Our Ethos

At Chapel Lane Preschool, we aim to provide a happy, safe and caring environment, free from prejudice and discrimination, for children from the term after their third birthday until they are five years old.
We believe that every child is unique and our aim is to provide fun, stimulating learning experiences catered to each childs individual needs. Strong emphasis is placed on learning through play as we believe at this stage in a childs development the learning process should be as interesting and enjoyable as possible.  We aim to plan and provide activities and play opportunities to develop your childs emotional, physical, social and intellectual capabilities to their full potential. At the end of their time with us they will be resilient, capable and self-assured before their transition to Reception.

Early Years Foundation

We follow the curriculum guidelines set out in the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which was implemented in September 2012 and updated in September 2014. The main principles on which the EYFS is based are grouped into four main themes-


A Unique Child every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive Relationships Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

Enabling Environments Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners, parents and carers.

Learning & Development Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early year’s provision including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Our
Approach

We have a maximum of 26 children per session and we provide a staffing ratio in line with the Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Our main aim is  to ensure that children have sufficient individual attention to guarantee care and education of high quality. We provide minimum staff levels of one to eight children.

Each child is allocated a member of staff as their 'key person'.  The key person builds up a strong relationship with their key chlidren and has responsibility for making observations of progress and planning for their next steps in learning. Please be assured that all staff at Chapel Lane Preschool are there to encourage, help, play and have fun with all the children.

What is Tapestry..?​

Part of the requirements of children being in an Early Years Setting is to document a childs progress through the form of a Learning Journey. Up until now we have used a paper format, after careful consideration and much research we now create individual Learning Journeys for each child through a piece of educational software called Tapestry


Tapestry provides each individual child with their own e-learning journey held online.   Parents and carers are given their own log-in using their email and password.  Staff  record observations and assess children linking to the EYFS curriculum, uploading photo or video media.  Once saved and completed each observation is approved by the manager.  An email is then automatically generated to parents and carers informing them that an observation for their child has been added so they can have a look and add any of their own comments to it.

Parent 
Partnerships

We believe parental involvement is vital to the success of your child's learning. We seek to create a strong partnership between you and the pre-school, the essence of which is respectful listening and sharing of information about your childs learning. Partnership involves responsibility on both sides.
In addition to our website which is updated regularly, to help you feel welcome we have a parents notice-board, which you are encouraged to check regularly.  It displays news of social events, fund-raising activities, policies and information to keep you up to date with preschool life.  We also produce monthly newsletters and encourage your feedback and comments.
We welcome parents to help during sessions.  Its an excellent opportunity to support the preschool and also provides you with a further insight to how we operate and see your child enjoying our setting!

Policies & EYFS

Every child deserves the best possible start in life, and support to fulfil their potential. A childs experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. When parents choose to use early years services, they want to know that the provision will keep children safe and help them to thrive. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the framework that provides that assurance.

All our policies are designed to offer the best possible provision for the children and families in the group. We ensure that the five outcomes under the Every Child Matters are promoted at all times by:

Setting the standards for the learning, development and care young children should experience when they are attending a setting outside their family home, ensuring that every child makes progress and that no child is left behind.

Providing for equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice and ensuring that every child is included and not disadvantaged because of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties or disabilities, gender or ability.

Creating the framework for partnership working between parents and professionals, and between all the settings that the child attends.

Improving quality and consistency
in the early years sector through a universal set of standards which apply to all settings, ending the distinction between care and learning in the existing frameworks, and providing the basis for the inspection and regulation regime.

Laying a secure foundation for future learning through learning and development that is planned around the individual needs and interests of the child, and informed by the use of ongoing observational assessment.

Chapel Lane Policies