Joining Brightside Preschool

To join Brightside Preschool you will need to follow the simple steps detailed below...

Joining Brightside Preschool 

Apply to join Brightside Preschool in 5 simple steps:

1.  Send us your completed Registration Form detailing your contact information and the sessions your child wishes to attend. We accept forms via email, post or handed in in person. If you need help with this just let us know.

2.  Wait for us to contact you. We will let you know if we are able to allocate a place right away or whether your child has been placed on the waiting list. We will follow up with parents on our waiting list once a space becomes available. We will send you a Preschool Place Offer Letter which needs to be returned within a week or the place may be allocated to another child on our list.

3.  When it is time for your child to join us we will arrange settling in sessions. See below for more details. An invoice will be sent out to fee paying families 3-4 weeks before the start date with the first payment being due in advance. Fees can be paid monthly, half termly or termly depending on your preference.

4.  Complete the 'All about me' pack, and funding/payment forms. Forms will be reviewed during settling in sessions and must be completed before your child's official start date. Help completing the forms is available if required.

5.  Find out who your child's Key Worker will be. Each child has their own Key Worker matched with them when they join the Preschool, this helps natural relationships to flourish rather than expecting children to bond with a key worker of our choosing.

Our Managing Director, Alison, supports families throughout their registration and settling in periods. The Key Worker is then introduced as the child's main carer and will carry out their observations, assessments, parent consultations, and personal care. 

Settling in Sessions

Children are booked to attend settling in sessions when they first join Brightside Preschool. 

We recommend parents bring children along to the initial visit, to see how they engage with the environment, and to let us know if your child is not used to being away from you.

Settling in sessions last for around 60-90 minutes each; one stay and play session with a parent/carer present and one independent session. After each session we will discuss with parents how the session went and, if necessary, we can add in extra settling sessions depending on the individual child's needs.

Children are welcome to bring in a teddy or comforter from home if they wish.

Observations and Assessments

Key Workers share regular snap shot observations for each child and add them to their online learning journal. Parents will be emailed login details at some point during their settling in sessions. 

Baseline Assessments are carried out during the first week or so of children joining us. This shows the child's current stage of development and looks at opportunities we can provide to support them to develop further.

Regular reviews are made to ensure children are progressing and parents are contacted at the end of every term to provide an update. Parents can ask to speak to the Key Worker at any time in between if they wish.

A Two year check will also be completed for all two year old children attending our preschool. This will be shared with parents.

Personal Care

Personal Care involves the changing of nappies, potty/toilet training and changing of clothing when required. 

Parents are asked to supply a bag each day with nappies  (if required) wipes, and spare clothes - extra if potty training. We recommend children wear clothes which are allowed to get messy to give them the freedom to explore and learn.

Each child will have their own peg where nappies etc and clothing will be kept in their bag until required. 

Key Workers look after the personal care for the children in their key group with the support of a buddy key worker who can step in if the main key worker is absent for any reason.

Packed Lunch 

Parents are required to provide a healthy lunch when attending lunch club, afternoon sessions or full day sessions. Please ensure these do not contain any nuts.

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