About Kaleidoscope Pre-school

Our name Kaleidoscope means…

‘An ever changing colourful scene’ which we feel is a very appropriate description of small children and the fun, stimulating learning environment we provide for them.

 

Picture of Key Worker and Child with Teddy

We aim to;

  • See the children in our care as individuals, each with their own needs and qualities, each learning, progressing and discovering at their own pace and and in their own unique way.
  • Ensure that every child in our care will be given equal opportunities to develop their potential regardless of their origin, cultural grouping, gender, disability or family background.
  • Make inclusion a thread that runs throughout the day to day life of the provision and through all the activities provided.
  • Provide multicultural activities and equipment that shows a positive image of people of all races, cultures, religion and disabilities.
  • Always avoid being racist, sexist or stereotyping the children in any way.
  • Welcome and work with all families and respect that every family live their lives in different ways.
  • Encourage our families to partake in Pre-school life.
  • Encourage the children to contribute stories and experiences of their family life.
  • Maintain confidentiality between us and our families regarding and personal information concerning their life or family.

How we will implement this;
Admissions

  • Kaleidoscope is open to all members of the community
  • Our admissions are based on a fair first come first served basis.
  • Information about Kaleidoscope is relayed in clear concise language, in written and spoken form and where necessary, we will try to provide information in different languages, braille or through an interpreter.
  • Children with English as a second language will be valued and respected as an asset to the group and every effort made to communicate clearly with them.
  • We do not discriminate against children with disabilities and will work with families and professionals to ensure that it is in the best interest of the child to attend pre-school.
  • All parents have access to our Equality and Diversity Policy
  • We provide a flexible payment system for families of differing means.

KeyPerson

  • We implement a keyperson system at Kaleidoscope, where the children are assigned to a member of staff who will help the child with settling in at preschool and is responsible for spending time with their key children in small groups or one to one planned activities throughout the session. This gives the child and keyperson an opportunity to get to know one another, form a secure relationship and engage in meaningful conversation through the planned activities.
  • On-going assessments are a really important part of our responsibilities. We assess our activities and plans regularly with activity assessment forms, regular staff meetings and attending practitioner training work shops.
  • We also observe the children during the sessions activities and routines to assess each child‘s interests, learning styles and achievements and monitor how each child is progressing in line with the seven areas of learning of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
  • The keyperson is responsible for observing their designated children both during the main session activities and when working with their children during small group and one to one activities.
  • The observations of the children are used to help us identify learning priorities and plan relevant learning experiences for each individual child.
  • They are also used when completing the children’s Learning Journals to show how the child is progressing. This is shared with the parents and carers and goes with the child into their reception year at school.
  • Practitioners that are partaking in training may be required to use observations of the children in their course work, the children will be referred to as child A etc. Should a child’s name or any details need to be included, we will seek parental permission.

Parents and carers are given the opportunity to meet with their child’s keyperson each half term to discuss progress and agree their next learning steps.  We also hold an annual parent’s evening to share and discuss progress made at pre-school and at home.

Staff Employment

  • All posts are advertised and all applicants are considered on merit, regardless of colour, race, gender or any disabilities.
  • The applicant that best meets the criteria will be offered the post subject to references and checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally CRB).
  • We will monitor our applicants process to ensure it is fair and accessible.

 Staff Training

  • We arrange training opportunities for staff and volunteers to enable them to develop their skills and practise which will in turn enable the children to flourish.
  • We will review our practice to ensure we are implementing our Equality and Diversity Policy.

Kaleidoscope Committee

  • Kaleidoscope Pre-school is managed by an active committee of parents and affiliate members.
  • The committee will meet regularly to discuss and agree the operational activities of the pre-school.
  • The committee will meet annually to agree members, agree accounts and approve the Development Plan of actions for the coming year.
  • The pre-school is a registered charity and operates on a not-for-profit basis.

The legal frame work we adhere to;

  • Children’s Act 2004
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001
  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • The Childcare Act 2006