Pre-School

Pre-School runs from 9.15am - 12.15pm on weekdays during term times at our North Site.

All Nations Pre-School is run by All Nations Church  for children and families in the Bedford area. The church has run a pre-school for more than 40 years (previously as Brickhill Baptist Playgroup). We have a well-established staff team with considerable experience of working with children in this age group. We are a Christian group but open to children of any or no denomination or religion. The Pre-School is registered with the Local Education Authority as a provider of early years education and is inspected by Ofsted. We are also a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance


Upcoming Events

Week beginning 13th February - Half Term

Monday 20th February - First day back

Tuesday 4th April - Last day of term

Wednesday 19th April - First day back for Summer term


Our Aims

Our aim is to provide a welcoming, secure and caring environment where young children are valued and respected as unique individuals and where they can learn to play together. We believe that young children learn best through play so we plan a range of activities that aim to capture their interests and stimulate natural curiosity. Through carefully planned play we believe we provide a high quality learning environment which helps children to develop their knowledge, talents and skills.

We aim to build positive relationships with parents and children and to welcome and support families through the various activities of All Nations Church.


Where & When

All Nations Pre-School is open five mornings each week during school term times. The sessions run from 9.15 a.m. until 12.15p.m. with an early drop off from 8.45 a.m. and a daily lunch club that operates until 1pm. Pre-School sessions are held at All Nations church, Brickhill Drive.

We have a large, airy hall with plenty of space for varied activities with additional rooms which are used for small group work and story time. Although we do not have an outside area adjoining the building we do have use of a garden opposite the church building and use this for playing physical games, growing and planting vegetables and flowers and for mud kitchen play! We also regularly plan in walks in the local area so that children can explore the environment.

Children can start in the group at the beginning of the term in which they turn two years 6 months and families are offered a home visit and/or a taster session in pre-school in the term before they are due to start. We generally offer children a minimum of two sessions a week to begin with as we feel that fewer sessions than this makes it more difficult for children to settle and to form bonds with staff and children in the group. Children are entitled to 15 hours a week free nursery education from the term after their third birthday and parents can choose to use all of these in our group. If parents are using more than their 15 hour entitlement, either in our group or because they also attend another setting, they can opt to pay for the additional hours. Fees are charged at £11.50 per three hour session with additional costs for lunch club and early drop off. Some children are eligible for two year old funding if parent’s income meets certain criteria and the group is registered to accept 2 year old funded children.

Parents can check whether or not they are eligible by visiting the Bedford Borough website www.bedford.gov.uk/2yearfunding


Meet the Team

We believe that young children benefit from being with a committed and well trained staff and so ensure that all our staff are well qualified with regular and ongoing opportunities for professional development. The leader and deputy are part of the Early Years Reference group for Bedford which helps to develop and raise standards in early years across the borough.

Name

Role

Qualifications

Areas of responsibility

Norma Hand

Pre-School Leader

Early Years Professional

Special Educational Needs (SENCo)

Looked after Children

Equal Opportunities

Behaviour Management

Sophia Cox

Deputy Leader

Level 5

ICT

Data tracking

Emma Bridle

Pre-School Assistant

Level 4

Assistant SENCo

Lift off to Language Practitioner

Cecilia Laursen

Pre-School Assistant

Level 3

 

Leonie Clark

Pre-School Assistant

Level 3

 

Yvonne Solesbury

Pre-School Assistant

Level 3

 

Joanne Garner

Pre-School Assistant

Level 3

First Aid

Health and safety

Annie Mukuru

Pre-School Assistant

Level 2 Studying for level 3

 

Sally Ingram

Administrator

 

Accounts, funding and waiting lists

We offer small groups to support children’s general language and communication as well as working with Speech and Language Therapists to deliver specific programs for children with speech development delays or problems. 


Special Educational Needs

We have had considerable experience with children with a range of educational needs including autistic spectrum disorder; cerebral palsy and global developmental delay. Staff work with other professionals such as Speech and Language Therapists; Child Development centre staff, Physiotherapists, Inclusion officers, Psychologists and paediatric nurses to help meet children’s specific needs where necessary. 


What does a typical session look like?

8.45 -9.15 Early Drop ( Children play games, read stories and do puzzles with a member of staff in a side room until the session starts at 9.15. )

9.15 -10.15 Free play session Daily activities always include role play, physical play, painting; sand or water , block play, mark making, maths activities, dough and puzzles. In addition there are adult led activities planned to teach new concepts and to develop children’s interests.

10.15 Circle time

10.30 children and staff share snack time together.

10.45 Children return to free play and are also given opportunity to visit the garden or to go on local walks.

11.50-12.15 Tidy up together before story time. Children are divided into four groups for stories as we feel that the smaller groups give more opportunity for an enjoyable experience of sharing a book together.

12.15 children who are going home are returned to parents.

12.15 – 1.00 Lunch club

 

If you are interested in finding out more information about the group or would like to register your child on our waiting list please contact norma.hand@allnationsbedford.org

 

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Charity Number: 1128500