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About Us


OUR MISSION STATEMENT

At Stampers,  staff work hard to provide a safe, stimulating environment that nurtures our children to be confident, creative and caring individuals.

SOME OFSTED COMMENTS (June 2017)

“Partnerships with parents are a real strength.”

“Children arrive confidently, ready for a fun day of play and learning.”

“Outcomes for all children are good.”

“Partnerships with other professionals are fully in place to support children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.”

“The manager is very passionate and has high expectations of staff and children.”

Click here to have a look at our full report.

 

 

OPENING HOURS

Monday to Friday Term Time Only: Early Chicks  7.45-9am   Morning Session 9am to noon   Afternoon Session 1pm to 3pm    Tea Tots 3pm – 5,30pm  Monday to Thursday (4pm on Fridays).

 

What age can children start?

We welcome enquiries to take children from 2 years old. However, places for 2 year olds are limited. Do enquire though..and it is always worth letting us know you are interested – or are thinking of starting your child soon – we like to know even the year ahead, as it helps us massively with forward planning.

For a current and up to date breakdown of our fees please contact the setting.

Payment of Fees

Stampers does not accept cash – we do not have the facilities for its safe handling. Please pay by bank transfer online – details will be on your invoice. If this is not possible, please pay by cheque – in a marked envelope, as it is handed to the treasurer.

Government Funded Sessions – all 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours of free sessions. Some 2 year olds are also eligible to 15 hours of free sessions. For more information about this, and advice about applying for the new 30 hour extended entitlement, have a look at the flooding link – About free entitlement to funding for 2,3 and 4 year olds or have a look at this leaflet  and here is a link. The new national Government gateway to check eligibility and apply is here.. You will also find more information here about the new 30 hour extended entitlement for working parents, which starts in September 2017.

If your child is only in for a morning session, you can add an hour on for lunch if you would like to ie. 12.00 – 1pm.  If you would like your child to have a school dinner, this is paid to school – see below)

You can provide a packed lunch for your child, or you can order a school dinner, which we bring through from the hall and eat in Stampers (see below)

School lunch

If you would like to order school lunch for your child, either book this in when you book your sessions, or just tell us on the morning. (we need to know by 9.30 latest). School lunch costs £2.20. Please pay this to Dawn Hill, in the school office. Do not include any lunch money with your Stampers fees. Stampers is independent from school, with totally separate finances.

See ‘Useful links’ – top of the page – for a link to school dinner menus.

 

THE STAFF

Claire

Claire Cable is the Pre-School Leader. She is a qualified teacher with a BA (Hons) in Primary Education QTS, having completed her studies in 2003. She has worked in a range of Primary schools, Middle schools and Special Schools around the North East. She was in charge of Special Educational Needs from ages 3-11 at a school in North Tyneside until 2014. Claire came to work at Stampers Pre-School in 2015, having been a member of the management committee for a period of time. Claire thoroughly loves her job and enjoys working with the children, watching their amazing and creative minds at work. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family and friends, going for walks in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside and experimenting in the kitchen, with varying degrees of success.

 

 Kirsty

Kirsty Mclean is the Preschool Deputy Leader and is currently on Maternity leave. She has a Level 4 Certificate in Early Years Practice (60 credits), and a Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Early Years.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and taking her dog for lots of long walks. Kirsty has worked at Stampers since July 2014.

Devon

Devon Dixon is the Acting Deputy Leader. She has just completed her BA (Hons) Children and Young People. In her spare time Devon enjoys various DIY projects on her new house and taking her dog for lots of long walks. Devon has worked in Stampers since March 2015.

 

Jane Campbell is our Early Years Practitioner. She is a qualified teacher having a BA(Hons) Early Education with QTS. Jane has worked in a variety of schools and settings, including Special Schools. As a Early Years specialist she brings a wealth of experience to the Pre-School. Jane is also the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCO). In her spare time Jane is a bit of a history buff and can also turn her hand to a bit of artistic painting. She also holds the title of chief cake tester in Stampers!

 

Fiona Errington is an Early Years Practitioner who often does supply cover for us at Stampers. Fiona has worked in a range of local settings in a range of different roles. She is beginning her studies in child psychology and counselling.

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