About

Jack and Jill Pre-school started in 1982 as a committee run community playgroup in Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol. It has evolved into the present Pre-school with four directors and in 2009 we moved to our current purpose built premises to accommodate the expanding needs of the school.

Our unique Pre-school has an excellent reputation in the local community and surrounding area. We are renowned for our:

  • highly qualified and committed staff which include Early Years Graduates and Early Years Professionals (EYPS) offering a wealth of experience and individual skills to provide a diverse learning environment
  • excellent resources and a stimulating planned curriculum
  • small group activities which include the Forest School, Language groups, Maths groups, Yoga and ICT, in which children can develop a positive attitude to learning
  • positive and effective partnership with parents and carers, sharing in their child’s time at Pre-school

The Ark

We have three rooms providing age appropriate resources and activities.

The Nest is a dedicated room and outside classroom for babies from 6 months to two year olds, with a staff ratio of 1:3.

The Little Ark is a dedicated room and outside classroom for two and three year olds, with a staff ratio of 1:4.

The Ark is a dedicated room and outside classroom for three and four year olds in their Pre-school year, with a staff ratio of 1:8.

All rooms have an individual team of staff which include a Childcare Lead and Deputy, a SENCo, a Child Protection Officer and Deputy and a minimum of four Paediatric First Aiders.

Within the Ark we also have two Forest School Leaders.

By regularly attending Early Years training, the team is committed to ongoing staff development to ensure that the highest standards in education and care are consistently met.

The high ratio of adults to children and allocation of Key Carers enables us to:

  • give time and attention to each child and family
  • talk with and listen to the children and parents/carers
  • meet individual needs of both child and parents/carers
  • help children experience and benefit from the activities we provide
  • allow the children to explore and be adventurous in a safe environment

 

The child’s day is structured according to their age, ensuring smooth transitions at every stage from The Nest to Little Ark, Little Ark to Ark and from the Ark into a primary school environment. Children will be familiar with addressing the members of staff by their title and surname and activities such as:

  • welcome time and registration
  • structured and unstructured activities
  • breaks and lunch times
  • group story times
  • outdoor play times

We have a high ratio of adults to children. This helps us to:

  • give time and attention to each child
  • talk with and listen to the children
  • help children experience and benefit from the activities we provide
  • allow the children to explore and be adventurous in a safe environment

Ofsted Report

We are very proud to have been graded as an ‘Outstanding’ provision by Ofsted. The inspector’s findings reported:

‘Children are very effectively safeguarded’
Ofsted Outstanding‘Children are happy, secure and supported extremely well by staff’
‘Staff are enthusiastic and highly committed to their roles’
‘Staff have considerate and caring attitudes to each individual child and their families’
‘Resources are extremely well-deployed with a stimulating range of activities’
‘Parents are very effectively engaged in partnership with the Pre-school and well informed about what is happening and their child’s progress’
“The directors are committed to providing high quality provision and to driving improvement”

To download a copy of our latest Ofsted report please click here.
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Opening Times

We provide the flexibility to fit in around term times by term time only care plus optional holiday club. Alternatively we provide all year round care.

Sessional care:

  • 08.00 – 12.30
  • 08.30 – 12.30
  • 13.00 – 16.30
  • 13.00 – 17.45

Full day care:

  • 08.00 – 16.30
  • 08.30 – 16.30

Extended day care

  • 08.00 – 17.45
  • 08.30 – 17.45

A breakfast is provided for those children attending Breakfast club from 08.00

A healthy snack is provided during the morning and afternoon sessions

A hot lunch is available on request for children attending a full day session

Alternatively parents can provide a packed lunch

A cold tea is provided for children attending until 17.45

Our meals are provided by Early Years Catering – for more information see our parents page.

Staff and Volunteers Gallery


The Directors


Mrs Claire Hollingdale

Mr Andy Hollingdale

Mr John Hollingdale

Hollingdale Claire
Hollingdale Andy

Managing Director/OFSTED Nominated Person

Director/Co-Manager

Chairman/Financial Director

Mr John Hollingdale


Mrs Valerie Paisey

Mrs Valerie Paisey


Childcare Director/Deputy Manager/SENCo Lead


The Office


Mrs Clare Harwood

Miss Georgia Clark

Clare Harwood

Bursar

Administrator


The Ark


Miss Jade Harvey

Miss Jess Watts

Miss Emma Smith

 

Watts Jess

Room Lead/Early Years Graduate

Deputy Room Lead (maternity leave)/Early Years Graduate

Deputy Room Lead (maternity cover)/Early Years Graduate

Miss Sutton
Ms Joanna McDonald


Mrs Julie Toye

Mrs Shaida Chowdhury

Mrs Elaine King

Mrs Elaine King

Early Years Practitioner

Early Years Practitioner

Early Years Practitioner

Miss Sutton
Ms Joanna McDonald


The Little Ark


Mrs Valerie Paisey

Miss Nichola Milton

Mrs Alison Hambly

Mrs Valerie Paisey
Nichola Milton
Hambly Alison

Childcare Director/Deputy Manager/Room Lead

Deputy Childcare Lead/Early Years Practitioner

Early Years Practitioner


Miss Louise Bull

Hambly Alison


Mrs Nikki Gunning

Mrs Hazel Trott

Miss Caitlin Filer

Miss Nikki James
Hazel Trott


Early Years Practitioner

Early Years Practitioner

Early Years apprentice

Ms Joanna McDonald


Mrs Joanne Mawdsley

Miss Bretany Plant

Mrs rachel white

Early Years Practitioner

Bank Early Years Practitioner

bank Early Years Practitioner


The Nest


Miss Courtney Harvey

Miss Melissa Holmes

Miss Shannon Turner


Holmes Melissa

Room Lead

Early Years Practitioner

Early Years Practitioner


Mrs Steph Wyatt-Jones

Mrs Steph Wyatt-Jones


Early Years Practitioner


The Dining Room


Mrs Alison Sheppard

Mrs Ann-Marie Thyer

Mrs Sharon Hayward




Pre-school Meal Supervisor

Pre-school Meal Supervisor

Pre-school Meal Supervisor


Supply/Volunteer Staff


Mrs Sara Lewis

Ms Joanna McDonald

Ms Joanna McDonald

Early Years Practitioner Assistant

Early Years Practitioner Assistant