Pre School & Admissions

To register your child/children at Boley Park Preschool, please email our dedicated admission email here

Boley Park Preschool offers care and education for 2-5 year olds. We offer learning opportunities both indoors and in our own designated and purpose built outdoor area.

Our fees are currently £12.00 per session, with an inital registration fee. We kindly request that fees are paid half-termly in advance. To help childcare costs we accept a number of childcare vouchers and also offer free funded places for children 3-4 years of age. Parents may claim up to five sessions a week from the term after the child's third birthday. Some two year olds may also be eligible to claim funded places. For further information please click here to visit the Staffordshire County Council Free Child Care page.

At Boley Park Preschool we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)(2017) framework, which through the statutory welfare and learning and development requirements, ensures all children are kept healthy, safe and can learn and develop at their own pace in readiness for school and beyond.

Areas of Curriculum Learning

There are 7 learning areas from which we plan a structured and stimulating curriculum, so that children have access to a wide range of experiences, helping to prepare them for entry into main-stream school.

The 3 prime areas of learning are:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Within a nurturing environment, children are individually supported in developing confidence and self respect. In this area, children are encouraged to:

  • Work and concentrate independently
  • Learn acceptable ways to express their feelings and respect other
  • Take responsibility for themselves and the group and its property
  • Having a positive approach to learning and finding out about the world around them
  • Having confidence in themselves and their ability to do things and valuing their own achievements
  • Being able to get on, work and make friendships with others, both children and adults
  • Becoming aware of – and being able to keep to – the rules which we all need to help us look after ourselves, other people and the environment
  • Being able to dress and undress themselves and look after their personal hygiene needs

Communication & Language
In both large and small groups, children are encouraged to:

  • Extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking and listening, hearing and responding to stories, songs and rhymes
  • Understand that written symbols carry meaning
  • Be aware of the purpose of writing and when ready to use drawn and written symbols for themselves
  • Use a well-stocked book corner, being aware of a source of reference and stories and pictures

Children with English as an additional language, learn fast from their friends, from adults and stories and songs etc.

Physical Development
A wide range of equipment and opportunities, both indoors and out, allows children to develop and enjoy the use and development of their own bodily skills. Children are encouraged to:

  • Gain control over their large movements so they can, run, jump, hop, skip and balance
  • Gain control over their small movements so they can pick up and use small objects, tools and materials
  • Develop an awareness of their own bodies and what keeps them healthy

A very high level of adult supervision enables children safely to create and meet physical challenges.

In addition, there are 4 specific areas of learning:

Literacy
This includes linking sounds and letters and early reading and writing skills, through a rich and varied learning environment.

Mathematics
By means of adult-supported practical experience, children become familiar with:

  • Building ideas about how many, how much, how far, how big
  • Building ideas about pattern, shape and space
  • Building ideas and be able to sort, match and sequence
  • Developing an understanding of problem solving
  • The use of mathematical vocabulary through songs, rhymes pictures and games

Understanding the World
A safe and stimulating environment allows children to observe and experiment with a range of naturaland manufactured materials. Children are encouraged to learn:

  • About the human and natural world
  • To choose the right tool for the task
  • To link ideas about past and present
  • About their local community
  • About their own and other cultures
  • To explore their own environment

Expressive Arts & Design
Giving opportunities to explore and share thoughts and ideas through:

  • Exploring different media
  • Natural and discarded resources
  • An open-ended exploration of colour, shape and texture
  • Music and stories to join in and respond
  • Opportunities for imaginative role play, individual and part of a group

For each early learning area, there are stepping stones, which describes the stages through
which children are likely to pass as they move to achievement. Boley Park Pre-school uses
these early learning goals and their stepping stones to help us trace each child’s progress and enable us to provide the right activities to help all of the children move towards achievement of the early learning goals.

Preschool Admissions

If you would like to register your child/children at Boley Park Preschool, please email our admissions email address here to check our availability and/or to arrange a visit. If your child is too young to start, if you require a future place or there are no current vacancies, your child will be placed on our waiting list. Due to the popularity of the Preschool please register your interest early, thank you.