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Welcome to Gawber Pre-School.


Starting at Pre-School is a new and exciting experience but we understand that both children and parents can feel apprehensive about the changes ahead and we want to make this transition as easy as possible for your family.


Included in this Welcome Pack is lots of information about us. Gawber Pre-school is a 42 place setting offering places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds, we are located in St Thomas Parish Hall in the heart of Gawber.


To apply for a place at Gawber Pre-School please fill in the Registration Form at the back of this pack and return to us at Gawber Pre-School, c/o 98 Church Street, Gawber, Barnsley, S75 2RJ or by email to


If we are able to offer your child a place we will contact you to confirm your child’s start date at Gawber Pre-School. You will be invited into Pre-School to arrange a settling in plan.


If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


We look forward to welcoming you and your child to Gawber Pre-School.


Gemma Cooper

Head of Pre-School





We treat every child as an individual and our staff and environment ensures that every child will be nurtured, enabling them to develop and grow to their full potential and at their own pace through a rich play environment. All areas of learning within the statutory early years framework are provided for throughout the setting.


At Gawber Pre-School we feel passionately about the importance of learning through play;


 “Play for children, is not just recreation - it’s their approach to life! Every action is undertaken with the whole being, mind, body, spirit. Play is basic to children’s well-being; it’s their way to discover the world around them and to express how they feel and sometimes, to cope with difficulty. Children’s play must be respected.”

Tina Bruce, Lynn Mcnair, Sian Wyn Siencyn 2009



We pride ourselves on having experienced qualified staff caring for your children. We are continuously updating our training and skills for best practice and will keep you informed of staff training and the benefits for your children. All staff are checked through the Disclosure and Barring Service and safeguarding your children is paramount at all times. Our setting has CCTV through out, to ensure the safety and security of children and staff.




Your child will have a home/Pre-School link book. This book will be kept in your child’s bag on their peg and is to be used by both Pre-School and yourselves to share information about your child. We will send out newsletters every half term to keep you updated about learning and life within Pre-School. You will also be invited in to discuss your child’s progress with their Key person. Your child’s Key person will talk to you about what your child is doing at home and observe your child in pre-school and make individual plans just for them. This will be linked to the EYFS  system which will build an individual learning adventure for your child. Parents are encouraged to contribute to the learning adventure file by telling us about what your child enjoys doing at home and any experiences they have had. We have an open door policy so please feel free to come in and talk to staff at anytime or just pop in and sit in our parents’ area and look at your child’s learning adventure file.  Please check our notice board as you enter Pre-School which has lots of helpful information.






We will discuss with you an individual settling in plan to ensure that we meet the needs of your child. We are very flexible and your child’s key person will ensure that visits are arranged so that they have the time to get to know each other well.




Gawber Pre-School is a non-uniform setting. At Gawber Pre-School we have a ‘no outdoor shoe’ policy indoors. We ask that children bring indoor shoes or they can have bare feet. We also spend lots of time outdoors, playing and exploring in all weather conditions so we ask that you always dress your children accordingly and please make sure your child always has spare clothes available. In addition to this can you please provide your child with the following to be left in the setting:


• Wellington boots

• All in one waterproofs or a raincoat and waterproof trousers.

• Sun hat

• Suncream




Morning and afternoon sessions include snack time. This will be a healthy snack and drink including milk or water. Snack menus will be on the notice board and on our website. Fresh drinking water will be available and accessible at all times.


If your child is staying for breakfast, lunch or a twilight session, you will be provided with information about menus and options via the notice board and website. Lunch and twilight snacks are on a 4 week rota and a continental breakfast is provided daily. If you prefer, you can provide your own snacks/meals.


All mealtimes are a great opportunity for young children to develop social skills, independence and self care.




Children develop at different stages and we can implement a care plan according to whether your child is still in nappies or has just embarked on potty training. This will be discussed prior to your child’s start date and in conjunction with your child’s key person.




If your child is unwell, please telephone the setting to let us know at your earliest convenience. Please refer to our sickness policy for guidance on when children can return to our setting after an illness or you can check the health protection agency website


If your child becomes unwell whilst in our care, we will phone you to collect your child immediately. If we cannot get hold of you, an emergency contact number provided by you will be called.  If you plan to take a holiday or day off, please let a member of staff know so we can plan accordingly for your child.




Your child can only be collected from Pre-School by the people you have authorised to do so on your child’s Registration Form. If, in the case of an emergency, someone else needs to collect your child, you must follow the emergency collection policy regarding passwords.


If your child is not collected at the end of the booked session and you don’t phone to make us aware of the situation this will incur a late collection charge (see policy for late collection charge fees). If you are aware that you are going to be late, can you please phone in advance so we can prepare your child so they are not unduly distressed and we can make arrangements so you do not incur the late collection charge.




All applicable fees must be paid on time, in line with the terms and conditions of your Parent & Pre-School Contract. For more information about Pre-School Session Fees please read the Registration Form.




Please take the time to read our policies and procedures in full. Copies are located on the Pre-School notice board, downloadable from our website or a copy can be loaned from the office. By accepting a place you are agreeing to our policies and procedures and terms and conditions.





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