Springfields
© Springfields Pre-school 2015
“helping your child to grow with confidence through play and careful nurturing”
Springfields Pre-school Playgroup and Nursery opened in 1973. It is located in the grounds of Tudor Primary School. Close links exist between ourselves and Tudor Primary School where many of our children transfer. We work together to ensure a smooth transition for each child. The pre- school serves the local area and we cater for children aged between two and five years following the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014).

Our mission statement

Our aim is to provide a safe and secure environment for children of all cultures and abilities. We believe in encouraging good relationships between parents/carers and staff and will respect the child’s individuality as well as the parents/carers values. Working as a team we will endeavour to provide appropriate levels of care and education for all. Each child’s overall development will be monitored accordingly. We believe that care and education are equally important in the experience we offer to children. Our routines and activities are provided in ways that: Help each child to feel that he/she is a valued member of the setting. Ensure the safety of each child. Help children gain from social experiences. Provide children with opportunities to learn and help them value learning.

Outdoor play

Pre-school children benefit from spending a lot of time learning through playing outside, whatever the weather. The outdoor environment provides children with many opportunities to extend their development, particularly in their personal, social, emotional and physical development as well as their communication skills. Springfields understands this and so ensures the children have access to a large outdoor area at all times. There is a hard surfaced undercover area where children can develop their gross motor skills using wheeled toys. We also have an all weather garden that the children can use throughout the year. Children also have access to a sensory garden where they can explore plants and wildlife.
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Our team

We are headed by Amy Jacobs who graduated with an honours degree in early years and has ten years experience of working in an early years setting. Also on the team are five qualified Early Years Practitioners  two  Pre school assistants and an apprentice under taking early years training. Our staff are trained in Child Protection and First Aid. We also have two SENCO trained Staff.

Policies

Copies of all of Springfield’s policies and procedures are available at the setting. Our policies help us to make sure the service we provide is a high quality one and that being a part of the Springfields setting is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for each child and his or her parents.

Free Play

Child-initiated play is sometimes called ‘free play’. This is because children are free to choose resources and toys and decide how to play with them. Early years settings encourage this type of play by making it easy for children to help themselves to resources or ‘ self-serve’. What children choose to do during child initiated play varies according to their age and stage of development, but also according to what is available. It is common to see children mix resources, for example, putting grass into a bucket of water and pretending to cook with it or taking dough into a home corner. This means that it is not always a very tidy way of playing! In child-initiated play adults can join in with children, but they have to do what children ask of them.

What is SENCO training?

SENCO is highly important  in the early years setting providing the means  to identify children with special educational needs and to make appropriate interventions.  A SENCO trained team member is  responsible for maintaining recording and documenting processes with respect to special educational needs, liaising and working with the parents and outside agencies and the rest of the setting team respect to a child's special educational needs. We also have staff trained in Makaton, PECS (Picture exchange communication). Elklan and Speech Language and Communication Support.

About Early Years at Springfields

Starting at Springfields - the first days

During the term before your child is eligible to start, you and your child are welcome to join us for a session at our Pre-school. This gives you both the chance to familiarize yourselves with routines , where the toilets are etc. We want your child to feel happy and safe with us. To make sure that this is the case, the staff will work with you to decide on how to help your child settle into the setting. A copy of our Settling in Policy is available on request at Springfields or to download on our policies page.
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© Springfields Pre-school 2015
“helping your child to grow with confidence through play and careful nurturing”
Springfields Pre-school Playgroup and Nursery opened in 1973. It is located in the grounds of Tudor Primary School. Close links exist between ourselves and Tudor Primary School where many of our children transfer. We work together to ensure a smooth transition for each child. The pre- school serves the local area and we cater for children aged between two and five years following the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014).

Our mission statement

Our aim is to provide a safe and secure environment for children of all cultures and abilities. We believe in encouraging good relationships between parents/carers and staff and will respect the child’s individuality as well as the parents/carers values. Working as a team we will endeavour to provide appropriate levels of care and education for all. Each child’s overall development will be monitored accordingly. We believe that care and education are equally important in the experience we offer to children. Our routines and activities are provided in ways that: Help each child to feel that he/she is a valued member of the setting. Ensure the safety of each child. Help children gain from social experiences. Provide children with opportunities to learn and help them value learning.

Outdoor play

Pre-school children benefit from spending a lot of time learning through playing outside, whatever the weather. The outdoor environment provides children with many opportunities to extend their development, particularly in their personal, social, emotional and physical development as well as their communication skills. Springfields understands this and so ensures the children have access to a large outdoor area at all times. There is a hard surfaced undercover area where children can develop their gross motor skills using wheeled toys. We also have an all weather garden that the children can use throughout the year. Children also have access to a sensory garden where they can explore plants and wildlife.
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About Early Years at Springfields

Free Play

Child-initiated play is sometimes called ‘free play’. This is because children are free to choose resources and toys and decide how to play with them. Early years settings encourage this type of play by making it easy for children to help themselves to resources or ‘ self-serve’. What children choose to do during child initiated play varies according to their age and stage of development, but also according to what is available. It is common to see children mix resources, for example, putting grass into a bucket of water and pretending to cook with it or taking dough into a home corner. This means that it is not always a very tidy way of playing! In child-initiated play adults can join in with children, but they have to do what children ask of them.

Starting at Springfields - the first days

During the term before your child is eligible to start, you and your child are welcome to join us for a session at our Pre-school. This gives you both the chance to familiarize yourselves with routines , where the toilets are etc. We want your child to feel happy and safe with us. To make sure that this is the case, the staff will work with you to decide on how to help your child settle into the setting. A copy of our Settling in Policy is available on request at Springfields or to download on our policies page.

Policies

Copies of all of Springfield’s policies and procedures are available at the setting. Our policies help us to make sure the service we provide is a high quality one and that being a part of the Springfields setting is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for each child and his or her parents.

Our team

We are headed by Amy Jacobs who graduated with an honours degree in early years and has ten years experience of working in an early years setting. Also on the team are five qualified Early Years Practitioners  two  Pre school assistants and an apprentice under taking early years training. Our staff are trained in Child Protection and first aid. We also have two SENCO trained Staff.

What is SENCO training?

SENCO is highly important  in the early years setting providing the means  to identify children with special educational needs and to make appropriate interventions.  A SENCO trained team member is  responsible for maintaining recording and documenting processes with respect to special educational needs, liaising and working with the parents and outside agencies and the rest of the setting team respect to a child's special educational needs.