Epsom Playhouse Pre-School is a charity registered with the Charities Commission and run for families in the community. All profits made are invested back into the school. Charity number 1054493.
The Pre-School is run by an elected Management Committee (made up of volunteer parents, carers and members of our local community) who are collectively responsible for the school. Committee members are the charity trustees of the Pre-School, and meet twice a term to discuss operational matters, staffing, resources, budgets, fundraising, planning, social events, training and to review policies and procedures.
We are delighted to have been rated GOOD by Ofsted following our latest inspection in September 2017. The report can be found here
Most members of staff hold a NVQ Level 3 in Early Years care and education and have many years experience working with children. DBS checks are carried out on all new members of staff and references are always checked. Our practitioners continually update their knowledge through training, including the Early Years Foundation Stage, special educational needs, safeguarding and first aid, amongst others.
We adhere strictly to the government set ratio of practitioners to children:
2 years old: One practitioner to every four children
3 years old and above: One practitioner to every eight children
All children at Epsom Playhouse Pre-School are assigned a Key Person, who will work with them from their very first day at the Pre-school. By creating a strong bond with the child and their family, the Key Person plays a vital role in helping them to settle into their new environment and become comfortable at the setting.
Key Persons record observations on their Key Children every week for parents to view on Tapestry. They also continually assess and work with their Key Children to help them move through the learning and development stages for their age group. Key Persons meet with parents once a term to discuss their child’s progression and to keep them informed on their child’s welfare, development and learning within the setting.