Register your child using the form linked at the bottom of this page.
It is our intention to make the Children’s Workshop accessible to children and families from the local community regardless of ethnicity, gender, race, ability, religion or sexual orientation of parents.
We can care for up to a maximum of 68 children per session, up to 5 sessions per week during term time only. The numbers and ages of children admitted to the pre-school comply with the legal space requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). When considering admissions we are mindful of staff: child ratios and the facilities available at the pre-school.
Children are eligible to start at the Children’s Workshop in the term of their third birthday (September, January or April). Earlier admissions can sometimes be accepted depending upon the social readiness of the child or other particular circumstances, and starting dates can be postponed. Places that are postponed will normally re-join the Registration List*/Waiting List** at the appropriate position relevant to the date of registration.
We are able to offer places to Early Years Free Early Education Funded and non-funded children.
We have 2 Groups at the Children’s Workshop – our ‘Red’ Group and our ‘Blue’ Group. The ‘Red’ Group is for our older ‘school leavers’ and our ‘Blue’ Group is for our younger autumn, spring and summer born children. Occasionally, we may recommend that our youngest ‘school leavers’ join our Blue Group. We aim to give each child a year of morning sessions before starting school. Government funding is currently available from the term after the child’s 3rd birthday – please refer to ‘Funding & Fees’ for further information.
In order to properly fulfil the pre-school requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (Prime and Specific areas), children spending one year with us prior to starting at Primary School will be expected to attend a minimum of 3 sessions a week. Children with us for two years will be required to attend a minimum of 2 sessions per week for the first year then 3 sessions per week for their second.
Children can attend either 3 ¼ hr or 4 ¼ hr sessions in Blue Group (9:15am – 12:30pm or 9:15am – 1:30pm) or 4 ½ hr sessions in Red Group (9:00am – 1:30pm).
Children can have extra hours by changing from 3 ¼ hr to 4 ¼ hr sessions in Blue Group if places are available. Sessions cannot be mixed during the week and sessions can not be transferable between children.
Children are expected to make an accompanied practice visit in the Term prior to starting. The cost for this is included within the registration fee***, and it should be seen as an opportunity for Parents/ Staff/Child to get to know each other in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. During these visits the Actions, Behaviour and Care and Safety (ABACAS policy) of any visiting children remain the responsibility of the parent within the structure of the Workshops. Any further practice sessions will be charged at £10.00/session.
Prior to a child attending the Children’s Workshop, parents must complete and return the ‘Important Information’ form. These forms provide the pre-school with personal details relating to the child. For example, name, date of birth, address, emergency contact details, parental responsibilities, dietary requirements, collection arrangements, fees and sessions, contact details for parents, doctor’s contact details, health visitor contact details, allergies, parental consent and vaccinations etc.
Whenever possible, staff will not be in the same group as close relatives.
Wherever possible, staff will not have the children of close friends in their Key Group.
We reserve the right to consider applications for priority admissions over our normal waiting list.
Priority admissions follow a recommendation from an appropriate professional (for example a GP, Health Visitor, Social Worker or Speech therapist) that entry to the Pre-School would be of real benefit to the child concerned. Such admissions may additionally include looked after children, a child known by the local authority to have special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND) and whose needs can be best met at the preferred pre-school and/or vulnerable children with either a Child Protection or a Child in Need Plan or Local Authority/Common Assessment Framework.
* Registration List – Our initial list of children certain to be offered a place.
** Waiting List – Our list of children not guaranteed a place.
*** There is a Registration fee of £75.00 that includes the cost of a Children’s Workshop sweatshirt, Starter Pack (available during your child’s practice session/first week of term) and initial Practice visit.