If your child is 2, 3 or 4 years old, you may be wondering how and when to choose a preschool. If your child has not attended a day nursery before, preschool will be the first step on yourchild’s academic journey and can serve as the basis for all future learning. Aside from starting to learn the basics like the alphabet and numbers, preschool teaches important social skills like how to be independent, how to share and how to follow directions.
When Should I Secure My Place?
Our Register for our preschool (Ladybird) room is open from 1 year before your child is due to start. Children can join at any time throughout the year if places are available. We can’t stress enough how important it is to book early if you want to guarantee your place and sessions you desire. Demand for our busy preschool is high and we hate to turn people away but this does happen termly. Our register is currently open for September 2019 but places are now very limited.
Why Choose Apple Trees?
We pride ourselves on our homely feel and the individual care given to every child. As we are asmall independent setting the children that attend Apple Trees are able to build very strong bonds with their carers which is clear to see throughout the whole nursery. Although it’s imperative that all staff are skilled and hold relevant qualifications to look after and teach the children in their care, this is not the only factor we consider when employing staff. We look at experience, personality, individual skill sets and make sure they are a right fit for our team. We have a range of staff with differing ages, lots of which are parents themselves. Parents often complement and praise our practitioners and the care they give to their children.
We believe that the key to a child’s learning and development is security, confidence, interest and opportunity and we have all these areas covered. As a small nursery with staffing above the recommended ratios each child gets that extra care and attention needed to feel secure in theirnew environment. Through this security they will automatically develop their confidence to go and explore. That’s where interest comes in. We ensure that every child in the setting is stimulated and intrigued by a variety of toys, resources and a whole host of activities designed to inspire and encourage learning through fun and play.
Further more we strive to give all of our children the best opportunities we can. We have 2 gardens, a vegetable patch, a mud kitchen, an outdoor classroom, we have external classes come in such a music and movement and messy play, we host visits from the travelling farmyard, fire engines, police cars and ambulances. We take advantage of our village setting with walks in the local area, visits to the church and time in the park. On top of all this we have installed a sensory room that all of our children have access to. A time to explore the senses and indulge in quiet reflection. This room also allows us to offer great learning opportunities to children with additional needs which is key to providing every child, no matter their development, the same opportunity to learn and thrive.
Fees & What’s Included
All children over three are entitled to 15 hours free childcare from the term following their 3rdbirthday. Children with working parents may also qualify for 30 hours funding which can all be taken here or split between a nursery school and Apple Trees. The beauty of our setting is that it is open from 7.30am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday all year round so you can choose hours to suit your working pattern or take a term time only contract. Included in our fees are all nappies, wipes, home cooked meals, snacks, milk and sun cream so all you need to do is drop them off with a change of clothes and you are good to go. We also accept 2 year old funding for those that qualify. If you want to start preschool before your child qualifies for any funding that’s fine. Our fees will reflect the hours your child attends and we will be happy to provide you with a quote based on your individual requirements.
What Should I Do Next?
If you would like to see our setting for yourself we would love to invite you and your family for a no obligation viewing. Looking around our website and Facebook page will give you an insight into what we can offer but nothing beats visiting a setting to experience, first hand, the facilities, meet the team and get a feel for the ambiance.