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.”
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 always aim to exceed the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Welfare Requirements’ in regards to the childcare qualifications our staff are required to hold, and we are committed to developing staff and supporting them to access further qualifications. In accordance with the Early Years Education Code of Practice all members of staff attend four days training each year. We are all fully qualified First Aiders, trained specifically to deal with pre-school children and there is an adult first aider on the premises at all times.
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.