Stopsley Village pre-school has been established since 1974 and has offered good quality care and education for pre-school children ever since. Our last OFSTED inspection praised us for our high level of care and education. In January 2020 the pre-school amalgamated with the main school and is now part of our Stopsley Community Primary school family. Being part of a primary school ensures that we are constantly in touch with new thinking in the field of child care and education. We gain from the support of a LBC School Improvement Advisor and we have a highly skilled and experienced Senior Leadership Team leading the way.
- Places for children aged 3 and 4 years old.
- Fun and friendship with children and other adults
- A developmentally appropriate curriculum to meet the needs of each individual child
- A quality nursery education
- Excellent staff to pupil ratios with a Key Worker approach for all
- Quality care and education for pre-school children and support for their families
- Excellent facilities for your child to mature and develop in a child oriented environment
- Staff with a wealth and breadth of experience as well as relevant childcare qualifications including NNEB, DPP and NVQ3 qualifications.
- A well-established team who work closely with our Early Years Leader
- Staff with First Aid and Food Hygiene Certificates.
We run a total of ten sessions per week during term time. We have five morning and five afternoon sessions.
The current times for each session are:
- Mornings - 9.00am to 12.00pm (doors open at 8.45am for drop off)
- Lunch Club - 12.00pm to 12.30pm
- Afternoons - 12.30pm to 3.15pm (doors open at 3.00pm for pick up)
From September 2020 the times will be:
- Mornings – 8:45am to 11:45am
- Lunch Club – 11:45am to 12:15pm
- Afternoons – 12:15pm to 3:15pm
Research shows that children learn better when their parents are involved. Here at Stopsley we recognise that parents are the first and most important educators of their young children and are passionate about working together. Therefore, we encourage all parents to participate in our events and to join our parent forums. We also welcome parent helpers during sessions. It is also a useful opportunity for you to help in developing conversation and language skills with your child. We have an open door policy and offer daily opportunities for parents to chat with staff and key workers. Staff pride themselves on being approachable and supportive and are only too happy to help if you are in need of advice or ideas to support your child.
Our parents are welcome to:
- Take part in the school's parent events and parent forums
- Volunteer to help out regularly during sessions
- Take advantage of the training courses, workshops and conferences run by the school and recommended external providers
- Tap into staff experience and expertise
Within the group, all children are supported in developing their potential at their own pace. Our regular planning sessions enable us to provide a wealth of experience from which your child can build and expand their knowledge and skills.
Learning Journeys will be completed for each child during their time with us and these will provide evidence of their progress and achievements at pre-school.
There are seven areas of learning in the Early Years. These are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional
- Communication and Language
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
At the age of 3 and 4 years old the key areas are known as the Prime areas. These are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional
- Communication and Language
These areas of development are the cornerstone on which the other areas of development are built. We plan to intertwine these areas into all we do and plan for the children to have a well rounded experience which helps each child to make progress which is right for them and to support them in being well prepared for starting school.
Special Educational Needs
We have an experienced Early Years Special Educational Needs Assistant who works alongside all staff to provide individual planning, activities and support for children who have additional needs. She works closely with our SENDCO’s to support both the children and their families.
Fees are payable every half term in advance. No reductions are made for absence through sickness or holidays. An invoice will be issued by Miss Haggerty (Office Manager) and should be paid within the first two weeks of that half term. With the introduction of Government funding, 3 year olds are funded the term after their 3rd birthday if they live within the Luton postcode area. All 4 year olds are funded regardless of where they live. The funding entitles each child up to five sessions a week (15 hours). Please ask Mrs Collins (Admissions Officer), if you need more details. If you wish to terminate your child’s place at pre-school, two weeks written notification is required in order to calculate fees payable. Currently, our fees are £4.50 per hour (the cheapest anywhere in the East of Luton).
Firstly, complete and submit the online application form, or complete and return a paper application form, which can be obtained from the school office or the pre-school. Applications can be made from your child’s 2nd birthday.
We will contact you as your child approaches the age of 3 years old in order to arrange a mutually convenient start date.
We would advise you to visit the pre-school prior to the start date. A visit will enable you to meet the staff and ask any questions. You will also be able to experience the daily routine, which is registration time, free play/curriculum activities, packing up time, snack time and story time at the end of the session. A mutually convenient time for a visit can be arranged with the school office.
Access to our pre-school is currently via the gate in the car park behind the Co-Op. There is a security system for the school. Please buzz the pre-school button and we will let you in.
If you wish to contact us by telephone, the numbers are: 01582 611035 (option 5) or 07990 785381.
It is important for parents and pre-school staff to work together to help the child to feel confident and secure in the group. Some children settle quickly. For some this takes longer. We will work closely with parents to support each child as needed. We do ask that a parent or carer stay with the child on their first session as this helps the child to integrate more quickly and gives you the opportunity to ask any questions and become familiar with the routine.
In order to feel free to explore and experiment with all kinds of materials, including messy ones, it is best to send children in clothes which are easy to wash and not too new. Simple clothing, which they can handle themselves, will enable them to go to the toilet easily and to put on and take off their outdoor clothes without being too dependent on other people’s help.
School uniform is not compulsory for pre-school children however some parents do prefer to send their children in a school jumper as they wash well and it can help the child to feel they are ‘going to school’, especially if they have older brothers and sisters who wear a ‘uniform’ to school. Uniform can be purchased online. Details for this can be found in the prospectus pack.
Free milk is provided, but for medical reasons, you can supply an alternative.
On starting pre-school, you will be given an introduction to pre-school life and a parent handbook which gives more details about pre-school. You will be asked to complete a pupil personal information record. All information on this form is kept strictly confidential.