Barn Owl Pre-School is situated in the Haydon Wick Primary Schools premises.
The Swindon Borough Council provide funding for some 3 year olds and all 4 year olds, up to 15 hours per week.
A Keyperson System is operated which entails an adult being assigned to a group of children to assess their progress, produce play plans and fill in Keyperson Assessment Sheets. Keyperson interviews are held three times a year, giving the parents the opportunity to meet with their child’s Keyperson and discuss the child’s progress or any worries they may have.
The Parents are encouraged to take an active part in the Pre-school through joining the Parents Association.
Themes are planned around the children’s interests. The Manager and Staff meet to discuss future themes and ideas. Theme books have been produced from previous years and are as used as reference books to help improve future themes. When planning themes, the 6 learning goals are taken into consideration. Also kept on file is a series of photographic evidence of themes, activities or visits from other sources.
Over the past few years since funding has been in place, the pre-school has been able to buy a varied amount of equipment to meet the children’s needs. Because the children attend 3 or more sessions, the activities are varied for each session, not only during free play but also after discussion.
A card system has been devised numbered 1-25, which lists activities for free play structured learning for every session including circle time group activities. Each day the card is changed, offering different activities from the day before. Therefore, funded children who may attend up to 5 sessions per week will meet different activities each time they attend.