Millbrook Pre-School Playgroup
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Millbrook preschool is run from the Millbrook village hall, We have been running for 50 years,
Our most recent OFSTED report was "Good" Staff ensure activities support younger children well, helping them to achieve their outcomes effectively.
Staff teaching is consistently good. They differentiate activities to meet children's individual needs. Older children identify shapes in the environment and younger children listen for a variety of sounds outside.
The manager and staff attend a wealth of training. They use this to make changes to the learning environment to benefit children. For instance, a quiet area has been created to help settle younger children when they first join, encouraging them to feel safe and secure.
Children have strong opportunities to learn about healthy lifestyles. Activities using puppets help children understand the importance of dental care. They extensively learn about the types of food that are healthy and the different food groups. For example, children understand that milk and cheese contain calcium to keep bones and teeth strong.
We have three full time staff and one part time assistant.
details of our policies are available on our website www.millbrookpreschool.org.uk
Who to contact
- Contact name
- Vicki Richards
- Contact position
01752 656960 (session times only)
Where to go
- Millbrook Village Hall
- PL10 1AY
on the city bus route 70/71.
disabled friendly building.
Limited car parking available
Access to local parks, lake for wildlife walks, tennis courts for games and sports.
Time / date details
- Session information
- Monday : 09:15:00 - 12.00/ 13.00 Tuesday : 09:15:00 - 12.00/ 13.00 Wednesday : 09:15:00 - 12.00/ 13.00 Thursday : 09:15:00 - 12.00/ 13.00
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £12.00 Per morning £3.50 Lunch Club
- 2 year funding accepted
Inclusion within our setting
- Has provision
- Suitable toilet, doors and flat level.
- Has provision
- Experience with
No food provided
- Menu can be adjusted to suit any religious or dietary requirements.
- Has provision
- We invite families from others cultures for cooking sessions, stories and language learning. Staff are trained in multi-cultural awareness.
- Languages spoken
- Are there any pets at the setting?
- Immediate vacancies
- Spaces vary according to day - please contact for availability Spaces available for immediate start.
- Vacancy range(s)
- From 2 years to 4 years (spaces available: )
- Date updated
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
Opening times & facilities
- Opening times
Opening times Day Opening time Closing time Monday 09:15:00 12.00/ 13.00 Tuesday 09:15:00 12.00/ 13.00 Wednesday 09:15:00 12.00/ 13.00 Thursday 09:15:00 12.00/ 13.00
- Offers pickups
- SENCo name
- Francine Button
Early Years Local Offer response
- Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support
We invite parents/carers to attend settling in sessions with their child, during these visit/s staff will work with parents to complete a "child's voice" form to help us build a good starting point for the child.
All children are allocated a keyworker who will carry out observations weekly on each child and plan next steps based on observations.
Staff have weekly meetings to plan for the weeks activities based on observations.
Staff moderate learning journeys and work as a team to complete termly progress reports on each child so we can identify next steps or if there is a need for additional support.
- How we identify and support children's learning and development needs
Staff undertake training ie. Makaton, how to understand and manage children's behaviour, visual support training, supporting boys with communication and literacy achievement, getting active for the under fives, communication counts, letters and sounds phase one, learning throughout the day using daily routines, healthy eating for the under fives. Further training undertaken as and when required.
- Links we have to other agencies
Millbrook preschool has good working relationships with, two local primary schools, SALT, children centre teachers, early years inclusion service, and health visitors.
- How we support children transferring to school
We have close links with two local schools, and visits are arranged both ways, with permission from parents we share the children's learning journeys with teachers during visits, We provide the schools with the final two terms cohort sheets so that the teachers are aware of the children's progress,
We attend moderation sessions with both schools, Staff meet with both schools to share idea on different areas of learning and activities to support learning through play.
Learning and development
- Specialist skills or training our staff have
We have staff who have completed training in, Safeguarding, First aid, Food safety, Emotion coaching and Healthy eating for under fives
- Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being
We support personal, social and emotional development through play and routine. Our designated safeguarding officer is Vicki Richards, she has attended level 3 multi agency child protection, risk assessments for all activities are carried out, the room is divided into separate areas to include a quiet area. We do have an open door policy enabling us to stay informed of home circumstances. We provide the parents with a copy of the two year progress check to share with the health visitors. When necessary TAC meetings are arranged with the local teams. We have an effective key worker system in place enabling us to liase with families.
- Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported
We hold termly parent consultations to discuss children's progress but are happy to discuss progress at any time, during these meetings we share learning journeys and summative assessments and discuss next steps with the parents, Parents are invited to contribute to their child's learning journeys ie. via Tapestry. We send out regular newsletters to keep parents informed, and display a How we support your child board in the setting, We hold family days to provide a sense of community, Planning and policies are available for all parents to view on our website.
- Our complaints policy
We work with parent to resolve any issues they may have, however when this is not possible we provide them with a copy of our complaints policy.
- Alterations we have made to make our building accessible
Our building is disabled friendly.
- Facilities we have for personal care
We have a discreet changing area for children, all staff and committee are CRB/DBS checked, and visual aids are in place.
- Specialist resources we have
If specialist resources are required please speak to Manager Vicki Richards.
- How we include all children in activities, such as trips
All children are invited on trips and adult to child ratio are adhered to at all times, when necessary extra parental help is obtained,
Once a year we organise a family trip to places like zoo's, aquarium or family fun farm.
Last updated: 03/04/2019