Eckington Under Fives is a not-for-profit making organisation and a registered charity. We are run by a voluntary and enthusiastic committee, made up of parents/carers who are elected annually.
We are a pack away setting, sharing the facility with local clubs. There is a large room which is set up daily and a spacious outside play area including an on-site ‘Forest School’.
All funding comes from fees, Government funding and fund-raising events.
We are a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance and operate to the guidelines that they provide.
We are run by a voluntary management committee that is elected each October at the AGM.
The committee is responsible for setting policies, raising funds, employing staff and ensuring that the pre-school operates in accordance with all the appropriate regulations.
We always welcome new faces so if you would like to become involved with the running of Eckington Under Fives then please contact us to find out more.
You as a parent or carer are our customer and therefore have a strong input into every aspect of Under Fives.
We welcome your comments and will consult with you on a regular basis through newsletters, meetings (social) and fund raising events.
Our Parent/Carers Notice board is used for other general information. The partnership is a two-way process and we invite you to view our planning, which can be found on the planning board just inside the main room, and comment and add to this, as necessary.
Your child’s Key Person and the Manager are always willing to meet with you and talk about your child’s progress or discuss any concerns you may have.
We ensure that we have in place all policies required to provide a safe and secure and effective setting. All policies are reviewed and updated annually by the committee, or as and when the need arises. Our policies are available for you to view at any time. Please ask a member of staff.
Our team is jointly led by 2 Managers, one who is a qualified teacher and our Forest School Leader together with one of our other three members of staff, all of whom are Level 3 qualified. We are also lucky to have two members of bank staff, both of whom are currently pursuing Early Years courses, to call upon should the need arise.
We understand the importance of having a strong and knowledgeable team and believe that continuous development is important to ensure that all staff are up to date with current legislation.
Training and development is achieved through staff meetings, in-house training and when possible by attending courses offered through Worcestershire County Council.