abc Preschool opened in 2002 and operates from purpose-built premises in the grounds of the Primary School in Stratford St Mary. Stratford St Mary is a rural village in Suffolk. We are run by a committee and have recently become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. We are currently awaiting a visit from Ofsted, so are classed as being 'not yet graded'. However, at our last Ofsted Inspection in July 2015 we were graded as Outstanding.
The premises have suitable access and facilities for the disabled. The setting comprises of two working classrooms (one incorporating a kitchen area), a foyer, an office and a toileting area, including nappy changing facilities. Our outside area comprises of a large garden, approximately 80ft long, which has a climbing frame (which has been recently reduced in height to be more appropriate for our children), together with many outside activities for the children. Our outside classroom is situated next to the main building.
The Preschool is registered on the Early Years Register and the compulsory and voluntary parts of Childcare Register. The Preschool can support children who have Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities and those for whom English is an additional language. We have spaces from ages two to rising five years. The Setting is open each week day from 08:45 – 15:00.
abc ensures it maintains good links with the community. The leader visits the Primary School on a regular basis, in particular when children are transitioning into school and always liaises regarding curriculum, provision, ensuring we are singing from the same hymn book. We also have strong links with the local Vicar Rosalind, who visits on a regular basis, chatting to the children and reading stories. Also, the local farm shop, Hall Farm, provide us with fresh produce free of charge on a weekly basis, for the children's snacks. The preschool have good links with Cherry Blossom House at East Bergholt, Suffolk who regularly visit and hold a Story and Rhyme time session.
Children who stay for lunch can either bring a packed lunch or purchase a hot dinner from Suffolk County Council and we collect the dinners from Stratford St Mary Primary School (next-door). There is an advanced menu for parents’/carers’ perusal.
The children at abc are able to share access to a secure enclosed outdoor play area, leading from the back of our building. They can also use and explore others of the school, including the pond and a newly created area, which includes a weather station and an Archaeological dig is to follow shortly.
There are currently 31 children on roll and children come from the local area, surrounding villages as well as farther afield from Colchester. The preschool employs 7 members of staff at present two at Level 6, one at Level 3 and another studying at Level 3 and a further three at Level 2. The leader is SENCo qualified.
Our Setting supports all children including those with additional needs and for whom English is an additional language. We currently have two children whose families are bilingual who we support as much as possible, including books in their language, some words around the setting and celebrating their culture and festivals where possible.
We have a wonderful outside classroom, which has seating areas, have built an additional area where children will be able to access scooters, bikes, prams etc independently, and we are awaiting a new sand table and a mud kitchen, which will benefit the children immensely.
Please contact us for further information.