Welcome to Morris Minors Pre School
During the current COVID-19 outbreak, special arrangements are in place at our pre-school. We comply with guidance and follow risk assessments approved by County and the Early Years Alliance. Information is changing all the time and we will keep parents up to date with any alterations.
The pre-school re-opened safely for the last weeks of the summer term and all children enjoyed their time in the setting. Deep cleaning has been increased, equipment that cannot be cleaned easily has been taken out of use.
The safety of the children is paramount and all staff remain alert to any signs of the virus.
At Morris Minors we believe that young children learn best through play-based activities and experiences that promote independent learning. We use the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and there is now a seamless curriculum for children from birth to five years. Our qualified and experienced staff play a vital role in delivering the curriculum. The high adult to child ratio also ensures children receive excellent standards of care and education.
Morris Minors underwent a full Ofsted inspection in February 2017. The inspector graded the pre-school ‘Outstanding’ in every area being assessed!
We recognise that parents are the primary carers. We work closely with all parents and carers to enable children to flourish at Morris Minors. We operate a key person system where members of staff have specific responsibility for individual children. Staff observe, assess and record developmental evidence of progress against the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. The key person frequently works one to one with their designated children and regularly discusses progress with parents and carers.
Each new family receives a welcome pack containing full details of the Pre-school setting and curriculum. We provide a newsletter twice a term and hold consultation events on a regular basis.
Progress reports are completed after a child has been at the setting for six to eight weeks. These highlight individual achievements and inform families how their child is settling in at the nursery. The reports may also contain development goals for children. Parents are invited to a consultation meeting to identify and agree next steps for their child. Agreeing priorities with parents encourages a partnership approach with consistent messages at home and in the pre-school.
Throughout their time at Morris Minors, each child will have their own My Journey book that records their progress in the pre-school. Any issues can be brought to the attention of managers on a daily basis and will be discussed with the full team at staff meetings that take place each half term.
The progress of each child is formally reviewed by the management at the end of each term. Managers then work closely with staff to plan specific development activities for individuals and small groups. Parents may view their child’s progress book at any time and will be formally consulted on their child’s progress each term.
On behalf of Hertfordshire County Council, Morris Minors acted as lead agency for Croxley Green Children’s Centre from 2008 to 2015. In 2015, Michael and Delia Morris (with great support from some local individuals) set up a separate charity and successfully bid to also run centres in Rickmansworth and Chorleywood. In addition to running Morris Minors, Delia managed the group of children’s centres.
On 1st October 2018, policy changes at County led to Hertfordshire Children’s Centres being replaced by Family Centres. The new centres now provide services for families with children up to age eleven. Hertsmere Leisure is the new lead agency, running all Family Centres in Three Rivers, Watford, Dacorum and Hertsmere. These family centres operate under the name InspireAll.
We enjoyed our involvement in children’s centres and achieved some notable successes over the ten years’ involvement. Our group was recently described at County as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Hertfordshire Children’s Centre programme!
We now wish InspireAll every success with the new Family Centres.