Located just across the road from Abbey Lane School, we are a small pre-school that provides quality care and offers outside space for your child to explore and develop.
Our ‘Aunties’ create a warm and caring environment that helps support your child in making the most of their abilities and talents. To assist us, we incorporate the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS).
We are registered and inspected by Early Years Ofsted (our 2018 visit saw us being rated as ‘Good’ -our most recent report can be found here) and we are also a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance.
We do run a daily breakfast club, but please speak with our current Manager Claire, or our Deputy, Kate, should you require wrap around care – a number of childminders also collect from us.
As a small charity we are always looking for ways to fundraise. If you have been positively impacted by St Chad’s Pre-School please feel free to make a donation. Even a small amount makes a big difference and we really do appreciate it.
St. Chad’s Pre-school has a high ratio of adults to children in the setting. This helps us to:
- give time and attention to each child;
- talk with the children about their interests and activities;
- help children to experience and benefit from the activities that we provide; and
- allow the children to explore and be adventurous safely.
We currently employ 8 staff at St. Chad’s Pre-school. All are CRB checked and we provide regular training for our staff in terms of first aid and child protection. They have a combined 177 years experience of working in the childcare/education sector.
Our upper limit of 21 children per session enables your child to have the best support from our staff.
As a member of the Early Years Alliance, we recognise that parents and carers are the first and most important educators of their children. Our staff see themselves as co-workers with you and, as such, there are many ways in which we encourage you to be involved in the pre-school:
- help at sessions (please note, this can only happen once a term due to current child protection legislation);
- being part of the management committee; and
- taking part in events, and extra community activities in which the pre-school takes part.
We also work with parents on online Record of Achievements – confidential development records that will remain with your child even as they leave the pre-school and move on. This helps us celebrate his/her achievements. Your child’s key person will work with you to collect information about your child’s needs, activities, interests and progress to ensure the effective development and well-being of your child.
Claire Wilson – On-site Manager, SENCO
Kate Beeden – Operations Manager, Deputy Safeguarding Officer, Administrator
Laura Gratton – Deputy Manager/EYT, ENCO officer
Wendy Oldale – Safeguarding Officer, Preschool assistant
Louise Woolhouse – Health and Safety Officer, Preschool Assistant
Hannah Goldingay – Preschool Assistant, SEN support
Carol Pickering – Preschool Assistant
Sue Hall – Preschool Assistant (cover)