Early Birds

Earlybirds Preschool



Earlybirds Preschool was first registered in 1970 and was relocated onto its current site in 2010. It operates from the newly, purpose built Valley Children's Centre based at Cheddar First School in Cheddar, Somerset.

Earlybirds has a large playroom, a small adjoining room and access to rooms shared with the Valley Children’s Centre, along with low level toilet and hand washing facilities. The children have access to an enclosed outside play space and a forest school area shared with the school.

The preschool serves Cheddar and surrounding villages. A maximum of 40 children may attend the preschool at any one time. Earlybirds is open 8.45am until 3.45pm each day, five days a week during school term times (following the term timetable set by Cheddar First School).

Children between the ages of 2 and 4 years attend the Earlybirds. The term after their third birthday, they will receive Early Years Funding. The preschool supports children with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, and children for whom English is an additional language. The setting receives support from the local authority and has links with Cheddar First School.

Aims and Objectives

  1. To provide a friendly, welcoming and caring environment, offering challenge, flexibility and stimulation.
  2. To value the unique qualities of each child, building on the child's natural ability, allowing free expression, to foster independence and self confidence. We recognise the child's right to inclusion.
  3. To ensure that the care provided has regard to the child's religious persuasion, racial origin and cultural and linguistic background.
  4. To recognise the child's right to be understood and valued.
  5. To provided adequate supervision and offer encouragement and support.
  6. To allow for discoveries and freedom to learn from mistakes, promoting a positive learning environment. Children’s curiosity will be enhanced and motivation and independence encouraged.
  7. To promote a positive partnership with parents, one which is honest, open and empowering through listening, acknowledgement and discussion.
  8. To provide a safe and secure environment.