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Delaware Pre-School is an independent Pre-School that has been running since 1969. We provide high quality care & education within a safe, secure & stimulating environment, creating a smooth educational transition into primary school. The Pre-School caters for children from 9 months, offering funded places for selected 2 year olds and all 3 & 4 year olds. We have a large outdoor area and forest offering a free-flow system throughout the day regardless of weather, where the children can initiate play. We have a high adult:child ratio ensuring safety at all times. We are open 50 weeks a year, only closing for 2 weeks over the Christmas period, we are from 7am until 6pm.
We offer a Forest School session once a week this is £2 per family, your first session is free.
We also have Little Spanish Stars musical session, this is held at Pre-School to those children that attend.
During the holidays we also run Delaware Youth, this is for children rising 5 to 11 years old. The club runs everyday in the holidays alongside the Pre-School. We offer age related activities for all the children.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Delaware Pre-School
Delaware Community Learning Centre
- PL18 9EZ
We have free parking at the centre and disabled access.
Time / date details
- Session information
- Monday : 07:00:00 - 18:00:00 Tuesday : 07:00:00 - 18:00:00 Wednesday : 07:00:00 - 18:00:00 Thursday : 07:00:00 - 18:00:00 Friday : 07:00:00 - 18:00:00
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £4.00 to £5.20 Per Hour £4.00 to £5.20 per hour Breakfast Club £4.00 to £5.20 per hour Afterschool Club £2.25 for a hot lunch N/A
- Early Risers Club and the After School Club is charged quarter hourly for your convenience. We pride ourselves on being as flexible as we possibly can.
- Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?
- Please enter details including what proof is required for the free or reduced rate
- We offer parents and carers 10 days off free of charge for holidays if their child attends Pre-School, all year round.
Inclusion within our setting
- Has provision
- Experience with
- Allergy lists, Epi-pen training We are happy to cater for any dietary preferences or allergies and work with the parents and carers.
- Has provision
- Cover all religions & cultural beliefs.
- Languages spoken
English is our spoken language but we welcome all children and their families. We currently have 2 Polish children.
We have the talking pen 'Penpal' and books with different languages that the children can use. We also use visual prompts at snack time and we have flashcards.
- Are there any pets at the setting?
- Immediate vacancies
- We currently have vacancies, please contact for more details
- Vacancy range(s)
- From 1 years to 11 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 07:00:00 18:00:00 Tuesday 07:00:00 18:00:00 Wednesday 07:00:00 18:00:00 Thursday 07:00:00 18:00:00 Friday 07:00:00 18:00:00
- Offers pickups
Gulworthy Primary School
Delaware Community Primary School
- We are currently working on providing a wider service as we know that children from other primary schools require pick ups. Please ask as we may be able to accommodate.
- SENCo name
- Bethany Hicks
Early Years Local Offer response
- Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support
We follow the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) code of practice. We use a graduated approach beginning with any staff or parent and carers concerns and observations leading to assessing the child . We plan for the individual child, carrying the process out and regularly reviewing it. The Senior Area Senco and the inclusion team works to ensure we are continually updating our training and doing our best for the children and families at all times,
- How we identify and support children's learning and development needs
All staff monitor the progress and development of all children at the Pre-School. Before a child is enrolled in Pre-School a home visit is offered. This is optional but it is a great way for the children to meet staff members in their home environment. This also gives the parents and carers an opportunity to voice any concerns that they may have and for us to gather early information on that child. Observations, achievements and photos are taken for each child. These are entered by the child’s Keyperson into the child’s own “All about me” file. The child’s needs and next steps will be identified from these weekly. An appropriate activity to move them forward will be entered on the plans and linked with the EYFS. Files are checked and updated every week. See the keyperson’s role within these policies. If, when reviewing a child’s file, it becomes apparent that there is a lack of progress in one or more areas, there will follow a period of closer observation. Then if it is found necessary, the SENCO and/or a suitable member of staff will discuss the concerns with the parent/carer. Each term parents/carers are encouraged to review their child’s file with their child’s Keyperson, (or another member of staff if they prefer). The date of and any comments from this meeting are kept with the child’s file. Parents and Carers may also ask to view their children’s records at other times if they wish. At the end of the child's time with us at Pre-School the file is sent home to keep as a treasured memory. We also have home learning bags and social stories which are sent home. We work with all schools that our children are going onto to ensure a successful and smooth transition.
