which the children enjoy daily
Like many Pre-schools, we are a charity. Our brilliant staff are employees, most of whom have been with us for many years, and parent volunteer trustees form our management committee.
Registered with Ofsted, the Charity Commission and the Early Years Alliance; we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidance and work closely with West Berkshire Council Early Years Services to provide the best possible care to our little people.
Our staff and committee are highly committed to ensuring each child is safe, secure and at the heart of everything we do.
Our goals are for every child to:
- Enjoy Pre-school
- Make the best possible progress with us
- Grow to love learning and grow in confidence; making friends and taking part
- Be ready for primary school upon leaving
Setting Outstanding Standards
We are very proud to be considered “Outstanding” providers by Ofsted in our most recent (2019) inspection. We were also found to be ‘Oustanding’ in 2015 too, and ‘Good’ before that. We continue working hard to maintain our high standards. Please ‘click’ to a link to Ofsted for our latest inspection.
Our children are outdoors as often as possible – unless the weather is against us we are outside everyday! The benefits to being outside are endless, but here are the top five reasons according to early years experts:
Encourages an Active Lifestyle
Children who learn to play outdoors are much more likely to continue to enjoy outdoor activities such as walking, running and cycling as they get older. Given the number of gadgets and new technology available to us all, outdoor play is an extremely important factor in combating an increasingly sedentary lifestyle.
Appreciation of Nature and the Environment
Learning in an outdoor environment allows children to interact with the elements around us and helps them to gain an understanding of the world we live in. They can experience animals in their own surroundings and learn about their habitats and lifecycles.
Develops Social Skills
Indoor spaces can often feel overcrowded to children and naturally, they may feel intimated in this type of environment. More space outdoors can help children to join in and ‘come out of their shells’. Giving children outdoor learning experiences offers them a chance to talk about what they have done with their friends, teachers and parents.
The extra space offered by being outdoors will give children the sense of freedom to make discoveries by themselves. They can develop their own ideas or create games and activities to take part in with their friends without feeling like they’re being directly supervised. They’ll begin to understand what they can do by themselves and develop a ‘can do‘ attitude, which will act as a solid foundation for future learning.
Being outdoors provides children with more opportunities to experience risk-taking. They have the chance to take part in tasks on a much bigger scale and complete them in ways they might not when they’re indoors. They can learn to make calculated decisions such as ‘should I jump off this log?’ or ‘can I climb this tree?’
Our brilliant staff
All of our early years staff are well qualified and highly experienced in all aspects of early years provision. Our team are dedicated and very hard-working; they work closely together to:
- Work with the children all day every day, following their interests and enabling them to learn through play without them knowing
- Write consistent, focused and efficient observations, demonstrating how each child is developing through their learning journey
- Track and monitor each child’s progress against the set EYFS recommendations
- Focus on school readiness for the older cohort
- Invite parent involvement though Eylog, catch-ups and meetings
Our administrator is a former parent, and has a wealth of experience and knowledge. The management committee is made up of volunteer parents who have children who attend Pre-school; they are fully committed to helping provide the best care for your, and their own, children.
If your child attends CAPS you, as a parent/carer, automatically become a member of the Pre-school community… whether you wish to join the committee and have a say in the management, or would like to help with fundrasing and events – or perhaps volunteer during sessions with reading or ‘Topic Talks’ (about your hobbies or profession)… all input is welcome. Simply contact the committee on [email protected]
We would love to become more involved in the local community… inviting sports/crafts/hobby groups in to give us demonstrations, or visiting other local charities and organisations. If you are involved in a group and might like to work with or visit us, please do get in touch.
Professional partnerships and associations
To ensure we maintain our high standards and keep up with all new relevant research, developments and legislation, we work closely with several external professional bodies regarding all elements of early years provision: safeguarding, staff training and development, charity best practice, health and safety, SEN/PEP/LAC, child development of course, and much more.
For full details on how to join CAPS please visit our Enrolment page.