VICTORIA PARK HALL PRE-SCHOOL
Where Great Minds Are Born
At Victoria Park Hall Pre-School our primary goal is to equip children with the necessary skills to succeed in their future endeavers. We achieve this by fostering the development of their motor abilities, thinking skills, and healthy interactions with their peers.
We take pride in being the first setting in Rawmarsh to incorporate Forest School type led activities with Forest School educated and experienced staff. Our approach is in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, which promotes learning through play. All our educators are highly knowledgeable and professional, carrying at least level 3 qualifications in childcare.
We believe that every child deserves the best start in life and our team are dedicated to making that a reality. Our Deputy Manager who holds Early Years Teacher Status, supervises our educators in the classrooms. We are committed to providing a safe, supportive and inclusive environment that fosters optimal growth and development for every child in our care.
LEARN & EXPLORE
Focussed on maximising learning
At Victoria Park Hall Pre School, our primary focus is on fostering a nurturing and stimulating environment that is welcoming to all our children. Our commitment to inclusivity is evident in our unique lesson plans and activity programmes, which incorporate a range of educational theories, to ensure that the child’s interest and needs are met through hands on experiential learning.
Located in parklands, we are fortunate to have access to an abundance of natural resources and wildlife. We celebrate this by utilising our outdoor areas to the fullest, regardless of the weather conditions. Our aim is to encourage our children to explore their surroundings and develop their creative imaginations, while interacting with our outdoor classroom.
Childcare you can trust
Our goal at Victoria Park Hall Pre School is to prepare children for the next stage of their education. We are a well established private Pre-School that caters for children from 2 to 5 years of age. The setting is located in the heart of the local park surrounded by well cared for parklands & nature. The facility is modern, clean & very reputable with a repeatedly good Ofsted.
The setting is currently registered to care for a maximum of 24 children within the Butterfly room per session, Whilst the Caterpillar room is registered for 20 children per session. We have found that the children attending our Pre-School benefit greatly from the smaller numbers within each session, as this gives them the opportunity to individually thrive and grow in confidence & ability at their own pace.
Our Caterpillar room is currently open to 2-3 year olds and our Butterfly room for 3-5 year olds.
Children attending our Pre-School are well prepared by our experienced team for a smooth transition to Primary School, because we pride ourselves in offering each child independence and choice by integrating social snack time and having independent access to their own water bottle and water coolers throughout each session. We also work alongside the local Primary Schools to mirror some aspects of their daily routine to give the children a taste of what “big school” is all about, such as small group-time, circle time and a class register.
Natural Surroundings on our doorstep
Victoria Park was once the private grounds to the Park Hall, spanning almost 14 hectares of parklands and flowerbeds. The hall was built in the 1830’s and was a lavish home to the Firth family. Both park and house were later acquired by the local council and were opened to the public in 1901 to honour Queen Victoria's 1897 diamond jubilee, hence the name. The Park Hall has undergone major refurbishment and is now the home to our Setting and other community resources.
VICTORIA PARK HALL PRE-SCHOOL TEAM
Pre School Manager
This is Sarah and she is the Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead here at VPHPS. She has many childcare qualifications including a degree in Early Childhood studies. Sarah has a wealth of skills and knowledge gained from additional training and development opportunities, which enables her to recognise, maximise and extend the learning opportunities with the children.
Sarah has been managing settings in Rotherham and Sheffield for over 15 years, including a large Forest School Nursery.
Sarah is profoundly passionate about providing premium, fun and engaging experiences for the children In our setting. Sarah believes in the holistic approach to learning at this young age, developing the children at their own pace through nurturing relationships with caring and experienced educators. We will be exploring and enjoying nature, science and the arts as part of our EYFS curriculum and giving the children some new experiences which will help to support the development of their mathematical understanding, social and emotional wellbeing, as well as their communication and literacy skills.
Sarah is really excited and humbled to be part of the team at Victoria Park Hall Pre-school, working in partnership with the whole team, the children and their families.
Deputy Pre-School Manager
With Emily's Early Years Teacher Status qualification and her nurturing personality, together with a holistic approach towards learning, we are proud to have Emily as a part of our management team. Her dedication and commitment to nurturing your child on their education journey makes her the perfect hands on Deputy Manager. Emily is also the Designated Safeguarding Lead in the absence of the Manager.
