Greetings from the Director ~ Winter 2016
I'd like to welcome all the families at Just for Me Preschool; those that have just joined us and the families who are returning after the summer. Just for Me Preschool recently celebrated its 9th birthday on the 17th of September and this was celebrated with balloons and cakes for staff and children, as well as an open day for the local community. Over the past nine years, the preschool has changed in so many different ways. I have been blessed to have met some lovely people and both myself and my team have had the pleasure of being a part of so many lives. Over the last couple of years, we have put several different practices into place, in order to improve the services we provide to you and your children here at Just for Me. This has required a huge amount of patience and hard work from not only myself, but the whole staff team. I am proud of the team that I have here and over the past few months in particular, I have really witnessed a sincere commitment to providing high quality care and education for the children, that goes beyond just ‘doing their job’.
On the 22nd September we had our Ofsted Inspection. Ofsted is the regulatory body that inspects and approves all childcare settings and inspections are carried out every few years to make sure we are doing what we are expected to. The inspection looks at different aspects, including our paperwork, how well we manage our staff, how we support children and families, how we encourage children to develop, as well as much more. I am extremely proud to say that after our inspection, we were awarded a 'GOOD' rating by Ofsted! This is definitely a reflection of the hard work put in by all of us and I know we will continue to do well. A copy of the report is on our noticeboard and parents can also find it on the Ofsted.gov.uk website or you can download the report here.
Working in partnership with families is crucial, not only to our vision, but also to the development of your children. The relationships we develop with the children allow them to feel safe; whether this is with their own Key Person, or at times with a different team member. We have children who choose to share concerns with an adult, and similarly we have children who may not have the language to express their concerns, but will always seek out a specific member of the team for comfort. We are very proud of the bonds we have with the children at our setting and have often been told by both parents and members of our team, that we have a ‘family’ feel at our setting. At Just for Me, each individual child seen as unique and on their own journey through education. I have always been proud of the diversity at our setting; which is reflected amongst our staff, children and resources. More recently we have incorporated the British values, which reinforce mutual respect for others, a tolerance for other faiths, cultures and backgrounds, being able to say how you feel or what you want, and an understanding of wrong and right. We reflect these in all that we do at Just for Me.
As we begin to move into the last few months of the year, many people will begin to reflect on this year and will start to think of all that they want to achieve in 2017. Everyone has things they want to achieve, no matter how big or how small. As human beings, we are good at talking ourselves out of doing something that we know we need to do; something that can bring great things! it is natural to feel fear; but sometimes we need to learn how to feel it....and do it anyway! We also need to be active and not just sit and wait for things to happen. My faith has never allowed me to give up on things I really want, including this preschool, despite how difficult life has seemed. I believe it's important to step out sometimes, set yourself a goal, work hard and make that dream a reality! Surround yourself with positive influences and people that will encourage you; but most of all, believe in what YOU can do. I look forward to hearing about some of those things....
All the best, from Chantelle Mason - Director