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INFORMATION

Kingsway Playgroup and Pre-School Centre is registered with Lancashire Education as a registered provider of nursery education which allows all eligible two, three and four year olds who attend, to qualify for free places.

We also offer the new extended entitlement of 30 hours free childcare for eligible 3 and 4 year olds.

Full daycare is available, Monday to Friday from 08.30 to 3.30. This is split into a morning and afternoon session with a breakfast and lunch club. You are able to take any or all of these sessions.

The breakfast club includes a nutritious breakfast, an example of the menu can be seen here

At both morning and afternoon sessions the children are given a healthy snack, an example of the menu can be seen here

The lunch club includes a nutritious buffet style cold lunch and a drink, an example of the menu can be seen here .

     
The centre is situated in Heysham and provides quality and affordable childcare to the community in which it is situated. It is conveniently situated close to a major bus route
   
   

The Playgroup is inspected by OFSTED to ensure that we provide quality care and education.

We were inspected in July 2014 and were judged to be OUTSTANDING in all areas.

Here are a few examples of what the what the inspector said about the centre:

  • The quality of the teaching is excellent. Staff use a wide range of techniques that successfully encourage, challenge and inspire children. As a result, children make exceptional progress in relation to their starting points.
  • Children with special educational needs and/or disabilities are exceedingly well supported by staff to ensure their continued learning and development.
  • Safeguarding policies and procedures are highly effective and well embedded. Consequently, children's welfare is protected and children are kept safe from harm.
  • Excellent partnerships with parents and external agencies promote a collaborative approach. They communicate effectively to identify children's needs and as a result, provide outstanding support for all children and their families.
  • Leadership is inspirational. The managers are highly reflective and have a strong drive to continually improve practice. Consequently, this has a positive impact on the learning outcomes of all children in the pre-school.

The full report can be viewed by clicking here - you will need to have adobe reader installed on your computer

The last inspection report from January 2009 can be seen by clicking here - you will need to have adobe reader installed on your computer.

     

We are aslo pleased that we have been awarded the Lancashire County Council's "Lancashire Quality " award.

The scheme is adminstered by Lancashire County Council's Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare Service as a quality assurance scheme to help all childcare providers across Lancashire to demonstrate good practice and develop high quality services for children and parents.

Kingsway Playgroup and Pre-School Centre is an inclusive setting and will work with parents/carers, other agencies and support organisations to accomodate all children including those with additional needs. Further information is provided in our "Local Offer" which can be viewed by clicking here

The ratio of staff to children is always at the levels recommended in the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, and often more. This is because we regularly have volunteer parent helpers, work experience students and other more mature students on work placement.

The Early Years Foundation Stage is a comprehensive framework which sets the national standards for learning, development and care of children from birth to 5. Further information can be found by clicking here

   
The partnership with parents, carers and anyone else involved with the children is important to us and parents are encouraged to visit and see how their children are progressing. Each child is assigned a key-worker who will always be happy to discuss your child's progress or answer any concerns you may have.
     
If you would like to find out more about us please contact us by phone or email (via the contacts page) or just call in and see for yourself.
 
     
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