Pre-school Children

About Us

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Like all Ofsted-registered childcare settings, Little Owls must follow a structure of learning, development and care for children from birth to 5 years. This is called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and it enables your child to learn through a range of activities and prepare them for success with the primary school curriculum.

The EYFS learning and development requirements comprise:

Areas of Learning and Development

There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:

Little Owls also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

Little Owls will consider the individual needs, interests, and stage of development of each child in their care, and will use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience for each child in all of the areas of learning and development.

When working with the youngest children we will focus strongly on the three prime areas, which are the basis for successful learning in the other four specific areas.

The three prime areas reflect the key skills and capacities all children need to develop and learn effectively, and become ready for school. It is expected that the balance will shift towards a more equal focus on all areas of learning as children grow in confidence and ability within the three prime areas.

Throughout the early years, if a child’s progress in any prime area gives cause for concern, we will discuss this with the child’s parents and/or carers and agree how to support the child. We will consider whether a child may have a special educational need or disability which requires specialist support.

We will link with, and help families to access relevant services from other agencies as appropriate.

For children whose home language is not English, providers must take reasonable steps to provide opportunities for children to develop and use their home language in play and learning, supporting their language development at home.

In order for the children at Little Owls to have effective teaching and learning each child will have their own Key Person and this person will help to ensure that every child’s learning and care is tailored to meet their individual needs.

The Key Person will plan and guide children’s activities and reflect on different ways that children learn.

Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

For further information about the Early Years Foundation Stage, visit the Department of Education.

Parental Essentials

The following essential information for parents is included on this page:

Applying for a Place

Little Owls is extremely popular but we only have a limited number of child places. If you would like your child to attend we advise you apply for a place as soon as possible, click here to apply now or call Sharon or Kaye on 01724 281050.


Click here for term start and end dates.

Extra Sessions

Before and after school sessions are available on request. Call Sharon or Kaye on 01724 281050.

Fees and Payment

Session fees are £4.50 per hour. An invoice for contracted hours is issued at the beginning of each term and must be paid in full within 14 days. If fees are more than two weeks in arrears the management has the right to withdraw your child's pre-school place.

Please make payment by cash, cheque or bank transfer.(Details can be obtained from the management) Cheques payable to Little Owls (Scunthorpe) Ltd.

You will still be invoiced for sessions missed due to illness, holiday or other reasons.

If you are having trouble making payment please speak to Sharon or Kaye on 01724 281050.

Getting Help with Childcare Costs

Your child may be entitled to 2 year funding for up to 15 hours if you fit within the eligible criteria for more information ring Family Information Services (01724) 296629.

There are a few ways you can receive financial help with childcare costs:

Late Collection

The standard hourly fee will be imposed for the late collection of your child. In addition, a £5 fine will be imposed for late collection.

Illness and Exclusion

Please notify Little Owls of any illnesses as soon as possible on 01724 281050.

Clothing and Footwear

We advise you put name tags on the clothes and footwear your child wears to pre-school.

Please do not "dress your child up" to come to pre-school. Despite our best efforts, children do have a habit of getting paint and glue on their clothing!

A change of clothing should remain in your child's bag.

If your child arrives in wellington boots please bring some appropriate footwear for them to change into before going into the setting.

Personal Items and Toys

Please do not bring in personal items and toys because it is likely they will become lost amongst our own extensive collection! However, toys and other items for the interest table are permissible and will remain separate from our own.

If your child has a comfort item or toy they insist on bringing to pre-school, it can be left in their school bag.

Eating & Drinking

During the morning session your child will be offered a drink of milk or water and a healthy snack such as fruit, sandwich, cheese and crackers, breadsticks, etc.

Lunch is not provided and you are expected to supply your child with healthy food and drink for full day. Click here to view some healthy packed lunch ideas.

Please clearly label your child's lunch box and drink container with their name. On arrival these should be placed on the dinner trolley just in the pre-school building.

Please advise us in writing about food allergies and strong dislikes your child may have.

Sun Care

Please provide a sun hat and sun cream with your child’s name on during every session your child attends. On sunny days we are unable to allow your child into the outside area without them - even during the Autumn when the sun can still be strong.

Sun hats and sun cream should remain in your child's school bag.

Mapping and Sharing Booklet

Throughout your child's attendance at pre-school their key person completes a Progress Book. This is a record of your child's progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage, and contains photographs and practical work your child has completed. Each term you will be presented with the book which we encourage you to make a comment in the space provided.

If you do not want us to take photographs of your child for inclusion in the book, please let us know in writing.

The book will be given to you when your child leaves pre-school to go to primary school.

Interest Table

We have an Interest Table, the theme of which changes. If your child would like to bring in an item that relates to the present theme this item will be returned at the end of the session and if appropriate please label items with your child’s name.

Parent Involvement

There are several ways you can become involved at Little Owls:

Drop in and play sessions, parent meetings and in the near future we are looking at having a parents forum.