Vicky is our Managing Director, as well as being the Setting Owner. Although she is not on site daily, Vicky is always at the end of the phone to happily answer any of your questions. Our overarching ethos is to always strive towards providing premium quality childcare at an affordable rate for everyone to access.
Part Time Early Years Educator
Amanda is one of our long standing members of the team, she is primarily based in our Caterpillar room and works 3 days per week. Amanda loves working with the younger children and has a soft and gentle approach. She is dedicated to providing the nurture and care the younger children require when joining nursery life.
Early Years Educator
Possessing a contagious enthusiasm, Rhiann is an amazing asset for Victoria Park Hall Pre School. Her warmth, creativity and drive makes her a great educator, colleague and a perfect fit at our setting. Rhiann is currently on Maternity Leave.
Apprentice Early Years Educator
With a nurturing personality and hands-on approach towards learning, we are thrilled to have Abigail as a part of our team. Her commitment to childhood education makes her the perfect Apprentice.
Early Years Educator
With a bubbly, caring personality and hands-on approach, we are excited to have Beverley as a part of our team. She is committed to providing a superior quality childhood education and brings with her extensive Forest School experience .
All of our carefully selected Early Years Educators are qualified to a minimum of Level 3 in Childcare. We have a small number of Apprentice Educators who are studying towards their level 3 under our specialist guidance. Some are graduates with either PGCE Teacher Status or have been awarded Degree's in Childhood Studies.
We always welcome applications for
Relief Educators to cover busy periods, holidays & sickness/ maternity.
For all posts a firm understanding of the current EYFS is essential. All applicants will be subject to enhanced DBS and reference checks.
Please contact us for further details of how to apply.
We are open:
Mon - Fri: 8:45am - 4pm
GOVERNMENT FUNDING & FEE'S
Fee's are payable in advance only
2 YEAR OLDS
15 Funded hours - For eligible children (if you’re in receipt of certain benefits, your child has an EHC plan or is a Looked After child).
3 & 4 YEAR OLDS
15 Funded Hours - For all children the term following their 3rd birthday.
30 Hours Funded Childcare - For eligible children. (Generally, both parents must be working more than 16 hours a week and earning no more than £100,000 each)
30 HOUR FUNDING
You may be entitled to claim 30hrs funded childcare. Your eligibility depends on;
if you are working
how much you earn
your child’s circumstances
To check your eligibility please visit https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare
Government Funding Shortfall
To summarise: The ugly truth about funded childcare is that it is not entirely free, but actually a subsidised system. The "Free" title is a clever play on words by our Government.
In order to remain sustainable and counterbalance the significant shortfall between what it costs to deliver a premium Early Years Education session like ours and the amount of funding we receive per child, all PVI Nursery and Pre-School settings have had to adapt the way they operate financially and introduce a system called "Additional Services/Consumables Charge." The fee covers all the elements that we provide that the funding simply does not cover. (A full detailed list can be provided on request.)
At Victoria Park Hall Pre-School we request an amount of £35 per term for children who access 15hrs subsidised funding and £65 per term for children who access 30hrs subsidised funding. The amount we are asking for per session equates to between 55p per child per day. We feel this is a valid, yet affordable amount for the exceptional quality and unrivalled experience we provide children in our area.
For a visual explanation of the funding crisis Early Years Educators are facing right now please watch the video link below.
UNIVERSAL CREDIT CAN HELP WITH YOUR CHILDCARE COSTS
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WHAT IS UNIVERSAL CREDIT?
Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs. It’s paid monthly, in advance.
You may be able to get it if you’re on a low income, out of work or you cannot work.
You may be able to get Universal Credit if you’re on a low income or need help with your living costs. You could be:
out of work
working (including self-employed or part time)
unable to work, for example because of a health condition
You can claim back up to 85% of your childcare costs if you’re working. If you live with your partner both of you need to be working, unless one of you is unable to work due to a disability or health condition.
The childcare needs to be from a registered provider. You can get help paying for childcare including nurseries, childminders, breakfast clubs, after school care and holiday clubs.
The most you can get each month is:
£646.35 for one child
£1,108.04 for 2 or more children
You need to pay your childcare costs up front and claim the money back as part of your payment. You can get support to help you pay your childcare costs up front. Talk to your work coach after you’ve made your claim.
Read more about childcare costs and Universal Credit.
TAX FREE CHILDCARE
You can get up to £500 every 3 months (up to £2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare. This goes up to £1,000 every 3 months if a child is disabled (up to £4,000 a year).
