How are fees paid?
Fees are normally paid termly in advance, but they can be paid weekly or monthly by arrangement with the Business Manager.
Are you registered for Government funding?
Yes. We are registered to claim funding on your behalf for Universal and Extended Early Years Funding (when applicable) plus FEET, Pupil Premium and SEND funding as required.
Universal funding is provided for 3 year olds for up to fifteen hours per week, commencing in the term after the child’s 3rd birthday.
Information about all Early Years Education Funding can be found on the Government website:
What happens regarding fees if my child is unwell?
Fees are charged during absence as that workshop place has been reserved. Concessions can sometimes be made when long absences occur.
Do you have a uniform?
We like the children to wear the Children’s Workshop sweatshirt and one is provided in our Welcome Pack. Other items of Children’s Workshop clothing are available to purchase, however, children do not have to wear a uniform. We specially request that children should wear clothes appropriate for play activities and for encouraging independence – jerseys over braces, belts and dungarees are not ideal for a child in a hurry! We recommend jogging bottoms and soft shoes. We provide protective aprons for art activities, cooking, water-play etc.
How are the term activities planned?
Our planning is flexible and tailored to the needs and interests of our children. We will loosely plan to a theme but often find ourselves going off on a tangent as we follow our children’s interests.
What is the ‘Quiet Room’?
We use the Quiet Room as a quiet space; children can escape the hustle and bustle of the larger rooms and settle down in our cosy book area.
Quite often it is used for focus planned activities, small group music sessions and key group time.
How should we register?
Names can be registered at any time on the registration/waiting list for the appropriate term but places are offered on a first come, first served basis.
How do we start?
Come and see the Workshops, and make sure we offer the type of pre-school you want for your child. We are very happy to show you around. Just ring us or email us to book an appointment. There is a registration form on our website that you can download to register your child’s name. There is a £75 non-refundable registration fee.
Once your child is registered, you will receive confirmation of your place and will be given a starting date. We will then contact you nearer the time to arrange for you attend your initial, informal practice session.
What if my child is not ready to start?
If a child is not ‘ready’ to start at the Workshop, the place can be reserved until a more appropriate time. There are numerous reasons why a later start may be desirable – toilet training, emotional upset, new baby, house move etc and parents are encouraged not to rush into starting too soon. You know your child best and if you feel that they are not yet ready to come to us, we will support you in this decision and will delay his/her start if needed. Do not worry; you will not lose your place.
How many sessions should my child attend?
We realise that every child is unique and every family’s’ circumstances are different too. We would recommend a minimum of two sessions per week initially. In our experience, anything less does not help the child settle. We know that coming to preschool consistently and regularly really does help build strong relationships with your child’s key person and helps them feel confident and settled. It also gives your child a chance to become familiar with the routines of the setting.
How will I be kept informed of my child’s progress?
Your child’s key person will be your first port of call to discuss any concerns you may have or to just generally find out how your child is doing. We have an open door policy and you are welcome to speak to us and anytime.
We have ‘settling in ‘ chats in the first term and parent consultations in the second term. This is a chance to discuss your child’s progress in more depth.
Parents are also kept informed of their child’s progress via our online journal, ‘Tapestry’. Here you will find your child’s progress in line with the early learning goals and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Each child will have a written report at the end of the year.
What if my child has an additional need?
We like to find out as much as possible about our children joining us. Please tell us if you feel your child has an additional need and we will try to have support in place to help your child. We strongly believe that the benefits of Early Intervention in the Early Years is extremely important for a child who has additional needs and we will work with you and other professionals, to ensure that your child is happy, secure and makes progress.
(Please also refer to our Local Offer).