The initial phase of a young person’s
education before the start of ‘big school’ is both exciting and
rewarding. Learning at Bryony starts for the majority of pupils in
our lower Pre-school for 2 and a half to 3 year olds before they
progress to our Upper Pre-school for 3 to 4 year olds.
Our friendly and experienced staff deliver the Early Years
Foundation Stage through a balance of adult led and child initiated
activities within a safe, happy and stimulating atmosphere. We
promote the independence and social skills of all children in our
care, encouraging them to grow into happy and confident children
with enquiring minds. Our core commitment is that children should
develop to their full potential and that Pre-School should be fun!
We believe that children flourish best when there is a strong
partnership between home and school. We work hard at establishing
good relationships with parents from the very beginning of your
child’s education in Bryony so that effective two-way communication
can take place. Parents are kept informed of their child's progress,
the curriculum and general information, personally and using the
contact book which goes home every day. Our open door policy allows
parents or carers to drop in for a chat if they have any concerns or
queries. We provide academic reports and hold parents evenings to
allow parents to keep track of their child’s progress.
We ensure we provide a balanced curriculum but do have a strong
emphasis in the mornings on literacy and numeracy skills. All
children have a reading folder and a contact book which goes between
school and home each day. Each child has individual time with our
staff to progress their reading (or gently progress sounds in the
case of the younger children). We also encourage good manners right
from the start.
Our Pre-School offer sessions during term time only. You can choose
between full day sessions, morning sessions, afternoon sessions or a
combination of these depending on availability.
Morning sessions start at 8 a.m. or 8.30 a.m. and end at either 12
p.m. or 1.30 p.m. In the morning children should be in school before
the gate shuts at 9 a.m.
Afternoon sessions start at 12 p.m. and end at 3.30 p.m. or 6 p.m.
although you may collect your child any time after 3.30 p.m. if
he/she is booked into the session ending at 6 p.m.
Please contact the school office for the latest fees.
in the Government Voucher Scheme which offers up 15 hours free
childcare for 3 and
4 year olds per week in term time. Children become eligible from the
term following their 3rd birthday up to the end or the term before
they reach Reception.
In addition, some working parents of three and
four year olds will be entitled to an extra 15 hours a week free
We make snacks and meals a relaxed and social time when everyone
eats together. We use mealtimes as an opportunity to develop and
encourage children's eating and social skills. The children are
taught to wash their hands before snack and any meal. We plan the
menus for snacks and meals so that they provide the children with
healthy and nutritious food taking into account all dietary
Children may bring in an additional snack if they stay after school.
These should never contain nuts or nut-related products.