In The Hut Pre-school we aim to provide appropriate learning opportunities to all children who attend. We endeavour to identify any children who would benefit from additional support and seek the appropriate provision in order for the child to reach his or her full potential. Click on the logo (to the left) to find out more about our SEND provision
Bath Area Play Project provides a high quality, early years service based at The Hut in Twerton, Bath.
It provides children from 9 months the opportunity to play freely within a safe environment with appropriate adult support. There are more structured play opportunities according to the age of the children attending the sessions. The purpose is to provide stimulating play opportunities, recognised by EYFS as a main objective for children to reach their full potential.
The Pre-School is used by people for different reasons including:
We have a fantastic resource for pre-school children at the Hut with a specific carpeted room with Home Corner, dressing up, books and tapes, a huge selection of toys and equipment, a further play room with play equipment, a room for messier play including painting, sticking and glitter, a soft play room and a wonderful garden with bikes, trikes and other ride-ons, fixed play equipment – a slide, tower to climb and wobbly bridge. A bike track, places to hide and plenty of water and sand!
We have learnt since providing the service that there are many varied reasons why parents and carers use this service; for all of them the quality of the care and interaction their children have with the staff is of paramount importance.
Parents and carers are respected and valued no matter what their background; parents who arrive in dressing gowns and slippers are treated with dignity and not made to feel any different to those well dressed and made up. Everybody is made to feel welcome and for many parents, having the Pre-school has helped them normalise and stabilise life where everything else has been chaotic around them.
Parents who tear their hair out with exasperation at their seemingly inability to control their child are supported; staff encourage use of different strategies for behaviour management. Parents who are incredibly anxious at leaving their child are supported to do so gradually in their own time; some go on to get involved voluntarily with children.
Where parents request support, advice and help is given in a non-judgemental way. Where staff feel parents would benefit from knowing others are going through the same thing, this is shared confidentially.
Our staff team is experienced and well qualified and provide children with a supportive and caring environment for play. Children are individually cared for with a keyworker system, supporting their development through a mixture of structured and free play activities.
The Pre-school is registered with OFSTED to provide sessional care for children from 18 months to school age. All staff are qualified to Level 3 in Early Years and / or Playwork, with the Lead worker holding a Early Years Foundation degree and hold current Paediatric First Aid certificates as well as Basic Food Hygiene certificates. At the last OFSTED inspection we received a Good rating, out of Poor, Satisfactory or Good and the Inspector made many favourable comments about the quality of the setting. With Good gradings across safeguarding, and keeping children safe, demonstrate our commitment to the children’s welfare.
We treasure every child who comes through the door and we endeavour to make every parent and carer feel special too. We have learnt that having local staff from the local community greatly enhances the quality of the service which in turn values the local community and gives a clear message about valuing staff and volunteers.
We understand that the demand for an alternative to childcare is what is needed; parents do not necessarily work, they just want a break and quality time for themselves whilst acknowledging that their child benefits from playing alongside or with other children.
The Hut Pre-school and Playscheme had their Ofsted Inspection on 6 December 2016 and we are very pleased to share that we were graded a Good setting again! A fantastic outcome and a massive well done to Kerry and all the team.
The Inspector said:
“The staff team have really good knowledge and support the children to learn through play according to the child’s needs. Staff know children well and understand their individual ways of learning. They observe children's play carefully and quickly identify where they need further support. They use their knowledge to extend children's learning. A welcoming and friendly Pre-school where parents feel valued.”
Overall, OFSTED graded the Pre-school as Good, December 2016
The Hut Pre-school is open 9am – 3pm Monday to Friday term time only.
The day is split into 2 sessions:
9 – 11.30am and 12.30pm – 3pm.
There is a wraparound lunch session 11.30 – 12.30pm each day which parents can use to add on to either a morning or afternoon session or extend the day.
Where children stay for a lunchtime session, parents and carers need to provide a healthy packed lunch. During the morning and afternoon sessions, children are provided with a drink and fruit or healthy snacks.
Per Session £11.00 am or pm
9am - 3pm £27.00
2 year old and 3 year old funding is available for eligible families – open pricing leaflet to find out more.
Contact Kerry at The Hut Pre-school for details and availability on (01225) 571511.
Children must be registered by the parent or carer who can request sessions they would like by completing the table on the registration form.
We operate a waiting list to ensure that everyone who wishes to use the Pre-school has the chance to do so. Children can also be referred to the Pre-school from Social Services and other agencies.