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The Foundation Stage 1 Base Prospectus

Welcome To Aughton Early Years Centre Foundation Stage 1 Base

At Aughton Early Years Centre we aim to create a happy, secure and interesting environment where the children can explore, experiment and learn from the varied materials and activities we provide. The Foundation Stage 1 Base (FS1) offers a range of quality learning experiences which will compliment and broaden those already received. We hope you and your child will enjoy your time with us and share these new experiences together. By providing an environment geared to the needs of three and four year olds we are helping each child to make progress in all areas of their learning and development. Centre staff work hard to support the whole family and to forge strong links with the local community.

The FS1 Base is funded by the Local Authority. It has places for fifty two children each morning and fifty two children each afternoon and is run by professionally qualified staff.

The times of the sessions are: 8.45am - 11.45am and 12.15pm - 3.15pm

Governing Body

The Centre has a Governing Body which supports with the running of the Centre and which meets regularly to discuss Centre issues. The Governing Body consists of staff, parents and people from the local community. 

Primary School

When your child starts in the FS1 base it is advisable to visit your local primary schools. During the summer you will receive information about the school selection process and an admission form for you to complete and return to the Education department.  

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

We deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to children between the ages of 0 and 5 years.  In the FS1 Base we plan activities to help them make progress in all areas of their learning and development.  This EYFS underpins all future learning and is divided into seven areas:-

Prime:

  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Communication & Language
  • Physical Development

Specific:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts & Design

All teaching is delivered through practical activities and structured play.  Parents/carers are closely involved in their child's learning and are asked to inform staff about their children’s interests.  The children are regularly assessed to monitor their progress and to enable accurate plans to be made for future teaching and learning.  Staff work in liaison with other teachers in the foundation stage, including colleagues in local FS2 classes and in private and voluntary settings.

Staffing

The FS1 Base has fully trained and qualified teachers, Early Years Practitioners and a Child Support Assistant.  Everyone at the Centre is called by their first names and we hope you and your child will soon get to know all of us and feel welcome.  

We operate a ‘Key Person’ system.   The members of staff who are assigned to your child will support their development, through planning and assessment, and act as your first point of contact.  We hope that you will still feel that you can talk to all members of staff on a daily basis, because all the staff will be working with all the children.

We have many visitors and students who attend the Centre for their professional development/training.  You may also see other professionals in the Centre eg health visitor, speech therapist, visiting teachers, early years practitioners and local education advisers.  These people are also involved in the education, general care and well being of the children.  No one will observe, examine or discuss your child with outside professionals unless you have given your permission first.  If you wish to discuss any worries or problems with any of the above people please contact the staff. 

Throughout the time your child is at the Centre records will be kept showing their development and the progress they have made. These records will be discussed with you at a parents’ meeting, although you can ask to see these records at any time.

When your child leaves the base he/she will be presented with a Record of Achievement showing some of the, activities and interests that have been important and enjoyable during his/her time with us.

Safeguarding

At the Centre we have responsibility to make sure that all children are safe and protected. In the event of any concerns we are obliged by law to follow the safeguarding procedures and inform the appropriate authorities. The Designated person for safeguarding in the Centre is Gail Napper (or in her absence Tina Worthington or Laura Gregory). If you have any concerns regarding children or vulnerable adults please speak to Gail, Tina or Laura.

Cameras and mobile phones cannot be used in the centre without prior arrangement, for example, at Christmas events.

First Aid, medication and illness

Children should be kept at home if they are ill.  Infections spread quickly among children & they cannot be allowed to attend if they are infectious or have symptoms of:

  • Eye infections/conjunctivitis (red or discharging eyes).  Medical advice should be sought.  Eye drops cannot be given by centre staff.
  • Sickness or diarrhoea: no attendance until 48 hours have passed and eating and toilet habits have returned to normal.
  • Doubtful skin rashes: no attendance until medical advice is sought.

If a child becomes unwell whilst at the centre, every effort will be made to contact parents/carers or the person specified as quickly as possible.  Please collect sick children promptly to minimise distress and spread of infection.

Only prescribed medicine, clearly labelled with child’s name, dosage and date of dispensation, will be given with written permission from parents and carers.  Long term medication will be administered with parent/carers written permission once the staff have received the relevant training.  Staff cannot administer ear drops.

In the event of your child being involved in a minor accident we will administer First Aid.  In the case of  a more serious accident, we will contact you, but if necessary we will take your child to hospital or call an ambulance.

Starting in the FS1 Base

Once your child has been allocated a place in our FS1 Base you will be invited to a brief meeting where you will be able to tell a member of staff about your child, complete all relevant paperwork and ask any questions that you have.  You will also be given the opportunity to “drop in” for a few visits prior to your child’s starting date. 

To enable us to settle all children individually we only admit a few children each week and therefore your child may not start as soon as the school term begins.  You are welcome to stay with your child during this settling in period or for as long as you feel it is necessary.  However, do not worry about leaving if your child settles well.  The needs and wishes of parents/carers are taken into account with this important step, but the staff are always on hand if you should need advice.  We aim to make this experience a happy one for all the family.

Clothing

At the Centre we encourage children to do things for themselves.

