First Steps Pre-School
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First Steps Pre-School Pre-School is located in Princes Risborough in the District of Wycombe. We have a large outside play area and run a weekly Mini Beast School session.
The Group Leader is qualified as a CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator. Our Deputy Leader is also qualified to Level 3 and we have another Level 3 team member and two members of staff trained to Level 2 standard. Our adult to child ratios are: 1 to 6 for 3 year olds and 1 to 4 for rising 3 year olds.
We cater for all different cultures and dietary requirements and accept children from two years of age.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Scout and Guide Centre
- HP27 9HN
- Venue Notes
We have a car park but for safety purposes, we advise parents/carers to park in a road nearby and walk down a footpath adjacent to the pre-school. There is a bus stop about 5 to 10 minutes walk away. Buses run to Aylesbury and Wycombe.
- Table of costs
Table of costs Age Amount £ Cost Type 2 years 6 Per hour 3 to 4 years 6 Per hour
- Cost Description
- £6.00 per hour for unfunded children.
- Funded children attending more than their 15 hours are charged £6.00 per hour
- Lunch Club (1 hour) £6.00.
- Childcare vouchers accepted
- From September 2020 the above fees will increase to £6.50 per hour.
- Age Related Price Differences
- Under 3s: £6.00 per hour.
- From September 2020 this will increase to £6.50 per hour.
- Immediate vacancies
- 3 and 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
30 Hours Childcare
- This Provider is offering 30 Hours free childcare places
- Age ranges
- From 2 years 0 months to 5 years 0 months
- When is childcare available?
- No. of weeks a year we are open
- Opening Times
Opening Times Day Opening Time Closing Time Monday 09:00 14:45 Tuesday 09:00 13:00 Wednesday 09:00 14:45 Thursday 09:00 14:45 Friday 09:00 13:00
- Other Availability
PLEASE NOTE THE SETTING IS CURRENTLY CLOSED AS PER GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE FROM MONDAY 23rd MARCH 2020, BUT WE ARE STILL TAKING ENQUIRIES VIA EMAIL WITH REGARDS TO CHILDREN WHO WANT TO START IN SEPTEMBER 2020, THANK YOU.
- Lunch Club every day 12pm to 1pm.
- Sessions from 9am to 12pm and 9am to 1pm every day.
- Afternoon sessions Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays 12pm to 2:45pm.
- Pickups/Collections offered
- First Steps Preschool
- Ofsted URN
- Link to latest Ofsted inspection report
First Steps Pre-school aims to ensure that we are fully inclusive in meeting the needs of all children in our care. We are committed to an anti-discriminatory practice to promote equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all children and their families. We aim to provide a secure and accessible environment in which all our children can flourish.
- Contact Name
- Victoria Rimmer
- Contact Telephone
- 07762 326772
- Contact Email
- SENCo Name
- Victoria Rimmer
- SENCo Email
- SEN Provision Type
- Universal service (No referral required)
Early Years Local Offer Response
- 1. What recent SEND specific training has been completed by practitioners in the setting?
- EY SENDCo Training | October 2017 Victoria Rimmer
- Making Sense of Autism | May 2018 Victoria Rimmer, Caroline Chapman, Beverley Howson
- Promoting Positive Behaviour | August 2018 Victoria Rimmer
- Makaton for Professional Modules 1 and 2 October 2018 | Victoria Rimmer
- EY SENDCo Training January 2020 Michelle Nagle
- 2. How are parents involved at the setting and how can I be involved?
At First Steps Pre-School we welcome parent/carer involvement and support. Parents/carers can work together with the setting in order to help settle and children into the setting or support those with additional needs. On admission parents/carers are asked to complete an initial child profile form as well as telling us a little about their child’s likes/dislikes, important family members they may talk about and how to comfort them.
There is informal feedback on collection of the children on a day to day basis. At least once a week, practitioners will write in a Home School Diary to update parents/carers on what their child has been doing during the week.
We run annual parent/carer consultation sessions however parents and carers are free at any time to discuss their child’s progress and view our tracking sheets. Annually we issue a questionnaire to parents/carers to determine their opinions and see if there is anything we can help with or improve on. We have social events during the year such as end of term parties, Sports Day and a Summer Picnic which parents/carers are encouraged to attend.
- 3. How will practitioners work with me to share information about my child's progress? What is additional for children with SEND?
Some methods of how the setting works together with parents and carers have been mentioned above. In addition, the setting also completes Two Year Checks for our younger children and discusses these with parents/carers.
With regards to those with any SEN First Steps has worked with relevant professionals to help support those children with additional needs. We have completed Assess, Plan, Do Review Forms and SEN Support Plans with both parents/carers and Early Years SEND Advisers or Speech Therapists as needed. Parents/carers of children with SEND are welcomed into the setting to discuss their child’s progress or help support their child as needed. We regularly monitor any short-term outcomes for children with SEND and reassess their targets and discuss these with parents/carers and any relevant professionals involved with supporting the child. If any professionals contact the setting with regards to visiting a child in our care, we make sure that the parents/carers are aware of this and ideally able to attend.
- 4. What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by the setting?
In the first instance in discussion with parents/carers the setting will seek advice from the Early Years Team via telephone consultations. This can be followed up as needed with child specific advice from an Early Years SEND Advisor with parent/carer agreement.
In recent years First Steps has worked with Early Years SEND Advisors and Speech Therapists as well as being involved in a Multi-Professional Meetings (for example: Paediatrician Involvement).
The SENCO attended an Autism Conference in June 2019 supported and organised by other professionals working in SEND and attends the SENCO Liaison Group Meetings organised by the Local Authority.
One of our practitioners has first-hand SEND experience having herself attended a Special Needs School and she is a fabulous example of how having the right help and support at the right time can help you achieve your ambitions. Having gone through the process herself she has a good understanding of what is involved and sometimes how challenging it can be.
- 5. How accessible is the setting's environment (indoors and outdoors)?
We occupy a large, bright and airy room where there is plenty of space for children to move around and explore indoors whilst in session. There are toilet facilities including an accessible one.
Access to a secure outside flat grassed area allows our children the same opportunity to move around in an outdoor environment, with a variety of appropriate toys and objects. Whilst there are 3 steps down to the outside area from the main room of the setting it can also be accessed via ramp.
- 6. What are the transition arrangements for supporting children and families?
Children all have their own individual personalities and needs with regards to endeavouring to ensure a smooth transition into any setting. At First Steps as mentioned we are happy to work with parents/carers to try and find a way to settle each child into our setting in a way that best suits them – be it having the parent/carer stay with them until they get used to coming or having a transitional object (special toy) to bring into the setting with them.
We provide parents/carers with a Prospectus about the setting when they visit or decide to join us and offer induction settings for the children which can also be attended by the parents/carers as needed.
If parents/carers believe it would be helpful we would be happy to arrange a home visit before the child starts.
- 7. What future plans does your setting have for developing its SEND?
We have identified a need to improve our children’s communication skills in general and are working on more Letters and Sounds Activities as part of our Continuous Provision. We also recognise that we need to improve our Autism knowledge and aim to train one of our practitioners in more depth in this area in the coming Academic Year. Our Leader - who is also our SENCO - recognises that we need to focus more on this area therefore our Deputy has also had SENCO training in January 2020.
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