St. Mark’s Pre-school Committee employ staff that all have childcare qualifications and knowledge of children’s development through the early years and in particular the Governments Early Years Foundation Stage and Development Matters.

The aim of our Pre-school is to ensure that all the children receive a secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are tailored to the individual needs of each child and that they feel included, secure respected and valued.

The Pre-school take Safeguarding and the Welfare of each child attending seriously and this is reviewed on a regular basis when planning our provision.

The Practitioners plan together an early year’s experience that your child will enjoy and in partnership with you can build on what they already know and can do next.

The Pre-school will not exclude or make any child disadvantage because of their ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, educational needs, disability, gender or ability.

We aim to plan an effective early year’s provision and do this depending on the children’s ages by including some structure to the children’s play and a high percentage of free play allowing the children to explore, examine, find out and relive their experiences and the three prime areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage will allow them to take themselves on a Learning Journey.
The Pre-school always aims to use every opportunity by allow the children to engage in unplanned play and activities which the children choose themselves. The adults will carry out some adult led and some un-led play opportunities. The free-play opportunities allow the children to go between inside and outside for some of their session some times in organised groups and sometimes free-flow. The Practitioners observe, assess and monitor all children’s learning and respond appropriately to the individual child’s needs and will take time to share this with you at regular progress meetings or through a snap shot of their development.