Dilton Marsh Pre-School is an approved Pre-School and a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance. The aim of our group is to develop children at their own pace through appropriate play activities leading towards the Early Years Foundation Stage early learning goals. This is done in a stimulating and caring environment with a high level of experienced staff. .
We are run by an elected committee, which ensures that major decision making is in the hands of the parents who use the group. Our staff are qualified in all the required areas of pre-school child care and attend regular training sessions ensuring they are kept up to date and aware of any changes that may occur in pre-school policies and procedures. We work at a ratio of 8 children to 1 member of staff and our key person system allows each member of staff to have responsibility for just a few children. Each child in the group has one special adult to relate to, which can make settling into the group very much easier. In addition, the key person is in a position to tailor the groups activities to the needs of the children.
We are situated in the grounds of the Primary School, in the centre of the village, an ideal location for residents of the village, and making us easy to locate for visitors from other areas. We have close links with the primary school to whom most of our children move onto when they reach school age.
We ask that you provided a light snack, we will provide a drink of milk/water every day. A note is made of any allergies or preferences – these should be indicated on the registration form also a member of staff informed.
A uniform is available to purchase but is not compulsory, please ask a member of staff or committee or use the contact form here for details. As some of our activities can be messy (which the children love) please dress them in suitable clothing. We provide aprons but accidents do happen.
While all our staff are sympathetic to the fact that not all children are toilet trained when they start pre-school they are happy to co-operate with parents in this area, however the main responsibility for toilet training lies with the parents.
The pre-school is a registered charity so any donations are gratefully received, old greetings cards, newspapers, computer paper etc. We also hold regular committee meetings and as a parent of a child attending the pre-school you are automatically a committee member, so please come along to these meetings with your ideas and suggestions as we need to hold regular fund raising events to keep the pre-school up and running. Details of these meetings will be posted on the notice board in reception and here on the regular newsletters.