The Pre-School was established in the 1960’s, originally located at St. Andrew’s Church.
We have nine permanent members of staff who are all trained to level 3 in Childcare. Elaine, the owner and manager, has worked at the group since 1983 after becoming involved in the group via her own children.
In 1991 Elaine became owner of the group, and has ever since devoted her full attention and passion into making the group the well respected and professional school it is today.
To provide a high standard of quality care for many years to come, by continually considering how best to create, maintain and improve the setting.
To safeguard and promote the welfare of the children in our care, by creating a setting which is welcoming, safe and stimulating, and to ensure that all children and families feel safe and valued.
Learning Tree Pre-school aims to create an environment which promotes and safeguards the welfare of children.We have a duty of care to refer any allegation, complaint or concern received relating a child to Social Services or the police.A copy of our safeguarding children policy and procedure is always available in our folder.
If you are worried at all about a child , please take a look at the government guidelines.
We aim to provide a safe and secure environment . There are always at least two first aiders on duty at all times and all accidents, no matter how small, are recorded and shared with the parent/carer.
Before the start of the session, a detailed risk assessment is carried out of both the indoor and outdoor areas. All food preparation areas are thoroughly cleaned ready for snack in the Rain forest Cafe.
There is always a member of staff on front door duty at both the start and end of the session. Once the parents have gone the door is locked until opened again ready for outdoor play.
We carry out regular fire drills for both the morning and afternoon sessions.
All staff, students and regular volunteers are DBS checked at an enhanced level.
Activities we provide:
Each day we have painting, sand and water play and climbing equipment available. We have an extensive range of resources which the children are encouraged to choose from. We have spent a great deal of time enhancing our outdoor area. At present we have a wood chip exploration area, mud kitchen,a large wooden play house, a sandpit and a mud area for growing plants and digging. We have more plans in the pipeline for outdoor water play.
We use the wonderful school playing field regularly throughout the year.
We have a daily adult-led focus activity. These activities are based on children’s interests and are planned in advance. We play circle games indoors and out.Musical instruments and singing takes place on a regular basis.
Snacks and Healthy Eating:We provide a wide range of healthy snacks at each session. We discuss with the children what they would like to eat, and healthy suggestions are put on the shopping list for the following week. We talk about the reasons why some foods are good for you and why some, such as crisps and chocolate, are bad for you. Some examples of the food on offer are Cucumber slices and carrot sticks with crackers and cheese, sultanas, apple and pear slices, a choice of cereals and toast and spread.