Our Pre-School was established in September 2011 with a small staff and 4 children. It is now a thriving setting with children aged two to four years old. Mrs Nokes (Pre-school Leader) and her 2 very well qualified assistant staff: Mrs Alexander, Miss Tomlin run the Pre-school. The Headteacher and Governing Body lead and manage the setting which is an important part of Ravensden Church of England Primary School.
Ravensden Primary Pre-school is a based in a separate bespoke new building in the school grounds. It offers a very good education, care and nurture for up to 24 children a session . It is open three full days Tues, Weds & Thurs as well as two mornings Mon & Fri each week during school term-time. The setting thrives under the excellent guidance of a dedicated, creative and inspirational staff with enthusiastic, creative and happy children.
The Pre-school has a well resourced, exciting room with a secure outside area through large bi-fold doors. It provides a stimulating and creative learning environment both indoors and outdoors following the 2013 Early Years curriculum. We have very close links between the setting and school and, most importantly, with our parents who have regular ‘come and play’ sessions, open mornings, themed celebrations as well as regular opportunities for parents to consult staff about their child’s needs and progress towards the early learning goals.
The Pre-school and reception class in school work closely together and have joint activities and close links as well as joint training sessions to ensure the children in Pre-School benefit from the latest teaching and learning opportunities. It also enables children in Pre-school to transfer to the main school with ease as they are very familiar with the Reception classroom and staff as well as the common ‘Values’ ethos.
If you have a limited income you may be able to access additional support for your 2 year old by applying for ‘Two Year Old funding’. Also financial help for Pre-school to support children aged 3 Years and over is given through the ‘Early Years Premium’. Just ask the school office on 01234 771316 or the Pre-School staff.
We changed our school’s age range by adding an additional year group of children: 9 -11 years old (Year 5) beginning in September 2017, then becoming a full Primary school in September 2018 adding Year 6 giving us a full Primary age range up to 11 year olds.
In September 2017 we also increased our opening hours for Pre-school children to give the ‘30 hours’ funding for 3&4 yr olds by opening three full days:
Tues, Weds & Thurs from 9am- 3;15pm as well as Mon & Fri mornings from 9am-12noon.
Greetings from Ravensden Church Of England VA Primary School!