Pre-School

Our Hedge End Pre-School aims to:

  • Provide high quality care and education primarily for children below statutory school age;
  • Work in partnership with parents to help children learn and develop;
  • Add to the life and well-being of its local community;
  • Offer children and their parents a service, which promotes equality and values diversity.

Why Choose Wildern Opportunity Group?

As a member of Wildern Opportunity Group Pre-School in Hedge End, your child:

  • Is in a safe and stimulating environment;
  • is given generous care and attention, due to our high ratio of adults to children;
  • has the chance to join with other children and adults to interact, play, work and learn together;
  • is helped to take forward their learning & development by building on what they already know;
  • has a personal ‘key person’ who ensures your child makes satisfying progress;
  • is in a pre-school which sees you as a partner in helping your child to learn and develop
  • is in a pre-school in which parents help to shape the service via it’s committee.
  • Ofsted have confirmed that, First class relationships are built with parents and children. Children develop strong emotional attachments to the adults, who are skilled at promoting children’s welfare and personal development.

The Curriculum

The early years foundation stage ( EYFS) sets standards for the learning development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted registered early years providers must follow the EYFS.

The early learning Goals

Prime Areas – Communication and Language

                       – Physical Development

                       – Personal Social emotional Development

Specific Areas – Mathematics

                           – Understanding the world

                           – Expressive arts & design

                           – Literacy

Within the pre school we work within the four guiding principles

Every child is a unique child constantly learning and can be resilient,capable and confident.

Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

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 parents / careers.

Children develop and learn in different ways at different rates. Framework covers the education of all children including children SEN.

A Unique Child

  • Child Development: Skillful communicator, competent learner.
  • Inclusive Practice: Equality and diversity, children’s entitlements, early support.
  • Keeping Safe: Being safe and protected, discovering boundaries, making choices.
  • Health and Well-being: Growth and developing, physical and emotional wellbeing.

Positive Relationships

  • Respecting Each Other: Understanding feelings, friendship, professional relationships.
  • Parents as Partners: Respecting diversity, communication, learning together.
  • Supporting Learning: Positive interactions, listening to children, effective teaching.
  • Key Person: Secure attachment, shared care, independence.

Enabling Environments

  • Observation, Assessment and Planning: Starting with the child, planning, assessment.
  • Supporting Every Child: Children’s needs, the learning journey, working together.
  • The Learning Environment: The emotional environment, the outdoor environment, the indoor environment.
  • The Wider Context: Transitions and continuity, multi-agency working, the community.

Learning and Development

  • Play and Exploration: Learning through experience, adult involvement, contexts for learning.
  • Active Learning: Mental and physical involvement, decision making, personalised learning.
  • Creativity and Physical Thinking: Making connections, transforming and understanding, sustained shared thinking.
  • Areas of Development and Learning.

Opening Times

We’re open for 38 weeks of the year. We’re closed on bank & school holidays. Our opening times for pre-school sessions are:

Day
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Morning
09:00 – 12:00
09:00 – 12:00
Opportunity Group
09:00 – 12:00
Opportunity Group

Afternoon
12:00 – 15:00
12:00 – 15:00
12:00 – 15:00
12:00 – 15:00
12:00 – 15:00

We offer 2 sessions per week, Wednesday 9.30 – 12 & Friday 9.30 – 12 for referrals from multi-disciplinary agencies for children with additional needs. Attendance between 12 – 12:30 is extra unless the child is attending a full day.  Attendance over lunch is limited to 18 spaces to give children additional support.

Fees

The fees are £4.75 per  hour, we also require that every child starts with at least two sessions per week.

Children are entitled to up to 15 hours per week through the Early Years Education Grant (EYEG), however this entitlement only begins the term following the child’s third birthday.

More details are available about the fees and EYEG when you make a visit to the pre-school.