Information for parents and carers
Term time only. Monday to Friday, 9.30 until 12.30, (2 to 4 year olds) optional lunch session until 1pm or 9.30 until 2.30 for 3/4 year olds only.
High staff ratio
We have a maximum of six children to one qualified member of staff, but regularly have five children to one qualified member of staff or fully trained volunteer. A typical day would see 20 children to four qualified members of staff and one volunteer/student.
Parents in Partnership
We know that as a parent, you know your child best. Therefore, we value being able to work in partnership with you so that we can share the information that will help in your child’s development. Through sharing ideas about your child’s current interests and needs, everyone can work together to support them in their learning journey. We also encourage parents to become involved in the pre-school in any way they feel able. This could include coming in to read a story, talking to the children about a hobby or interest or playing a musical instrument. Please speak to a member of staff if you would like to become involved in this way.
Because we want all children to feel happy and secure at Sticky Fish, we encourage you to stay with your child for as long as you feel necessary when they first start pre-school. The length of time you stay will depend on your individual child but we feel that children benefit when they begin to engage in new activities and become familiar with this new environment alongside a parent.
Activities and Events
Keep an eye on key dates, term times and different events we have planned for the next year.
Our outdoor discovery days (similar to Forest school) offers all learners opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment. Every child at Sticky Fish Pre-School is offered a chance to take part in a day each year.
Early Years Foundation Stage
We believe that children learn best when they are provided with stimulating, open-ended play opportunities and are supported through warm and caring relationships. When your child begins at Sticky Fish, they will be given a key worker who will be responsible for helping them settle into the pre-school. Our key worker system promotes positive relationships, helping practitioners gain valuable knowledge and understanding of the needs and interests of each unique child, which enables them to plan appropriate opportunities for their learning and development. We use the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is the statutory framework for all early years settings in England.
The EYFS outlines seven areas of learning and development. These are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Expressive Arts and Design
- Understanding the World
The EYFS also sets out some of the key Characteristics of Effective Learning. It is becoming widely recognised that how children learn is as important as what they learn. Focusing on the ways children learn about their world helps us to support them to develop important learning dispositions needed for their lifelong learning.
It costs £12 per 3 hour morning session (9.30 until 12.30) for children who have not entered the term after their third birthday, and are not eligible for the government funding for 2 year olds.
£2 per lunch session for morning children.
£10 for the additional extended hours for over 3’s (12.30 until 2.30), which includes the lunch session.
Take a look at our policies
Working in partnership with parents
We know that as a parent, you know your child best. Therefore, we value being able to work in partnership with you so that we can share the information that will help in your child’s development. Through sharing ideas about your child’s current interests and needs, everyone can work together to support them in their learning journey.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Sticky Fish preschool provides inclusive play and learning opportunities for all children. Staff, student and volunteers with additional needs will be welcomed and supported appropriately. Staff and children are supported so that we can welcome diversity. Children with additional needs and gifted children have access to broad and balanced opportunities within the EYFS.
Inappropriate behaviour refers to non-negotiable actions and may include discriminatory remarks, harm to self or others, bullying or destruction of equipment.
It is important to consider the reasons why children might present certain types of behaviour, boredom, feeling unsettled or unhappy, not feeling listened to, an un-stimulating play setting, and medical reasons for example.
Forms and Downloads
2021/22 Reservation Form
If you are interested in a space for your child for the following year, please fill out this reservation form and email it to us to register your interest.
Read our latest newsletter to hear about all our exciting activities and trips. Includes future dates for your diary.
Parent Information Document
Download and read our new parents information document about Sticky Fish Pre-School, what to expect and other useful information.
Download out latest Ofsted report from December 2016 – “Staff…use their knowledge of how children learn to provide a broad range of stimulating and challenging activities.”