About Us

First Steps Pre-school first opened in 1992 as a playgroup and has evolved into a thriving pre-school. Registered with Ofsted, the last inspection was in 2014 with a Good Grade Level 2. Inspection report can be found on the Ofsted web-site - www.gov.uk/find-ofsted-inspection-report

All our staff are mature, trained, qualified to NVQ level 3 or above and many hold a current Paediatric First Aid certificate. We have an "open door" policy for a parent /carer to be able to easily discuss any concerns they may have.

Facilities

The pre-school is situated on the first floor of Plymouth Methodist Central Hall – www.plymouthcentralhall.co.uk with its own entrance. It is a self contained unit offering a safe secure environment. We have 2 main rooms plus toilets and nappy changing areas, a kitchenette and small office area. The rooms are split to provide areas focusing on children’s needs, with a book and quiet corner, role play, sand, painting and crafts, table top games and activities, and construction.

We have a large hall area where we have access to larger play equipment, climbing frames, slide, bikes, tricks, balls, hoops and so on.

We regularly make use of exploring the environment around the area with walks to North Hill Reservoir Park, Plymouth Hoe and we have links with Sainsbury’s for activities. We have close links with Diggin-it at Devonport Park, where the children attend monthly sessions learning about and taking part in planting, growing, harvesting and of course eating produce.

The children learn about food, healthy eating and cookery, with weekly sessions developing this knowledge by interactive cookery sessions producing food to eat for snack time or to take home.

Morning Snack Time

Snack is provided by the pre-school and is included in the funding or session fees. This will be a drink of milk or water and a variety of healthy snacks such as fresh fruit, bread sticks, crackers and cheese, toast and spread. All staff will be made aware of and adhere to any allergy or parental preferences information provided by parents/carers and alternative snacks will be provided where needed.

Learning and Development

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum; observing, and recording, the children as they learn through play. Journals are kept with developmental targets, reports, observations and illustrated with photographs and the child’s own work. The journals are shared every 6-8 weeks with parents/cares and next targets implemented.

The provision for children’s development and learning is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage. Our provision reflects the four overreaching principles for the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

  • A unique child - Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable and self-assured.
  • Positive relationships - Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  • Enabling environments - Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and carers.
  • Learning and development - Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education of all children in the early years, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Areas of Learning and Development

Prime Areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Policies

There are comprehensive working policies in place covering a wide range of aspects including health and safety, safeguarding and child protection, equal opportunities and special educational needs. These are for the safety of all children, staff and visitors. They are reviewed annually; however sometimes some changes in legislation mean that there are amendments between the reviews.

Safeguarding - Our setting works with children, parents and the community to ensure the rights and safety of children and to give them the very best start in life. All staff have attended training about safeguarding children.

Valuing diversity and promoting equality - Our setting is committed to anti-discriminatory practice to promote equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all children and families. Our aim is to show respectful awareness of all major events in the lives of children and their families. All children will be respected and their individuality and potential recognised, valued and nurtured.

Special needs - We provide an environment in which all children, including those with special educational needs, are supported to reach their full potential. We have an experienced Senco (special educational needs co-ordinator) who ensures our provision meets the needs of each individual child.

A copy of our policies can be requested from the pre-school manager.

 

Download our Prospectus

You can download an application form which can be printed for completion here.