Parents

Here you will find a useful selection of documents to download and pages to visit for further information. If you would like us to include something else on this page please use our contact us page and let us know.

We welcome your comments and suggestions.  Please contact us with any feedback.

Opening Times

We provide the flexibility to fit in around term times by offering 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

Core day care:

  • 08.30 – 16.30

Extended day care

  • 08.00 – 17.45

To the Top

Term Dates

To view our term dates for the 2017/2018 Academic Year please click here.

Please note Adobe Acrobat may be required.

To the Top

Application Form

To download an application form for Jack and Jill Pre-school please click here.

To the Top

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’

The read the full report on the Ofsted website please click here.
Please note Adobe Acrobat may be required.

To the Top

Bristol Standard

Jack and Jill Pre-school are proud to have gained the Bristol Standard for the year 2015 to 2016. The Bristol Standard is a self-evaluation framework that enables settings to develop and improve the quality and effectiveness of their provision.

Bristol Standard

The framework identifies good practice and identifies the setting’s strengths, what they want to improve and how this will benefit the children. It involves working together on developments to improve outcomes for all children and families. A portfolio is submitted annually for validation.

In using the Bristol Standard, practitioners become part of a process that protects and celebrates the wonder of childhood through well-informed and reflective practice. It is recognised nationally as an example of excellence and has been adopted by a number of other authorities in the South West.

To the Top

Childcare Vouchers

Childcare voucher schemes work through salary sacrifice, which means parents can opt to receive childcare vouchers instead of part of their salary. Occasionally, employers choose to give childcare vouchers to their staff in addition to their usual pay. In both cases, the vouchers are free of tax and national insurance for parents and employers.

You can pay Jack and Jill Pre-school fees using child care vouchers. If you would like to do so approach your employer and ask if they operate a voucher system.

To the Top

Free Entitlement

From September 2011 the Free Entitlement was set at 570 hours per annum to be taken over no fewer than 38 weeks per annum and no more than 6 hours in any one day for all three and four years. This amounts to 11.875 hours per week over 48 weeks and 15 hours per week over 38 weeks per annum.

If you are the parent/carer of a two year old and you receive certain benefits you could be eligible to apply for a free early education place. To find out more, and to apply, please visit the Bristol City Council website.

The free entitlement is available to all children from the first day of term following their third birthday.

The table below shows when your child will be eligible:


If your child is born between:
They are eligible for a free place from:

1 April and 31 August
Autumn Term (September)

1 September and 31 December
Spring Term (January)

1 January and 31 March
Summer Term (April)


There is no requirement to pay any fees unless you wish to take additional services. Additional services include meals, snacks, Forest School, holiday club activities (when applicable) and additional hours over and above the Free Entitlement.

The Department for Education is also providing additional funding for eligible children who are three and four years old and are accessing their free early education entitlement. This additional funding is called the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP), and its aim is to provide additional funding to early years settings in order to raise the quality of your child’s early education.

Early years settings will be able to use this additional funding creatively to offer more opportunities for eligible three and four year olds with the aim of improving learning and development outcomes.

Contact us to find out more information regarding any of the Early Education funding.

Please note: we encourage children to have healthy snacks during their sessions and all dietary requirements are catered for. If you do not wish your child to be provided with a snack please inform the office.

The Free Entitlement could be subject to change during an academic year. We therefore reserve the right to amend our fee structure accordingly.

To the Top

Early Years Catering

We welcome a fresh approach to all children’s food and offer the choice of either a Pre-school hot meal or packed meal from home each term.

The hot meal service will be provided by Early Years Catering. The menus have been selected to provide food which meets and exceeds the government’s compulsory minimum nutritional requirements through a balanced diet.

The menus run on a four week cycle, which will be available termly in advance. If you wish to find out more, please visit their website.

To see the menus we are currently using please click here.

To the Top

Policies

Jack and Jill Pre-school’s policies help us make sure that the service we provide is of a very high standard.

Through our policies we endeavour to make everyone involved with Jack and Jill feel that it is an enjoyable and beneficial experience.

The Managing Partners work together to adopt the policies, and then review them on a regular basis. This ensures that new ideas and legislation are included.

All staff and volunteers are made aware of these policies and a copy is available at the Pre-school in reception for parents/carers to view. Please contact us for further information.

To the Top

Guidance on Infection Control in Pre-school

Please click here to see Public Health England’s Guidance on Infection Control in Schools and other Childcare Settings. Jack and Jill Pre-school strictly follow these guidelines with regard to exclusion periods for children suffering from sickness and/or infection.

To the Top

Inclusion in Early Years

Children’s racial, cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds are respected through planning, resources and activities.

We ensure that children with Special Educational Needs are offered the same experiences, if appropriate, as all other children.

Both the Little Ark and Ark have a designated SEN Co.

There is level access to all areas downstairs including the garden. To find out more about Inclusion at Jack and Jill Pre-school, please visit our Inclusion page.

To the Top

PPA

Jack and Jill Pre-school have an established Parent Practitioner Association. Working in partnership with parents is vital in order to achieve coordinated support for children and their families. Working together in partnership ensures families feel involved in their child’s care and feel comfortable to express their thoughts and feelings with regard to the care we provide.

PPA

There is a parent and staff representative from both the Little Ark and Ark. The group hold regular termly coffee mornings and everyone is invited.

To the Top

Uniform

Jack and Jill Pre-school sweatshirts and t-shirts are available for purchase.

Uniform

There are many benefits of wearing Pre-school sweatshirts and t-shirts and we find that the children have a sense of belonging and also like to have the same tops as their Key Carers.

To the Top

Parents’ Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is very important as it helps your child get ready for school, as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. To find out more, and to access the Parents’ Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, please click here.

To the Top