Appleton Village Pre-School was opened in 1968. We are a voluntary sector pre-school run by a management committee and we operate from the Village Hall. We offer places to children aged 2 and 9 months* to 5 years old. We aim to serve the local community; delivering the EYFS through a friendly, safe, inviting and flexible setting. If you would like to come and see what we do, please call us to arrange a visit when we are open – visitors are always welcome!
Learning Through Play
At the Pre-School we believe in ‘learning through play’. Play is the way in which children explore, investigate, problem-solve, learn about relationships, communication and life in general. Our job is to support, enhance and challenge the children in their play!
Our mission is:
- For the children – The children’s safety, wellbeing, happiness and education are our primary concern. We believe children learn and become confident in an environment that is caring and welcoming.
- Adapting to change – We keep a positive frame of mind and attitude to embrace change, deal effectively with the environment in which we work and by working together we can ensure the future of the Pre-School.
- Team work – Our strongest asset is our team; our staff, parents, committee and children. The team works together to be effective in the spirit of co-operation.
- Communication – We welcome open communication. All comments, both positive and negative are encourage by all.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to reach their full potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.
There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and language
- Physical development
There are four additional areas, the specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specifica areas are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
For more information about the seven areas of learning and development, please ask a member of the Pre-School staff or take a look at the fantastic guide to the EYFS, for parents, on the Foundation Years website (click here).
Child Protection and Safeguarding
It is Appleton Village Pre-school’s policy to work with children and parents to ensure the rights and safety of children attending the setting. Our Safeguarding Policy is based on the three key commitments of the Pre-school Learning Alliance Safeguarding Children Policy, as follows:
- We are committed to building a ‘culture of safety’ in which children are protected from abuse and harm in all areas of our service delivery.
- We are committed to responding promptly and appropriately to all incidents, allegations or concerns of abuse that may occur and to work with statutory agencies in accordance with the procedures that are set down in ‘What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused’ (HMG, 2015) and the Care Act 2014.
- We are committed to promoting awareness of child abuse issues throughout our training and learning programmes for adults. We are also committed to empowering children through our early childhood curriculum, promoting their right to be strong, resilient and listened to.
To read the Pre-School’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedure in full, please click here. To read any other of our Policies – please visit the ‘Policies and Procedures’ page of this website.
Updated Sept. 2017