at Billericay Methodist Preschool
Our setting recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All of our staff see themselves as partners with parents in providing care and education for their children.
At the Billericay Methodist Preschool we know how vital it is to settle your child in to our setting which will be new to them. When you decide you would like your child to come to the Billericay Methodist Preschool you will have a registration visit where you will be shown around the preschool and an explanation of how we work and we can answer any questions you may have.
Nearer the time to your child starting you will have a free settling in play session for about an hour where you will stay, we want your child to feel happy and safe. These visits are the start of you getting to know our warm and friendly team of Aunties. Our setting uses a key person approach which means that each practitioner will have a group of children. Your child’s key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that the childcare we provide is right for your child’s particular needs and interests. When your child first starts the key person will help your child to settle and benefit from our activities. Each key person has a buddy (another Auntie) who is available to support their group if/when they are not in the setting. During your child’s time at preschool they may change their key person group. We assess how children are learning and developing by observing them frequently. We use information we gain from observations as well as photographs of the children to monitor their progress and where this maybe leading them. We believe parents know their children the best and we will ask you to contribute to assessments by sharing information about what your child likes to do at home and how you as parents are supporting development via our on line learning journal Tapestry.
We have events where you have the opportunity to see your children at preschool like our Christmas Nativity, Easter Parade and Sports Day.