About Us

ABOUT US

Old Stratford Preschool (a registered charity) is a community preschool run by a parental committee. The preschool meets each day, during the school calendar, at Old Stratford Community Centre, Deanshanger Road, Old Stratford. We accept children aged 2 years until school entry. 

 

We offer sessions 5 days a week and these can be full or half days.

Sessions are:

  • Breakfast club 7.30am – 8.30am

  • Morning session 8.30 – 11.30am

  • Lunch Club 11.30 – 12.00pm

  • Afternoon session 12.00 – 3.00pm

  • Full day 8.30 – 3.00pm

Each child must enrol for a minimum of two sessions per week although further sessions, lunch clubs or breakfast clubs can be arranged as availability allows.

Our preschool aims to:

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

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

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

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

Our preschool provides children with the opportunity:

  • To learn through play in a safe and stimulating environment

  • To enjoy the company of other children

  • To meet other adults from outside the family

  • To be part of a group which values everyone whatever their sex, age, race or cultural background regardless of ability

  • To develop at his/her own pace, with plenty of adult support

  • To grow in self confidence

  • To gain independence by managing when apart from parents / carers for a period of time

  • To express themselves through a variety of mediums i.e. paints, crayons, modelling materials, dressing up, role-play, construction toys, water play, sand play, woodwork, sewing and other crafts.

  • To gain new experience in using a computer, participating in regular music sessions, discovering our surroundings through supervised walks, joining in group discussions and putting on plays for relatives

We maintain a profile for each child throughout the year, based on the Early Years Framework. Each child’s profile is available for parents to view at any time and will form part of the parents’ evening discussions. This is then given to the parents when the child goes to school and it is from these profiles that we complete the “My Learning Journey” transitional documents that are sent to your child’s school.

We encourage parents to share news from home on tapestry, this includes things your child has achieved, things of interest, hobbies, holidays and exciting news. 

 

TERM DATES

Old Stratford Preschool will usually have the same term dates as Old Stratford Primary school and these include all training days. 

 

Please note that not all terms are the same as those detailed on the Northamptonshire Council Website due to occasional training days that we may have so please check here or on our Facebook page.  There is a list of our current term dates for 2019/2020 below- 

Term 1

Training Days- Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Preschool Opens- Wednesday 4th September 2019

Preschool Closes- Friday 25th October 2019

Term 2

Preschool Opens- Monday 4th November 2019

Preschool Closes- Thursday 19th December 2019

Training Day- Friday 20th December 2019

Term 3

Training Day- Monday 6th January 2020

Preschool Opens- Tuesday 7th January 2020

Pre School Closes- Friday 14th February 2020

Term 4

Pre School Opens-Monday 24th February 2020

Preschool Closes- Friday 3rd April 2020

Term 5

Training Day- Monday 20th April 2020

Preschool Opens- Tuesday 21st April 2020

May Day Bank Holiday Preschool Closed- Friday 8th May 2020

Preschool Opens- Monday 11th May 2020

Preschool Closes- Friday 22nd May 2020

Term 6

Preschool Opens- Monday 1st June 2020

Preschool Closes- Friday 17th July 2020

 

STAFF

We have an established team of staff and are proud of our high staff to children ratio. The Manager is Dawn Higgs and her supervisor is Heidi Alexander both of whom are assisted by Tracy, Mandy, Lisa and Susan. Between them they have many years of experience and training with pre-school children, supported by regular further training.

Dawn Higgs – Manager (also SENCO and Level 3 Forest Schools Coordinator)

Heidi Alexander – Deputy

Tracy Fields – Practitioner (also SENCO and Level 3 Forest Schools Coordinator)

Mandy James – Practitioner

Lisa Luckett- Practitioner

Susan Southgate – Practitioner

Rachel Maurice- Financial Assistant

We look forward to welcoming your son or daughter to our school.

If you would like to join our team of bank staff to cover sickness/courses etc and are available to be called upon at short notice then please Contact Us. We would welcome your assistance.

 

UNIFORM

We have preschool uniform available for you to purchase. Uniform is not mandatory, but we feel that you may like to keep your little ones own clothing clean.

The uniform is great quality, with the preschool logo embroidered on each piece, it helps also prepare your child for school when they are expected to wear uniform.

We have two sizes of polo shirt available at a cost of £7.50 each.  We can also order jumpers, cardigans or fleeces.  Please speak to Dawn if you would like to order uniform.

Alternatively, you can order your uniform directly at Maisie's in Wolverton. 

To Order Contact Us with your requirements or ask us when you drop off for sessions.

Payments can be made directly in cash or cheque, or you can transfer the funds to the preschool bank account.

 

CONSTITUTION

Please  Click Here to read the Old Stratford Preschool Constitution which has been modelled from the Preschool Learning Alliance.

 

OFSTED

We are regularly inspected by OFSTED with our last inspection undertaken in December 2017. The Ofsted report can be viewed by following the link below. Consequently we have been passed to become a member of the Governments nursery-funding scheme.

All of our constitution and policies are available at every session or can be found on this website and also includes our complaints procedure. We ask all parents to read and familiarise themselves with our Policies.

An Operational File is available for parents/carers to read at any time. This file includes all relevant information regarding the running of Old Stratford Pre-school.

> Please Click Here to see our latest OFSTED Report. <

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Old Stratford Preschool, The Community Centre, Deanshanger Road, Old Stratford, Milton Keynes, MK19 6NL.

 Tel: 01908 260664 
Opening hours: 7.30am - 3.00pm 
Registered Charity No. 1033454. Ofsted No. 219885