At Pickles Pre-School we aim to:

  • Assess and plan for the individual developmental needs of each child.
  • Provide a happy, safe environment in which pre-school children learn to socialise as part of a group.
  • Foster self-esteem, confidence and independence in all children.
  • Help prepare children for their first experiences at nursery or school by providing an environment in which structured organised activities take place alongside lots of free play and self chosen activities.
  • Encourage children to listen to, and communicate with, adults other than their parents and other children.
  • Involve parents in the Pre-school by keeping them informed, by contact each day and by encouraging them to help at sessions each term (via a Parents Rota on the notice board). We also run Stay and Play sessions and have termly Parent / Key Person Consultations so you are kept informed of your child’s learning and development.
  • We provide the opportunity for group and individual play activities, which will assist the children’s development socially, emotionally, physically, creatively and intellectually at an individual and appropriate level.
  • Provide an environment which reflects Pickles Pre-School equal opportunities policy.

We have 8 staff and 1 permanent volunteer. We comply to the staffing statutory ratios required of us regarding qualifications and the staff have extensive experience in Early Years. All staff members attend courses relevant for the Pre-school child, Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding Training. We have a maximum of 25 children each morning. We are registered with Ofsted and our report can be downloaded from Ofsted.

All permanent staff and regular volunteers are police checked.

The Pre-school is fully equipped and we have use of a fully enclosed garden playground. We have themed topics and arts and crafts, songs, stories and role play are linked to our themes. We have a letter, number, colour and shape each week, which we talk and learn about, and we say hello in a different language each week.

We have a library system so children can choose a book to bring home and share with you. This book may be changed as frequently as you wish or kept for longer periods.

We offer each child the opportunity to take part in craft activities etc, but sometimes they choose not to take part. Many of the activities we do at Pre-school are messy and we advise you not to send your child to Pre-school in “good” clothes. Policy Documents are available to view in the Pre-school cloakroom or on our website.

We currently run a Lunch Club every day for children over 3 years old. The children bring their own lunch and eat together. The session is optional and finishes at 1.35pm.

Hertfordshire County Council will pay for up to 15 hours per week fees for children the term after they are three years old. Lunch Club can be included in your 15 hours.

We can offer two year funded places for those who are eligible.

We invoice at the beginning of each term for additional hours and for children under three who are not funded by the council.