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Aims & Commitments

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Our aims

At Burghclere Pre-School we aim to:


  • provide high quality care and education for children of pre-school age

  • work in partnership with you as a parent to help children learn and develop

  • add to the life and well-being of our local community

  • offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity

  • prepare children for their life at school


We also aim to ensure that each child:

  • is in a safe and stimulating environment

  • is given generous care and attention, because of our good ratio of qualified staff to children, as well as volunteer parent helpers

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

  • has a key person who makes sure they reach their full potential

Our approach

Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking. Our setting uses the early learning goals to plan and provide a range of play activities which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development.  In some of these activities children can decide how they will use the activity and in others an adult takes the lead in helping children take part in the activity.

Assessment - We assess how young children are learning and developing by observing them frequently. We use the information we gain from observations, as well as from photographs or videos of the children, to document their progress and where this may be leading them. We believe that parents know their children best and we ask them to contribute to assessment, sharing information about what  their children like to do at home and how parents are supporting development.

Records of achievement - The setting keeps a record of achievement for each child. Staff and parents together create their child's record of achievement and this helps us to celebrate together their achievements and to work together to ensure that your child's needs are met and that they achieve their full potential.

​To do this you and the keyworker will collect information about your child's needs, activities, interests and achievements. This information will enable the keyworker to identify your child's stage of progress. You and the keyworker will then decide on how to help your child to move onto the next stage.

Parental Involvement

Burghclere Pre-School is a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance, and as such, all parents are regarded as members who have full participatory rights.  These include a right to be:​

  • valued

  • kept informed

  • consulted

  • involved

  • included in all levels


Burghclere Pre-School depends on the good will of parents and their involvement to keep the Pre-School running efficiently.  Membership of the setting carries expectations on parents for their support and commitment. This is the basis of the 'mutuality' that characterises Burghclere Pre-school.


How parents take part in the setting
As a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance Burghclere Pre-School recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All of the staff see themselves as partners with parents in providing care and education for your child.
There are many ways in which parents can take part in making the setting a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents, such as:


  • exchanging knowledge about your child's needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff

  • helping at Pre-school sessions

  • sharing your own special interests with the children

  • helping provide, make and look after the equipment and materials used in the children's play activities

  • being part of the management of Burghclere Pre-school by joining the committee

  • taking part in events and informal discussions about the activities and curriculum provided by the Pre-school

  • joining in community activities in which the Pre-school takes part

  • building friendships with other parents in the setting


Key person and your child
Our setting uses a key person approach. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom they are responsible. Your child's key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that the care and education we provide is right for your child's particular needs and interests.

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