About us

Aims and Objectives of the Gainsborough Pre-school

We aim to:

• Provide high quality care and education for children below statutory school age

• Work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop through play

• Add to the life and well-being of the local community

• Offer children and their parents a learning experience that promotes equality and values diversity

We aim to ensure that each child:

• Is in a safe and stimulating environment

• Is given generous care and attention, because of our ratio of qualified staff to children

• Has the chance to join with other children and adults to play, work and learn together

• Takes forward her/his learning and development by being helped to build on what she/he already knows and can do

• Is allocated a key person who makes sure each child makes satisfying progress

Parental Involvement

Attendance at the school comes with the expectation that parents will provide a minimum level of support and commitment. For example, taking part in fundraising activities and occasionally helping on outings. Parents are also welcome/encouraged to spend a morning with the children to help or share a knowledge/skill. We feel it is important for parents to have the opportunity to interact and play with their children, as well as observe their learning and development as they take their first steps towards independence.

Each academic year, there is an Annual General Meeting (AGM) to elect Trustees, review the pre-school accounts and discuss fundraising activities. There is also at least one other parent/Trustee meeting during the school year. Parents are encouraged to attend both.

Development and Learning

The provision of children’s development and learning is outlined by the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014). The framework outlines the requirements around children’s ‘learning and development’, ‘assessment’ and ‘safeguarding and welfare’. Our practice is based on the four guiding principles: A Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments and Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. A detailed description of how we meet the various objectives is included in our prospectus (See ‘LINKS’ page).