FAQs

GENERAL FAQs

At Smarden Pre School, children can start from 2 years old. More details can be found on our Admission pages or alternatively contact us to discuss your requirements.

No. We change nappies as and when required. We will work with you with toilet training as the time arises. Please provide spare nappies, wipes and a named change of clothes for your child.

We allocate a key person to each child and their family. Your child’s key worker will welcome and look after you and your child in their first session and during the settling-in process. We treat each child individually, and will jointly decide with you on the best way to help your child to settle into the setting. Please see our ‘Settling you child in’ page for more details.

Smarden Preschool is open during term time, from 9am -3pm, Monday to Friday.  Term dates can be found here.

If your child becomes ill whilst they are at preschool, we will contact you to discuss the best course of action. As part of the registration process we will collect key contacts for your child, including GP details.

If your child has an accident at preschool, we have a policy in place and all staff are aware of the procedures to follow. We will inform you of any accident involving your child and ask you to sign the accident book. Please note that all staff are qualified paediatric first aiders.

To reduce the risk of infection to other children, please do not bring your child to pre-school if they have been sick or had diarrhoea in the previous 48 hours. In line with the fees policy, sessions missed by your child due to illness will still be chargeable. Please call the pre-school if your child will not be attending.

Uniform is not compulsory, however, we do have our own range of quality t-shirts and sweatshirts available to buy.  More details can be found here.

Yes please! The preschool is a parent-led charity.  The trustees and fund raising committee are all volunteers and more help is always appreciated.

Parents may also to join the children for stay-and-play sessions. Please ask the staff for details.

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages. Ofsted report to Parliament via the Department for Education.

Smarden Pre School has consistently been rated as “Good”. The full report can be downloaded here.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. It is a framework setting the standards for learning, development and care for children during this period. Nurseries, pre-schools, reception classes and childminders must follow the legal document called the EYFS Framework.  For more details please see Our Curriculum.

FUNDRAISING FAQs

Yes please! We are always looking for volunteers to help with various fundraising events. Please speak to a member of staff.

We are also a registered charity with smile.amazon.co.uk. Smile Amazon donates a percentage of your spend to the charity of your choice. Please choose Smarden Pre School.

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FEES & FUNDING FAQs

If your child is not eligible for funding our sessions are charged at a rate of £5.00 per hour.  Further details can be found here.

We have summarised the current funding opportunities available to parents here.  If you meet the various criteria we can talk you through the next steps to claim the funding.  

As a provider registered with KCC, we are eligible to claim on your behalf. As parents you will need to complete and sign a parent contract form stating how many sessions you are claiming.

Yes. The cost of your vouchers can be taken out of your salary before the NI and Tax contributions are calculated. This is done through your employer by registering with one of the many childcare voucher schemes available.

FOOD & DRINK FAQs

Children can be collected either before or after lunch.

If you would like your child to have lunch at preschool,  please provide a suitable packed lunch or alternatively we can arrange a hot lunch via the primary school. Hot lunches are charged at £2.05 each  and must be paid in advance. More details can be found here.

We encourage children to adopt a healthy and nutritious diet. Water is provided that the children can help themselves to during the morning. We provide a healthy snack and a drink either milk or water.

We are looking into starting an Early Risers Club, however it is dependent on demand.  If you are interested in booking your child in for such a club please speak to a member of staff.  Please note any such club will be charged separately and Government funded hours cannot be used towards it.

Have other questions?

If you have other questions about starting your child at Smarden Pre-School get in touch and speak to one of our friendly teachers who will be happy to help.