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Information for Parents

 

We are committed to making the Pre-School genuinely accessible to children and families from all sections of our local community.  All parents who may wish to send their child to Cogges Pre-School are required to register their interest and complete an application form giving the child’s details.  These details will be kept on a waiting list.  

We do take children from the age of 2 years but there is no guarantee of a place at that age. 

 

The waiting list form can be printed and once complete be either handed to a member of staff at the Pre-school or emailed to coggespreschool@outlook.com 

 

 

Alternatively a hard copy of the form can be collected from the Pre-school or a digital copy can be emailed to you.  If you have any questions please contact the Administrator on 07469 983003.

 

Admissions Policy

 

Our admissions policy prioritises children according to: 

 

  1. Children claiming OCC funding with us i.e. from the term after their 3rd birthday   Note: OCC funding is free to all children the term after their 3rd birthday (31st of month – March, August and December).

  2. Siblings at Cogges Pre-school

  3. Siblings at the Blake school or previously attended Cogges Pre-school

  4. Within catchment area - see Catchment for more details

  5. Outside catchment area

 

We can offer sessions to children from the age of 2 years old. In practice children usually start from the September after their 3rd birthday.  

 

We request that all children attend a minimum of 3 sessions per week from the September after they turn 3 years.

Session Times:

 

Monday  - from 9.00 to 12 noon and 12.00 noon to 3.00pm

Tuesday  -  from 9.00 to 12.00 noon and 12 noon to 3.00pm

Wednesday - from 9.00 to 12.00 noon and 12.00 noon to 3.00 p.m

Thursday - from 9.00 to 12.00 noon 

Friday - Pre-school closed all day

 

Fees

 

Fees are £21 per session from September 2024; this is reviewed each year. Bills will be issued in advance at the beginning of the term.  Please speak to the Administrator if you would prefer your bills to be monthly. Failure to pay could result in your child's place being forfeited.

Funding

We accept the following funding:

3 - 4 year old funding - 15 hours and 30 hours

2 year old funding

 

More information on funding can be found on the following website:

 

https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

Oxfordshire County Council prefer just one setting to claim the funding available however if you do require the funding to be split between two childcare providers please ensure the number of hours claimed does not exceed your childs’ funding entitlement.

Early Start Club

Early Start Club runs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30am and costs £3.50 per session used.  Children can attend adhoc or on a regular basis. Parents should speak to the Pre-School Manager for more information.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

We follow the early years foundation stage framework which supports your child's learning and development, assessment and safeguarding and welfare requirements that all providers on the early years register must meet to ensure children learn and develop and are kept healthy and safe. 

At each session we provide a wide variety of activities including sand and water play, painting, modelling, puzzles, games, dressing up, construction toys, computer, play dough, music, singing and dancing.

Your child will visit  Cogges Manor Farm and take part in Forest School during the Summer term. We have a garden with a patio area for bikes, scooters and cars, a large outdoor sand pit and a grassy area for other apparatus such as a slide or climbing equipment.   

All children will need to be dressed appropriately for the weather as we have an open door policy where children can access the garden at any time during the session, children do go out in the rain but if it is very heavy we do alternative activities inside.

Please name all of your child's clothing especially their coats and wellies. 

Healthy Eating

We provide your child with a healthy snack which could include fruit, vegetables or bread sticks and a drink of milk or water, for which there is a charge of 50p per morning session.  Children will be able to choose when to have their snack from 9:45am - 10:45am.

 

Children will have access to fresh drinking water in the afternoon in their water bottle (please supply one). Please can these be clearly named.

It is important that you let us know if your child is allergic to any foods or anything they may come into contact with e.g. animals. nuts, dairy products, etc.  

All children staying all day (9am to 3pm) will have lunchtime and will be required to bring in a healthy lunch and drink.  Due to the start time of the afternoon session children can by pre-arrangement bring a packed lunch and eat it with the children attending all day.  No fizzy drinks, chocolate or sweets please.  

Please do not provide your child with any nuts or nut based food.

The Key Person

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework.  One of the statutory requirements of the EYFS is that every child is assigned a Key Person.  When your child starts at Pre-School, their Key Person will be responsible for their online learning journal.  We use Tapestry and parents are supplied with log on details and are encouraged to contribute towards this.  All staff work in partnership with their key childrens' parents to ensure the childs' needs are met.

 

The Key Person is responsible for planning appropriate play and learning experiences for each child based on their interests and needs and also identify any concerns about your child’s development.  Observations can take the form of written observations, photographs, things the children have made/ drawn or from information provided by parents.

Existing Injuries

If your child sustains any injury outside of Pre-School, please make sure that we are made aware of this. You can fill in an existing injury form when you drop off your child, or download one from here and bring it in with you.

Existing Injuries Form

Admissions Policy
Session Times
Fees and Grants
Healthy Eating
Key Person
Early Years Foundation Stage
Existing Injuries
Early Start Club

'We are very pleased with how much our child has enjoyed his time at Cogges Pre-School, it’s been amazing to see how quickly he’s developed and how much he’s learnt from attending. He’s learned manners, grown in confidence and made some great little friends. He would come to Pre-School every day if he could.'  Parent 2023

'Our daughter has matured so much while she has been at Cogges Pre-School, we are hugely thankful for the patience, time and dedication that has been afforded to her. She is now well prepared for the next stage of growing up and we are confident that she is well prepared for ‘big school’. Thank you!' Parent 2023

'My son has thoroughly enjoyed attending Cogges Pre-School. Every day he comes home happy and excited to tell me all about his day. He has made some lovely friendships that I hope will continue for years to come.' Parent 2023

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