Our Preschool

At Blackmore Community Pre-School we are dedicated to providing high quality care and education for your children. Our Staff and Committee work in partnership with parents to provide a setting where the children feel safe, confident and comfortable.

Blackmore Community Pre-School is an Ofsted inspected Pre-school and a member of the Preschool Learning Alliance.

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As a Parent Committee run Pre-school, our parents have a chance to make a difference to the running of the setting. Committee and staff meet regularly to liaise on all issues. We are a registered charity, with any profits made through fundraising being placed back into the pre-school. We have an active fundraising group which provides enjoyable social events for all the family. All parents are welcome to join the committee – please ask for details of our next meeting. These are normally held on a Monday evening around every 6 weeks. If you cannot commit to this, we do require help at fundraising events ie. setting up & manning stalls at events etc.- please make a committee member aware you can help occasionally – we will be grateful.

The pre-school focuses on learning through play and we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. We keep a record of achievement for each child with staff and parents working together, in partnership, on these records.

Blackmore Pre-school has a high ratio of adults to children in the setting and we have a key person system in place for each child and their family. This helps us to develop personal relationships with the children, understand and support their interests and plan our curriculum to increase their learning potential.

In line with the Early Years Foundation Stage we carry out a 2-3yr progress check on your child. This has been introduced to enable earlier identification of developmental needs and ensure any additional support can be put into place if necessary. The check focuses on the 3 prime areas of learning – personal, social and emotional development, communication & language and physical development. We observe your child during play and then discuss our findings with you – asking your opinions and including information from you regarding your child’s development at home where you see differences in behaviour / development.

We are also able to build relationships with the families of our pre-school children, not only being available at drop off and collection times, but also implementing “look what I can do” moment notes for you to complete informing us of your child’s achievements at home. These can be anything personal to them eg. Slept in their own bed all night or shared their favourite toy with a friend or an academic achievement eg. formed recognisable letters for their name.

We also issue you with a “Holiday Sheet” for you to complete with your child to tell us what they enjoyed doing during any holidays – this can be by photo, child’s drawing, momento e.g entry ticket, train ticket etc. These all form a picture for us of your child.
We have regular open mornings (every term) for you to come and meet with your child’s key person and view their development records and discuss their next steps.