Naturally, you know your child better than anyone, so our carers will work closely with you to get to know your child's individual needs and personality – and provide you with regular feedback on how they are progressing.

We believe that the highest quality childcare can only be delivered in close partnership with parents.

Early Years Foundation Stage 2014

Longtown Pre-school is committed to delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) as set out in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2014.

EYFS applies to all children from birth through to the end of their reception year. More information about the EYFS is available from the Department for Education’s website.

On starting at Pre-school each child is allocated a Key Person who will support both parent and child with all aspects of learning and development. The Key Person is usually the parent’s first point of contact when discussing their progress and any concerns.

For each child, the pre-school will deliver those areas of the EYFS learning and development which are appropriate for each child’s individual needs. For example, prime areas of development or prime and specific areas of development.

To ensure children receive the best early years provision suited to them as an individual we undertake observations and assessments in order to plan for each child’s individual needs. We plan and provide opportunities which are appropriate to each child’s stage of development.

The pre-school provides a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities. The Pre-School will always follow children’s play principles, allowing children to choose how they use their time, and never force them to participate in a given activity.