Welcome to Little Rays!
We’re a family run pre-school based in the heart of Godalming, aimed at providing fun, safe, affordable child care and activities for children.
What we offer
You as a parent you are passionate about your children and naturally you want the best for them. We at Little Rays know that children thrive when they grow up in nurturing environments and flourish when they are building strong relationships with other children, with grownups and the environment in which they live and learn. Little Rays is dedicated to providing such an environment for your child to grow and learn.
Little Rays follows the Playwork Principles, so the children are free to choose activities and resources as they wish. There will always be a selection of activities and resources available, including dressing up, craft, board games, construction, physical play, and reading. In addition other resources are available for the children to select from our equipment library which they are free to use throughout the session. We have great plans for expansion and as the club grows, we will naturally add to our growing list of resources.
You can expect us to be there for you, to provide the highest quality provision and for us to understand the unique and special needs of your child both indoors and out.
What we provide
Your child is of the utmost importance to us and we want to give them the best start in life. We work only with the most experienced professionals and only with trained Childcare and Forest Schools practitioners.
We are dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment for your child to learn and develop freely and with confidence.
Our club is always staffed by our manager Pauline Cheeseman, deputy manager Mairead Cheeseman, and an additional play worker. We aim to provide a smooth transition between school and club.
All of our staff have significant experience of working with children and undertake professional development training. All staff members are DBS checked. We maintain a staff/child ratio of 1:8 for children under the age of eight, in line with statutory requirements.
The food we provide at the Club is not intended as a substitute for a main evening meal. We provide healthy snacks, including fresh fruit and vegetables.
We promote independence, by encouraging the children to prepare their own snacks, and to clear away after themselves. We use fresh ingredients and follow statutory guidelines. Fresh drinking water is available at all times. We meet individual dietary requirements and parental preferences wherever possible. We recognise the importance of healthy nutrition for children delivered in a calm, friendly setting, but request that food be consumed whilst sitting at the snack table.
We want the transition from home to pre-school to be as calm and happy time for you and your child.
Every change will naturally have a period of adjustment, so it is entirely natural for you as the parent to feel a little worried about leaving your child with us at first. They will also be feeling a little unsure to begin with too, however if you are confident and calm, they will slowly accept the change. Sometimes separation can be upsetting for you both and we ask you to be patient. We will work with you and your child at your natural pace to make sure their settling in period is as seamless as possible.
You and your child will be invited for a “stay and play” session to acclimatise both yourself and your child to the new surroundings. Once your child is settled, you will be asked to leave for a short period of time to see if your child is happy to be left with the teachers. As your child becomes more confident, the session will gradually be extended to a full half session in the morning and progressing from there according to your needs.
As your child builds a rapport with their teachers, we will ask you to stay in the vicinity for the first few sessions so that you can return if needed. We will contact you immediately if there should be a problem or if we believe your child needs to return home.
Each child is unique and has a different comfort level. Therefore we sometimes suggest that if a child is particularly unsure of taking this step, that they bring a favourite toy or photograph of home to the pre-school, then take a picture of their Key Teacher to take home with them. This can help them to link the comforts and security of home with the pre-school and will help them to feel secure in their new environment.
What we expect from you
As our every day sessions have an emphasis on playing outdoors in all weathers, we know that you will be supporting us and actively supporting your children by helping us provide what they need for the day.
We will require you to make sure that whatever the weather, your children are dressed appropriately. e.g.
- Welly boots, waterproofs, rain jackets for wet weather.
- Winter coats, gloves, wooly hats and snow boots for winter.
- Sun hats, sunscreen, light clothing for summer.
Please also include an extra change of clothes in your child’s bag as this is essential for outdoor play and ensure all your children’s clothing has their names sewn into them.
If your child is not toilet trained, please pack at least 2 nappies and some wipes into your child’s bag when you drop them off for a play session. Our staff will change your child’s nappy when needed.
Please pack a lunch box for your child for every session. We will place your child’s food in the fridge if it is required, but please label all your child’s food and drinks.
Some type of food can be a choking hazard so please chop up grapes, berries and any other food that is large into manageable pieces.
Due to health and safety procedures, please refrain from packing food that could cause serious allergic reactions in others e.g. peanuts and shell fish.
We also ask that you do not pack any chocolate or sweeties in your child’s lunch box. If there is any food we deem unsuitable it will be removed and returned to you at the end of the day.
After school when your children come home, we suggest helping your child process the day by talking to them about their experiences and in letting them show you where they have been and what they have been doing whilst at Pre-School/Forest School.