Elim Church Preschool was opened in 1996 and is based on the first floor of a recently built refurbished building which provides a light and airy environment for everyone.  It has a lift to enable access for all.  The Preschool is located near the town centre of Andover Hampshire.  The setting is open to all members of the community and provides care and education for children aged from 2 years 3 months to under 5's.  The maximum number of children per session is 24.

The preschool is open five days a week; Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm, The preschool also offer flexible drop off and collection times if required. The flexible drop off times are - 9.30am, 10.00am, 10.30am, 11.00am and 11.30am and collection times are as follows - 12.30pm, 1.00pm, 1.30pm, 2.00pm, 2.30pm (please note that it is a statutory requirement for all funded children to attend sessions lasting a minimum of 2.5 hours).

There are 8 members of staff employed at the preschool and their deployment is managed by the associate manager's of the setting.  Staff hold relevant Early Years qualifications or have extensive child care experience, are all DBS checked and receive paediatric first aid and safeguarding training to ensure the children’s safety and well-being.  Staff’s main priority is to the children; to ensure that they are happy, safe, and confident throughout their time at the preschool; promoting enjoyment and achievement through active learning, nurturing creativity and critical thinking and making a positive contribution to their local community.

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Elim Church Preschool provides both an indoor and outdoor learning environment for the children.  Relevant, appropriate and interesting activities are provided to the children using an extensive knowledge of the child’s interests and current stage of development; which is gained through a positive two-way flow of information with parents and observations of the children during their play and exploration.

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The environment is set up to encourage child independence; selecting and managing their own activities is important for their Personal Social and Emotional development.  The activities provided daily include, sand, water, painting, creative, writing, play dough, role play, construction and small world.  Whilst accessing these areas of play the children are provided with the basis to develop understanding in the Areas of Learning specified in the Early Years Foundation Stage.  Sensitive and appropriate adult intervention and support provided whilst the children play, enable children to move their thinking forward and gain a deeper level of understanding then they currently possess.

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We also encourage the children to be aware of the dangers around them and to manage their own health and safety, using age appropriate resources, role play situations and whilst out and about in the community.

At Elim Church Preschool we have a well-established and embedded policy valuing diversity + promoting equality.  We encourage participation for all children and endeavour to meet their individual care and learning requirements to ensure that they achieve the best possible outcomes.  Our practice is supported by outside agencies, where necessary and positive parental relationships.  Appropriate behaviour is promoted and this is discussed with the children so that they understand what is required and why.

Nutritious, healthy snacks are provided free of charge to the children on a daily basis and drinking water is always available.

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Elim Church Pre-school

Ofsted rated –      ‘Good’     from last inspection December 2016.

For more info call   01264 354345   or    email:    elimpreschool@outlook.com