St Michael's Pre-School
St Michael's Pre-School WebsiteFounded in the 1960s, St Michael’s Pre-School was bought by the Trust in September 2021 when the owner retired. The Deputy Manager/Early Years Teacher along with all the staff were retained by the Trust, enabling the previous OFSTED-rated Outstanding Pre-school to carry on with its excellent practice. Established in the grounds of St Michael’s Church of England Primary School on the outskirts of Tenterden, it is in a fabulous location.
With a dedicated team of highly experienced Early Years staff, they create a safe environment that encourages independent learning and sustained sharing thinking.
Our outside area supports children in their physical development with space to run around as well as small risk-taking on our hilly area. We are able to create opportunities to observe plant life and mini beasts with our garden troughs. Through the seasons the children can gain understanding of the passage of time.
Local walks to the Church, regular visits to the Mobile Library and trips to the Post Office are planned to encourage the children to think about their extending world. We also visit a local Residential Care home so the children can sing nursery rhymes/Christmas songs.
One of our strengths is our Partnership with Parents. With an embedded keyperson system, we enjoy strong bonds with our children and their families. Using an 'online' assessment tool has ensured Parents and carers can be involved at every stage of their child’s development. This ensures that we gain a true picture of the individual child.