We want our children and families to feel respected, happy and secure and settled.  We believe that every child is unique and we strive to develop each child to their fullest potential.

In order to do this we will work in partnership with all our families to that we contribute to the child’s learning and development and thinking is shared.

It is important for us as a team that we all work together with mutual trust and respect.

We recognise that children sometimes move to another early years setting before they go on to school although many will leave St Mary’s Pre-School to enter a Nursery or Reception class.

We prepare children for these transitions and involve parents and the receiving setting in this process.  We prepare records about a child’s development and learning in the EYFS in our setting. In order to enable smooth transitions we share appropriate information with the receiving setting or school.

Confidential records are shared where there have been child protection concerns according to the process required by our Local Safeguarding Children Board.  The procedure guides this process and determines what information we can and cannot share with a receiving school or setting.

We recognise that transition, both in and between settings, can be a difficult time for all involved – a policy has been developed by our team in order to support us all through transitions and make the best experiences possible.

On leaving the children are presented with their Learning Journal.  These are books that contain photos, work and observations of your child.  These are a wonderful keepsake of your child’s time with us at playgroup.