To Little Stars Pre School
Little Stars is a fun and stimulating environment for your child with a warm and friendly atmosphere. We place a high emphasis on learning through play and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
Our staff are fully qualified and continually attend training courses to ensure they are equipped with the current teaching approaches. We are a feeder pre-school for all schools.
Children are welcome to start from 2 years of age; Free Early Education is available for all 3 & 4 year olds and we are also part of the ‘free for 2’s’ scheme. For more information on Free Early Education click here.
We have close links with local children’s centres, to find your nearest one. Click here
Little Stars has an excellent reputation and we consistently achieve good OFSTED reports. To read our full Ofsted report click here.
At Little Stars Preschool we will be welcoming, respectful and supportive in providing a safe place where everyone is known, valued and able to learn and grow together. Each child will be encouraged to, be independent, develop a sense of responsibility for themselves and respect for others around them.
We believe that each child, parent and staff member matters. We strive to work in partnership, through a culture of listening to enable everyone to achieve their true potential and develop a positive attitude towards learning that will support them through life. We are building a successful learning community which celebrates diversity.
Little Stars provide a stimulating and challenging range of activities/resources that will engage children and their interests, whilst developing curiosity. We have adopted the ‘curiosity approach’. This is a modern-day approach which fits perfectly in current changing technological times. Bringing curiosity, awe and wonder into early childhood.
‘Curiosity is the desire to learn. It is an eagerness to explore, discover and figure things out. Curiosity gives children the confidence to develop their own theories about our incredible world.’
Foundation Stage Curriculum
The EYFS sets the standards for Learning, Development and Care for all children up to the age of five. The principles which guide the work of all early years practitioners are grouped into four themes:
A Unique Child
Every child is a competent learner, who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Children can learn to be strong and independent within secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
Learning and Development Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.
The Early Years
The EYFS is made up of seven areas of Learning and Development, three prime areas and four specific areas, they are all connected to each another.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This focuses on developing children’s identity, independence and self-confidence, so they learn how to control their feelings and be thoughtful and respectful to others.
Promoting the development of; physical control, coordination, spatial awareness and manipulative skills. Learning the importance of good health,
self-care and safety.
Communication and Language
Understanding language and developing vocabulary to enhance communication.
Literacy Allowing opportunities to develop early reading and writing skills.
Mathematics The encouragement of understanding basic mathematic concepts and problem solving through everyday activities.
Understanding the World Assisting children in exploring their environment and the world around them. Encouraging understanding of other cultures and their festivals. Developing basic I.T skills.
Expressive Arts and Design Allowing children, the freedom to express themselves in a creative way using various materials and equipment. Providing opportunities to enhance their imagination through music, dance, mime and role-play.
For further details regarding the EYFS click here.
Teaching children that their opinions are important and that each child’s thoughts and feelings should be listened to and valued.
Teach children the ability to adapt well to risk and challenge, thrive under difficult conditions, and adopt a ‘keep on trying’ attitude.
Building strong partnerships with parents will help support children’s early development. We encourage Parents to share their opinions with us, providing us with the opportunity to reflect and improve our practice.
Children’s development and well-being is a primary focus of ours. Staff model a kind and nurturing behaviour adapted procedures to each child’s needs.
Learning and play through curiosity is promoted. We encourage the use of natural materials and resources, loose parts and adventure!
Key Person and Record-Keeping
When your child starts at Little Stars, they will be allocated a key person. This member of staff will be responsible for updating your child’s records and liaising with you. Record keeping is achieved by observations, planning and assessment, these carried out by members of staff whilst your child is participating in everyday activities.
All records are kept securely in a locked cabinet and are only available to staff and the relevant child’s parent/carers. Any concerns you may have can be discussed with your key person as well as any member of staff.
Partnership with Parents
We pride ourselves in the good relationships we build with parents. We liaise with parents on a termly basis, sharing their child’s individual planning intents, assessments and informing them of their wellbeing and involvement. We welcome parents to speak with their child’s keyperson, or any member of staff, whenever the need arises and will always do our upmost to be accommodating.
We promote healthy eating during our mid-session snack as part of the government initiative to help families; eat well, move more, and live longer. We recognise the importance of a good balanced diet in children and the positive effects this has towards leading a healthy lifestyle. To read more click here.
Little Stars is a community pre-school run by a committee of parents. We are a friendly group and welcome new parents to join. We are active members of the Early Years Alliance. As a registered charity we rely on fundraising and greatly appreciate the assistance of any kind from parents and carers.
If you would like to find out more about the committee’s activities or join the committee, please speak to a member of staff.
We welcome families from all sections of the community and treat all children as individuals. We have a behavioural policy to ensure any disciplinary matters are dealt with fairly and discreetly. And where necessary, we liaise with parents to help children overcome any particular difficulties.
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)
We provide an environment in which all children are supported to reach their full potential. We have a designated SENCO member of staff. And are able to help support both parents and children with their special needs/disabilities.
A maximum of 22 children aged between 2-4years can attend any one session. During this time a variety of activities are provided to suit all the children’s individual needs. Click here for session costs and times.