Your questions answered
Does the pre-school have a uniform?
Yes, a sweatshirt and polo shirt are available, but they are not compulsory. If you would like to order one of these, you can do so directly from www.tesco.com/ues
What is Ofsted?
Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. We inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages. Ofsted carry out inspections and regulatory visits to help providers that are not yet of good standard to improve, monitor their progress and share with them the best practice we find. Their focus is to achieve excellence in education and skills for learners of all ages, and in the care of children and young people.
What is the EYFS?
The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.
How do I find out if I am eligible for funding?
All 3 and 4 year olds in England are entitled to free part-time early education. The entitlement is up to a maximum of 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year with a total maximum entitlement of 570 hours each year. The entitlement can be accessed either term time only over 38 weeks or stretched over a greater number of weeks during the year with less hours being taken each week. The government is gradually introducing free early education for some 2 year olds depending on circumstances.
- Is my child eligible?
- Where can my child access free early education?
- Do I have to pay anything towards the free entitlement?
- I don’t live in Wiltshire, can I still access free entitlement at a Wiltshire early years provider?
- What do I have to do to access my child’s free entitlement?
- How many early years providers can my child access their free entitlement with?
- I have a complaint about how my early years provider is offering the free entitlement, what can I do?
How is my child assessed?
Your child’s progress will be reviewed when they’re between 2 and 3 by an early years practitioner or health visitor. Their class teacher will assess them at the end of the school year when they turn 5.
How and what do the children learn?
Your child will mostly be taught through games and play. The areas of learning are:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design