If you get Tax-Free Childcare, you’ll set up an online childcare account for your child. For every £8 you pay into this account, the government will pay in £2 to use to pay your provider.
You can get Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as 30 hours free childcare if you’re eligible for both. ( We recommend Parents who access 30 hrs with us, use this tax free top up to assist with the cost of the additional of hours.)
Use the link above to check your eligibility.
From 1st April 2023
3hr Session 9am -12pm or 12:45pm - 3:45pm
•2 Yrs £28.00
•3/4 Yrs £26.00
•Addition Hourly Rate £9.50
Lunch Club 12pm - 12.45pm
• £5.50 per day
All Day Session 9am - 3:45pm including wrap around Lunch Club
• 2yrs £55.00
• 3/4 Yrs £52.00
• Addition Hourly Rate £8.50
We recommend a minimum of 2 sessions per week for 2 year olds and a minimum of 3 sessions per week for 3/4 year olds.
• Late Collection Fee after 12pm or 3:45pm £20 with £15 charge every 15 minutes thereafter.
• Late Payment Fee £30 with a daily charge of £2 every day thereafter.
• At VPHPS we operate a cashless operating policy - meaning we cannot accept cash of any type on the premises at anytime. (Except for fundraising and charity contributions)
(Fees are reviewed bi-annually inline with the UK cost of living)
PAYMENT OF FEE'S
All Fees are payable half termly in advance.
Payments are accepted by Electronic Bank Transfer, Debit Card and Standing order. Cash is no longer permitted on the premises.
Full nursery fees are charged for sickness and holidays during Term Time.
Exception Early Years Education
We believe that children thrive in an environment which values their own uniqueness, while providing support and opportunities to grow emotionally, socially and creatively. By building on each child’s strengths, interests and curiosities, we guide each child to explore the world around them as well as develop new abilities and form close relationships.
At VPHPS we strive to work in conjunction with our Pre-School ethos to enable our children to develop their confidence, independence, regulate and talk freely about their emotions and most importantly be happy at Pre-School.
We aim to provide an environment that is exciting, safe and stimulating and that carries a valued learning experience for all of our children that will stay with them throughout their lives, encouraging them to become independent and confident individuals, working in partnerships with parents, extended families, future schools and the community.
We use our experience and knowledge as practitioners, alongside Development Matters to create a rich & diverse curriculum which involves a mixture of adult let and child led activities.
We always ensure the children are at the centre of any planned learning experiences, although we do have an overarching curriculum intent in place, that is broad and flexible to ensure we are always meeting the children's evolving interests.
Through our detailed knowledge of the Early Years educational sector, we have an excellent understanding of the children in our care, which is assisted by strong partnerships with parents. If we were to identify any potential concerns or delays with a child we would act appropriately and swiftly.
We use an “All About Me” sheet to gain information about new children when they start with us, we use Babysdays online system to record any wow moments, daily photos of the children and observations. We also hold termly focus meetings with each parent to discuss their child’s development and how they can support their child’s learning at home. Next steps are discussed together to ensure parents always know what their child is learning while at nursery.
When children leave our setting for the next step in their learning journey, the impact of our curriculum should ensure that they are confident, self-assured, emotionally regulated school ready children.
We are located at:
Victoria Rosehill Park
Interested in learning more about Victoria Park Hall Pre School? Please feel free to get in touch, and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.
This guidance refers to public health exclusions to indicate the time period an individual should not attend a setting to reduce the risk of transmission during the infectious stage. This is different to ‘exclusion’ as used in an educational sense.
• Athlete’s foot
>> Children should not be barefoot at their setting (for example in changing areas) and should not share towels, socks or shoes with others.
> At least 5 days from onset of rash and until all blisters have crusted over
>>Pregnant staff contacts should consult with their GP or midwife
• Cold sores (herpes simplex)
>> Avoid kissing and contact with the sores
>> If an outbreak or cluster occurs, consult your local health protection team (HPT)
• Respiratory infections including coronavirus (COVID-19)
>> Children and young people should not attend if they have a high temperature and are unwell
Children and young people who have a positive test result for COVID-19 should not attend the setting for 3 days after the day of the test
Children with mild symptoms such as runny nose, and headache who are otherwise well can continue to attend their setting.
