"We respect the uniqueness of
the child, the family, the
member of staff and Croston
Our curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by Croston Pre-school Nursery help children to continue to do this by providing interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development.
This curriculum divides children’s learning and development into three prime areas:
Communication and language
Personal and social development
and four specific areas:
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design
We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from, and work at, a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in some adult-led small and large group activities which introduce them to working with others.
Outdoor activities contribute to children's health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity, and are encouraged to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities on a daily basis
The maximum number of children allowed at each session is 30 aged 2-5 years. The adult ratio is 1:4 for children aged 2 years and 1:8 for children 3-4 years.
We have a key person system which means that each member of staff is particularly responsible for a small group of children. When your child first starts at the pre-school, your keyperson will offer support and through close family liaison will celebrate your child's achievements.
Policies and Procedures
Our Policies and Procedures help us to make sure that the service we provide is of high quality and that being a member of Croston Pre-school Nursery is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for you and your child.
Whilst working with families to explore the cultures of their individual backgrounds (Polish, German and Finnish in recent years) we also make every effort to develop experiences of our own Croston culture...…..from joining in with Coffee Day to preparing a Harvest window for St Michael's Church or even exploring the production of the humble potato in both the neighbouring fields and our pre-school 'garden'. We aim to provide the children with the skills they need to thrive in both the school environment and later in the wider world
Croston Pre-school Nursery keeps a 'Learning Journey' document for each child. Working together on the above document is one of the ways in which the setting and parents develop partnership. Your child's 'Learning Journey' helps us to celebrate her/his achievements, and we work together to provide what your child needs for her/his well-being and to make progress. Your child's keyperson will collect information about your child's needs, activities, interests and achievements. This information will enable them to identify your child's stage of development. They will then decide on the next steps for your child to take.
Nursery Education Funding
Children turning 3 are eligible for nursery education funding from the beginning of the term following their 3rd birthday. Parents can claim up to 15 hours of funding for care and education per week for 38 weeks per year and subject to criteria some families may be able to claim an additional 15 hours.
In certain circumstances a child may be eligible for funding from the term following their 2nd birthday.
Pre-school provides food in line with the "Eat Better, Start Better" food and drink guidelines which seek to encourage children to eat well and learn about food in their yearly years. This not only protects their health when they are young, but also sets their future health and wellbeing.
Here are some examples of the food we provide:
Food to Provide:
Starchy Food (we aim to provide a starchy food as part of each snack time)
Fruit and Vegetables (provided as part of each snack time)
Milk or Dairy Food
Examples of Food Provided:
Breadsticks, brown/white toast, crackers, pitta
Apples, pears, oranges, bananas, grapes, strawberries, carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, pepper sticks
Cubes of cheese, cheese spread, semi-skimmed milk
We provide water to drink between meals and milk and water at snack time. We do not provide squash, fruit juice or fizzy drinks as these can lead to tooth decay.