Starting Pre-school

Starting Pre-School

 Please provide a small bag with spare nappies and wipes, plimsolls/indoor shoes and a change of clothes in case of accidents.  Dress your child for the weather and provide a coat, hat and gloves when needed.  On summer days, please apply sun screen before your child comes to Pre-School.  Please label all clothing.

 Key Person System

 We have a key person system in place and our friendly experienced staff will help progress your child’s learning and development within the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and will look after your child’s wellbeing during their time with us.  Your may discuss your child’s progress with your key person at anytime by arrangement and at regular parent open days.

 Allergies/Medical conditions

 We need to know when you register your child if he/she has any allergies or medical conditions and a medical form must be completed.

We need to know if your child has taken medicine before arriving and we may only administer prescribed medication with your child’s name on.

At Pre-School every effort is made to identify dietary and allergy needs doing our best to accommodate these needs at snack times and during cooking activities.  We cannot guarantee a nut or dairy free environment but if we are made aware of a child’s allergies towards nuts or dairy, we have set procedures in place that all staff are aware of to follow if we have been informed on a medical form from a parent/carer.


Parent Involvement

 Children are happier when the adults in their life work together as part of a team.  As parents, you are part of a two-way process of sharing knowledge and information about your child.  We want to work closely with you, drawing on your detailed knowledge of your child.  Regular letters and newsletters are sent home to keep you involved and your views and feedback are always welcome.  Parent helpers within the setting are welcome too.

Severe weather closures

In the case of severe weather or another emergency, if parents are in any doubt as to whether Aycliffe Drive Pre-School is open, information about Pre-School closures can be found on the County website (  Insert ‘Emergency school closures’ in the ‘Search box’ area, click on ‘Emergency school closures’ and follow the link to find the directory of school closure information, you will find Aycliffe Drive Primary school on the list.

Pre-School policies

 To view our policies, please ask the Pre-School Leaders or any member of staff for our policies folder.  At the time of registering with us and completing an application, you will be asked to sign you agree to our policies and will be given our policies folder to read. Our policies are as recommended by Ofsted, Herts County Council & the Early Years Learning Alliance & DfE.  Such policies are Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Emergency care, Positive behaviour, Anti-bullying, eSafety, Complains procedure etc.

Please note:- If Aycliffe Drive Primary school is closed, Pre-School will be closed. You can sign up to receive school closure alerts by clicking against the school you require information of a closure.

Also, in the case of severe weather, Parents can refer to the Aycliffe Drive Primary schools website:-  for information about Pre-School closures.

Notification usually is given on Three Counties Radio (103.8FM or 630MW/1161MW) and Heart FM (96.6FM) as early as possible. The notifications will either be read on air or displayed on the radio station websites.