In the beginning...
In 1969 the Pre-school was owned by one person and opened in the youth wing of the church behind the main church hall, before the current alterations. It was registered for 50 children and the fees were 5 shillings per morning.
In 1970 the group was sold and moved into the main church hall.
In 1979 the group was donated to the church and Social Services insisted that the group was split into two with 24 children in each group, each with its own Supervisor and so the Little Room and the Big Room came into being. The fees were 70p per morning.
In 1985 a constitution was adopted and the group became committee run consisting of eight parent representatives and four church members.
In 2003 due to the introduction of the Foundation Stage Curriculum and OFSTED the pre-school became a management committee run pre-school consisting of a Pre-school Manager, two Room Supervisors, two Senior Key persons, two church representatives and two parent representatives (from the Friends of Peter Pan) in an advisory capacity.
The management committee works closely with The Friends of Peter Pan, a group of parents/carers whose children attend the pre-school. We now receive funding from Hampshire County Council for all children from the term after they are 3 years of age and therefore our fees are determined by Hampshire County Council. The pre-school now runs 5 morning sessions a week, 38 weeks of the year and 3 afternoon sessions a week from either January or April to July, depending on demand, with up to 26 children in each room each session, and has anywhere from 80 to 125 children on the books at any given time. The Pre-school is registered for 2–5 year olds but normally enrols children from 2 Years 6 Months.
The aims of our pre-school are to offer the best care and education for children below statutory school age, working in partnership with parents to help their children learn and develop. We also aim to add to the life and well-being of our local community and offer families a service that promotes equality and values diversity and individuality.
Peter Pan Pre-school has a Manager, a nominated SENCO and Health and Safety Officer and in each room there is a Supervisor, Senior Key Person, Key Persons, Pre-school Assistants and often Special Educational Needs Assistants and Relief Workers. Our staff are trained to recognise the needs of each individual child and to help all children in our care to learn and develop at their own pace and in a manner suitable for them.
We want your child to feel happy and safe with us. To make sure that this is the case your key person and room supervisor will work closely with you to decide how best to help your child settle into the pre-school.
Ofsted inspect settings that provide nursery education and are on their local authority’s directory to provide free places for three to four year olds.
How nursery education providers are inspected
Nursery education providers are inspected at least every four years. A childcare inspector will arrive at the setting without notice and announce that they have come to carry out an inspection. The inspection will assess the setting against the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, paying particular attention to the welfare of the children and their educational progress.