Childcare and Preschool
​The important years
Little Raindrops started as Samuel Ward Pre-School over 20 years ago.  Various sites have been used over the years, however, in 2008 Suffolk County Council approved a funding request for our new custom built childcare setting to be erected and we opened both the building and outdoor play area at New Cangle Community Primary School in September 2009.
 
Little Raindrops operates as a registered charity and adopts the Pre-school Learning Alliance Model Pre-school Constitution 2008.  Little Raindrops Childcare Setting is regulated in part by OFSTED , in part by the Pre-school Learning Alliance and in part by the members of the charity itself.
 
We take children from 2 years old up to school age. Government funding is currently available for all 3 and 4-year-olds who are entitled to 15 or 30 hours of free early education each week for 38 weeks of the year.  We also provide stretched funding for those parents who do not use their full weekly allowance. Some 2-year-olds are also eligible for 15 hour funding.  You can start claiming free early education after your child turns 3. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is click HERE for more information.   Your child is welcome to stay with us until they are old enough for full time school. Breakfast Club, After School Club and Holiday Club are available for children aged 2 to 11 years.
 
Principles 
  • We aim to plan enjoyable and challenging learning experiences to promote children’s development and provide a caring and supportive environment where the children feel secure and are valued as individuals. 
  • Every aspect of children’s development and their life outcomes are underpinned by their experiences in early childhood.
Values
  • Democracy
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • The Rule of Law
  • Tolerance and Respect of Others
 
Our setting believes that: 
  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured.
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents/carers.
  • Children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates.  The EYFS framework covers the education and care of all children in the early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Safeguarding Children Statement
"Our setting is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at all times and expects everybody working withing this setting to share this commitment.  Little Raindrops is here to serve children and their families.  We will listen and keep private anything you say to us.  However, we have to inform the child protection agencies if we are worried about the care a child is receiving "