Ofstead Outstanding 2015 / 2016 Key Groups

About Us

All Aboard Pre School is owned and managed by Janice Wellstead and Mandy Harris. Both are actively involved in the setting on a daily basis. Janice, Mandy and all of the staff are passionate about providing children a safe, secure and stimulating environment to begin their early years education.

We operate a structured routine everyday so the children will always know what to expect our days include activities as a whole group as well as small key-worker groups. Your child can enjoy activities which are aimed at providing opportunities for them to practice and reinforce skills they already have, to learn new skills and to try activities and play in areas that they may not normally choose during free play.

On arrival at Pre-School all the children are encouraged to be independent in hanging up their coats and self registering (we make special name tags with their Key Worker Group picture on so they are easily recognisable). We understand that the settling in period is easier for some children than others so if your little one is happy and confident on arrival that's fantastic, if there are tears and worries we will be there to help ease them gently into the day.

All Aboard Pre-School has a high adult to child ratio which means that by organising appropriate play activities with a high level of individual adult input, we offer a curriculum that enables children to progress towards the early learning goals throughout the Foundation Stage. This also prepares them for the National Curriculum, which begins at year 1 in primary school.

Key Groups

The pre-school is divided into groups and the children work within these groups with an Adult (their Keyperson) who will look after and encourage your child throughout their time with us.

Initially your child will join us for a settling in period to get them used to being away from home and used to being in a learning environment.

The first group they will join (depending on age) is our Tiddlers group this group will introduce the children to the All Aboard Pre School routine and the different areas to play in within the setting.

Once they are settled they may move into one of the other groups, Starfish, Turtles or Seals. They will then stay with this group and Keyperson throughout their time in the pre-school.

Key Person

Within the group, all children are supported in developing their potential at their own pace. Our Keyperson system enables us to ensure a planned curriculum is tailored to the needs of each individual child.

Our aim is to enhance the development and education of children we do this by involving you as much as possible. We also have close links with the local community making the transition from pre-school to full time education smoother and more familiar for the children.

At Pre School your child will be assigned a Keyperson who will be your main point of contact, although all staff will be happy to feedback on your childs developmental progress on a daily basis or discuss any concerns with you.

The Keyperson will also keep records of your child's progress and achievements which are available for you to see and contribute towards.

Staff ...

We know how special your children are to you (most of us are mums ourselves) so we strive to make each child feel happy and confident all the time they are with us.

Due to our commitment to safeguarding all of the children we follow a carefully structured recruitment and selection procedure. All of our Pre School practitioners are highly qualified, experienced and trained to meet children's individual emotional and developmental needs as well as provide inclusive play and learning opportunities.

Janice Wellstead - All Aboard Pre School Manager & Tiddlers Keyperson

Mandy Harris - All Aboard Pre School Manager & Starfish Key Person

Responsible for the day to day running of the setting, in accordance with the groups policies and procedures to provide a safe, high quality care and education for young children.

Pre-School Practitioners

  • Amy Kimberley - Turtles Key Person
  • Zoe Cameron - Seals Key Person
  • Students: We occasionally have students in on placements and work experience.

You are welcome to visit the Pre-School and see us in action (in fact we would really encourage you too) please just use the Contact Us page to get in touch.