About Meadow Pre-school
Meadow has been providing a welcoming, happy and safe environment for pre-school children for almost forty years when it started as a playgroup.
Meadow is a community pre-school and registered charity that is managed by a committee of volunteer parents. There is a lot of parental involvement at Meadow; the Committee oversees the management of the pre-shcool and also runs fundraising events throughout the year, and many parents become involved in one way or another, be it with the garden or maintenance for example.
As a charity the emphasis must be placed on accessibility rather than profit when setting fees, and as such Meadows is truly a community pre-school. Money is raised by the Committee to provide new and improved equipment and resources for the Pre-school and to improve the physical environment.
Meadow’s Manager Bev Pritchard has completed her degree in Childcare and Education and has achieved the new ‘Early Years Professional Status’ qualification. She and her team will be happy to talk to you about your child and their progress at Meadow at any time. Bev Pritchard works with a team of pre-school practitioners who provide excellent education and care for the children. The team are constantly updating their skills and knowledge.
Meadow has its own hall on Albert Road in which there is a main room for indoor activities, a smaller room for reading and quiet activities and a large landscaped garden for riding bikes, climbing, digging in the sandpit and running about.
Meadow’s ethos is very much one of learning through play. When children are happy, confident and enjoying themselves they are more open to new learning experiences. This does not mean that the children are left to play without any structure, quite the opposite; the activities are planned in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage for children (2017).
Meadow is registered with Ofsted (the Government’s Office for Standards in Education) and the Department for Education (DFE) to provide education and full day care for children between two and five. Meadow changed its legal status in 2008 to become a company limited by guarantee. To comply with regulations we are now registered as a new setting with Ofsted. To view our old Ofsted reports please follow the links on the documents page of this website. To view our current setting go to the Ofsted website.
Our aim is to encourage children to learn, play and gain confidence and in a caring and friendly environment.
Meadow believes in learning through play and presenting everything to the child through their eyes. Our approach is based on two highly regarded approaches to child care and early years education: Reggio Emilia and High/Scope.
The Reggio Emilia approach to education is committed to the creation of conditions for learning that will enhance and facilitate children's construction of "his or her own powers of thinking through the synthesis of all the expressive, communicative and cognitive languages".
High/Scope recognises the uniqueness of each child and develops their self-confidence by building on what they can do. This approach is based on sound educational principles, as detailed below.
Active Learning. Children learn best by being active – by engaging with people, materials, events and ideas in ways that are direct, immediate and meaningful to them. Every aspect of the High/Scope Approach supports active learning.
Personal Initiative. Children have a natural desire to learn. We recognise and support this. It encourages children to use their initiative, to plan and to develop their own strengths and interests. Our Plan-Do-Review process gives children the opportunity to create and express their intentions, to generate their own learning experiences and to reflect on those experiences.
Consistency. To become confident, independent learners, children need consistency. The High/Scope Approach provides this through the daily routine, the organisation of the learning environment and in the ways that the adults interact with children.
Genuine Relationships. Children achieve more when they feel happy and secure. High/Scope practitioners bring genuine warmth and trust to their relationships with children. They also respect and value each child's personal and cultural identity.
Appropriate Curriculum. Children need a curriculum that is appropriate to their intellectual, emotional and physical development. The High/Scope Curriculum has been developed through extensive observations of young children learning. It is based on key learning experiences and offers children the foundation of knowledge, skills and ideas that they will build on throughout their lives. (For more about the curriculum click here)
Although it may sometimes seem a less formal approach to learning than some other settings, the approach to learning adopted by Meadow is structured in the context of the Early Years Foundation Stage. You will not find Meadow children sitting down being taught to write or read or do basic mathematics,rather they are given plenty of opportunities to explore the seven EYFS areas of learning. Three prime areas: communication and language; physical development; personal social and emotional development, and four specific areas: literacy; mathematics; understanding the world; expressive arts and design.
This focus on active learning with well-targeted plans brings these six key areas of learning to the children in the context of varied activity and they begin to learn at their own pace following their own interests and friendships.