Ascot and Cranbourne Pre-school


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Every Child Matters  - Early Years Foundation Stage


Every child is a unique individual with their own characteristics and temperament.   Ascot & Cranbourne Pre-School has been using the revised guidance according to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Every Child matters.  The guidance has set the standard for Learning Development and Care for children from birth to five years.  This guidance is from the Department of Education and skills and all early years setting should be implementing this approach.

Children develop in individual ways and at varying rates. Every area of development – physical, cognitive, linguistic, spiritual, social and emotional, is equally important.  Development will no longer be judged according to age but by developmental rates. Play and other imaginative and creative activities help children to make sense of their experience and transform their knowledge, fostering cognitive development.


‘Play is important’


Children learn better by ‘doing’ and by doing things with other people rather than just being told what to do.


Staff & Key Working


The current staff members are all trained at varying levels and attend courses run by the Bracknell Forest Early Years Partnerships. All staff are vetted regularly with criminal records bureau checks. We operate a 1:8 ratio staff to children over 3 years old and 1:3 on a child under 3 years. The manager or a senior member of staff is always present on each day and more often both are in attendance. The information below talks about the relationship we have with you as parents are our role with your child once they attend the setting.


Parents as Partners


Parents are children’s first and most enduring educators.  When parent and teachers work together in early year’s settings, the results have a positive impact on children’s development and learning.

We offer the opportunity once a term to visit the Pre-School in a open afternoon to discuss with your Childs key worker your Childs development and progress.


Definition of a Key Person

A key person has special responsibilities for working with a small number of children, giving them the reassurance to feel safe and cared for and building relationships with their parents.

Your child’s key person will make observations of your child during the time they are with us.  They do this in order to understand and consider his or her current interests, development and learning.   Using the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ (EYFS) “Every Child Matters” information published by the Dept of Education and Skills, the areas of learning and development that will be observed are as follows:


Prime Areas:                                                      Specific Areas:                                        

-Personal,social, emotional Development         - Literacy

-Physical Development                                  - Mathmatics

-Communication & Language                         -Understanding the World

                                                                - Expressive Arts and design


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Admission Policy

The Pre-School’s policy of equal opportunities makes its services available to every family in the local community, regardless of sex, ethnic origin, religion, or disability.  The Pre-School’s waiting list is operated on a application-date order basis, but we only have space for a limited number of 2 year olds per session. To join the waiting list, a waiting list application form must be completed, and a £25.00 registration fee paid (non-refundable). The application form is available on line and the registration fee may be paid at the Pre-School via cash or cheque. Please note that joining the waiting list will not guarantee your child a place, as availability varies from term to term, although we do our best to accommodate as many children as possible.

Please take some time to read through our prospectus, before completing and returning the application form to join the waiting list to our manager at the school.


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Special Educationnal Needs

At Ascot & CRanbourne pre school we have arrangements to support children with SEN or disabilities. These

arrangements would include a clear approach to identifying and responding to SEN.

The benefits of early identification are widely recognised - identifying need at the earliest point, and then making effective provision, improves long term outcomes for children.

DfE and DH (2015) SEN and disability code of practice: 0-25 years, para 5.4

You can view Ascot & Cranbourne Pre School's Local offer on the following website


Our Inclusion officer is Mrs Hannah Myatt & Mrs Sabine Jones


Charitable status


Ascot & Cranbourne Pre–School is run by a committee of parents elected annually at the AGM.

The committee is dedicated to giving the Pre-School all the help and encouragement it needs.  A list of the committee members and their duties are on the notice board at the school.  The committee is responsible for the fund raising and making financial decisions, and is always available to listen to new ideas. The committee is always looking for new members and helpers.

The Pre-School is registered with the charities commission (no 280438) (link) which enables us to hold fund raising events, at which your support is essential.  All funds raised are invested in new equipment for the children.

As a charity, we rely on parents’ contributions of time and effort.  All help, no matter how small is always welcome.