We are Chuckleberries Pre-School, based in Bury Village Hall, Bury, Near Pulborough, West Sussex. We operate as a Parent Commitee managed Not-for-Profit organisation offering a sessional care setting for children aged 2 to 5 years. From September 2014 we will be open Monday to Friday during term time from 08:45am to 2.45pm. A holiday club operates during some of the other weeks in the year, which is open 9am to 1pm. All sessions include a break for packed lunch and as much outdoor time as possible.
Our ethos is to provide a cheerful and welcoming, club-style learning environment for children aged 2 up to 5 years old, where every day is a fun experience for the children and every day becomes an “I want to go to Chuckleberries” day.
Overview of the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage at Chuckleberries
Chuckleberries provides a safe, secure and happy environment creating the foundation your child needs to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow. Here at Chuckleberries we understand the importance of child development, linking the activities and experiences offered through the Every Child Matters (2004) Outcomes. These are:
Chuckleberries Curriculum has been written in accordance with current Government requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which covers child development from birth to 5 years. There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:
Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
All the toys and activities put out at the start of a session cover the areas of the EYFS. During the session at Chuckleberries we interact with the children to encourage learning outcomes.
When your child joins us at Chuckleberries they are assigned to a team key person, who will help with familiarisation of the pre-school and development of feelings of confidence and safety within the setting.
Records kept on your child whilst at Chuckleberries are in the form of a "learning journal". Your child's key person will put pictures in the journal, whilst high lighting your child's development so that you have a record of your child's learning whilst they are with us.
As parents and carers you are welcome to look at your child's learning journal at any time and you may meet with your child's key person at any time during session to discuss any matter. We do not operate formal parent consultation meetings, but prefer that you request time with us, at your convenience, ensuring that you can be as involved as you wish.
Each area progresses through age related stages to the final 'Early Learning Goals' at 40 -60 months. It must be appreciated that children do not conform rigidly to these and vary in the speed at which they achieve them, the framework is there to ensure your child is gaining the skills and knowledge that will support and prepare them for key stage 1 at school.
We should emphasise that all learning at Chuckleberries is through fun, creative and stimulating activities. The children are given the freedom to select from a range of toys and activities which we believe increases their desire to learn. Toys help to encourage the development of children in the different learning areas so that even when children seem to be 'just playing' they are learning at the same time.
You will find a copy of our prospectus in the Documents section which you are able to download for more information. Alternatively call us to arrange to come and see us!
Chairman of the Committee