About Uplyme Pre-School

Did you know the pre-school has been running in Uplyme for 50 years in September 2017? We think this is an event worth celebrating so if you have information about anyone involved in pre-school over the years, please let Annie know via uplymepreschool@aol.co.uk. We would love to invite anyone involved or who attended to help us mark this occasion. Look out for more celebration details later this year!!

We are open to children from their third birthday until they reach statutory school age and follow the relevant part of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as laid down by the Department for Education and Skills.

Opening Times

We open during term times only and we follow the same term times as Mrs Ethelston’s primary school. The session starts at 9.00 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and finish at 12.00. On Monday, Tuesday and Friday we offer a lunch club which finishes at 1.30pm and on Mondays we open in the afternoon until 3.30pm.  During the summer term only we run a Thursday session in the reception class of the primary school. This session is only for children that have been allocated a space at the school for the next academic year. The Thursday session runs from 9.00 till 11.55, this ensures we are out of the class before the school lunches start.

If you would like your child to attend Uplyme Pre-School please contact the administrator Annie Thurgood as soon as possible as places are limited.

We try to accommodate preferences usually offering 2 sessions a week initially.  Requests for additional sessions should be made to the Manager at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment and to allow the group to plan the best use of resources.

We also run a Toddler Group on Tuesday afternoons between 2pm and 3:30pm where parents and children     meet, chat and play to get to know each other and the surroundings.  We also invite parents to a short morning meeting to learn how the group works and to see the Pre-School in operation.  We welcome visits to sessions in the ½ term before starting but parents must stay with their child.  (It is worth checking with playleaders to make sure the visit is convenient).  Once a child is 3 and can start formally we welcome parents to stay until they feel their child is settled.  We also hope that in due course our new parents will join in the several social and fund-raising events we organise and join the Committee to enable them to be fully involved in their child’s Pre-School education.

We hope that your child’s time in Pre-School will be very happy and productive.  If you have any queries, or if we can be of any help, please contact the Manager, Playleader or Chairperson

Manager/Administrator           Annie Thurgood                      01297 24318

Chairperson                            Charlotte Matthews                  01297 444780

Playleaders                             Veronica Strawbridge             01297 445717

Janice Fowler                         01297 445748

Pre-school phone                    01297 445087 or 07761143882

How my child will be learning

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. (Please see the attached guide to the EYFS for parents.)

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are-:

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

The Early Years Foundation Stage covers the whole period from birth to the end of the Reception year at school, and individual children’s development will vary.

How the Pre-school runs

The Pre-School’s overall management is undertaken by an annually elected committee, made up mainly of parents, who act together as the policy makers and the employers of all the staff. This is in line with the group’s constitution (see copy in policy file at Pre-School), which was adopted by our group at an Annual General Meeting.  Annie Thurgood is the Manager of the day to day running of the pre-school and the playleaders run each session.

The committee is:

The day to day management of the Pre-School is conducted by Annie Thurgood. Every session has a Playleader, Deputy playleader and two Assistants. We do not rely on a parent helper in order to run but we do invite parents to come along, even if the can only stay for a while. It is nice for parents, carers or even grandparents to stay for a session, they are invited to read, paint or sing with the children or if they prefer help in the kitchen. All paid staff and regular volunteers are registered with Ofsted and are obliged to undergo Police and Health checks as part of our employment requirements. We have a robust safeguarding policy and procedure and ensure that the safety of the children and staff is paramount at our setting.