Diarrhoea and vomiting
Staff and students can return 48 hours after diarrhoea and vomiting have stopped
If a particular cause of the diarrhoea and vomiting is identified there may be additional exclusion advice for example E. coli STEC and hep A
>> For more information see chapter 3
> Exclusion is essential.
>> Always consult with your UKHSA HPT
Preventable by vaccination. Family contacts must be excluded until cleared to return by your local HPT
• Flu (influenza) or influenza like illness
> Until recovered
>> Report outbreaks to your local HPT
For more information see chapter 3
• Glandular fever
• Hand foot and mouth
>> Contact your local HPT if a large number of children are affected.
>> Exclusion may be considered in some circumstances
• Head lice
• Hepititis A
> Exclude until 7 days after onset of jaundice (or 7 days after symptom onset if no jaundice)
In an outbreak of Hepatitis A, your local HPT will advise on control measures
• Hepatitis B, C, HIV
>> Hepatitis B and C and HIV are blood borne viruses that are not infectious through casual contact. Contact your UKHSA HPT for more advice
> Until lesions are crusted or healed, or 48 hours after starting antibiotic treatment
Antibiotic treatment speeds healing and reduces the infectious period
> 4 days from onset of rash and well enough
Preventable by vaccination with 2 doses of MMR
> Promote MMR for all pupils and staff. >>Pregnant staff contacts should seek prompt advice from their GP or midwife
• Meningococcal meningitis* or septicaemia*
> Until recovered
>>Meningitis ACWY and B are preventable by vaccination. Your local HPT will advise on any action needed
• Meningitis* due to other bacteria
> Until recovered
>> Hib and pneumococcal meningitis are preventable by vaccination. Your UKHSA HPT will advise on any action needed
• Meningitis viral
>> Milder illness than bacterial meningitis. Siblings and other close contacts of a case need not be excluded
>> Good hygiene, in particular handwashing and environmental cleaning, are important to minimise spread.
Contact your UKHSA HPT for more
> 5 days after onset of swelling
>> Preventable by vaccination with 2 doses of MMR. Promote MMR for all pupils and staff
> Not usually required
>> Treatment is needed
• Rubella* (German measles)
> 5 days from onset of rash
>> Preventable by vaccination with 2 doses of MMR.
Promote MMR for all pupils and staff. Pregnant staff contacts should seek prompt advice from their GP or midwife
> Can return after first treatment
>> Household and close contacts require treatment at the same time
• Scarlet fever*
> Exclude until 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment
>> A person is infectious for 2 to 3 weeks if antibiotics are not administered. In the event of 2 or more suspected cases, please contact your UKHSA HPT
• Slapped cheek/Fifth disease/Parvovirus B19
> None (once rash has developed)
>> Pregnant contacts of case should consult with their GP or midwife
>> Treatment recommended for child and household
>> There are many causes, but most cases are due to viruses and do not need or respond to an antibiotic treatment
• Tuberculosis* (TB)
> Until at least 2 weeks after the start of effective antibiotic treatment (if pulmonary TB
>> Exclusion not required for non-pulmonary or latent TB infection
Always consult your local HPT before disseminating information to staff, parents and carers
Only pulmonary (lung) TB is infectious to others, needs close, prolonged contact to spread
Your local HPT will organise any contact tracing
• Warts and verrucae
>> Verrucae should be covered in swimming pools, gyms and changing rooms
• Whooping cough (pertussis)*
> 2 days from starting antibiotic treatment, or >> 21 days from onset of symptoms if no antibiotics
Preventable by vaccination. After treatment, non- infectious coughing may continue for many weeks. Your local HPT will organise any contact tracing
Whilst we do not have a formal pupil uniform policy as such, we do heavily encourage Parents to purchase our branded Polo Shirts and Sweatshirts/Cardigans to protect your child’s own clothing, as enjoying the interesting and engaging activities we set up for the children sometimes may mean they can get messy and muddy.
The most reliable supplier of our Children's uniform is Pinders School-wear located in Rotherham town centre or via their online order system. You must order it direct with the supplier and have it either delivered to your home address or arrange collection from the store.
Children can join Coach Ross each week and enjoy the Kixx football programme. Currently it is priced at £5 per session during the nursery day, paid half termly in advance directly to Kixx. It teaches children not only football skills but listening and attention skills, coordination, keeps them active, all whilst having fun. Let one of our team members know if your child is interested in taking part.
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