At the Whetstone Baptist Church Pre-School children are encouraged to participate and experience a range of play-based activities within a Christian environment. Our curriculum provides opportunities for children to enjoy learning, grow in confidence and to progress towards early learning goals, as detailed in the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, in a safe, happy, caring and stimulating environment. Through play, conversation and interaction with adults and peers the children will be motivated to learn and develop lifelong learning skills.
We operate from two Pre-School rooms, a large hall and a secure garden. Our sessions consist of supervised free play, adult led and child initiated activities, active play, creative activities, snack and quiet time. During these sessions we provide opportunities for children that support them across all areas of development:
Personal, Social & Emotional Development; Communication & Language and Physical Development. The importance of physical development is promoted by our staff following our involvement in Blaby District Council's 'Active Bean Club' and the 'Parent Play Project' run by Ben Kingston-Hughes, renowned play specialist.
Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design as well as nurturing their Characteristics of Effective Learning, such as:
painting/mark-making/chalking – encourages early writing skills, as well as creativity and imagination.
collage/junk modelling/construction/puzzles – which help with hand-eye co-ordination.
sand/playdough/cornflour/water – stimulates sensory awareness and basic maths.
role play/dressing up – encourages conversation, imagination and social skills.
singing/story-telling/music – encourages communication and early literacy skills.
dance & movement/sit & ride vehicles; outside play – encourages co-ordination, core stability and to play co-operatively.
We also hold ‘Stay & Play’ sessions; annual Sports Morning; Nativity service; and have special visitors from within the community, such as police officers, fire fighters and the school crossing patrol.
Government funding (FEEE) for up to 15 hours a week is currently available from the term following a child’s 3rd birthday. Funding is also available for 2 year-olds if certain criteria are met (see www.leic.gov.uk/family for more information). The cost for unfunded children is £10.50 per session.
Primary School Transition
We work in partnership with St. Peter’s Primary School (Church of England Aided) and Badgerbrook Primary School to ensure our children have a smooth transition to school.
For more information on all aspects of the Pre-School, including our organisation, premises and equipment, clothing requirements, health and safety, child protection policy, curriculum and special needs, please download our welcome brochure below. If you would like to speak with someone about Pre-School, then please contact Pre-School Leader Gill Taylor on 0116 2863145 or email:
The Pre-School has a permanent team of eight staff, most of whom work on a part-time yet regular basis to ensure continuity for the children. All staff have up-to-date training in the Safeguarding of Children and Paediatric First Aid. Basic Makaton signing is used by all staff, with one staff member having a broader knowledge. The team comprises:
Lisa Cleaver (NVQ3) - Pre-School Leader
Pam Shields (NVQ3) - Deputy Pre-School Leader
Karen Bird (NVQ3)
Sally Harris (NVQ3)
Caroline Shepherd (NNEB)
Clare Wheatley (NVQ3)
Claire Lee (BTEC National Diploma Level 3)
Jane Gillespie (QCF Level 3 Diploma)
Page last updated: 19th August 2016