Bill Quay Pre-School was originally registered with Ofsted in 1990. We became a Limited Company with Charitable Status in October 2008.
We are based within Bill Quay Primary School. Although totally independent to the school we have access to many of the school’s facilities including the school hall, school field and garden areas.
Through being awarded a Capital Grant from Gateshead Council we now have our own fully enclosed outdoor play area. This area is also used by reception class.
We are open 5 days per week throughout the school terms. Sessions run from 9.00am to 3.00pm. Sessions can be either a 6 hour full day session or broken down in to 3 hour sessions. Packed lunches can be brought in from home.
A maximum of 21 children can attend at each session.
We have 5 members of full time staff.
Sessions costs are as follows:
- £13.00 per session for extra sessions above the 15 hours of entitlement for parents who do not qualify for the 30 hour entitlement.
- £1.00 per session to cover the costs of fresh fruit, milk, juice, water dispenser etc.
- £3.00 for breakfast club (7.45 – 9.00).
Bill Quay Pre-School follows the government guidelines set down within the Early Years Foundation Stage which emphasises that active learning through play and exploration is fundamental in helping children develop. It also recognises the importance of creativity and critical thinking in helping children to make sense of their environment.
Our thorough planning ensures that each child is fully supported in their development and that all staff members make a positive contribution in developing the children.
We have invested considerably in our outdoor play area that we share with reception class. We have also introduced practical steps to assist in the transition in to school, this includes regular visits to reception class, wearing a uniform, using book bags and working together in the outdoor play area.
We were last inspected in June 2016. We were awarded OUTSTANDING in all areas.
The following excerpts are taken from our inspection.
- An exceptional key worker system.
- Excellent priority is attached to safeguarding supported by staff’s very good awareness of child protection issues.
- Documentation is impeccable. All essential records and written policies are in place. Partnerships with parents are exceptional.
- Partnership working in the wider context is similarly impressive.
- Well balanced routines ensure that the children have lots of scope to initiate play of their own accord.
- Children’s welfare is very well promoted.
- The solid and secure relationships that exist between children and staff teach the children that they are valued and cherished.
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