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Thurton & Ashby St. Mary Pre-school provides a safe, caring and nurturing environment in which children from 2 – 4 years can learn, develop and grow through play. We work in partnership with parents to help children reach their full potential and prepare them for their transition to school.


Children receive a maximum of 15 hours Government Grant Funding a week from the term after their third birthday and we can also offer Two-Year-Old Funding to eligible families. All other children’s fees are £3.50 an hour, which includes a healthy snack.


We employ three practitioners who hold level 3 and above early years childcare qualifications and who regularly update their training. They attend Network Meetings with other settings in the area and have a good working relationship with practitioners and other professionals working with the children. Two of our practitioners have undertaken Level 1 Forest School Training to underpin their knowledge of outdoor learning and develop their skills.


Our practitioners work hard to provide a safe and stimulating environment for each child, the way we do this is by allocating each family a key person who builds a special relationship with your child and family getting to know them. From this starting point your key person plans activities your child can explore and will also introduce other learning opportunities through weekly focus activities linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage.


The EYFS sets the standards that we as an early years provider must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well. The framework covers the education and care of all children including children with special educational needs and disabilities and recognises that every child is a unique. It also covers safeguarding and welfare of children recognising that children learn best when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met and when they have positive relationships with the adults caring for them. To find out more about the EYFS go to www.education.gov.uk/publications or speak to us.


As part of the revised EYFS we must provide parents with short written summary of their child’s development in the three prime learning and development areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language when the child is aged between 24 – 36 months. This will enable parents to have a clear picture of their child’s development and note areas where their child is progressing well and identify any areas where progress is less than expected and plan together how to address any concerns. For more information please speak to us.


At our last OFSTED Inspection (23.03.2015), we gain a GOOD judgement across all three areas (a copy of the inspection report can be seen by following the links). The Inspector gave us some very positive comments.

Ofsted said ‘Practitioners provide a variety of stimulating activities around children’s interests. They play alongside children and extend their learning using good teaching techniques, such as effective questioning. This motivates children to learn and, as a result, they are making good progress towards the early learning goals in readiness for school.’ The inspector also noted how we have developed the outdoor area and said, ‘The well-resourced outdoor learning environment is a real strength of the setting.’