FAQ

What are the adult to child ratios?
How do I apply for a place for my child?
How do the children learn within the setting?
What activities will my child be taking part in?
What do I need to bring to Playschool?
How can I get involved in playschool?
What guidelines are there regarding learning and development?
Special educational needs, disability and inclusion
How can I help my child settle at playschool?
Which infant school do most of the children move on to when they leave playschool?
What happens in a typical session?
What if I use a child-minder or other carer?
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage all about?

What are the adult to child ratios?
The Ofsted requirement is for children aged 2-3 years old – 1 adult for every 4 children and for children 3-5 years – 1 adult to every 8 children.  We are a mixed group with children aged 2 ½ to 5 years and operate at 1 adult for every 5 children when we are full.

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How do I apply for a place for my child?
Please click here to see the Admissions Policy and form.
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How do the children learn within the setting?
At Peter Pan Playschool, we believe children learn at their highest level through play. We therefore strive to create a secure, stimulating and enticing environment in which children can learn and play. We adopt a ‘free flow’ approach to play in which children can move freely around the setting, selecting resources at their choosing. We believe this, combined with sensitive adult support allows children to become independent and competent learners.
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What activities will my child be taking part in?
On arrival, there will be a variety of activities available for your child to engage in. The children are also able to self- select resources from the trolleys in the hall. At 11.00 we have group time; the children are divided into small groups led by an adult to take part in an activity to develop their speaking, listening and attention skills. The garden area is open every day and children are able to move between the hall and garden freely.

If your child has a particular interest or new skill which they are mastering, we fully encourage you to share this with playschool, so we can support them.
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What do I need to bring to playschool?
Each morning your child will require:

  • A clean flannel – for hygiene reasons each child will have their own individual flannel to dry their hands on.
  • A bottle of water – this is then available for your child to refresh themselves with whenever they feel necessary throughout the morning.
  • A piece of fruit or vegetable – all the fruit and veg brought in from home will be cut and shared amongst all the children at snack time. If your child has any dietary requirements, please discuss this upon your first visit.
  • In the winter months, your child will need a pair of wellington boots for outdoor play. This prevents mud being spread around the indoor area.
  • Your child will also need a waterproof or coat.
  • In the summer months, please provide a sun hat and suncream.

Please note that all items need to be clearly named.
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How can I get involved in playschool?
After a settling in period of 6 weeks, we encourage every parent to sign up to become a ‘helper’ for the morning. Spending the morning at playschool allows you to see your child ‘at work’, and is a great opportunity for you to spend time with your child’s key person. As a general guideline, we hope that as a parent or carer, you may be able to help out once every half term.

Committee meetings are also held half-termly, and all parents are welcome. This is another opportunity for you to get involved with decision making within the setting and to get to know other parents.
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What guidelines are there regarding learning and development?
Peter Pan Playschool implements the Early Years Foundation Stage (2012) which is made up of seven areas of learning and development. All areas are interconnected and of equal importance. Each individual child will have their own personal Learning Journey throughout their time with us, which is based against the ‘stepping stones’ set out in the EYFS. Their Learning Journey will track their current stages of development, and is available for you to see on a regular basis.
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Special educational needs, disability and inclusion
At Peter Pan Playschool, we aim to allow all children to reach their full potential. All children are welcome at our preschool and we will endeavour to meet your child’s individual needs. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s development, please discuss this with a member of staff during your first visit. We will then work closely with you to try to ensure we have the resources available to meet your child’s needs when they start at playschool. We receive support from Surrey Early Years who frequently support and liaise with us regarding Special Educational Needs and Disability, as well as having our own staff trained in SEND. We also, when appropriate, receive support from other agencies including speech and language therapists, occupational therapy and educational psychologists.
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How can I help my child settle at playschool?
Every child is different, and therefore each child will settle in individual ways. We recommend you spend time talking to your child before they start playschool, about the general routine of the morning, so they can begin to understand what to expect. You and your child will also be invited to a settling in morning, just before they start, in order for you both to familiarise yourselves with the setting and the staff.

If you are concerned your child may take a while to settle, please discuss this with their key person during your settling in morning, so that appropriate strategies can be put into place. We are guided by you as you know your child best and you are welcome to stay until you and your child feel ready to separate.
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Which infant school do most of the children move on to when they leave playschool?
Due to our convenient location the majority of the children tend to move on to the local infant schools in Bookham and Fetcham which are all close to the playschool.  These include Eastwick Infant School, Polesden Lacey Infant School, The Dawnay and Fetcham Village Infant School.  Our session times also enable parents to drop older siblings off at school first.
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What happens in a typical session?
We ask you to arrive promptly at 9.10am. On arrival you may have information you wish to share with your child’s key person, for example if your child is feeling tired, this is an ideal time to share such information. On arrival, there will be a wide variety of activities available for your child to become quickly engrossed in. We encourage free play during this time, allowing the children to follow their own interests and control their own play and learning.

Group time takes place at 11.00 when the children are divided into small groups led by an adult to take part in an activity to develop their speaking, listening and attention skills.  Snack Bar generally opens at around 10am and is a great opportunity for your child to develop their social skills and to try a variety of fruit and vegetables. Throughout the session we undertake adult-led activities including small group work tailored to individual children’s needs. If your child has a particular interest or is developing a new skill, for example learning to write their name, we will incorporate this into our daily plans.
We make full use of our outdoor area each session and make available a wide range of resources, toys & activities. When the weather is fine, we often enjoy our snack and story time in the sunshine.  Towards the end of the session, we encourage all the children to help tidy up. We believe this develops a sense of responsibility and ownership. After tidying up, we sit down for carpet time. We share a story and sing 2 or 3 songs each session for a half term, allowing your child to learn the words and actions. If your child has something special to tell or show us, this is an ideal time to share it with the group.  We also develop our turn taking skills, listening and attention abilities during circle time.
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What if I use a child-minder or other carer?
Many of our families use child-minders, as well as those who may choose to use two different settings for their child. For those parents who will not be collecting their child, we offer a ‘link book’ system – in which your key person will write a brief description of what your child has enjoyed throughout the session/what they have eaten/nappy changes etc. We hope this will be useful for you. We also like to encourage two-way communication, so actively encourage parents to write back with any information they feel is relevant. We will require you to complete some paperwork to authorise your child-minder to collect your child.
We hope to work in partnership with any carer you choose, so encourage regular communication and sharing of information.
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What is the Early Years Foundation Stage all about?
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the framework used for children from birth until the end of reception at school. The EYFS framework supports our work with children, enabling us to develop their potential. More information on the EYFS can be found here: EYFS.

We firmly believe in the impact a high quality Early Years setting can have on a child’s future learning and development. It is within the first five years of your child’s life that the most substantial growth and development takes place and we can help you lay the foundations for your child’s future. The majority of our staff are trained specifically in effective preschool practice.
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