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About Us

Bitterne Community Pre-School are a rights and respects setting. We have the bronze award and are working towards our silver.

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Bitterne Community Pre-School staff work with the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Framework (EYFS). The EYFS aims to develop children's understanding, knowledge, attitudes and skills in all areas of learning. The EYFS uses principles which guide the work of all Early Years Practitioners and are grouped into 4 themes:

A unique child - every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self -assured.

Positive relationships - children learn to be strong and independent fro a base of loving and secure relationships with their parent / carer and key person.

Enabling environments - the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning.

Learning and development - children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates.



Play and Exploration - Active Learning

Children's play reflects their wide ranging and varied interests. Children learn best through physical and mental challenges.

Active learning involves other people, objects and ideas that engage and involve them for periods of time. Play with their peers is important for children's development.

Creativity and Critical Thinking

When children are able to play in different situations and with various resources, they discover connections and come to new understandings and ways of doing things. Adult support at this time will develop their ability to think critically and ask questions. 

We are registered and regularly inspected by Ofsted who inspects childcare for children. We are also a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance (PLA) who provide support and training to all registered Pre-School groups in Southampton with the aim of enhancing the care and education available to young children. In addition we are registered to accept Government Funding for children aged 2,3 and 4 years.

We work with a ratio of one adult to four children for the under 3's and one adult to eight children for the over 3's, although we always try to work with a ratio of one adult to six children for over 3's. A minimum of two staff/adults are on duty at any one time. We use a key person approach to ensure that each child has a named member of staff with whom to form a relationship and who plans with parents for the child's well-being and development in the setting. The key person meets regularly with the family for discussion and consultation on their child's progress.

PLEASE NOTE - We are independent from the Bitterne C.E. Primary School and a place at Bitterne Community Pre-School does not guarantee a place at School (the admissions process is independently operated by Southampton City Council).

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