SPACES AVAILABLE September 2021 ...FREE 15 HRS, 30 HRS and some 2 Year old funding maybe available
Welcome to St Osmund's Preschool and Sunshine Clubs
An OUTSTANDING preschool that is dedicated to the learning and development of confident, happy children. Our philosophy puts the individual needs of the children at the centre of everything we do so that your child flourishes in these critical early years.
The preschool is a non-profit charity who welcomes all faiths and is situated in the grounds of St Osmund's Primary school.
Situated in the heart of the historic Cathedral city of Salisbury, Wiltshire.
STATEMENT OF INTENT
NURTURE… LEARN … GROW
St Osmund’s Pre-School we provide an environment which supports and values every child, and which recognises their developing independence and individuality.
To give opportunities to inspire, discover and explore through play-based experiences.
To acknowledge that children are natural learners and communicators.
To ensure that every child will be happy and secure in our professional care.
To work together with parents to provide a positive start for children. Children to become confident, independent learners and gain skills which promote a positive attitude to learning.
To build a strong relationship between the local community, to learn about and appreciate our role as part of the national and global communities and to foster an understanding of the importance of being a responsible citizen.
A Preschool we may be but 2 year olds can come as you can see…
Your baby is 2 and, well, not really a baby anymore. She can speak and be understood about half the time (it’s the other half that leads to exasperation). She may even be able to carry on a (very) brief conversation … which leads to some not-so-pretty forms of expression, a.k.a. whining, screaming and full-out tantrums. And don’t be surprised by her compulsion to ask the question “why?” about a thousand times a day. She’s just eager to learn — and even if she knows the answer, she gets a real kick out of eliciting a response from you.
Intellectually, that little brain is bursting with activity — arranging things into categories (dogs and cats are animals; pants and sweaters are clothes). Her memory is much more sophisticated than just a few months ago and she’s beginning to understand abstract concepts such as “now” versus “later” and “more” versus “fewer.”
Other toddler quirks may include a sudden desire for your perfectly ambulatory tot to be carried … everywhere! Chalk that up to 2-year-old negativity (If Mum wants me to walk, that’s a good enough reason not to) and a developmentally appropriate ambivalence about separating from you and yet needing Mummy as much as ever. This too shall pass. In the meantime, try playing games or singing as you walk to distract your child, or ask for a special helper who can carry your shopping and make the grocery list.
More stuff you might be thinking about: making the move from cot to bed, establishing good eating habits now that her diet (and the places she may dine) are more varied and tantrums (sorry, they’re just a fact of toddler life, but there are ways to head them off and to deal with inevitable eruptions).
Lastly, this is a great time to tell your tot (and remind yourself) that everybody’s different, both in how they look and how they act — and that those differences should be at least respected and at best celebrated. Teaching children about tolerance helps them develop self-esteem (I accept you for who you are, therefore you accept me) and empathy.
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JANUARY 2021 CORONAVIRUS UPDATE FOR PARENTS/CARERS
St Osmund’s Preschool is proud to say that we have remained open during these difficult times. Our preschool has remained open for key workers children over the past few months, and our preschool will remain open.
Going forward into the new term, we are aware that many of you at home may be concerned about finances. To the families who pay the termly fee and are still accessing the preschool, you will only be charged for the sessions you use and for hot lunches if required.
However, as a charity organisation we would greatly appreciate a donation. As during this lockdown the preschool had experienced significant lack of financial support . Due to this, the survival of the preschool post-lockdown is dependant on our fundraising activities and the generosity of our parents. If you would like to give a donation to the preschool then you can do so by bank transfer, any amount will be received with a great deal of gratitude.
St Osmund’s Preschool aims to be a supportive force within our community, we hope that through these unprecedented times our presence is felt as a support for you and your families to access should you need help. As an organisation we can signpost you to people who can help you and your families further if our capabilities are unable to fulfil your needs.
Take care, stay safe,
Coronavirus Update 5th January 2021
The Prime Minister has announced a national lockdown... and instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.
The decision follows a rapid rise in infections, hospital admissions and case rates across the country, and our hospitals are now under more pressure than they have been at any other point throughout the pandemic.
This drastic jump in cases has been attributed to the new variant of COVID-19, which our scientists have now confirmed is between 50 and 70 per cent more transmissible.
On 4 January, there were 26,626 Covid patients in hospital in England, an increase of over 30% in one week, and the April 2020 hospital admissions peak has now been surpassed by 40%.
The case rate in England up to 29 December was 478.5 per 100k, three times higher than on 1 December when the case rate was 151.3.
