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The Committee, staff and members of Harrow Way Pre-school are deeply saddened to announce the closure of our Ofsted 'Outstanding', well established and popular Early Years setting at the end of July 2019.
Unfortunately, due to Harrow Way Community Schools increased intake of pupils and expected curriculum delivery, more space is needed to teach.
Hampshire County Council declined to provide funding for the Community School's proposed and much needed modular classrooms and instead made the decision to end the Pre-schools tenancy agreement. As a result, the Pre-school were given notice to vacate their playroom by the end of this current academic year.
In conjunction with the Early Years department, Hampshire County Council proposed to lease a portion of the playing field for interested parties to erect modular buildings.
The Early Years departments vision was to provide 30 hours Nursery/Early Years funding entitlement.
The successful applicants would also be judged on their ability to provide a suitable 'wrap around' childcare premises for 0-11 year olds, on a 'flexible' basis for 51 weeks of the year.
The cost of providing this provision was expected to be above £350K.
As a voluntary, charity run, sessional pre-school, we could not compete in the financial forum against 'business/profit' providers. However, there was a chance we could rent or add a modular building to their premises.
Despite initial interest in developing the site, by December 2018 no actual bids were forthcoming.
Hampshire County Council are planning to re-release the next bidding process, with altered specifications in March 2019. Proposed future developments of the site will come far too late to be of benefit to our Pre-school.
Despite our intensive researching and with consideration to every option on offer, no suitable, alternative premises is available to us.
Therefore, the members attending our General Meeting on the 25th February, were left with no choice but to vote for the dissolution of our charity status and the closure of our Pre-school.
After over 40 years of serving our local families and their children, this heart wrenching decision was not taken lightly. We, like you, are all totally devastated at the loss of this much loved and successful provision.
Last, but not least, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our past and present families for your trust and support.
The Pre-school will continue to operate as normal for the current academic year.
Any further questions, please contact Carol, the Supervisor on 01264 723662 or email Laura, the Chair of the Management Committee.
Ofsted Inspection: "Outstanding" ! October 2017
We hope that you have all heard how well our recent Ofsted inspection went. The Preschool was awarded a rating of Outstanding, which we are all delighted about!
The Committee would like to say a masive thank you to all the people involved in making this happen.
A Special Thank You is to all the Preschool staff: Mrs Ashurst, Mrs Gibbs, Mrs Smith, Mrs Cresswell and Mrs Elliott for all the hard work they do every day with the children. There is a lot of work put in after the Preschool closes which is not seen and this dedication, hard work and love put in by the staff makes Harrow Way Preschool the success that it is. Without all their hard work and commitment this would not have been achieved.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Parents at Harrow Way Preschool (past and present) as you have all played a big part in the Preschools success as well, so thank you!
Dates for you diary.....
Academic Year 2019
Last day of Spring Term - Friday 5 April 2019
Start of Summer Term - Tuesday 23 April 2019
Bank Holiday - Monday 6 May 2019
Half Term - Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May 2019
Inset Day - Closure - Monday 3 June 2019
Last day of Summer Term - Tuesday 23 July 2019
Pre-school Sponsored Event
To be confirmed
The sponsored event this year focused on Phyiscal Development. We encouraged the children to complete sporting challenges; walking/jogging the school field, circuits of the Pre-school gym equipment, team games, traversing wall, egg & spoon races and other track and field events as well as promoting Healthy Eating Practices.
The Pre-school will be raising funds for improvement of our playground. Any support you can give us in achieving this goal through our sponsored event or other means is very much appreciated.
Portway Infants School
[tbc] June 2019
Before the end of the Summer term the children who will be starting Portway Infant School in September 2019 will have the opportunity to visit the Reception Unit. The children will be able to look around a classroom, the playground and meet the teachers.
Teachers from other Infant Schools arrange to come into the Pre-school to see their prospective new intake of children.
Transition to School
This will be the opportunity for parents of our school leavers to visit and discuss with the child's key person and contribute to the childs records before the end of the school year. In order to organise staffing we will be asking parents to select a time slot next to their key persons name. We do try to keep timings but we also understand that this can be quite an anxious time for parents/carers of our school leavers. Please be reassured, if we have any undue concerns regarding your child's progress or readiness for their next step into 'big school' we would have made sure you were aware of them before now. Like adults, children have different ways of learning and develop at different rates. The Early Years Foundation Stage has been developed in line with these differing needs. Reception teachers and pre-school practitioners use similar methods to work toward the same goals so please try not to worry.
Annual General Meeting
To be confirmed
The next Annual General Meeting for Harrow Way
Pre-school will be held in the playroom on Monday xxx October at 7pm. All parents and carers are welcome to attend this meeting to see how the Pre-school is performing and can volunteer to join the Committee as a member at this meeting.
The Pre-school need to have a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 12 committee members including the Chair, Secretary and Treasurer - 60% of which need to be current Parents and Carers whose children attend the setting - to join us as Committee Members during each AGM for the Pre-School to continue to operate.
Therefore, it is very important our Parents and Carers support the Pre-school committee for the children who attend, now and in the future.