Our Staff and Volunteers
The pre-school has a dedicated staff who are willing to train and develop their skills continuously to meet a wide range of needs. They take on enormous responsibility in supporting children with very complex needs alongside their peers.
The pre-school fosters a close relationship with parents and families and encourages active involvement of parents and carers in the life of the pre-school. It has fantastic support from local professional education and health staff. Last, but by no means least, the pre-school relies on a very committed group of volunteers who act as trustees to ensure the effective running of the pre-school. They work hard to involve their families and friends in support of the essential work of this amazing provision.
Our Key Staff
Sutton Opportunity Pre-school has a key person system. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom she/he is particularly responsible. Your child’s key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that what we provide is right for your child’s particular needs and interests. When your child first starts at the pre-school, she/he will help your child to settle and throughout your child’s time at the pre-school, she/he will help your child to benefit from the pre-school’s activities.
"A truly inclusive environment where every child and family are included in the learning. The staff are passionate and fun, and work hard to meet the needs of all children. They are never phased about a child's individual needs and work well in partnership with external services to ensure the team supporting with the child are working together. A guaranteed good service.”
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How Parents Take Part
Our pre-school recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All of the staff see themselves as partners with you in providing care and education for your child. There are many ways in which parents take part in making the pre-school a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents, such as:
exchanging knowledge about their children’s needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff;
helping at sessions of the pre-school;
sharing their own special interests with the children;
helping to provide, make and look after the equipment and materials used in the children’s play activities;
being part of the management of the pre-school;
taking part in events and informal discussions about the activities and curriculum provided by the pre-school;
joining in community activities in which the pre-school takes part; and
building friendships with other parents in the pre-school.
The parents’ rota
The pre-school is happy to involve parents who would like to help at a particular session or sessions of the pre-school. Helping at the session enables parents to see what the day-to-day life of the pre-school is like and to join in helping the children to get the best out of their activities. Please speak to our manager if you would like to take part in such a rota.
Joining the rota is not the only means of taking part in the life of the pre-school. Parents can offer to take part in a session by sharing their own interests and skills with the children. We welcome parents to drop into the pre-school to see it at work or to speak to the staff.