Christ Church Pre-School
What our service does
At Christ Church Pre-School we aim to provide a safe, caring and positive environment in which we offer opportunities for children to learn and develop emotionally, socially, intellectually and physically through varied play in order to gain confidence and independence.
Christ Church Pre-School is committed to the safeguarding of all children and adopts recruitment procedures that promote the safety and well-being of children. The practitioners are all experienced, highly trained carers and educators, who are knowledgeable about how children learn, about child development and care, and have a passionate commitment to the pre-school and its aims.
We are able to support children up to the age of 5 as per our OFSTED registration and insurance. Ongoing support includes sharing information such as observations, assessments, IEP and visits to the child’s next setting and working with their new key person. We liaise with external agencies to ensure children with identified SEND will receive appropriate and specific support, for example speech & language therapists, occupational or physiotherapists
Location of our service
Christ Church Pre-School is situated in Dudley Street, Bedford MK40 3SY
We do not operate a catchment area and everyone is welcome.
Who our service provides for
Christ Church Pre-School welcomes children from all abilities between the age 2-5 years. We can accommodate 30 children each session. There is no eligibility criteria and no type of disabilities that we do not provide for – training and support will be, and has been previously sought. Our insurance and OFSTED registration states we are only able to care for children between the ages 2-5 years. If we are unable to offer the appropriate care, support and service to an individual, we would endeavour to point them in the direction of someone/ a setting which can.
How to start using our service
Direct contact with Christ Church Pre-School is acceptable and no referral is necessary. Information of how to get in touch with pre-school, opening hours etc. is on the website
The costs of sessions are
We encourage visits before a child starts to ensure that parents & carers are happy with the setting, and are able to ‘get a feel for pre-school’ before enrolling they child. Families are welcome to stay as long as they wish during visits and children are allowed to play freely and join in with all activities. No appointment is necessary, parents, carers and families can drop in anytime. All staff are highly qualified and dedicated and will advise families individually.
How decisions are made about who can use our service
Christ Church Pre-School is a committee run pre-school and open to everyone, and everyone is welcome to access the pre-school.
Our OFSTED registration and Insurance specify that we enrol children between the ages of 2 – 5 years. We consider adult:child ratios at all times. When a child has SEND needs, Christ Church pre-school will assess the environment, risk assess and make changes whenever possible. If necessary one to one support will be arranged.
How we communicate with our service users
We have comment & suggestion forms, we ask for parents to complete feedback questionnaires and to complete one with their attending child to allow us to hear the children’s opinions.
We have information sheets in other languages (example attached), we also have staff members who speak other languages including French and Punjabi and a polish translator who helps when required. Staff always try to communicate in the child’s language if only a few words. Staff have had training in Makaton.
Opportunities for parents/carers to meet with their child’s key person and or the Early Years Leader and SENCO and go through observation folders.
Families welcome to ‘stay & play’ and learn from the pre-school staff
Lots of information out and available for parents, carers and families including A Parents Guides to the EYFS, SEN – a guide for parents, information on schemas, 5 to Thrive and details of nearby children’s centres.
Accessibility of our service
There is a bus stop directly outside the pre-school building with frequently bus services running to this stop and another along Castle Road – a 5 minute walk away. There is a car park and the building is fully wheelchair accessible. There is an accessible toilet and changing facilities. We will always assess the needs of attending children and adapt our environment accordingly to allow for the care, inclusion and comfort in all areas of pre-school practice, one to one support will be arranged when necessary plus close care and supervision from key person.
Qualifications and training of our staff
Our SENCO has recently updated all of her training including the Educational & Health Care Plans. All staff are qualified early years practitioners, have DBS clearance are qualified first aiders and have all attended safeguarding training, the Early Years Leader and Administrator have also attended the Safer Recruitment training. Specific training is arranged by the Early Years Leader when a need is identified – recent examples include Makaton, Supporting Communication & Language Development in Children with Down Syndrome and Epipen Administration.
General Contact Information
In the first instance please contact Charlie Eaton, Early Years Leader, or Janet Lewis, Deputy Leader. Sruia Begum is Christ Church Pre-School’s SENCO. Sruia has held the position of SENCO at Christ Church Pre-school for 5 years and has experience of Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, EAL, Autism and Behavioural & Learning needs.
All staff are involved in the care and education of every child attending pre-school. However, we operate a key person system where by each child is allocated a member of staff who will be responsible for making observations and assessments on the child’s progress, interests and achievements and monitoring their continued development and enjoyment whilst at Christ Church Pre-School. Charlie Eaton oversees all children’s observation and assessments.
When considering if a child would benefit from the service that Christ Church pre-school can provide please contact Charlie Eaton – firstname.lastname@example.org