Preschool

At Ormiston South Parade Academy (OSPA) we offer all 2 year olds that are eligible for 2-year-old funding a place in our Pre-School.

To find out if you are eligible and to apply for the funding please click on the link below:

 

Two year old funding

When are we open?

We offer 15 hours of early education a week, 3 hours a day. The session times are as follows: 8:30am-11:30am or 12:15pm-3:15pm, 5 days a week. This offer is in term time only.

Who will look after my child?

For every four children that we have in the Pre-School, we have one member of staff. This ratio means that the staff develop good relationships and know every unique child in their care.

When you accept a place at OSPA Pre-School, your child will be allocated a key worker. This is the member of staff that will be working closely with your child, assessing their progress and planning their next steps. The key worker is there to help your child feel safe and secure and will be an accessible and available point of contact on a daily basis. In some instances, your child’s key worker may change as they may have built a close relationship with a different member of staff. These changes are always a result of your child’s best interests.


What will my child do for three hours?

In the Early Years, children learn best through play and first-hand experiences. We believe it is important for children to learn through a combination of adult-led and child-initiated activities. During adult-led activities, staff will teach new ideas and concepts, the children are then given time to practise and apply the skills in their play. We set up the environment with careful thought about every child’s needs, interests and stages of development. We have skilled staff that interact with the children, extend their play ideas and challenge their thinking.

Your child will be assessed through on-going observations of their play and adult-led activities. This information is then uploaded to an online facility called ‘Tapestry’ which provides a learning journey for their progress and achievements. You will also be able to access Tapestry and we encourage your full involvement.

For more information, please see the Curriculum section.

I am interested, what do I do next?

Use the link above to find out if your child is eligible for the two-year-old funding. If they are, you can apply online. You will be issued a code which the office will need to process your application.

You can then contact the office and we will show you around and introduce you to the staff. We also offer a home visit and a stay and play session to help us begin to build relationships with you and your child. After this your child can start. We usually suggest an hour a day at first, building to the full 3 hours a day as they settle in their new environment, build relationships and grow in confidence.