The staff teams are currently spending time together in staff meetings to agree together the important values that will underpin everything that happens in the kindergartens.
Our values will describe how we will behave with one another, how we will guide children to behave with those around them and how everyone will work towards Castle Kindergarten’s vision for children’s learning and development. It is very important that everyone in the team is involved in this process so that everyone understand and promotes our values.
We are committed to providing high quality, affordable, child-centred care with high quality learning opportunities for every child attending our kindergarten, within in a safe, secure, caring and happy environment.
From their first days at school children are immersed in environments that support their development. Foremost is our commitment to providing a truly language rich environment. Across the kindergarten, activities that engage children in listening, talking, and communicating to express their thoughts, questions, choices and feelings surround them.
We promote all areas of learning and development as outlined in England’s statutory Early Years Foundation Stage which sets the standards for learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. We do this through a planned and purposeful play based curriculum. At the heart of our approach we have created an environment where children can express themselves, explore and investigate. We offer a curriculum that is not only broad based, but considers the individual needs of each child, allowing each child to develop at their own pace and to follow their own interests. In each room the experiences offered are appropriate to children’s age and include both indoor and outdoor activities
Our learning environments are pivotal to our whole approach to learning and teaching; they are flexible so that spaces can be adapted in response to children’s interests or lines of enquiry. Resources are easily accessible to children and are open-ended using largely natural or recycled materials so that children can create many different things in many ways.
A printed copy of each policy is available for parents/carers to read at each kindergarten. Our policies can also be viewed online, or downloaded, by clicking on each one below…
Child Protection Policies
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Policies
Premises, Environment and Equipment Policies
Equal Opportunities Policies
Information and Records Policies
If your child is 2 years old and your family qualifies, your child could be entitled to 15 hours of free
childcare a week for 38 weeks. At Castle Kindergarten the 15 hours a week can be stretched over more than
38 weeks if you wish.
In the term following your child's 3rd birthday your child becomes eligible for 15 hours of free childcare a week for 38 weeks. At Castle Kindergarten the 15 hours per week can be stretched over more than 38 weeks if you wish.
From September 2017, some working parents will be entitled to an extra 15 hours early education or childcare for their 3 and 4 year old child. If eligible your child can have 30 hours instead of the usual 15 hours over 38 weeks per year. Eligibility will start the term after your child’s third birthday as with the universal entitlement. The 30 hours per week can be stretched over more than 38 weeks if you wish.
The government has recently launched a new website for parents - Childcare Choices – which sets out all current and upcoming Government childcare offers and support available to parents, including the Tax-Free Childcare scheme and 30 hours, the 15 free hours, tax credits, Universal Credit and childcare vouchers. www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
Please contact us for information about how to make arrangements for a funded place.
Statement of Intent
Castle Kindergarten is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and we expect all of our staff, students and volunteers to make this commitment too.
We work with children, parents & carers and the community to ensure the safety of
Our environment and our ethos encourage children to develop a positive self-image, regardless of race, language, religion, culture or social background.
We aim to help children to establish and sustain satisfying relationships with us, with their peers, within their families and with other adults.
We aim to enable children to have the self-confidence and the vocabulary to resist inappropriate approaches,
and we aim to work with parents & carers to build their understanding of and commitment to the welfare of all our children.
Parents should understand that we will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of children, young people and family members. In cases where the kindergarten has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, we will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board procedures .
The Designated Lead for Safeguarding is the Kindergarten Manager with cover provided by the Kindergarten Deputy Manager. To read our safeguarding and related policies please visit the ‘Our Policies’ page