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mertonpoppits

Welcome!!!!!

Merton Pre-School is a friendly Pre-School with an excellent reputation. We welcome new families to come and visit us, book a visit during a session, we like to feel that you are seeing a true picture.

We aim to provide high-quality care and education for Pre-school children (from 2 years old till they go to school) in a fun, stimulating and caring environment. The staff work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop to their full potential. We also aim to add to the life and well-being of the local community and offer children and their parents a service which promotes equality and values diversity.

In order to get your child's name on the waiting list; please apply by filling out an application form on the contact us page.  We a have a transition day for all children who have applied to the Pre-School in July.   

 

We are currently running a waiting list for September 2020.  (We are currently full and children who apply now will be placed on a waiting list.)

The Policy of the month:

 

Policy on Health and Safety general standards

 

  • We make our setting a safe and healthy place for children, parents, staff and volunteers.
  • The member of staff who is responsible for Health and Safety is Carey West.
  • We display the Health and safety in work poster in the kitchen for all staff to be able to view.
  • We are covered by public liability insurance; the information can be found on the office door. 
  • Staff receive Health and safety training as part of their induction process.
  • Health and safety issues and training is given throughout the year through staff meetings and e-learning where necessary.
  • We operate a no smoking and no vaping policy.
  • Windows and doors have a type of window that cannot be easily damaged.
  • All areas prior to children entering the building are checked to ensure they are safe and ready for the children.
  • Our outdoor area is fenced off.
  • We check that children are suitably attired for the weather conditions and type of outdoor activities; ensuring that suncream is applied and hats are worn during the summer months.
  • We seek information from the Public Health England to ensure that we keep up-to-date with the latest recommendations.
  • Our daily routines encourage the children to learn about personal hygiene.
  • Physical play is constantly supervised.
  • We teach children to handle and store tools safely.
  • Parents must ensure that any jewellery worn by children poses no danger; particularly earrings which may get pulled, bracelets which can get caught when climbing or necklaces that may pose a risk of strangulation.
  • Our staff implement the current guidelines of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH).

 

 

 

 We are OUTSTANDING.

We were graded on 6th October 2016 with the top marks that OFSTED can give an early years setting.  Please read the report attached.   

 AGM minutes, please click here

 

 The government has advised parents to apply as soon as possible:  Please, can I remind parents who want their child to get the 30 hours funding, they will need to get a code. This is available from this website:  https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

If you are struggling to get your 30-hour code, this might help you:

http://i.emlfiles4.com/cmpdoc/2/5/1/5/4/files/453709_interim-july-blog-article-how-parents-can-access-the-childcare-service.pdf?dm_i=YU8,529CV,MR7T07,JD44V,1

 For 2 year old funding:

https://www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/childrenandfamilies/childcare/payingforchildcare/freechildcare/2yearoldoffer 

Information from Services for Young children for parents:  Early years pupil premium - what is it?

Are you eligible for childcare support - Universal Credit? - Click on link

 

Join our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mertonpoppits/

 

Information from Services for Young Children.  Click here

CRONOVIRUS - Partial closure

Dear Parent / Carer

 

Important Information for Parents Regarding Early Years and Childcare Provision

 

The Prime Minister’s announcement on Wednesday 18 March about early years education and childcare providers and general school closures is being implemented from (today) Monday 23 March 2020.

 

Your childcare setting may be open but will be continuing provision only for children of key workers and vulnerable children. I’m writing to give you an update on our plans for this, following advice from the Local Authority.

 

There is no expectation that children who are not in these groups will attend until the advice from government changes.

 

Emergency Service

While our Childcare Provision will be closed for general admissions, all Childcare Providers across the country are being asked to run an emergency service for the children of key workers in essential services so that they are able to continue to work. The government has issued guidance about Critical Workers: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

 

Critical workers include NHS staff, police, local and national government workers, farmers and food retail workers, who need to be able to go to work. In order to continue to offer critical services, as part of the country’s ongoing response to the virus, children of workers who form a central part of the effort will also continue to attend school, college or childcare provider.

Families with at least one parent or carer who is identified as critical worker by the government can send their children to their childcare provider if required.

 

There is no expectation that children of these critical workers have to attend childcare. If you fall into this group and wish to make other arrangements, then you are welcome to do so.

Further information can be found on the government’s website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision


The Government is also asking that we continue to provide education and support for vulnerable children. This includes:

  • Children in care or with safeguarding and welfare needs, including those with children in need plans, those on child protection plans,
  • Looked after children
  • SEND Inclusion Funded children
  • Disability Access Funded children
  • Children with EHCPs

 

What do I do if my childcare provider tells me they will not be open?

There will be some childcare providers that may have temporarily closed due to advice from Public Health England or due to because they have insufficient staffing  as a result of those observing government guidance on self-isolation.

 

If this is the case and you meet the Critical Worker status, please contact Services for Young Children on 01962 847070 or email childcare@hants.gov.uk.

 

The Childcare team will endeavour to help you to find you alternative childcare to support your needs.

 

Online materials and learning

For those children who will be at home, there will be online materials that parents can access, including:

 

Hungry Little Minds

Tiny Happy People

 

(Childcare Provider to list and outline any other steps that the provider will take to support learning/resources they are making available).

 

In addition, the BBC has said that it will be increasing its range of resources to support children’s education.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support through these unprecedented times. Please be assured that we will continue to update you as the situation changes and that we will continue to work for the best interests of the children at our setting.

 

Your sincerely

 

 

Early Years and Childcare Provider