Starting at St Bridget's Pre-school

Changes during COVID-19

During the coronavirus pandemic we have had to make some changes to our usual routines to keep everyone safe. The main change is the way that children come in for and go home from their session.

There is a one-way system in place around St Bridget's Centre, please follow the signs.

We ask children and their carer to wait in line, observing the 2m social distancing guidance. A member of staff will greet you at the door and take each child in, one at a time.

At pick-up, please follow the same routine, waiting in line and your child will be brought out, one at a time.

When to start?

Children are eligible to start our Pre-School at the age of 30 months.  In some circumstances children slightly younger might be ready to join, this will be determined after an initial visit and consultation with staff and parents/carers.

We will endeavour to find a place for your child, but this will sometimes depend on availability due to the children already enrolled.

We offer sessions Monday to Friday during school term time, and pride ourselves in being flexible for families where possible.

Flexibility

All three & four year old children are entitled to 15 hours per week, state-funded, from the term after their 3rd birthday. The 15hrs can be flexible, and you may use them over two or three days (not one), five mornings/afternoons, or share them with another provider - just ask and we will do what we can to help. Of course, if you'd like your child to do more than the state-funded 15 hours, or want them to start before they're eligible for them, then our fees are shown below. We will have a limited number of "30 hours" places available from September. Please talk to us if you would like more information.

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Sessions

  • All day: 08:50 - 15:50 (includes lunch club)
  • Mornings: 08:50 - 11:50 (or 12:50 with lunch club)
  • Afternoons: (11:50 if in lunch club or) 12:50 - 15:50
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Lunch club

"Lunch club" is only available for children entering school the following September. Children will be served with a hot dinner and supervised in the school hall, where they can familiarise themselves with the school routines and prepare for the transition in September. 

As the lunch is provided in the primary school, lunch monies are payable separately to Wirral Council.

St Bridget's Pre-school has been awarded "Healthy Eating" status.

Monday

Please note that Monday sessions are usually recommended for those children who are due to start school at St Bridget's C of E Primary School in the following September. This is because we go in to the school to familiarise the children with their new teachers and classrooms.

Fees

Fees are to be paid by the date on the bill. We accept child care vouchers, just give us the details.

  • Registration fee: £25. For all new starters, non-refundable
  • Deposit: £50. This will be deducted from your first term's fees
  • Hourly fee £5.50 per hour
  • Activities are charged at £15 each per term

Uniform

Yellow polo shirts, royal blue sweatshirts and useful pump bags are available to purchase through our online shop, and can then be collected from the Pre-school.

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Starting

Parents/carers and children are encouraged to visit us before their starting date, to familiarise themselves with the staff, children and surroundings.


St Bridget’s Pre-school is a fun place to be, a place where your child will gain valuable independence as our friendly experienced staff endeavour to make the transition from ‘Home to Pre-School to Big School’, as easy for you and your child as we possibly can.

Settling in

When your child begins Pre-School, parents/carers are welcome to stay as long as they feel it necessary to help them settle in.

Parents/carers are encouraged to stay if their child is distressed but if you decide to leave your child, we will reassure you by text as and when they settle.

If your child does not settle, parents are advised to return and stay, or alternatively come back for the next session and leave the child for a set time, and increase that time over a number of weeks, until the full session time is reached.

Parents/carers of unsettled children are advised to pick up their child a few minutes early.

We try the following techniques to help your child settle:

  • Reading a story
  • Offering a choice of activity
  • Helping with a special task
  • Painting a picture for the family
  • Introducing them to other children

Please contact us to arrange a visit.

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Early Years Foundation Stages

Each child's developmental progress is observed, with different members of staff looking after the various components of the Early Years Foundation Stage  (EYFS). This is recorded on the Tapestry web portal for you to view securely online.

St Bridget’s Pre-school adheres to the Birth to Three Matters Framework and the Foundation Stage Curriculum and work closely with the reception teachers in St Bridget’s Primary School.

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