Dartmouth Pre-school has been at the heart of the close-knit Dartmouth community for over 50 years. We are a small and friendly school with warm and welcoming team of qualified staff .
We are run by a dedicated parent committee whose members are elected by the parents of the children who attend Dartmouth Pre-school.
If you would like your child to attend Dartmouth Pre-school please complete an application form and return to the Manager. Your child will be placed on our waiting list and written confirmation will be sent to you once a place has been allocated. You will be offered a ‘visit session’ and a ‘this is me’ book to be filled in.
Our setting aims to:
- Provide high quality care and education for children below statutory school age
- Work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop
- Add to the life and well being of its local community
- Offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity
We Aim to Ensure that Each Child
- Is in a safe and stimulating environment
- Is given generous care and attention, because of our ratio of qualified staff to children, as well as volunteer parent helpers
- Has the chance to join with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn together
- Is helped to take forward her/his learning and development by being helped to build on what she/he already knows and can do
- Is in a pre-school that sees parents as partners in helping each child to learn and develop
- Is in a pre-school in which parents help to shape the service if offers
Records of Achievement
The Pre-school keeps records of achievements for each child. Staff and parents working together on their children’s records of achievements is one way in which the key person and parents work in partnership.
Your child’s record of achievement helps us to celebrate together his/her achievements and to work to provide what your child needs for his/her well being and to make progress.
We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from and work at a range of activities and in doing so build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion.
The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult led small and large group activities that introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.
Outdoor activities contribute to children’s health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them.
The children have the opportunity and are encouraged to take part in outdoor child chosen and adult led activities, as well as those provided in the indoor playrooms. Our new balcony area means children can choose whether they play inside or outside for part of the day.
Out & About
Our town centre location makes it easy for the whole Pre-school to take advantage of the various town facilities, such as the newly refurbished DCC library and the many events and festivities that take place during the year.
The children can simply walk to the town centre and at the same time their very presence contributes in no small measure to the life and vitality of the town.
We learn skills such as baking bread and have visitors to the school such as the Police and The Bug Man who brings the Rainforest Experience to the school.
Outdoor play is an important part of the learning environment. We have a secluded and secure outdoor play area – on which £10,000 of lottery funding has only recently been spent.
The children are welcome to plant vegetables and flowers in the garden or even just dig up worms. We also have a wormery to encourage recycling our food waste.