Pre-School

At St Albans we aim to meet the needs of each individual child. St Albans pre-school is OfSTED registered and an OfSTED inspection in March 2014 was deemed “Good” with outstanding elements.

See the most recent OfSTED report here

Our staff are all NVQ3 qualified and are able to communicate with the children in Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi and English as well as being Makaton trained (a special form of communication using sign and vocalisation).

An Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) audit carried out in the Pre-school in May 2011 related to the environment and setting for children looks at seven areas. The national average score is 3.2. St Albans scored 5.7, which is between ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’. For a copy of the ECERS report please follow the link opposite.

Manager has a foundation degree in Children and Families in line with the government’s requirement for a graduate to be in all settings by 2015. All staff are paediatric first aid trained.

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Timetable details
We have two sessions daily, five days a week, Monday to Friday, 9am to 12 noon and 12.30 to 3.30pm. We also provide a ‘wraparound’ cover for lunchtimes at varying prices. Please talk to staff for details. We provide healthy snacks of fresh fruit and milk or water.

Admission details
We admit children between the ages of two to four years old. Our prices are very competitive: three to four year-olds are charged £7 per session unless they are nursery grant funded. Nursery grant funding for three year olds, can be accessed in the term that follows your child’s third birthday.

If your child is only two years old they can still attend St Albans Pre-school, however places are limited. The cost is the same as for three to four year-olds: £7 per session.

If you would like to apply for financial aid to help you meet the cost of your two year-old attending St Albans, there is government funding available (ELT) and for further information on this funding you will need to contact:

The Child Information Service on: 0121 569 4914, offers help and advice to families using childcare services in Sandwell.

If you are interested in your child attending the pre-school or would simply like more information, please contact: Samantha Oakley, Pre-school Manager on 0121 558 0018 or simply come along to the centre in St Albans Road, or email Samantha via sam.oakley@stalbans-cc.co.uk

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