OUR NEW FOUNDATION STAGE UNIT WILL BE OPENING ON
WEDNESDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER 2019
CONSULTATION TO EXTEND THE AGE RANGE OF
BRIDGERULE CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
TO TAKE 2 and 3 YEAR OLDS IN A FOUNDATION STAGE UNIT
Dear parents, carers, local residents and other interested parties.
We would like to inform you of an exciting proposal to develop our School’s provision and to seek your views upon it. At Bridgerule Church of England Primary School we strive to deliver high quality education for children from 4 years old until they leave for secondary school at age 11. The local governing board and trustees of the school are keen to extend that age range to incorporate 2 and 3 year olds and to offer them the same provision the rest of our children receive. We are proposing to open a Foundation Stage Unit by taking over the existing Bridgerule Early Years provision that currently operates in our school hall.
A Foundation Stage Unit is a fully integrated unit which means that the children can move between well-resourced rooms and the outdoor play area making choices and learning to regulate their responses and behaviour. We will provide a safe, secure and supervised unit supported by the existing Bridgerule Early Years staff and over seen by a Foundation Stage Leader which will be Mrs Pankhurst who teaches Class 1 and is our Federation Early Years Leader. We see this collaboration as a way of combining the excellent expertise and experience of the staff already working at Bridgerule Primary School and Bridgerule Early Years therefore establishing the highest quality provision for the youngest members of our community.
We would also like to be able to offer parents the opportunity to access sessions for 5 days of the week from Monday through to Friday therefore extending the current provision of 3 days. At present Local Authorities such as Devon offer 15 hours per week of free early years education to all 3 and 4 year olds. This can be accessed in a variety of settings, such as day nurseries, childminders and maintained nursery classes, and in a variety of ways such as 5x3 hour sessions or a combination of sessions across the week.
We would like the children to be able to have their own dedicated room as until now they have operated in the school hall which has a number of drawbacks including having to get out and pack away activities, having a thoroughfare through the space for access to the school kitchen, staff room and staff toilet plus restricted use for the school for PE and other lessons.
We are therefore planning for the pre- school aged children have their own room where the current Class 1 is situated. The pre-school aged children will be in this room with the existing Bridgerule Early Years staff whilst Class 1 will be in the adjoining classroom (currently Class 3).The room would have adjustments made to it in order to meet the needs of the children and make it more suitable for their requirements including additional toilet and sink facilities plus a new outside sloping path to provide access for young children and their parents so as to avoid all step access.
The other classes would move rooms and an additional classroom would be created in a mezzanine room in the hall. The work that is required in order to adapt the building would take place during the summer holiday period so disruption to the school would be limited.
Through an extended age range we propose to offer provision for the following; a maximum number of sixteen 3 and 4 year old children and a maximum number of eight 2 year old children can be catered for in the morning and afternoon sessions or a combination of both 2,3 and 4 year old children based on the local authority guidance on ratios. There will also be the opportunity for a number of children to remain in the unit for the full day by combining their sessions together. This flexibility will allow us to cater for working parents, or those in education, as well as those that would like to access the sessional offer. We would propose to open the Foundation Stage Unit from Wednesday 4th September 2019. All children attending the unit will be offered a free school meal along with the infant children.
The benefits in creating a Foundation Stage Unit would be:
-Children joining the unit will be fully integrated and will be familiar with
the school and members of staff. This will result in greater continuity for these children as
they move up through the school.
-Staff working with children who will then continue into their reception year will already have
a good knowledge and understanding of the children. This will allow us to meet the needs of
the children much more quickly at this crucial early stage of development
-Support and intervention for any child who may require additional support will be easier to
identify and implement as the children will have access to the federation SENDCo
(Special Education Needs and Disability Co-ordinator)
- The foundation stage unit would be an integral part of the school family, the wider school and part of the larger organisation of the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust.
The benefits to the local area would be:
The consultation period for this proposal will take place between:
Monday 3rd June 2019 and Monday July 15th 2019
We very much welcome any and all views on this proposal and would invite you to respond within three weeks of this notice. You can drop your responses back via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you wish to post your responses please return them to:
Bridgerule Primary School
All responses will be considered by Bridgerule Primary School’s Local Governing Board. For more information, or if you require clarification on any of the above points please contact the school office on 01288 381366.
Executive Head teacher