Manager: Mrs Elaine Hawkes
Pre-School Mobile: 0791 019 6441; 8.40am – 3.45pm Mon – Fri; excl Wed & Fri pm
Admissions Co-ordinator: Mrs Mandy Jewkes, 0118 927 2844 9.00am – 6.00pm, Mon – Fri
We are pleased to be able to welcome 2 new members of staff.
Tracey Crick will be joining us from 23 March. Tracey has NVQ Level 3 and 7 years’ experience working as the Deputy Supervisor at Rose Street Nursery.
Joanne Brown has NNEB Diploma in Nursery Nursing. She is currently the Deputy Supervisor at Charvil Pre-school and previously at Busy Bees Nursery. Joanne will be joining us after the summer half term.
Supply: Elaine and Brenda are still looking for qualified staff (at least Level 2) to be available for supply work. You need to be prepared to get dirty, play on the floor and most of all have a great sense of fun!!
If you are interested please email Brenda on firstname.lastname@example.org
We have decided to offer revised opening hours from September 2017.
We will offer 3 hours sessions.
These are the times we are considering. Feedback from parents is welcome.
Mornings: 9.00 a.m. to 12 noon on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Afternoons: 12.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
On a Wednesday when there is no pre-school, you are welcome to bring your child to the
St James’ Church ‘Rainbows’ toddlers group from 1.00pm – 2.30 pm.
We are considering the possibility of offering a lunch club on a couple of days if there is a need for it. Please have a chat with Elaine about this if you think you might be interested.
“I am confident that being part of St. James’ Pre-school has prepared my son well for his new adventure.” Parent – July 2015
Many families return to our friendly setting knowing that their child is at the heart of everything we do.
Our Pre-school is well established with over 40 years’ experience of caring for and nurturing young children.
We offer learning through play following the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum’ to children from the age of 2 years up to school age. Some children stay with us until they start Reception (Foundation 2).
We are well respected both within the local community and by Ofsted.
We offer 7 sessions a week.
Mornings: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
9.15 a.m. to 11.45 a.m.
Afternoons: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
1.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.
- Qualified and dedicated staff
- Small nurturing environment with strong staff/child ratios
A child may be registered on the waiting list at any age.
There is currently a surge in demand for pre-school places within Woodley so we would advise early registration.
Children may start St James’ Pre-School from the age of 2 years if parents feel they are ready.
To help their child settle, a parent is welcome to stay for all or part of a session if they wish.
If your child starts pre-school before the age of 3 years, the fees are £11.50 a session for the school year 2016-2017.
When children reach 3 years of age by the start of a term, they are then funded by Wokingham Borough Council for up to 15 hours a week.
Some 2 year olds are also funded according to social circumstances. Funding may be split between 2 settings.
Take a look
We would love to invite you to visit us.
Ring Mandy Jewkes, our Admissions Co-ordinator to arrange a time.
Contact details: 0118 927 2844
9.00am – 6.00pm, Monday – Friday.
In the meanwhile, there are more details in our prospectus below:
St James Church Pre-School Prospectus March 2017 (397.6 KiB, 282 hits)
Pre-school Policies and Procedures
Some parents like to get involved in the life of their child’s pre-school and there are many opportunities to do this. This includes joining one of our committees.
Our last Ofsted inspection was in February 2015. They rated us Good overall and Outstanding for ‘The contribution of the early year’s provision to the well-being of children’.
They also reported:
“Children enjoy their time at the Pre-School and form excellent relationships with the staff. Staff provide plenty of praise and encouragement to support their confidence and self-esteem.”
“Parents speak very highly of the staff and the levels of support they provide.”
“The staff at St. James’ Pre-School made my daughter very welcome and she bonded very well with her key person. My daughter has gained in confidence thanks to their help”. Parent – March 2015
“I would like to say how wonderful all the teachers have been at St. James’ Pre-School. It has been a fantastic introduction to school life for them both and they have thoroughly enjoyed their time there!” Parent – April 2015
“My daughter had a wonderful time at Pre-School and grew fond of all the staff. She loved the garden, finding snails and looking for frogs! She loved the Snow White outfit. It’s a shame to be leaving”. Parent – April 2015
“The pre-school team have been exceptional in understanding my son and developing his imagination. His vocabulary and numerical skills are utterly wonderful; I know it is owed a great deal to the staff of St. James. I am confident that being part of St. James Pre-school has prepared him well for his new adventure. It will be a sad goodbye to the hardworking and dedicated team.” Parent – July 2015
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