Pencombe Under Fives Pre-school accepts children from age 2 to 5 years old. We are registered with Ofsted and received a Good in June 2015 – at the time we were operating in the Little Cowarne & Pencombe village hall. We are now based on Pencombe C of E Primary school site in a new vibrant, purpose built Early Years building.
This consists of a main classroom space with a secure kitchen area and nappy changing, toilets and hand washing areas which are accessible for the children, promoting independence and privacy. The classroom is a light and airy space with direct access to a large all weather covered play area. This provides a lovely free flow space where the children can explore a rich outdoor provision.
During the warmer months we have a large climbing frame and slide and water play area with different pipes, crates and guttering available for the children to explore. We are fortunate to have a large grass area at the back of the building with a mud kitchen and play house. We are developing a vegetable planting area for the children to use as we also run a gardening club within the Tuesday afternoon session.
Pencombe Under Fives Pre-school provides a holistic learning approach for each child which is possible because we are a small rural preschool with a high staff ratio. We have access to the local village footpaths which also consist of a stream running through the village and footpaths through fields where the children are safe to explore.
Our daily planning is catered towards the unique child and we take account of the child’s interests in the setting and at home. Parents and carers are valued and included in their child’s learning and we encourage parents to come into the setting every morning when dropping off their children, so they are able to talk to their child’s key person and observe what their child will be learning during the day. We use the key person system to ensure children settle well into the setting and have a secure relationship with staff.