At Great Missenden Pre-school we strongly believe in ‘learning through play’. We plan for every child’s individual needs, to ensure that our children are able to develop the characteristics to become independent investigators and learners. Children learn best when they are allowed to play and explore, and make mistakes within a safe and stimulating environment.
Pre-school runs during the school term time, in line with the main school.
Children can attend as soon as they turn 3, although government funded sessions are available only from the term after a child's 3rd birthday.
Each session is for 3 hours:
Mornings – 8:45am - 11:45am
Afternoons – 12:15pm - 3:15pm
All day - 8:45am - 3:15pm
Children can attend for a minimum of 2 and maximum of 10 sessions in a week.
Government Funding is available for up to 15 hours, or up to 30 hours if eligible, which can be used in conjunction with a second setting / childminder.
For information about funding and eligibility, please visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
Children are also welcome to use our wrap-around facilities; Breakfast Club runs from 7.30am and our After School Club until 6pm.
"Children are are settled and happy at the Pre-School. They have an excellent understanding of how to lead healthy lifestyles and make good progress in their learning and development. Children feel safe and mostly manage their own safety well. Partnerships with parents are exceptional and parents feel fully welcomed and included in their children's care. There are extensive measures in place to evaluate practice and the Pre-school has an outstanding capacity to maintain continuous improvement " OFSTED June 2011.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
Playing and Exploring – engagement
Active learning - motivation
Creating and thinking critically - thinking
We want our children to learn how to overcome problems and evaluate risks. Adults are on hand to scaffold children’s play and encourage them to think about consequences and how to overcome any problems that arise.