Thank You For Supporting Priorslee Pre-School in our Co-op Local Community Fund Cause

Priorslee Pre-School was chosen to benefit from the Co-op Local Community Fund. Now the fund has closed we would like to say a big THANK YOU to both the Co-op and to YOU for supporting us through your nomination and your local spend that has supported so many of the Co-op’s charitable areas of involvement.

During the period that we have been troubled by the pandemic we have taken the opportunity to review our initial application to the Co-op Local Community Fund and the way the funds could be used to further benefit the needs and interests of the local area, Of particular interest, when having regard to the demographics and geography of the area, was the lack of accessibility of a defibrillator on a 24 hour, 7 day basis. The Community Centre is closely located to a number of heavily frequented public areas: –

1) The local dental surgery, hairdressers and doctors. Whilst the doctors surgery has a defibrillator, this is internal and only accessible at the times the surgery is open.

2) Car parks that are often used by visitors to Priorslee Lake and wildlife sanctuary- an area of high pedestrian traffic, especially during light evenings and on spring and summer days.

3) A local public house- The Priorslee – very popular during evenings and at the weekend.

4) A local parade of shops accommodating our local Co-op store, a dispensing chemists, an accountants office and a Busy Bees children’s nursery.

5) The Priorslee Primary Academy School shares our building footprint.

When taking account of all of the above, we applied for, and were granted, a variation to our project to carry out Community Centre improvements as follows: –

a) An installation of an easy access, lit and heated defibrillator point on the external wall of the Community Centre.

b) The replacement of the laminate flooring within the food preparation area of the Community Centre with “Altro” non-slip safety flooring.

c) Replacement of the heavily soiled and very worn slat blinds to all the windows of the Community Centre with new and safety corded vertical slat blinds.

UPDATE

Our defibrillator is now installed and fully operational. It is fully automatic and suitable for both adults and children. Heartsafe and West Midlands Ambulance have been notified and have the cabinet access code. Our “What 3 Words” location is variety-blotting-bossy.

At a time when funds for community groups and charitable organisations were becoming, and still are, difficult to access, we’re incredibly grateful for this opportunity to make a real difference in Priorslee.

The Co-op is always looking to support organisations that make a difference in their local communities by protecting & improving community spaces, helping people reach their full potential by developing their skills, or promoting health and wellbeing.

Priorslee Pre-School has been part of the local community for over 25 years now, and, as a registered charity continues to provide affordable childcare to the people of Telford and surrounding areas. Our cost for all day childcare (8.55am to 3.15pm) for a child aged 2 to 4 years remains at £24.00, and we accept all Government funded children.

When a community comes together we’re able to achieve great things, so THANK YOU again for your help in promoting our project.

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IMPORTANT- Please read the policies page. There is a new policy “Covid 19 Infection Control Measures”

Keeping Warm But Well Ventilated and Safe During the Autumn Covid-19 Explosion

A very big THANK YOU for your support in keeping Priorslee Pre-School a Covid-safe zone all through the year- you have been marvellous!!. You respected and adhered to our one way system, kept your social distance (no matter what the weather), and made sure everyone sanitised their hands before coming through. We are SO PROUD of you and your children. Now we have a variety of new strains of the virus hand washing is VERY important, please don’t forget the children’s hand washing regime- minimum 20 seconds with soapy hands- front and back, at least every two hours and after each visit to the toilet. Now that movement is becoming freer, don’t forget to carry the pocket sized hand sanitiser and use ours at the entrance every time you come through our doors- it is important!!!

During the Summer break we worked hard to maintain our hedges, borders, playground, building, our Enchanted Garden and Fairy Glen (this is a secret, secure and shaded garden behind the Pre-School, decorated by the children and to be used for nature teachings, forest adventures, story telling and more). The children’s garden looked wonderful in full bloom and a tapestry of colour during the six weeks holiday, and you can still see the result of our efforts now- the sunflowers towering at over 5 feet tall, the tomatoes filling out and turning from green to red and nearly ready for the children to pick and sample at snack time.

We are only a small band of caring people trying to do our best, at minimal cost, for your and your children. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support and your kind words of encouragement – they mean a lot to us!!

 

FEES

As a local charity we deem it our duty not to follow the lead of many childcare providers who are increasing their prices, thus placing an increased burden on the finances of many households, who need childcare to continue to go to work. Our charges remain at £11.00 per session, £2.00 for packed lunch supervision and a £5.00 per month charge for sundries. We accept all Local Authority funded children for both 15 hours and 30 hours.

Dates For Your Diary 2021/2022

17th December 2021- last day of term.

3rd January 2022- P.D.Day

4th January 2022- Pre-School re-opens for Spring Term.

OUR choice for YOUR Safety

Despite the relaxation of Covid rules we are still keeping the setting fully Covid safe using a whole area fogger – ‘NILBAC MAX BLAST’ to sanitise the whole room after each day, and ‘ROCKLAND SURFACE SANITISER’- an 80% alcohol, fast dry sanitiser on all doors, light switches, handles, gates, locks, contact areas, hand wash and toilet areas and play equipment. Both products kill 99.9% of bacteria, and are deemed to be the safest on the market.

We ask that only one parent/guardian brings a child into the setting, to use the one way system we have introduced, queueing at the safe two metre distance markers down the path, until called forward, one at a time, to the entrance, where temperatures of both child and adult will be taken, then leaving your child’s coat and bag on their allocated peg in the hallway. If you would then sanitise both yours and your child’s hands at the main hall entrance, using the touch-free hand sanitiser pumps provided before leaving your child with a key worker in the main room. Exit is then out of the double back doors and across the soft play area and out of the gate.

