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In recent years more importance has been placed on the quality and content of provision for pre-school children. For the Pre-school to qualify for three and four year old funding we must comply with OFSTED guidelines and undergo, and pass, OFSTED Inspections. If you would like to see a copy of our last inspection report, please follow the link.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s `school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. There are seven areas of learning and development, all areas of learning are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Language and Communication. The children are also supported in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are: Literacy Development, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

It is the philosophy of the Crypt Pre-School that early childhood should be a time of fun, warmth, security, exploring, and discovery. Pre-school children are creative and receptive; the Staff strive to nurture and encourage these qualities in the children. The Crypt Pre-school will contribute to nurture all aspects of a child's development: physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional. No one aspect will be ignored. The child's development and their potential will be challenged, exercised, and supported. We at the Crypt Pre-school want to not only help young children form basic concepts, but also nurture creativity. Each child will be stimulated, guided, and encouraged in carefully planned activities that allow the child to develop at his/her own rate. The Staff at the Pre-school will strive to make each child's Pre-school experience a positive one. We will encourage positive feelings about themselves, the Pre-school, and the environment.

Fees & Funding - 2 Year Old Funding is available subject to meeting a set criteria for 15 hours per week. All 3 and 4 Year Old children are entitled to funding the term after their 3rd birthday. The funding is for 15 hours per week for 38 weeks per year. 30 Hours Free Childcare, parents of three and four year olds will need to meet a set criteria, this is dependent on availability of childcare. Information and how to apply for the right childcare, please visit are payable for each session your child attends, and you will be billed monthly if funding is not provided. Fees are renewed annually, at present for each session you child attends the cost is £13.00 per session, full day care 9 am to 3 pm, £25 per day plus a small charge for Snack for sessions attended.

Please see other attachments for further information on the running of The Crypt Pre-school, but if you require more information or would like a copy of our Prospectus, please do not hesitate to contact us.