Joining Meadow

Open Day:
Come and see Meadow Pre-school in action, chat with staff members, let your children explore the toys and the lovely garden. Every year Meadow Pre-school aims to hold an open day to allow you and your children a taster of what we have to offer. Please contact us for details or to arrange a visit.

First Visits:
Meadow takes children from two years of age; your child can start at any time of the year, provided we have vacancies.

If you are interested in your child attending Meadow, the best way to make your decision is to call in, meet the staff and see Meadow Pre-school in action. To make an appointment, call Manager Bev Pritchard on 01634 814122.

When a child begins at Meadow we explain the process of settling-in with his/her parents/carers and jointly decide on the best way to help the child to settle.

We offer the parent/carers the opportunity to stay for most of the session during the first week, gradually taking time away from their child, increasing this as and when the child is able to cope.

We judge a child to be settled when they have formed a relationship with a member of staff; for example the child looks for a member of staff when he/she arrives, goes to them for comfort, and seems pleased to be with them. The child is also familiar with where things are and is pleased to see other children and participate in activities.

We use the settling-in period to begin to assess who will be the best key person for the child and their family. We allocate a key person team to each child and their family.

Key person:
As stated above, each child and his/her family is allocated a key person. This member of staff will be your first point of contact if you wish to discuss your child’s progress or if you need to make the staff aware of an issue that may affect your child.

As Meadow is a small and community-based pre-school each parent is welcome to approach any member of staff, and should not feel limited to the key person.

Meadow operates an “open door” policy to parents, who can discuss their child’s development at any time.

Special Educational Needs:
Meadow provides equal opportunity of learning for all children, including those with special educational needs. Our staff is experienced in working with children with a range of physical and learning disabilities. If you wish to discuss your child’s own particular needs, please make an appointment with Bev, who is our Special Educational Need Co-ordinator.

Currently we do not have wheelchair access to the Pre-school, but we are working towards this.

Privacy Notice - Data Protection Act 1998

Meadow Pre School are the Data Controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act.  We collect information about your child and use this personal data to:

•             support your child’s development

•             monitor and report on your child’s progress

•             assess how well the setting as a whole is doing.

We are required by law to pass some information to Medway Council as the Local Authority (LA) and the Department for Education (DfE) through the annual Early Years Census. This information includes your child’s name, date of birth, home address, the number of free entitlement hours you are accessing for your child, and personal characteristics such as ethnic group and whether your child has special educational needs.

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Charity No: 1124861 / Ofsted No: EY378947 / DfES No: 521657 / Company No: 6560860

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