Pre-School

Is your child ready to start their exciting learning journey?

Bozeat School Pre-School ensures a smooth transition for your child to be ready for that first step into big school.

Set in a stunning, rural landscape, our school Pre-School (which is led by an outstanding EYFS practitioner) provides every child with an excellent start to their education. Our exceptional facilities and extensive outdoor grounds ensure that every single child can thrive in a challenging and welcoming environment. Working alongside our Reception Class, we want to make your child's first experience of a school-based setting both exciting and memorable, whilst being part of a larger school community.

Our Pre-School offers a safe, fun, stimulating and nurturing environment where children are encouraged to explore, discover their interests and develop themselves through planned learning opportunities. High-quality interactions and teaching engages and inspires every child. 

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The Pre-School is led by our Early Years Teacher, with joint planning across both the Reception and Pre-School Classes. Both classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which supports children from birth to 5 years old. The Early Years curriculum provides opportunities for children to develop through a range of adult led, adult structured and child initiated activities. These activities are based within seven areas of Learning and Development.

Area of Learning and Development Aspect
Prime Areas
Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Making relationships

Self-confidence and self-awareness
Managing feelings and behaviour
Physical Development Moving and handling
Health and self-care
Communication and Language Listening and attention
Understanding
Speaking
Specific Areas
Literacy Reading
Writing
Mathematics Numbers
Shape, space and measure
Understanding the World People and communities
The world
Technology
Expressive Arts and Design Exploring and using media and materials
Being imaginative

Children develop quickly in the Early Years and we believe a child’s experiences, early on, will have a major impact and shape their future life chances.

Admissions

Our Pre-School is open five days a week and accepts up to 16 children per session (from the term in which they turn 3). To benefit from being part of a teacher-led school setting, for those eligible for the universal 15 hours entitlement, we recommend that your child attends for a minimum of 4 sessions per week. This ensures maximum learning opportunities and progress both academically and socially. Furthermore, all children are entitled to 15 hours free childcare and working families may be eligible for 30 hours. Please check your eligibility for 30 hours at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. There is also the option to ‘top up’ and pay for additional hours should you wish to do so.

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Please note that parents requiring lunchtime cover we are able to provide a hot school meal at a cost of £2.30 per day.

Admissions to the Pre-School are managed on a termly basis by the school (including waiting lists). We please ask that applications are made by the following dates to secure a place, although we do accept late applications:

For admission in:                Applications needed by:

September 2021               28th May 2021

January 2022                    October 2021

April 2022                         February 2022

September 2022                May 2022

Once your child is in Pre-School, parents have the option to increase the number of sessions that they attend on a termly basis. Parents are required to give 4 weeks notice if they wish to cancel a child's place.

Please be advised that once your child is in our Pre-School, this does not guarantee that your child will be allocated a place in the Reception class, when they are due to start school. Parents will still need to go through the formal school admission process. However, the majority of our Pre-School children do apply for a place at Bozeat Primary and are usually  successful! From September 2020, the School Admissions Policy has been changed so that in the event that applications to the school are over-subscribed, priority is given to those children who have attended the Pre-School Class. This is noted as Priority 4 in the schools admissions criteria.

Our Learning Environment

The Pre-School operates from its own large classroom, with free-flow play linking to the Reception Class play area. The outdoor learning environment includes a large canopy area which enables children to play outside in all weathers; a climbing frame; mud kitchen; play sheds and a great range of interactive play equipment. But don't take our word for it, come and see it for yourselves! 

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Our children have regular opportunities to visit and work with the rest of the school. Wherever possible, we participate in assemblies and other whole school activities which ensure a smooth transition to full-time education in our Reception class.

Fees

The Pre-School is open between 8.50am and 3.25pm (week days and term time only).

Sessions are bookable on a session by session basis and are charged as follows:

Mornings – 9am to 11.30am - £10.00

Afternoons 13.00pm to 15.30pm - £10.00

Lunch time cover is provided between 11.30am and 13.00pm for those pupils who need it, at a cost of £5.75 per child.

Please do contact the school office via telephone on 01933 663840 or by email to discuss any further questions that you might have and to arrange a visit. We are very much looking forward to meeting you and showing you our fabulous school.

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