Please dress your child in clothes they can manage themselves and are easily washable.  Belts, buckles and braces are difficult for small children to manage especially when they are in a hurry to go to the toilet.  Children do play outside on most days and therefore will need to bring a coat for this.  It would help us if you could encourage your child to take off his/her coat, hang it on to their peg and put away outside shoes and Wellingtons.  Please put your child's name in their belongings.

Aprons are provided for messy activities but often paint, wet sand or glue will find its way to the uncovered parts.  If you are intending to go straight out from the Centre we have facilities for you to change your child at the end of session.

We appreciate donations of spare clothing.

Children are not allowed to wear jewellery in the Centre with the exception of stud earrings.

What your child will need:

When starting in the FS1 Base your child will need:-

  • A pair of slip-on pumps
  • A pair of Wellingtons for outside play

These items should be clearly marked with your child’s name.

Your child will be provided with a cloth bag to keep these items in.  For Health and Safety reasons drawstring bags or plastic carrier bags must not be left in the centre. 

During the summer months your child will need to wear a sun hat when playing outside. Please apply sun cream before your child’s session.

Bringing things to school

Please do not send your child to school with sweets/food/drinks or toys from home because it causes distress if these are lost. You can encourage your child to bring empty boxes and cartons, string, wool, material, shells, bobbins, corks, yoghurt pots etc, for our creative work. For health and safety reasons please do not bring empty toilet rolls, egg boxes or medical containers.  

Snacks

Water is provided throughout the day and milk and a snack will be provided mid session. Please inform us of any allergies or dietary requirements. The Centre encourages healthy eating and we therefore ask parents/carers not to bring in treats for the children including sweets and birthday cake.

Transition

We have close links with our local primary schools and when it is time for your child to move on to their FS2 class, we aim to make this process as easy as possible. Children usually visit their new school before they transfer to help them become familiar with their new surroundings and the staff.

Collecting children from the FS1 Base

Please bring your child into the FS1 Base each day so that we know he/she has arrived.  We operate a password system and a child will not be allowed to go home with someone we do not know.  If you wish your child to be collected by someone new to the Centre please give us prior notice of this and let your child know about the arrangements.  All children must be collected by an adult. 

No child will be allowed to go home with anyone under eighteen (Unless they have PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY, not parental permission)

Children who fail to attend

If a child fails to attend for one week without the Centre being informed, staff will contact you by telephone. A letter will be sent out after two weeks asking if the place is still required and after a month the place will be automatically re-allocated to another child on the waiting list.

FS1 Base Additional Services

There are a variety of additional services available for FS1 children to extend their existing funded hours.

Additional Services (Term Time Only)

Breakfast Club       7.45am - 8.45am

Lunch                       11.45am - 12.15pm

Additional sessions 8.45am - 11.45am/12.15pm - 3.15pm

Tea Club                  3.15pm - 5.45pm

Please see the link at the bottom of this page for the current fee structure.

FS1 Base Additional Services fees are normally invoiced monthly in no more than 4 week blocks but may vary from time to time due to term time dates.

We ask parents/carers to make a small weekly contribution of 50p to help towards the cost of snacks and baking.  You will be given an envelope each half term with the amount of contribution indicated for ease of collection.  Please put your envelope in the post box in the reception area.  Thank you. 

Foundation Stage 1 Base Holiday Daycare

This runs during the FS1 base holidays but is closed for the Bank Holidays.

Places are available to children on a 'first come, first served' basis, although priority has to be given to children requiring full days or half day sessions.  Start and finish times can be flexible within these times although children should arrive before 8.25am if breakfast is required.  Meals are served at the same time as in the FS1 base and a snack is provided in the morning and afternoon.  Activities are run by qualified Early Years Practitioners from the FS1 base.

Session times:

Half day session: 7.45am-12.45pm or 12.45pm-5.45pm (including breakfast & lunch)

Full day session: 7.45am-5.45pm (including breakfast, lunch & tea)

Morning session: 9.00am-12.30pm (including lunch)

Afternoon session: 12.30pm-4.00pm (including tea)

Day session: 9.00am-3.00pm (including lunch)

Please see the link at the bottom of this page for the current fee structure.

Library

The FS1 base runs a library where children and their parents/carers may choose a book or maths game to share at home. You can use the library as often as you wish, as it is available every day.

Children with Additional Needs

The Centre has a Single Equality policy. Some children may have learning difficulties and/or disabilities and will be supported by staff under the direction of the teacher with responsibility for special educational needs. Children who are identified as having learning difficulties and/or disabilities will be placed on SEN – Informal /Formal and appropriate targets will be set to help the children make progress. Staff will work in partnership with parents/carers and with people from outside agencies to meet each child’s individual needs.

Parents/Carers

At Aughton Early Years Centre we like parents/carers to be involved with us in their child's education and we will actively encourage you to come into the Centre. We also like to meet and talk with you when you bring or collect your child. Please talk to us if you have any worries or concerns. Our aim is to make your time at the Centre as enjoyable as possible. We look forward to meeting you and your child.

Acting Head Teacher/Head of Centre: Andrea Smith

Acting Deputy Head of Centre:        Gail Napper

Issued and concerns

Please discuss any issues or concerns you have with a member of staff or with the Head Teacher/ Head of Centre. We do have a Complaints Policy which can be accessed in the Centre or on the website.

Your views and comments on this website are important to us and would be greatly appreciated.

Important information/reminders may be sent to you via text messages.

(updated 4.5.17)