- Links we have to other agencies
We liaise with a range of professionals including Early Years inclusion service, speech and language, child development centre, outreach, community pediatrician, health visitor etc.
- How we support children transferring to school
We liaise with the child's designated school, if the child has SEN, the SENco will arrange a meeting with the relevant school staff and hand over all information IEP's etc. This is so the children can have as smooth a transition as possible in readiness for starting school in the September. A personal transition plan will be put into place for each child.
We pride ourselves with working with all schools that our children go onto in order to have a successful transition from Pre-School to Primary.
Learning and development
- Specialist skills or training our staff have
All our permanent staff are highly trained. We have 3 qualified teachers and all other staff are employed at level 3 or equivalent. We constantly update on good practise and outstanding Ofsted requirements. All staff are first aid trained. Staff have regular supervisions with the Manager so that additional training can be identified as and when necessary. The SENco has completed the induction course and attends regular network meetings. All the staff have attended the Inter-agency child protection advanced course, and the Manager has attended common assessment framework training (CAF) All staff have completed a special Educational Needs Awareness workshop to deal with the new SEN code of practice.
We have a 5* rating for our food hygiene and we have staff that hold the required level 2 in food hygiene.
- Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being
We ensure all two year olds have the chance to access funding if needed so they can access the pre-school. We promote healthy eating by providing healthy snacks, lunch, dinner and water is always available. Children always wash their hands after going to the toilet and before eating or helping with food preparation and cooking. Children are always given the opportunity to play in or outside. We have a wide range of outdoor toys to promote exercise. We offer healthy lunchbox sheets for parents to give them ideas on what they can put in their child's lunchbox. We display a menu of all snacks, lunches and dinners on offer. Children are encouraged to take their own risks but adults are always overlooking and have general safety rules. Staff always promote positive relationships between themselves by modelling good behaviour.
- Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported
Children are observed every session. If a child needs that extra support, parents will be consulted as to how we can effectively address this. Independent Educational Plans are drafted with the involvement of the parents. updates on progress are given after each session. Assessments are drafted and sent home to parents. Termly consultations are set up to inform parents of their child's progress. parents are reminded they can speak to a member of staff at any time.
- Our complaints policy
We feel many complaints can be resolved quickly by an informal approach. if this is not achieved then we have a fully extensive policy that can be followed. This policy is available to all parents either paper based or by visiting our website.
- Alterations we have made to make our building accessible
We have had a slope built to access the premises, a slope at the fire exits. We have a disabled parking, a wide gate and door to enable wheelchair access, low handled doors, disabled toilet facilities and wide corridors.
- Facilities we have for personal care
We provide nappy changing facilities, 5 toilets and wash hand basins within the Pre-School.
- Specialist resources we have
We have a wide range of specialist resources, we have sensory equipment including lights, dark tent, glow in the dark toys, soft and hard spikey balls etc. We have equipment designed for 2 year olds including peg boards, large cars, toddler toys and cardboard books and much more.
We cater for all children between the ages of 9 months and 11 years, respecting all cultures, race, special educational needs, disabilities, family backgrounds, religions and have resources to suit everyone.
- How we include all children in activities, such as trips
We have at least one Pre-School trip a year, we invite all the children and siblings, family members and carers. We make the trip to a local play farm so that parents can walk there if they do not have transport. We have special rate for the trip to make it accessible for all incomes.
We also arrange small local community walks.
Last updated: 07/05/2019