Children & Policies


This contains information about Equal Opportunities, Behaviour Sanctions, Health and Safety, Fire Procedure, Daily Routines, Record Keeping, Staffing and Admission Policies. Information kept on children is confidential, although parents are free to see any information kept on their child. A copy of our Registration and Public Liability cover is displayed on our notice board. Curriculum At Stepping Stones Pre School our aim is to meet the diverse and complex needs of each child as an individual and to provide a happy, warm, stimulating and safe environment in which children can develop physically, intellectually, socially and emotionally, including those with special educational needs and/or disability. We have a policy of learning through play, interaction and exploring, and a great deal is learnt through topics or project work using art, science, stories, songs, games and hands on experiences such as outings. Activities are aimed at all levels, so topics can vary from basic things like ‘shapes and colours’ to ‘the five senses’ or ‘people who help us’ and will also depend on the children’s interest at the time. We recognise individuals and plan for their needs and interests. We use the EYFS to support their development.

Children fascinated by the world around them

Children are eager to discover and interact with the people who share their lives.

At Stepping Stones Pre School we aim to support
the children’s natural curiosity by providing a wide range of experiences, combined with plenty of positive interaction with well-trained adult carers. We aim to provide opportunities to inspire children and interest them in everything. Children’s
interests and abilities dictate what we do and although the Early Year’s curriculum forms the
basis of our planning the children provide the inspiration! The aim of our nursery curriculum is:

 
1.To promote a positive attitude towards learning. 2.To enable all children to learn and develop their
skills to the best of their ability.
3.To promote an ethos of mutual respect and kindness, and a sense of what is and what is not acceptable behaviour
4.To promote self–discovery, exploration and curiosity towards learning.
5.To help children understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they begin to learn
the importance of equal opportunities.
Our curriculum is based upon the ‘E.Y.F.S.
framework The Early Years Foundation Stage
guides us to provide a curriculum that gives each child an opportunity to shine.  
Positive Relationships - ‘Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person’ Enabling Environments - ‘The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning’ Learning and Development - ‘Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.’ Topics and curriculum areas are discussed within planning meetings with key staff in each room at regular intervals. In addition, the key person plans for the individual needs of the children in their group, and these are reflective of the curriculum. Planning within the EYFS - covers the 7 areas of development, with most activities lending themselves to cross curriculum learning, such as a scientific activity, which would involve counting or sorting.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT Children are given the opportunities to develop personal and social skills in a variety of ways. Mealtimes are a time when children sit with their key carer in groups. They assist setting the table and we support independence by encouraging them to serve themselves where possible.
COMMUNICATION As well as discussion times throughout the day, children are encouraged to talk about their experiences within the nursery. When appropriate, the staff sit with the children at certain activities, asking open questions and introducing language related to the activity. The constant use of songs stories and rhymes within our daily curriculum promotes confidence and fluency in language. We use daily self-registers to help children recognise their names and the names of other children in their group.

   

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how Stepping Stones Pre-School uses and protects any information that you give Stepping Stones Pre-School when you use this website. Stepping Stones Pre-school is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected.

Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement. Stepping Stones Pre-school may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 1st August 2016 What we collect We may collect the following information • name • contact information including email address • demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests • other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers What we do with the information we gather
 
We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons: • Internal record keeping • We may use the information to improve our products and services • We may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided • From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, or mail. We may use the information to customise the website according to your interests
Security
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.
Controlling your personal information
You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:
whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing purposes
if you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us at admin@steppingstonestilehurst.co.uk
We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.
If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.