On 3 Jan, 454 deaths were reported, with 4,228 over the last 7 days – a 24% increase on the previous 7 days.
This afternoon, the four UK Chief Medical Officers have advised that the COVID threat level should move from level four to level five, indicating that if action is not taken NHS capacity may be overwhelmed within 21 days.
From tomorrow, people will only be allowed to leave their homes for the following reasons:
- shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person.
- go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home.
- exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
- meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one.
- seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse).
- attend education or childcare - for those eligible.
- Schools will be required to provide remote education for those learning at home.
- Early years settings such as nurseries, alternative provision and special schools will remain open and vulnerable children and children of critical workers can continue to use registered childcare, childminders and other childcare activities.
- The government is also advising the clinically extremely vulnerable to begin shielding again, and letters will be sent to individuals with advice on what this means for them.
- The restrictions will come into effect tomorrow, and are expected to last until the middle of February if the situation in hospitals improve. By this point, the NHS hopes to have vaccinated everyone in the top four priority groups identified by the JCVI – including older care home residents and staff, everyone over 70, all frontline NHS and care staff and all those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.
- Vaccinating the most vulnerable will protect those at highest risk from COVID-19 and this will remove a significant amount of the pressure currently facing the NHS.
- Based on the latest available data, the UK has vaccinated more people than the rest of Europe combined and we will continue to accelerate our vaccination programme at pace.
- Everyone should follow the new rules from now, and they will become law from 00.01 on Wednesday.
- Parents or carers should not come to the preschool to drop off, or collect, their child if they are unwell. If someone else is sent to collect a child the parent or carer must let the preschool know and use the child’s password. This is a requirement of our safeguarding policy.
- A parent or carer should not send a child to preschool if they are unwell.
- If a child is unwell at preschool we would contact the parent or carer to pick them up as soon as possible.
- Preschool have increased cleaning sessions, hand washing sessions and general deep cleaning of toys daily and an increase in available tissues . A new vacuum cleaner has been sourced and our antibacterial mechanical system within the preschool checked and maintained.
- Deep Viral cleans are carried out every two weeks, with deep cleans every evening.
These are the procedures of Preschool & Clubs process if parents or carers needed to self-isolate a child in relation to payment of sessions. The main points covered:
- If a child remains well throughout the self-isolation period we would make arrangements with parents and carers to try to facilitate extra sessions for their child to attempt to make up the time lost.
- We require a letter from a medical professional confirming that parents or carers needed to self-isolate their child and that the child remained well throughout the period of time. This means that they would have been able to attend their usual sessions had they not been in isolation.
- If a child is unwell during the period parents and carers would not be eligible for additional flexible sessions as the child would not have been able to attend the sessions they’d missed due to ill health.
We would follow the Guidelines from Public Health England about how a deep clean should be undertaken meant the preschool would be closed temporarily.
News and Events
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Meet Our Staff
Click on the keygroup to see your child's curriculum schedule
Emily Cope has been promoted to Assistant Manager
John Sheard has completed his Level 4 SEND.
Siddika Begum has completed her Level 5 SEND.
Staff Training Safeguarding & Child Protection 27.08.2020 - 28.08.2020 - 01.09.2020
Teaching training days - All staff had First Aid & Safeguarding Child Protection refresher training
Teaching & Learning 29th August 2020
All staff the principles of her teaching 'In The Moment Planning' (please look on our Curriculum page for more information)
The Graduation this year was a little bit different. Unfortunately parents were not allowed to attend the ceremony usually in the hall, show casing all they have learnt.
However, some of the children had a lovely party and celebrations were had by all. The children received their preschool diploma in their Graduation gowns and Miss Trudy took their photographs.
Two amazing Ladies mum and daughter Sheila and Kelly. Made the 38 children who were leaving school a preschool knitted bear. I have heard from many parents that these bears are much loved by the children who received them.
The children also received from their key people a book and a Poem in their leaving pack and other goodies.
Unfortunately we were unable to host our normal end of year Teddy Bears picnic instead we ended the year by having a fundraising competition to name the St Osmund's Preschool bear.
Ewan McNeil was the lucky winner with naming the bear 'BRUCEY' . All letter heads will go out now with Brucey next to our Logo and Ewan's.
We wish the children of the Class 2020 all the best for the future! We will miss them very much and hope they return for Clubs.
Awards and Press Releases
Salisbury Cathedral chooses the name of the Peregrine male chick that our children submitted 'Perry'
Local Artist Paul Hawthorn transforms the outside of the preschool using ideas from the children
Spire FM celebrates our make over on the outside of the preschool. 11.06.19
SPORTS DAY 2019
Nativity St Osmund's Church 2019