• To provide high quality care and education for children

  • To work in partnership with parents to help children learn and develop

  • To actively participate in the local community

  • To offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity


Our aim is for every child:

  • To be in a safe and stimulating environment

  • to be given generous care and attention, due to our ratio of qualified staff to children

  • To have the chance to join with other children and adults, to live, play work and learn together

  • To be supported to take their learning and development forward

  • To have a named key person who makes sure each child progresses

  • To be in a setting that sees parents as partners in helping each child to learn and develop

Records of Achievement

Each key person keeps a journal of achievement for each one of their key children (Learning Journal).

Your child’s journal helps us to:

  • celebrate their achievements

  • Identify their stage of development

  • work together to provide what your child needs for their well-being and to make progress

To do this we will collect information about their needs, activities, interests and achievements. 

Please inform us of any achievements your child reaches at home and these will be added to the journal.

Key  Persons

We operate a key person system for each child.  Your child's key person will work with you to make sure we provide what is right for your child’s needs and interests.
When your child starts at the setting their key person will help them settle and ensure they benefit from the activities throughout their time with us

Our key persons ensure they:

  • Give time and attention to each child, supporting and encouraging their independence and attending to their needs

  • Talk with the children about their interest and activities.

  • Help children experience and benefit from the activities we provide.

  • Allow the children to explore and be adventurous in a safe environment.


Copies of our policies are always at hand for your perusal. These are kept on the parent's table and updated regularly. Our policies help us to make sure that the service we provide is a high quality one and that being a member of our setting is an enjoyable experience for each child and their parents.


The fees are payable a term in advance. Fees must still be paid if children are absent.  If your child has to be absent for a long period of time, please contact the manager.
Your child is entitled to 15 free hours a week in the term following their third birthday. If there are sufficient days available, you will be offered the full entitlement.

Special Needs

As part of our policy to make sure that our provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take into account any special needs a child may have.  We work to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2014


At St Oswald's pre-school we believe parents have the right to be:

  • Valued and respected

  • Kept informed

  • Consulted

  • Involved

  • Included at all levels

We recognise parents as the first and most important educators of their children.  All of our staff see themselves as partners with you, in providing care and education for your child.

There are many ways in which parents can take part in making the setting a welcoming and stimulating place, such as:

  • Exchanging knowledge about their children’s needs, activities, interest and progress with the staff

  • Helping on a rota basis during sessions

  • Sharing their own special interest with the children

  • Taking part in events and informal discussions about the activities and curriculum provided by the setting

  • Joining in community activities in which the setting takes part

  • Building friendships with other parents at the setting