About Us

Our preschool has been located in the grounds of Ditton Lodge Community Primary School for over 40 years.  We operate independently from the school as we are a Registered Charity run by a Volunteer Committee of Parents, elected each year at our Annual General Meeting.   We can have a maximum of 24 children per session and we have a 1:8 staff/child ratio for 3 year olds and older and 1:4 for 2 year olds. We have our own enclosed outdoor area, and we are also able to make full use of the school hall, playground, field and outdoor climbing equipment.


We have a well qualified, experienced and enthusiastic team of 10 staff.  As a minimum, all staff have a recognised care qualification along with Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection training and Basic Food Hygiene. 

Our Aims and Objectives:

  • to provide high quality care and education for children of pre-school age;
  • to work in partnership with parents and carers to help children to learn and develop;
  • to add to the life and well-being of the local community; and
  • to offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity.

We further aim to:

  • ensure that each child is in a safe, secure and stimulating environment and is given generous care and attention because of our ratio of qualified staff to children, as well as volunteers and parent helpers;
  • ensure that each child has the opportunity to join in with other children and adults to live, play work and learn together; and that each individual child has fun and forms friendships with the other children and adults within the setting;
  • ensure that each child is helped to take forward their learning and development by building on what they already know and can do, and that they are supported by a key person to make progress;
  • work in partnership with each parent to help every child with their learning and development to help them reach their full potential.

We provide a broad and balanced learning experience through challenging and purposeful play in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage,ensuring that each and every child is offered the same opportunities in order to encourage their all round development.  

The areas of learning and development encompass:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Special needs

As part of our policy to make sure that its provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special educational needs a child may have. The setting works to the requirements of the Education Act (1993; 2002) and The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2002).   We have a designated Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) who will be happy to discuss any questions you may have.

Key persons and your child

Our preschool uses a key person approach. Each member of staff is responsible for a small group of children and will work with you as parents* to make sure we provide for your child’s individual needs and interests. When your child joins us, their Key Person will help them to settle and will continue to liaise with you to ensure that we support your child and to ultimately assist them to reach their full potential.

(*We use the term ‘parent’ as the child’s main carer.)

Online Learning Journeys

Each child has an online learning journey record through Tapestry of their progress made at preschool.  Parents can contribute and work together with staff  on their child’s Learning Journey which helps us provide for your child’s needs and well-being, and enables us to celebrate together their progress and achievements. 

How parents take part in preschool

We welcome and encourage parents to come and help with the day-to-day life of the preschool, and to join us to share their own specific interests, as well as helping with outings and visits.  We hold a number of Open Mornings throughout the year for family and friends to join in the fun activities with the children.

Safeguarding children

The welfare and safety of children and adults are of paramount importance to us. All staff have a responsibility and a duty under the law to help safeguard and promote the welfare of the children within our care, ensuring that they are protected from harm. This includes discussing personal hygiene and fire safety.

All staff have regular child protection training and familiarise themselves with policies and procedures concerning this.

Our employment practice ensures children are protected against the likelihood of abuse in our settings and we have a procedure for managing complaints or allegations against a member of staff.  There are rigorous procedures in place for safe recruitment of staff, including a DBS enclosure, which ensures that every member of staff is suitable to work with children.

Our way of working with children and their parents ensures we can offer support if problems emerge, including referral to appropriate agencies when necessary, to help families in difficulty.

Policies and Procedures

Our policies make clear to the staff, parents, committee members and volunteers the principles and aims we are working towards, thus ensuring the service provided by the preschool is of high quality, and that being a member of our preschool is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for each child and her/his parents.  Copies of all our Policies and Procedures are available to read in the folder kept in the cloakroom and copies are available on request.  All are reviewed and updated annually with input from staff and the Committee.

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