Frequently Asked Questions
Holy Trinity are open for 38 weeks of the year, following the same term dates as schools under the control of Birmingham City Council.
We are open for 10 sessions per week, with a maximum of 30 children registered at each session.
Session times are:
Mornings – Monday 9.15 to 11.45am
Afternoons 12.30 to 3 pm
Breakfast club is 8.30 until 9.15 with cereal, toast, fruit, milk or water provided. The cost of the breakfast club is £5.00 per session. Breakfast club is run separately from Holy Trinity Preschool and therefore EEE funding cannot be used to cover the cost of this service.
Fees are charged at £13 per session (morning or afternoon), payable a half term in advance.
We can offer free places for 3 and 4 year olds claiming nursery education funding at our setting. We are also able to offer funded places for 2 year old children.
Fees continue to be due if a child is absent and a minimum of half terms notice or fees in lieu is required for withdrawal of a child from pre-school.
There is no reduction of fees due to holiday or illness
Lunch is 11.45 to 12.30pm. As we are unable to provide a cooked lunch we ask that children bring in a healthy packed lunch in a suitable lunch bag. The children eat with staff and other children and this is always a lovely social time in our day. There is a £5.00 charge for this session and EEE funding can be used to cover the cost of lunch. We ask that parents only put in their childs lunch what they know they will eat. We always ask that children eat at least 3/4 of their sandwiches then fruit or yoghurt before eating any “treats” you provide. Please do not give your child fizzy drinks or packets of sweets in their lunch although small chocolate bars or cakes are fine. We also ask that you do not put any products containing nuts in your childs lunch in case of allergies.
In order to feel free to explore and experiment with all kinds of materials including messy ones it is best to send children in clothes that are easily washed or not ‘new’. We suggest that you send in a named bag containing a change of clothes because we love messy play and although we have a supply of spare clothes they may not be the best fit! As we encourage our children to be practise skills which will enable them to be independent simple clothing which they can handle themselves will enable them to go to the toilet unaided. Please label all outdoor clothing and shoes. We do have a supply of Pre-school sweatshirts and T-shirts available to purchase. These are optional but should you be interested please speak to Cathy or Lesley.
We welcome every family in the community.
In order to accommodate everyone and have scope to offer funded places to children who become eligible during the Spring and Summer terms, we offer places as follows:-
• Younger children who are not yet eligible for any EEE funding can, subject to availability, attend any morning or afternoon sessions that they choose.
• Children who have turned 3 and wish to take up their 15 hours of free EEE must use them as two and half day blocks. Parents/carers can choose whether to do all day Monday, all day Tuesday and Wednesday morning OR Wednesday afternoon, all day Thursday and all day Friday. Stipulating that EEE funding is taken at the beginning or end of the week will ensure that we can provide a specially tailored curriculum following the Early Years Foundation Stage that will provide us with the best opportunity to extend and enhance the children’s learning and prepare them best for the move on to school.
• We can offer 28.75 hours of funded places to working parents who meet the criteria, subject to availability. However, if parents choose not to use their full entitlement they must do full days i.e. 17.25 hours (3 days) or 23 hours (4 days per week).
The Government has recently introduced new childcare offers.
Tax –Free Childcare Is a scheme to support working parents with childcare costs. For every £8 you pay in, the Government will pay an extra £2. You can get up to £2,000 per child per year, or £4,000 for disabled children.
30 hours of free childcare is a scheme to help working parents of 3 and 4 year old children for 38 weeks of the year.
• Check your childcare options at – childcarechoices.gov.uk.
A full copy of our Admissions Policy is available upon request
Yes of course! We have no problem taking children still in nappies. We ask that you send in a supply of nappies, wipes and nappy bags as, although we do have a small supply, they may not be the correct size for your child. Once you and your child are ready we will work with you to help with potty training.
You know your child best and we will work with you to help settle your child. On the first day we suggest you be prepared to stay with your child and we can help develop strategies for separation as every child is different. If you wish to leave that is fine too and you are welcome to ring and check on your child as often as you like. Your child may bring in a cuddly toy or special something from home as a comforter. Our open door policy means you are welcome to pop in and join in as often as you feel necessary.
Yes. We maintain a high standard of security in Pre-school in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage (2012). We ensure paperwork is kept up to date to ensure your child cannot ever leave with an unauthorised person. At the end of a session your child is handed back to you by a member of staff.
Pre-school uses the Birmingham City Council Framework for Intervention (F4i). This ensures we always look at the reasons for any unwanted behaviour to see if we can make adjustments in our environment to help prevent this. Steps are in place so that the child understands it is their behaviour we find unacceptable and not them. Positive behaviour is always rewarded in an immediate and consistent way using stickers and reward charts. In the case of unwanted behaviour the feelings of all children are dealt with in a gentle and caring way. We work with parents to help develop consistent rewards such as sticker charts. All children in the setting are helped to understand our three rules of Be Kind, Be Safe and Be Careful and are given strategies to empower them in situations where they feel unsure.
If your child is poorly please do not bring them into Pre-School. Please telephone 0121 355 0790 to let us know. In the case of sickness and /or diarrhoea please do not send your child into Pre-school until they have been free from symptoms for at least 48 hours to ensure they are not still contagious.
We ensure that milk and water are available throughout the sessions. We supply a healthy snack of fruit or vegetables for your child which they can access freely during a large part of all sessions. We use name cards for the children which they put into a box when they have had a drink and snack. This means we are able to monitor children who have not visited the snack table during the session and remind them to have one if they want/need one.
Yes, we have a lovely secure outdoor area with a porous child friendly impact absorbing surface and weatherproof canopy meaning we can use our outdoor area whatever the weather. We value the importance of outdoor play for young children and they are able to access the area freely during the majority of all of our sessions.
Bod was drawn by one of our children many years ago and became our logo. He appears everywhere from tee shirts to paperwork.
As we are a mixed age, free flow setting we split our children into two groups for registration which includes a short adult led activity and for stories. To help the children know which group they are in we have Green and Orange Bods.
Our Green Bods are children who are in their Pre-school Year
Our Orange Bods are younger children who are not going to school at the end of the academic year and will be staying on with us.
Green bod children are encouraged to become more independent in readiness for their transition into school. This could be putting on their own coat, pouring their own drinks and taking on more of a role in the setting. Green Bods are expected to sit and listen for longer periods of time during stories or registration and take part in adult led group activities based around an area of the curriculum.
Orange bod children are expected to sit for shorter periods of time and are able to choose to play while still listening to stories or rhymes.
All of our activities are differentiated so the children will access the same learning. This can be delivered in different ways enabling them to achieve whatever their age and ability.