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LSutton-on-Sea Sandcastles Preschool is a privately owned, small friendly preschool based at St. Clements Church Hall. Within the church hall we have our own secure room, toilet facilities, coatroom, use of kitchen and a secure outdoor area.
Sutton-on-Sea Sandcastles Preschool welcomes all children and our setting aims to provide high quality care and education for children from 2 – 4 years.
We can offer you facilities for your child to mature and develop in a child oriented environment. We have a wide range of equipment with which to extend your child’s knowledge, experience and cultural awareness. The staff at Sandcastles Preschool are fully qualified and some are very experienced practitioners who have worked with children for many years. All staff work as a team under the guidance of the Manager and her Deputy. All staff are DBS checked and staff continue to train in many different areas to support the children at Preschool. All Staff hold training certificates in Safeguarding of Children, First Aid Certificates and Food Hygiene certificates. The staff regularly review and assess the need to update their skills and attend training sessions as appropriate. Latest training attended is displayed in the coatroom, along with information about the Sandcastles team. Quality is assured by regular staff appraisals, supervisions and monitoring of performance and children's progress by the Manager.
Our aim is to:
Special Educational Needs
Staff at Sandcastles are aware that all children are individuals with individual needs. We aim to meet the needs of all the children in the group. We have regard to the SEND Code of Practice 2014 - the Early Identification and Assessment of children with Special Educational Needs. Most staff have had SEN training and the setting has a SENco (Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator).
Key Person Information
"Each child must be assigned a key person. Their role is to help ensure that every child's care is tailored to meet their individual needs, to help the child become familiar with the setting, offer a settled relationship for the child and build a relationship with their parents" EYFS 2012.
At Sandcastles Preschool we use the key person approach. This means that each member of staff has a group of children she is particularly responsible for. Your Child’s key person will work closely with both your child and yourselves to develop a strong relationship, so your child is fully supported while at Preschool. The Key Person will carry out observations/assessments to record your child’s progress, including the 2 year check. They will also complete your child’s learning journey. Your child will be given a key person before they start to come to Preschool. The key person will also be responsible for helping your child to settle at Preschool.
There has been lots of research into the importance of attachment theory. It is very important for a child to have secure attachments to their care givers. We aim to develop theses ‘bonds’ with our key children so they feel safe and secure at Preschool. It is important for children to feel able to explore knowing that there is an adult to help them if they need it. Your child will have a Learning Journey at Preschool. This includes "All About Me!" information; this provides the key person with lots of information that will be used to help your child settle in, for example; names of brothers or sisters, pets, favourite toys/songs/stories, how to soothe your child if they are upset etc.
We encourage parents to contribute to their child’s learning journey as often as possible, with maybe photographs of holidays, days out, new things your child has learnt for example.
The key person will use photographs, drawings, observations and records of conversations in the learning journey.
When your child finishes Preschool this will be passed onto the primary school they are transferring to and will then be passed back to you as a keepsake of their time at Sandcastles.