Our Vision Statement

Our Pre-school aims to offer the highest quality care and education for all children.  We are committed to valuing diversity by providing equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice for all children and their families.

We are accredited by Kent, and this is regularly updated ensuring that the quality of our Pre-School is upheld.  We are also proud to report that following a visit from Ofsted we received an excellent report, once again achieving “outstanding” in all areas.

We offer high quality education and care for children aged from three to five years of age and work closely with all the schools in our cluster.  At snack time we offer milk or water and a range of healthy foods.  We are currently registered to accept twenty-eight children at each session, and we employ thirteen highly experienced staff, an office administrator and a housekeeper.

We maintain a high ratio of adults to children – at least one adult to five children at each session.

The Owl Pre-School will work with children, parents and the community to ensure the safety of children and to give them the very best start in life.

The key commitments of The Owl Pre-School’s policy on safeguarding children are: -

We are committed to building a culture of safety in which children are protected from abuse and harm in all areas of our service delivery

We are committed to responding promptly and appropriately to all incidents or concerns of abuse that may occur and to work with statutory agencies in accordance with the procedures that are set down in “What to do if you are worried a child is being abused” guidance of March 2015.

We are committed to empowering young children through our early years curriculum, promoting their right to be strong, resilient and listened to.

We have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within the legal framework of the Children’s Act 1989 and Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 and Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.

The Owl Pre-School’s Designated Safeguarding Persons are: -
Jane Gooch (Manager)  Natalie McNab (Deputy Manager) and Daniel Johnson (Chair of Committee).

We hope that your child’s time with us will be a happy one and that learning through play will begin the groundwork for their future education which will be carried all through their school life.

Applications

Application Form, PDF Download

Our enrolment form is available to download.  Please bring the enrolement form along with your child’s original birth certificate to the pre-school, in order for us to make a copy and place your child on our waiting list.  We have an open door policy so there is no need to make an appointment.
Please note that we have a large number of applications so we recommend an early application.

Download our Application Form

Our aim is:

  • To enhance the development and education of children under statutory school age in a parent involving, community based group.
  • To help children learn through play in a safe, secure and stimulating environment.
  • To work within a framework that ensures equality of opportunity for all children and families.

The Role Of Parents

Parents are young children’s first educators and we feel it is very important that they should be involved in all aspects of their children’s education.  We aim to work with parents to ensure that the time their child spends with us is not just a means of preparing for the future stages of their lives but is recognised as a unique and precious time to be experienced and valued for itself.

We Offer Your Child

  • An especially tailored curriculum leading to the early learning goals.
  • Individual care and attention made possible by a high ratio of adults to children.
  • Opportunities for you and your family to be involved in the activities of the group, and in your own child’s progress.

Key Person

Our Key Person system gives each member of staff particular responsibility for just a few children.
The Key Person works with the parents to ensure that all children are supported in reaching their full potential.
Our Pre-school plans the curriculum for each child according to the stage of development that they have reached.
We also use the Leuven Scale of Assessment as a mean of evaluating a child’s well-being and involvement.

Special Needs

The adult/child ratio present in our Pre-school enables us to provide individual attention for each child.  Each child is able to progress at her/his own rate in all areas of development.  We are experienced in working in close liaison with professionals across the range of special needs.  If you would like to discuss the group’s ability to meet your own child’s special needs, please talk to the
Pre-school Manager or your Key Person.

Equal Opportunities

Our Pre-school operates an equal opportunities policy which ensures that none of our practices, procedures or policies excludes or disproportionately affects particular groups or individuals.  We aim to give each family and child the chance to develop their full potential in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

Management and Administration

The Pre-school was founded on 12th January 1976 by the Head Teachers of Shears Green Infants and Junior Schools and a group of parents.  Our first home was in the Junior School and we then moved to a classroom in the Infants School.  Owing to the Infant School expanding, the Pre-school had to find a new home and with help from parents and friends, we moved into our own purpose built building.

The Pre-school is run by an elected Committee.  The Committee is responsible for reviewing both policy and practice, and for the employment and appraisal of members of the staff.  Our Annual General Meeting at which the Committee for the following year is elected, is held in November.  We invite all our parents to come to Committee Meetings and help with events and fundraising for the Pre-school. 

We are registered to receive Government Funding. Your child is entitled to up to 570 hours of Free Early Education per year. This can be taken in a pattern of a maximum 15 hours per week for 38 weeks a year.  Please see the Manager for more information on the children who will become eligible each term.

Eligible date ranges for a child must fall into the relevant dates as follows:
*Children born in the period 1st January to 31st March: the start of term beginning on or following 1st April after the child’s third birthday.
*Children born in the period 1st April to 31st August: the start of term beginning on or following 1st September after the child’s third birthday.
*Children born in the period 1st September to 31st December: the start of term beginning on or following 1st January after the child’s third birthday.

For further information please call:
Kent Children & Families Information Service 03000 41 23 23
www.kent.gov.uk/cfis
kentcfis@kent.gov.uk

As part of our ongoing Safeguarding/Child Protection practice, we have 3 key commitments.  These are written in The Owl Pre-School’s policy on safeguarding, which can be viewed within the pre-school at any time.  Should you wish to have a copy, please ask a member of the Owl Team.

Our commitments are: -
1 - We are committed to building a culture of safety in which children are protected from abuse and harm in all areas of our service delivery
2 - We are committed to responding promptly and appropriately to all incidents or concerns of abuse that may occur and to work with statutory agencies in accordance with the procedures that are set down in “What to do if you are worried a child is being abused” guidance of March 2015.
3 - We are committed to empowering young children through our early years curriculum, promoting their right to be strong, resilient and listened to.

We have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within the legal framework of the Children’s Act 1989 and Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 and Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.


The Owl Pre-School’s Designated Safeguarding Persons are: -
Jane Gooch (Manager) Natalie McNab (Deputy Manager) and Daniel Johnson (Committee Chair).