Please note that we are unable to take your child from you and give them physical comfort if they are distressed, and, if they cannot be settled so that you can leave them and allow others to enter safely, we will request that you take them back home.

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Annual Term Planner Available to download 

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Welcome!

If you have any questions, concerns or issues please see Sheila, Rachel, Stacey, Aimee, John or Viv and they will endeavor to answer your questions and find a solution to an issue as swiftly as possible. We are still operating our ‘Open Door’ policy, so please communicate with the staff on every level.

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Themes and Dates for Autumn Term 2021

11th November 2021- Remembrance Day

15th November to 21st November- Road Safety Week

15th to 19th November 2021- Nursery Rhyme Week

30th November 2021- St. Andrew’s Day

10th December 2021- Christmas Jumper Day

 

OFSTED visit, rated “GOOD”

Our latest Ofsted visit was on Friday 14th July 2017. As a setting, we were absolutely delighted with the outcome of the report which states that the provision is rated“GOOD“. The staff and the Voluntary Management Committee (VMC) work extremely hard  to improve and enhance the quality of the service we provide to your children and we strongly believe that this report reflects that.

The full inspection report is available to view on the Ofsted website:

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/CARE/208249

However, below are the main findings of the visit:

  • Staff form secure and warm relationships with children and this supports their emotional needs well. Children are very happy, confident and keen to explore.
  • Staff work effectively as a team and are very good role models for children. Children are well behaved, considerate and learn to respect other people’s ideas and views.
  • Parents are engaged well in children’s learning. They know how their child is progressing. They are well supported by staff to promote their child’s learning further at home.
  • Staff regularly observe children as they play, assess their progress and plan interesting and fun activities. This means that all children, including those in receipt of additional funding, enjoy their time at the playgroup and make good progress.
  • Children benefit from a calm, nurturing, relaxed atmosphere and the sensitive interaction of caring, attentive key persons. This has a positive impact on children’s physical and emotional well-being.

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Autumn Term Themes for both Adult Led and Child Initiated planning

The theme for the Autumn Term is “All About Me”– educating the children about their mental, physical and dental health.

 

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Breakfast/After School Club

Due to low demand we have discontinued offering the service, but if you need your child to have an earlier start than 8:55 please speak to Sheila.

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Facebook

Pre-School now has its own Facebook account which will allow you to see the activities your children have been involved in each week. Please note there are no photos of the children’s faces.

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Hiring of the Hall

Please note that the Community Centre is normally available for you to hire out for children’s parties or any other celebration(maximum capacity of 30), but we have stopped this temporarily due to the transmission of Covid19. Please see Sheila for any other information.

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‘Uniform Bundle’

We are offering a special offer for uniform, where you can purchase a ‘Uniform Bundle’ for just £15.00. This is for a polo shirt and a sweat shirt, both featuring our unique logo. This offer saves almost £5.00 on the usual combined individual prices!!

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Dropping off time!!

Just a reminder that if you need to discuss any confidential information/concerns regarding your child’s development or any issues they may have developed during the pandemic with a member of staff, all parents and carers are free to chat to Sheila, Aimee, Rachel or Stacey in the little room (maintaining social distance). As things have changed so much during the pandemic, please bear with us, as we are doing the best we can to keep everyone safe. 

Thank you for your support.

 

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Birth certificate reminder

Can any parents who have not done so already, please supply Pre-School with a copy of their child’s birth certificate as this is required  for claiming funding from the local authority.

Thank you.

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Fees reminder

We would like to remind you that all fees should be paid by the 1st of each month or the date indicated on your invoice.

Many thanks.

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Health And Safety


Car Parking

Could you please park on the Doctors/Dentist car park (the car park outside the Community Centre is for staff only) when dropping off and collecting your children. Could you please then walk down to Pre- School using the footpath provided, thus avoiding any accidents that could occur by walking across the car park.

Medication Policy

We would like to advise all parents that Pre-School staff are only permitted to administer medication if we have written consent on the day or, if your child becomes ill at Pre-School, then we need verbal consent over the telephone before we administer.

Additionally, can all parents make sure that any prescribed medication required is placed in it’s own box ( in a lunchbox or similar is fine) with your child’s name on it, then given to a member of staff  along with a completed ‘Medication Form’.

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Appropriate Clothing

Could you please make sure that your child comes with the appropriate clothing and footwear. If bringing them in wellingtons, can you please ensure you bring shoes or trainers for them to change into for indoor sessions.

Thank you!

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Key Person

The name of your child’s key person is on the notice board in the hallway. We operate an ‘Open Door’ policy, where you can make an appointment with you child’s key person to discuss any concerns that you may have with their progress and development at any time to suit.

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Named Items

Could parents please make sure that ALL items such as coats, hats, bags and lunch boxes have your child’s name on them.

Thank you.

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Toys

Could children please leave their toys at home and not bring them into Pre-School, as they can easily be mislaid amongst our toys and this often results in an upset child? We are not allowed to have any soft furnishings or soft toys in the setting, due to virus transmission, so please bear this in mind.  Also necklaces can be dangerous if pulled by another child, so could these and bracelets also be left at home.

Thank you.

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Spare Clothes

If you have any unwanted clothes that your child has outgrown, we would be very grateful to receive any donations to cater for those “little accidents”.

 

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Illness

When your child has been sick could you please not send them to Pre-School for at least 48 hours, until completely recovered.

Thank you.

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Extra Sessions

If you require any extra sessions at any time,  please speak to a member of staff.

Many Thanks.

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