Come and see us in action
We have regular open mornings and occasional events for you to come in with your child. You are also welcome to visit at any time – simply contact the school office to arrange an appointment.
Registration and enrolment
Once you have decided that you would like your child to join our Pre-School, please register your interest by completing and submitting a Pre-School Registration Form. This enables us to contact you during the term before your child is due to start and complete the enrolment process (subject to availability of spaces).
Our admissions process is set out in our Pre-School Admissions Policy.
Children can join us from the start of the term in which they have their third birthday, although funding only becomes available from the start of the term after their third birthday.
We are a sessional Pre-School so you can choose the sessions (subject to availability) that suit your child and your family commitments. The sessions are Monday to Friday, 8.20am to 11.20am (morning), 11.20am to 12.20pm (lunch), 12.20pm to 3.20pm (afternoon). We are open during term-time only: see our term dates.
Click on funding and fees for details of government funding, fees including Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP).
Transition and settling in
For many children, starting at St Teresa’s will be their first experience of life away from home. For others who may have been with a childminder or in another setting, this is still a big change to their routine – an exciting adventure but sometimes also a little daunting! Every child is different and we try to adjust what we do to meet your child’s needs. We work closely with you and with previous carers so that we understand your child and can ensure that the transition process is as smooth and as enjoyable as possible.
The welcome meeting
In the term before your child is due to start at St Teresa’s Pre-School, you are invited to join them for part of a session with other children and families who will also be joining us. Once the children are settled, parents move to an adjoining room (with the door open!) for a brief, informal meeting with the Pre-School teacher.
The home visit
A member of staff will visit you and your child at home, if you would like us to. The visit gives us the opportunity to get to know each other and, most importantly, it lets your child see that we are working together. It is also an opportunity for you to share information about your child and any concerns that you might have at this important time.
The first days at Pre-School
We know that it can be a worrying time for you when your child ventures out into a world away from your side. Your child knows you well and may sense your anxiety, which in turn might make them feel anxious. We will work closely with you to ensure that the experience is positive for everyone, for example, at the home visit, we will have discussed your child’s likes and dislikes and we will have a range of ‘favourite’ experiences available. We will also have found out about their favourite things at home and will chat about them. From the start, we will be building warm and caring relationships with your child so that they can get the most from their new adventure.
How you can help your child to settle
It helps your child if you explain clearly what is going to happen, e.g. ‘I am coming into school with you. I will spend a little time with you and then I will pop out for a while (perhaps mentioning a task that you know isn’t a favourite.) You will have fun with your friends and then when I come to pick you up, you can tell me all about it.’ Keep it positive and reassure them that you are coming back!
You are welcome to stay with your child whilst they settle.
When you feel that the time is right, tell your child that you are going. If you wish, you are welcome to wait in the reception area and staff will let you know how things are going. Sometimes young children, sensing your anxiety, will cry as you leave and then stop crying and start playing once you have gone. Even if you really have to go, we will call you and let you know how things are going if you would like us to. It is important to us that both you and your child have a positive experience in these early days – all of the staff at the Pre-School are parents and we all know what a worrying time this can be. You will be surprised at how quickly the anxiety passes, for both of you!
Transition to Reception
Moving to the Reception class is another big step in the children’s lives and at St Teresa’s Pre-School, we ensure that this transition is carefully managed so that their learning continues seamlessly. A child who continues his or her education at St Teresa’s will already:
- Know many of the staff, especially the Reception class teacher and the specialist teachers for PE, music and French
- Know many of the older children, including those who will become their ‘special friends’ in Reception and help them to settle in the playground and at lunch time
- Have experienced lunch in the dining room
- Know and feel confident about using the toilets
- Be familiar with the school facilities, including the playground and the hall
- Have experienced some of the routines that will soon become part of everyday life
- Have experienced a taste of whole school events, including World Book Day, fundraising events and Mass at St Teresa’s Church
- Have experienced many of the EYFS special occasions, knowing that once they are in Reception, they become important role models for the younger children.
Our Reception teacher visits Pre-School throughout the year and the frequency of these visits increases in the Trinity Term. The children also spend time in the Reception classroom, enjoying stories and activities that help them to become familiar with the classroom. If children are moving to a different school, we invite their new teachers in to play and chat with them during the Trinity Term.
These experiences are valuable for all children as they continue their education and learn about being part of a larger community.
EYFS activity week
We offer an EYFS activity club during the school holidays for children in Pre-School and Reception. This runs alongside our main school activity week and is led by Mrs Su Trott, an experienced member of the Pre-School team and the School Wraparound Supervisor. The club is not part of our funded offer. Places are limited and early booking is recommended.