Our Staff
The staff who work at Seamer Pre-school are:
Manager
Mrs Ginny Wilkinson.
BA Educational Studies & Psychology.
Early Years Professional Status.
Certificate in First Aid.
28 years working within Pre-school.
Ginny
Supervisor
Mrs Paula Willson.
Diploma in Pre-School Practice.
Certificate in First Aid.
17 years working within Pre-School.

Paula

Pre-school assistant
Mrs Donna Di Placido.
Diploma in Pre-School Practice.
Level 5 Practitioner.
16 years working within Pre-school.
Certificate in First Aid.

Donna

Pre-school assistant
Mrs Deborah East.
Diploma in Pre- School Practice.
Level 4 Practitioner.
9 years working within Pre-school.
Certificate in First Aid.

Deborah

Pre-school assistant 
Mrs Sarah Morland.
Diploma in Pre-school Practice.
6 years working within Pre-school.

Sarah

Pre-school assistant
Laura Campbell
Diploma in Pre-school Practice
Laura


Danielle Alves
Diploma in Pre-school Practice
Danielle
Pre-school assistant 
Katie Temple.
Diploma in Pre-school practice.

Katie

Pre-school assistant
Samantha Lowe
Diploma in Pre-school Practice
Samantha

Pre-school assistant
Amanda Castleton.
Working towards Level 3.
Amanda
Key person approach
Pre-school uses a key person approach. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom she/he is particularly responsible. Your child's key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that what we provide is right for your child's particular needs and interests.

When your child first starts Pre-school, she/he will help your child to settle and throughout your child's time at Pre-school, she/he will help your child to benefit from Pre-school's activities
This helps us to:

• give time and attention to each child;
• talk with the children about their interests and activities;
• help children to experience and benefit from the activities we provide; and allow the children to explore and be adventurous in safety.
The management of Pre-school
A parent management committee - whose members are elected by the parents of the children who attend Pre-school - manages Pre-school.
The elections take place at our Annual General Meeting.
The committee is responsible for:
• Managing Pre-school's finances;
• Employing and managing the staff
• Making sure that Pre-school has, and works to, policies that help it to provide a high quality service;
• Making sure that Pre-school works in partnership with the children's parents.

The Committee
Rebecca
Chairperson
Rebecca Penfold
Sam
Secretary
Sam Hammond
The Committee Members
Rebecca
Verity Hegde
Sam
Jason Saunby
Rebecca
Natalie Moore
Sam
Michaella Braidley

The Annual General Meeting is open to the parents of all of the children who attend Pre-school. It is our shared forum for looking back over the previous year's activities and shaping the coming year's plan.

A note from the committee
Seamer Pre-school is run by a committee, made up of the parents of the children who currently attend the group.

The committee consists of a Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and then usually about nine or ten committee members.

We meet approximately once a month to discuss all matters relating to the running of Pre-school. Meetings are usually held at Pre-school. Meetings are the perfect opportunity for parents, especially of new starters to meet other parents and get involved with the everyday running of the environment in which their child is involved.

We discuss a whole range of topics including policies, staffing, security, opening times and much more besides.

We talk about and get ideas for trips out for the children, parties which occur throughout the year and organise visits from the Easter Bunny and Father Christmas.

Throughout the year jobs need doing which offer committee members the chance to get more hands on and get even more involved.

At parties and outings we do like a little help from all our parents but especially committee members. Help available in this way allows the event to run without hitches and run more smoothly.

We work closely with Pre-school staff and offer help whenever it is required.

We all work well together, staff, committee and helpers alike which is why our Pre-school is a happy, well run environment for your child to be involved in.

You are always welcome to attend our meetings to see what happens, go on get involved, we don’t bite and you may find you actually enjoy it!

How parents take part in the Pre-school
Our Pre-school recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children.  All of the staff see themselves as partners with parents in providing care and education for their child. There are many ways in which parents take part in making Pre-school a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents.
This helps us: such as:
• exchanging knowledge about their children's needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff;
• helping at sessions of Pre-school;
• sharing their own special interests with the children;
• helping to provide, make and look after the equipment and materials used in the children's play activities;
• being part of the management of Pre-school;
• taking part in events and informal discussions about the activities and curriculum provided by Pre-school;
• joining in community activities in which Pre-school takes part; and
•building friendships with other parents in Pre-school.

In our Pre-school we maintain the ratio of adults to children that is set through the Welfare Requirements. We also have volunteer parent helpers where possible to complement these ratios. Pre-school operates a rota which parents can sign up to if they would like to help at a particular session or sessions of Pre-school. Helping at the session enables parents to see what the day-to-day life of Pre-school is like and to join in helping the children to get the best out of their activities. Joining the rota is not the only means of taking part in the life of Pre-school. Parents can offer to take part in a session by sharing their own interests and skills with the children. Parents have visited Pre-school to talk about care of teeth and healthy eating, share their love of music and dance and to show the children their spider collection.

We welcome parents to drop into Pre-school to see it at work or to speak with the staff. Do feel free to arrange to drop into Pre-school, if you would like to see it at work or to speak with the staff.

Learning opportunities for adults
As well as gaining qualifications in early years care and education, Pre-school staff take part in further training to help them to keep up-to-date with thinking about early years care and education. Pre-school also keeps itself up-to-date with best practice in early years care and education, as a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, through the Under 5 magazine and publications produced by the Alliance. The current copy of Under Five is available for you to read.
From time to time Pre-school holds learning events for parents. These usually look at how adults can help children to learn and develop in their early years. Courses on similar topics are held locally by the Pre-school Learning Alliance; watch out for information about these.

Safeguarding children
All staff are CRB checked. Pre-school has a duty under the law to help safeguard children against suspected or actual ‘significant harm’. Our employment practices ensure children against the likelihood of abuse in Pre-schools and we have a procedure for managing complaints or allegations against a member of staff. Our way of working with children and their parents ensures we are aware of any problems that may emerge and can offer support, including referral to appropriate agencies when necessary, to help families in difficulty.

Special needs
As part of Pre-school's policy to make sure that its provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs a child may have. Pre-school works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 0 - 25 years (2014)

Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is: Ginny Wilkinson

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