Aims, Values

Our vision for children’s learning and development

Our vision is a statement about what we want to achieve for children. Castle Kindergarten’s vision for children’s learning and development is best described by Rich, Casanova, Dixon, Drummond, Durant and Myer in their book ‘First hand experience – what matters to children’ written in 2005

What matters to children

What is in the world
Who is in the world
Touching and tasting the world
Knowing the world
Making sense of the world
Exploring how things work
Moving about in the world
Acting on the world and making a mark upon it
Being engaged with authentic purposes
Being with friends
Being in different kinds of places
Making collections
Having a sense of big belonging
Making my own world map and my own moral map
Finding out what the world is made of
Being in the world of living things
Understanding how the world works
Finding out how to keep safe in the world

Our kindergarten environment provides lots of opportunities for children to explore, discover, wonder, imagine and create! You will find more detail about the kindergarten curriculum in our seperate section titled  “Our Curriculum”

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 understands 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 a safe, secure, caring and happy environment.
We will:
Ensure the health, safety and emotional wellbeing of every child in our care at all times
Create a relaxed and happy environment where children are at ease with themselves
Provide opportunities for developmentally appropriate play for the different age groups and allow children to make choices and to direct play and learning at their own pace
Provide opportunities for children to explore and understand the wider world, have a positive image of themselves and we will promote respect for different cultural and social backgrounds
Provide an environment in which children’s voices are listened to, their views and opinions are valued and respected and their needs and concerns are responded to appropriately and sensitively
Provide an ethos of support and nurture where curiosity is encouraged and where making mistakes is part of the learning process. All children will be challenged and stretched and will be allowed time, space and resources to discover their passions and talents

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 follow their own interests. In each room the experiences offered are approriate 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.

Download and read our Curriculum Document

Castle Kindergarten Child Care Policies
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…
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.

Please contact us for information about how to make arrangements for a funded place.
A minimum of two sessions a week is required
Morning 7.30AM – 12.30PM £25.00 £23.00
Afternoon 1.00PM – 6.00PM £25.00 £23.00
Five Half Days 7.30AM-12.30PM or 1.00PM – 6.00PM £125.00 £115.00
Full Day 7.30AM – 6PM £39.00 £37.00
Full Week 7.30AM – 6.00PM    
Additional Hours   £6.00 £6.00
Late Fee   £6.00 £6.00
Hourly rate after/before Each hour up to 6.00PM   £6.00
Summer Holiday Club AM     £15.00
Summer Holiday Club PM     £15.00
Summer Holiday Club Day     £25.00
Statement of Intent

Every child has the right to be safe.

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 children.

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
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