We hope this website will help you to understand the aims and general operation of our Pre-School setting, although we realise that no website can fully take the place of an informal visit to watch us in full swing. You are more than welcome to arrange to visit us during any of our sessions.
The Pre-School can be found in Wendens Ambo Village Hall, a rural location close to the church and village playground (“The Wick”) and a short walk from Audley End railway station.
Wendens Ambo Village Hall has a small garden which is surrounded by a fence and a gate that is padlocked during sessions. The children can enjoy supervised play outside, using a selection of outside toys, a sandpit, a climbing cube/slide and raised beds for gardening.
Regardless of the weather, the outside is used as an extension to the classroom, therefore children should be suitably dressed. We request that parents apply sun cream before leaving home and children have sun hats available. Likewise, in the autumn and winter, ‘named’ Wellingtons and suitable coats should be brought to school. We pride ourselves that spontaneous nature walks are an extension of the Pre-School day.
As a small village Pre-School, we aim to be fully involved in and contribute to the life and well-being of the local community. For example, the children regularly visit the library bus. They also decorate the church window for Easter, Harvest and Christmas.
We are open from 9.15am – 1pm every day and on Mondays and Wednesdays until 3.00pm.
We’re normally closed during the Essex school holidays, although this may vary occasionally.
We aim to remain a small and friendly group providing opportunities for up to a maximum of 20 children per session aged between 2 and 5 years in caring, stimulating and happy environment.
The Pre-School currently has a generous staff ratio of:
1:4 for under 3s
1:8 for over 3s
We also offer lunch-time sessions following each morning group where your child can bring a pre-packed lunch box. This session concludes at 1.00 pm. Lunch is compulsory on a Thursday session.
Wendens Ambo Pre-School is registered as a Pre-School under the 1989 Children’s Act with Essex County Council Services Department and as such is inspected annually. We are also members of the Pre-School Learning Alliance and have adopted their constitution. Our policies are available on our website under About Us. Hard copies are also held at Pre-School.
At Wendens Ambo Pre-School we work in partnership with parents to help children learn and develop through play. Our staff exercise their imagination, training and expertise in organising the day-to-day activities of the children, reporting to the elected committee of parents, which is responsible for the general administration of the Pre-School. The elected Committee, who are voted in by the parents at the AGM, are the trustees of the setting and are responsible for the management of the Early Years Setting and all associated liabilities.
The Pre-School depends on the goodwill of parents, their involvement, support and commitment.
Aims & Objectives
We aim to provide your child with a safe, caring and stimulating environment for all aspects of their physical and mental growth.
We recognise that all children are different and we understand each child is an individual and cater for their particular needs.
We aim to help each child develop social skills by encouraging co-operation with peers and members of staff, helping them to become more aware of the needs of others. We provide the means for children to be creative with the use of different media – water, sand, creative modelling, paint and collage. Together with the use of drawing equipment, construction toys, puzzles and games, the children develop their manual dexterity and explore their creative skills.
We encourage concentration and listening skills through storytelling, music and movement and we provide the means and opportunity for physical play to develop co-ordination, social interaction and motor skills.
We believe that all children engage in role-play to some extent and have particular sessions devoted to dressing up, the home corner and make-believe toys.
We aim to provide at least one structured activity each session, and the results are often used as part of our ever-changing display board, but they also serve to show the children that their efforts are hugely appreciated.