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TCC Pre-School started in 1992 and was originally based in a temporary building on the current site. It moved into the new Children's Centre when it opened in 1994. It became a registered charity in 1999 and following this we changed our name to The Colourful Caterpillar Preschool, although are known as the TCC Preschool throughout Thatcham. The Pre-School is based in one half of ‘A place to play’, formally Thatcham Children's Centre which is now run by Swings and smiles. The preschool continues to occupy half of the building with its own access, kitchen and enclosed play area outside. It also has access to the larger tarmac area and an outside teaching area and wildlife garden, both of which are completely fenced in.
TCC Preschool is a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance (PLA), a national organisation that supports and advises groups throughout the country that cater for under 5’s and their parents.
TCC Preschool is registered with OFSTED (Office For Standard in Education) and is currently able to accommodate a maximum of 30 children per session under the terms of the registration certificate. We are inspected regularly both against the fourteen National Standards for Sessional Daycare and the Early Years Learning Goals as defined by OFSTED. This ensures that the required educational standards are maintained and that the environment is happy, safe and non-discriminatory. A copy of our last OFSTED inspection is available on request or via this link www.ofsted.gov.uk
As a charity we follow the preschool Learning Alliance 2008 constitution and adhere to the Charity Commission operating standards.
Our Ofsted unique reference number is 507888
Our charity number is 1075366
We provide a safe environment for children to participate in a broad range of challenging and stimulating play activities, both indoors and outdoors that promote children’s overall development.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework which enables the children to learn through play and through communication with other children and adults. Children are encouraged to mix with other children regardless of race, religion, gender or disability.
Our aim is to support and develop each child to become secure, confident, imaginative and creative.
Parents and carers are encouraged to become active members of our preschool.
Through the EYFS framework your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through the 7 areas of learning and development:
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
We offer your child individual care and attention made possible by a high ratio of adults to children and fun and friendship with other children and adults.
We have excellent outdoor facilities, comprising of a wildlife garden and large tarmac area for ball games & bikes etc.