Our Pre-School has been established since 1970 and is situated in our own building in the grounds of Dunholme St Chad’s C of E Primary School. We are registered with OFSTED, and offer care and education to children between the ages of 2 – 5 years.
We have a ‘good’ grading from Ofsted who said that “children make good progress because the teaching is good. Staff know the children very well and use this knowledge effectively to plan and provide a range of interesting and challenging activities.”
We are proud to be a 'Makaton friendly' setting and all staff are makaton trained. We have also been awarded 'silver' in the caring2learn awards as a setting that has "demonstrated a high standard of provison."
Our ethos is to work with children in a way that supports ‘learning through play’ and builds their confidence and awareness of the world around them. We recognise that individual children – depending on things such as their age, skills and experience – will require different things from their environment, the activities they do and the care and support they require from our staff. To help us achieve all these different needs, our setting uses the practice guidance Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to plan and provide our activities.
We are a registered charity and our setting is run by a Voluntary Management Committee, which is responsible for the efficient and effective running of Dunholme Pre-School. Each year the committee members are elected at the Annual General Meeting and they then take on responsibility for:
- Managing the setting's finances
- Fundraising activities
- Employing and managing staff
- Making sure that the setting has, and works to, policies that help it to provide a high quality service; and
- Making sure that the setting works in partnership with the children's parents/ carers.
The Voluntary Management Committee consists of parents, carers and friends of the setting and if you are interested in getting involved in any way, we always love to welcome new faces.