Our Pre-school, also known as the Red Room, is led by our Deputy Manager, Kim Martin. Children who start or move into our Preschool will do so in the September prior to them starting Primary School and will have one year within this room.
Whilst children will continue to learn through play in their preschool year, they will start to develop more self-awareness and confidence, establish friendships, and will begin to understand rules and boundaries.
Our Red Room give the children lots of opportunities to discover new things and learn more about the world and their surroundings. From drawing the length of a Whale and measuring it - it went all the way down to our Reception! - to putting on lab coats and exploring in our garden. We have visits from people who like to help us like a Fireman and Policeman and this year had a hedgehog come to see us from Brackley Hogwatch. We also learn about other cultures and celebrations.
Preschool is about getting your child ready for school. They will learn to become more independent, like learning to put on their own coats and put items in their own drawers, being able to talk in group and one to one discussions about things they have been doing, and will be ready to leave us and move on for their next new adventure at Primary School.
For more information about your child's learning and development download a copy of What to Expect When (a parents guide to the Early Year's Foundation Stage).
All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. This is usually taken as 15 hours each week for 38 weeks of the year (term time).
You can start claiming free childcare after your child turns 3. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is.
|Child's birthday||When you can claim|
|January to 31 March||the beginning of term on or after 1 April|
|1 April to 31 August||the beginning of term on or after 1 September|
|1 September to 31 December||the beginning of term on or after 1 January|
The government has announced plans to introduce 30 hours funding for 3-4 year olds from 2017. Further information will be updated about this once more information is available to us.