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

Self Regulation

Sense of self

Building Relationships

Physical Development Gross Motor Skills
Fine Motor Skills
Communication and Language Listening and attention
Speaking
 
Specific Areas
Literacy Comprehension
Word Reading
Writing
Mathematics Number
  Numerical Patterns
Understanding the World Past and Present
People, Culture & Communities
The Natural World
Expressive Arts and Design Creating with materials
Being imaginative and expressive

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 after 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 £2.41 per day from September 2022.

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:

January 2023                    31st October 2022

April 2023                         20th February 2023

September 2023                26th 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

In the 2022-23 Academic year the Pre-School and the Reception Class will continue to operate as a single Early Years Class, and will primarily be based in the Main School building. The Pre-School children will also have some learning time in the mobile classroom which is located next to the Early Years 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 note the fees will be increasing from April 2023.

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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