About Us

Welcome to Cheriton Bishop Pre-school

We are run by the Primary school, providing pre-school education to the children of Cheriton Bishop and surrounding areas.

Opening days/times

We take children from the ages of 2 to 5, and are open during school term time only.  We offer care between the following times:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 8.45am – 3.15pm

We offer the option of a lunch club – 11.30am – 12.45pm, for which you will need to provide your child with a packed lunch.  Alternatively you can order a packed lunch from the school office first thing in the morning.

You can choose for your child to stay for a whole day, half day or half day plus lunch.  

The curriculum provided by Cheriton Bishop Pre-school

For a child between the ages of 2 and 5 years, the pre-school follows the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.  This curriculum is written by the Department for Education and Skills.  The guidance sets goals which state what it is expected that children will know and be able to do by the end of the reception year of their education.  Cheriton Bishop Pre-school uses these early learning goals to help us to trace each child’s progress and to enable us to provide the right activities for them.  We operate a key worker system for continually observing the children and send home progress reports each term.

How parents/carers take part in the Pre-school

At Cheriton Bishop Pre-school, we recognise parents/carers as the first and most important educators of their children.  There are many ways in which parents/carers take part in making the pre-school a welcoming and stimulation place for the children.  As a parent/carer you can offer to take part in a session by sharing your own interests and skills with the children; we have had parents/carers in to talk about their jobs, such as nursing and spoken about their country of origin.

The session

The pre-school organises its sessions so that the children can choose from – and work at – a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion.  The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities that introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.  Please feel free to drop in and observe a session in progress, or to see our session plans and the subjects being covered for the current term.

Outdoor play area

We have our own small outdoor play area which is well fenced and secure, with adult supervision at all times. Children have the opportunity to play in the fresh air throughout the year. We often grow plants, feed birds, discuss nature and the seasons, as well as play games in this area. We also share the use of the schools many outside facilities. The children have the chance to play with the school children and familiarise themselves with the environment, thus making the transition to school an easy one. It is a secure area and the Pre-school children wear their own coloured tabards to distinguish them from the older children. Once again, they are supervised at all times. Outdoor activities contribute to children’s health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have daily opportunity to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as using those provided in the indoor spaces.

Snacks and meals

The pre-school provides a healthy mid-morning and afternoon snack and drink.  If your child will be staying for a full day, or staying for the lunch clubs, you will need to provide them with a suitable packed lunch.  Milk or water is always available to the children throughout all sessions.  We try to encourage healthy eating and a variety of different things are provided each day.  Do tell us about any allergies or dietary needs and we will make sure that these needs are met.

Uniform and Clothing

We have a wonderful red uniform of t-shirts, sweatshirts and polo shirts with our tree logo on.  We love the uniform as it makes getting dressed in the morning so much easier, knowing what to wear, giving children a real sense of belonging to pre-school and gets them used to wearing uniform for school.  If you would like to purchase any items of uniform, the box is in the storage area, or speak to a member of staff.  Wearing uniform is voluntary, but if you don’t choose to purchase uniform, please be aware it is best for your child to wear clothes that they are allowed to get messy in, as we often encourage them to get ‘creative’ and accidents do happen!  The pre-school does provide aprons for the children when they play with messy activities.

Settling in

We want your child to feel happy and safe at the pre-school. All children are different and while some settle into Pre-school almost immediately, others may find the move from their home environment more difficult. Therefore, you are more than welcome to stay on with your child if they would be happier.

Cheriton Bishop Pre-school hopes that you and your child enjoy being members of the Pre-school and that you both find taking part in our activities interesting and stimulating.  The staff and committee are always ready and willing to talk with you about your ideas, views or questions.  Please drop in at a session, telephone or view the website for further details.

Christine Grist (Play leader): 01647 281205 or 07977 777 318