About the Group
Copdock and Washbrook Preschool operate an equal opportunities policy where all children are welcome.  We encourage children to explore and learn through their play.  Well trained committed staff support and extend childrens learning through conversation, joint play and planned activities.  Children are encouraged and supported to develop and learn at their own individual pace.
How the Group is run
The group is run by a committee, consisting of Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer and other members.
The committee is elected each year at the Annual General Meeting, which we hope parents will attend.
Meetings are usually held each term.
 
The committee employs the playleaders and helpers.  New parents/carers are very welcome to join the committee.  Even if you are not a committee member please feel free to attend the meetings so that you can express your views and ideas.
 
The Pre-School is a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance.  It follows their constitution and believes in their underlying principle of "Learn Through Play".

Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND)
We aim to ensure our setting meets the needs of each individual child and family so that all children achieve their best possible educational and personal outcomes. Our setting Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) is Jackie Wright.

How accessible is the building ?
Our building is all on one level, and has smooth hard flooring throughout. Furniture is child sized and movable and we have different height tables. The outside area has sloped access to a level paved area.

What training and or experience do staff have ?
Jackie Wright has Accredited SENCo training from Suffolk County Council.
All staff are trained in, and use Makaton to support communication and language. Staff are trained to use PECs.
Staff have experience of working with children on the autistic spectrum, children with communication, speech and language needs, and behavioural issues. If your child has any specific medical needs our staff can take training to support them in the setting.
We are able to work with other professionals e.g Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists to provide the best l care and educational opportunity for your child.  We seek support from Suffolk Family Information Service when needed.

How will the settings resources be used to support my child ?

Equipment at the setting is moveable and can be made accessible. We have a wide range of resources suitable for different ages and stages of development. We have a range of sensory toys.  We will seek to borrow or purchase resources to suit individual needs.

How will staff support my child ?
All children at the setting have a Key Person who will develop a close relationship with your child to ensuring they are happy and settled at the provision and able to achieve their learning and development potential.  As part of the provision for all children staff observe, plan and provide activities to promote and extend learning and development. This is linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. Areas for development are then identified and next steps written.  Visual time tables/ and signs are used to support the routine and communication.

How will the learning and development provision be matched to my child at the setting?
Children with SEND may have an IEP (Individual Education Plan) written to meet their specific needs. This will identify clear targets for learning. Staff will deliver activities and resource in small focus groups or individually depending on need. IEPs are discussed, written and reviewed with parental consent and discussion.  Staff are able to adapt resources and provision to meet different needs. For example offering small group or individual stories to allow talking time for children learning language, regular ‘Rhyme Time’ nursery rhyme sessions, one to one planned activities or providing different sized equipment.

How will I know how my child is doing at the setting ?
Each child has a Learning Journey to record observations, progress and achievements. This is via Tapestry, an online Learning Journey software. We write termly summaries of learning and offer regular Learning Journey meetings to discuss and view progress. Staff are also available to talk to informally at the end of each session.

Where can I find out more about the early years offer in Suffolk ?
For further information about the local authority’s Local Offer of service and provision for children with special educational needs and disability go to-    Suffolk Local Offer
Opening Times
Monday 9 am - 3 pm, Tuesday 9 am - 3 pm, Wednesday 9 am - 3 pm,
Thursday 9 am - 1 pm, Friday 9 am - 1 pm.
School terms time only

Children start after their 2nd birthday and can stay with us until they start school.  There is a maximum of 18 children at each session.

Staff
At each session there are two or three members of staff, all trained to an appropriate level in childcare and First Aid. Staff work together to provide the best care and education for each child.
Parents at Pre-school
Parents are welcome at the Pre-School at any time. You are most welcome to join us at Pre-School to read some stories, help at the computer or sing songs; whatever you would like to do!  It is a good way of seeing for yourself what the children do at Pre-School, the children also have the opportunity to see their own parent/carer in a new role.  Please speak to the staff if you would like to help during a session.
Activities
Activities at Pre-School are designed to promote learning and develop childrens' confidence and independence; essential skills for later
learning in school. We provide a wide variety of resources for children to explore including role play, painting, play dough, numbers, books, music and singing, cookery, wheeled toys, gardening and a nature area. Outside visits and walks in our local community all designed to cover the seven areas of Early Years Curriculum: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physicial Development and specific areas Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.  We work towards the early learning goals for the 'foundation stage' of your child's education.


For further information go to  www.foundationyears.org.uk   www.4children.org.uk
What to expect, when?  Guidance to your child's learning and development in the early years foundation stage.

Fees
We are accredited for Government funding for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Other fees are payable for the extended lunch club or additional sessions as required.
Funding & Early Education Grant
As a member of the Suffolk list of providers we are able to provide 15 hours free education per week for your child.  This is available for 38 weeks of the year, during term time. Funding starts the term after the child's 3rd birthday.  Funding is available to some 2year olds if they meet the eligibility criteria. Your child could attend our Preschool for 15 hours per week for free, if you choose to send them for longer charges will apply. Our fees are currently £12.00 per session (9-12 or 12-3pm).

For further information on early years education and the 2 year old eligibility criteria  visit- www.gov.uk/free-early-education
Funding is paid direct to the Preschool on completion of a parent declaration form.  A parent needs to complete this form, provided by the Preschool and support their claim with evidence of the child's date of birth (eg. Birth certificate, passport etc).

Committee
The Preschool committee consists of parents and teachers who oversee the management of the Preschool.  Committee members are important as without them the Preschool would not be able to function.
 
If you are interested in joining the committee then please contact one of the main committee post-holders, namely:

            • Amanda Wilden (07885637646)

The committee meets about 5 or 6 times during the year.  Committee members assist with fundraising, organising and running special events and oversee the running of the Preschool.

Policies
You can download our policies by clicking on any of the following links-

The policies are currently being updated and will be available soon.