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Frequently Asked Questions
How old does my child have to be to attend?
Children can join us from the term after their 2nd birthday, we have children joining throughout the year and at all different ages.
What does a committee lead Preschool mean to me as a parent?
The committee will ensure that the preschool is run with the child as the priority, the committee are parents of children the attend the preschool or have recently attended.
What does the committee do?
The committee supports the preschool leader in the policies and running of the preschool. The committee and the sub fundraising team raise money so the staff can purchase extra items for the children, they have funded entertainers, parties, computers, gifts and even ethnically diverse reading books.
The fundraising is always something fun and mostly aimed at the children. The summer fair gives us opportunity to run a stall with children’s activities. We’ve also ran shopping nights, raffles, sponsored bounces and many other activities.
Can I join the committee?
Every year in May we have the AGM, this is open to all and you are always more than welcome to join the committee. We have a fantastic team with different levels of experience but we’ve all started somewhere. The committee have 6 meetings a year, so if you are interested you can either come to the AGM or even for a taster the last May meeting is an open meeting for prospective committee members to come along and see how it all works.
If you feel that the committee is too much of a commitment, then there is always the fundraising team and we are also always wanting parent volunteers to help walk to the allotment or trip to the park. If you feel you would like to be involved, then please ask.
My child is not reliably ‘clean and dry’ yet, does that matter?
No, but we ask you to ensure they have supplies of pull-ups/nappies and change of clothes in their bag each morning
What do I do if I think my child has special educational needs?
Speak with your child’s Key Person, SEND Coordinator and preschool Leader Tamsin Osborn.
When can I put my child’s name on the waiting list?
As soon as you want to. It does help with our planning to know who may want to come in any future term and you are not committed to coming if your name is on the list, it just means you will be offered a place nearer the time.
Can I visit PreSchool beforehand?
Yes, of course you can. You are welcome to just call in any morning or to call us and ‘book’ a visit, giving us the chance to make sure someone is available to show you round and answer any questions you may have. Either way there is no obligation on you, we are more than happy to show you our excellent facilities and activities. When your child is due to start, you will also be invited in for a Taster Session, when we invite you and your child to spend the morning (or part of it if you prefer) at Meppershall Pre-School. This gives the child the chance to join in for the morning and gives you the chance to see what goes on and to complete the necessary forms and documentation.
Can I stay with my child when they first start?
Yes you can, we are very friendly and welcoming Pre-School.
Where can I find more information?
Most of the information you will need can be found on our website. Please do not hesitate to call or email us and we will be happy to answer any questions.
How are parents and carers involved in the Pre-School?
As a charitable organisation we have a committee which any parent can join. Alternatively parents are encouraged to help out any fund raising events or attend any topic and themes if applicable. If you would like to know more please ask a member of staff or committee member.
PARENTS GUIDE TO EYFS
A link to the Foundation Years website – a great place to find information and support for early years information.
A link to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) website, which is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5.