Information for Parents

Prospectus

You can find our prospectus on the link below, alternatively we can e-mail it to you or you can pop in for a copy and take a look around. We don't run an appointments system as we believe you should take us as you find us.

Waiting list

We operate a waiting list and invite you to place your child on the waiting list once they have reached 18 months old. This can be done by completing an Admissions Request Form, you can either call in for one or download it from the admission request link below. We take children from 2 years old, providing we have a place to offer you and the staffing ratios to accommodate it. We will contact you when / if a place becomes available and will provide you with a full registration pack so that we are fully aware of all your child’s needs before they start with us. We advise you to put your child’s name on the list as soon as they are 18 months old.

Uniform

We offer an optional uniform for you to purchase which has proven to be popular. The burgundy t-shirts can be purchased for £6, sweatshirts for £9 and fleeces for £13, all have the Richmond pre-school logo on. This takes away the problem of what clothes to send your child into pre-school in. We recommend children wear dark coloured leggings or joggers on the bottom.


Please ensure all your children's clothing is labelled, especially the preschool logo t-shirt, sweatshirts and fleeces as they are all the same. If you order from My Name Tags, 10% of your order goes to the pre-school. Visit www.mynametags.com and enter the school id 11695 section on the checkout page.

Tapestry Online Learning Journey

To monitor children's progress we make observations of them in play situations. In order to record these observations and to keep you informed of what your child is doing we use an on-line system called Tapestry. Tapestry enables us to send photos and videos to you of your child engaged in play and taking part in different activities at pre-school.

Please see below some useful guides on how to use Tapestry on YouTube.

Activating your Tapestry account from your activation email

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7ROkDnb4I0



Using the all about me page 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxo3au-993Q



Adding Observations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=espJ96TJHV8&t=23s



Adding the Tapestry Browser to your phones home page 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmgTxlbHn6w

Lunch club

Our Lunch Club provides a chance for your child to bridge the morning and afternoon sessions, providing a full day of care for your child from 8:45 until 3:20 or simply to provide you with that extra hour of child care, whilst they are enjoying a packed lunch with their peers. Lunch sessions can only be added to morning sessions, they cannot be used with the afternoon sessions unless a full day is taken. Children must be in their final year before starting school to attend lunch.

 

Session times

We are open Monday to Friday during term time


Morning sessions - Monday to Friday

Nemo room  - 08:45 to 11:45 (gate opens at 08:40)

Simba room - 09:00 to 11:30

Afternoon sessions - Monday to Thursday

Nemo room - 12:45 to 15:15 (gate opens at 15:05)

Simba room - 12:30 to 15:00

Lunch club - Monday to Thursday

Nemo room - 11:45 to 12:45

Simba room - 11:30-12:30

Early collection - 14:40

Fees and funding

Fees

Our hourly fee rate remains at £6.70, which amounts to :

       

        £20.10 per morning session in Nemo  

        £16.75 per afternoon session in Nemo and for all Simba sessions  

Funding

We are a registered provider of free nursery places, for both 3 & 4 year funding and two year funding. Eligible children are entitled to up to 30 free hours a week, but all children are entitled to 15 hours from the term following their 3rd birthday, i.e. from 1st September, 1st January or 1st April. If a child is eligible for the two year funding this commences on the term following your child’s second birthday.


When the time comes we will provide you with forms to be completed and provided these are returned to us in time the pre-school will take care of collecting the money directly from Essex county council. Take a look here to find out more about the 30 hours funding https://www.eyalliance.org.uk/30-hours-free-childcare-what-parents-need-know. To apply for this, or to look at all funding options open to you, please take a look on the governments Child Care choices website to see what funding you are entitled to and to obtain your 30 hour funding code.  https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/


Prior to receiving funding you will be invoiced monthly for fees. We accept payment in cash, tax free childcare, voucher schemes or BACS payments into our bank account. We prefer electronic payments over cash (sorry we do not accept cards). In the case of absence all fees must be paid. Please familiarise yourselves with our late payment policy that can be found under our policies section.

Key person

Every child is allocated a key person before they start with us. The key person has the responsibility for monitoring the learning and development of their named child and will do this by getting to know both the child and their family. Your key person will do their best to make themselves available should you need them for a chat or to discuss any concerns you may have. Please remember we have a wealth of experience at Richmond Pre-school regarding raising children and all staff are here to help you.

 

Learning and development

Here at Richmond pre-school we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, or EYFS as it is often referred to. This is a set of standards for the level of learning, development and care that children should receive between birth and the end of the academic year in which they are 5. The EYFS runs all the way to the end of a child’s reception year at school.

The EYFS has 7 areas of learning and each of these is split into further sub areas. An EYFS guide for parents is available, called the What to Expect When guide. It has been produced to help you to understand what milestones are typically achieved at certain ages and there is also a section on things you can do at home to help your child progress.

When your child starts at our setting we use this guide with you to identify where you think your child sits within the EYFS stages of development in the Prime areas of learning, this will be their baseline.