Berkeley Pre-School

ABOUT US

Berkeley Pre-School is an OUTSTANDING private setting for 2-3 year olds. It is a registered charity and separate from Berkeley Academy although it is located on the same site. It is a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance.

Please read the report by clicking on the link below:

OUTSTANDING in ALL areas by Ofsted report November 2017

 

Berkeley Pre-School aims to provide the best possible learning experience for children primarily aged 2 to 3 years of age through:

  • Offering excellent play, education and care facilities, a safe stimulating and comfortable environment, fun and enjoyment and a great partnership with parents and families to maximise every child's progress and ensure they do well at every stage of their learning

  • Promoting a healthy lifestyle by encouraging exercise, good eating habits and building a sound foundation for well-being

  • Working in partnership with other providers to share best practice and remain at the cutting edge of innovation

The Pre-School is open from 9.00 to 12.00 and from 12.30 to 15.30 on week days during the school year thus providing two sessions of 3 hours each day. There are 24 places available on each half day.  Mrs Harpreet Panesar and her dynamic staff are highly trained and experienced practitioners who were awarded the prestigious ‘Let’s Talk Together’ quality mark in 2016 for excellence in the development of language skills.

Here is the Pre-School team’s vision in their own words:

"We ensure that all individual children exceed expectations and enjoy learning through play with excellence at the centre of everything that we do. We want to equip each child with intelligence and curiosity in abundance as well as a beautiful sense of wonder and imagination.

Berkeley Pre-School focuses on children’s overall development in the seventeen areas of learning of the Early Years Foundation Stage. We prepare young children to acquire vital age-related skills such as gross and fine motor co-ordination, language, social and cognitive development.

At Berkeley Pre-School we value:

♦ Individuality and Equality

♦ Perseverance and Enjoyment

♦ Creativity and Excellence "

Parents rate the setting very highly and there is a waiting list throughout the year. The children enjoy the stimulating environment and activities and quickly become curious and confident with a love of learning, excellent social skills and a strong sense of right and wrong. This prepares them very well for the next stage of their education.

If you are interested in applying for a place at Berkeley Pre-School, please contact Mrs Harpreet Panesar (Pre-School Manager) submitting the form bellow or by ✉ Email, you can either contact us by telephone: 0208 5705700, option 1

Please read the Admissions Policy below before making an application.

Click here to read our ADMISSIONS POLICY

Please click on this link for the Pre-School Registration Form

 

CORONAVIRUS GUIDANCE

Dear Parent/Carer,

Thank you for your continuing support during the pandemic. 

The committee want to take this opportunity to remind you of some very important expectations which everyone must adhere to:

  • If anyone develops Covid symptoms in your household or household bubble, you must NOT send your child to the Pre-School (or school).

You must also contact us to tell us that there is someone at home who is unwell and everyone must stay at home.

  • The person who is unwell must click here to get a PCR test (not a Lateral flow test)

You should tell us about the appointment and its result as soon as you know.

PCR tests can normally be booked online for the same day or by phoning 119.

If this person tests positive the whole household must isolate for 10 days after the first symptom was noticed and until they are feeling well again.

This is very important if we want to avoid new Covid cases because the latest Covid variants are much more contagious and spreads more quickly.

  • Covid can have a wide range of different symptoms so you should consider that it might be Covid whenever anyone in your household or bubble is unwell.

Commonly, Covid might include a high temperature or fever, a headache, body aches, pains and chills, extreme fatigue and weakness.

Many people also develop a sore throat, a runny nose, dizziness, a dry or chesty cough, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, a skin rash which can be itchy, a loss of smell and taste but any one of these may be an indication of Covid so needs the children / household to isolate until the illness has been checked by a PCR test.

  • The Lateral Flow Test (LFT) does a slightly different job from the PCR test. They are not the same. 

The LFT is designed to detect the virus in people who are not showing Covid symptoms but who may be unknowingly infected.

Families of pre-school children can now also collect two free packs of lateral flow tests for use at home form the PCR testing centres.

Don't forget to collect your family’s rapid test pack

Regular rapid testing for parents, their households and bubbles

Remember: parents/guardians of school aged children can now collect a FREE pack of Rapid Tests (also known as Lateral Flow Tests) so that they can test themselves twice-weekly at home. 

People in childcare bubbles or support bubbles with families that have school aged children are also eligible to receive the packs and are also being encouraged to test themselves twice a week.

Rapid Test packs are available to collect from the following collection sites in Hounslow:

  • Padstow Walk car park, Feltham TW14 9XU
  • Brabazon Road Sports Courts, Heston TW5 9LT
  • Stamford Brook car park, Chiswick W4 1NH

Collection sites are open between 1.00pm-8.00pm, seven days a week. No need to book. To collect your family’s pack, you must be over 18 years old and NOT have COVID-19 symptoms. Please walk to the collection sites if you can, as parking is very limited at the sites and nearby.

For additional collection site locations and opening times click here.

Did you know…?

  • You can also access Rapid Tests via your employer if they are offering testing to employees. Tests may also now be available from workplaces with 10 or more employees. 
  • If you cannot get tested at your workplace or are unable to go to a collection site, you can order a home test kit online: Order rapid lateral flow home test kits
  • You should report every result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day you take the test. Report your test result online or by calling 119.  

PLEASE NOTE: Secondary school and college students will be receiving their test kits from school/college. Children of primary school age (and below) are not being asked to take a test.

A lateral flow test does not replace the PCR test and if you get a positive Lateral Flow result, then you should confirm it with a PCR test.

The most important thing to remember when you or someone in your household develops symptoms are a) getting a PCR test as soon as possible and be isolating whilst waiting for the results and instructions.

  • When  you drop off or pick up your child at the gate, you must wear a mask properly and stay at least 2 metres away from other adults including the Pre-School Staff.

Markings on the ground will be added to help remind you of what 2m looks like. Social distancing of as far as possible over 2 meters apart is the obnly certain way of stopping the spread of the virus. 

The virus is transmitted by air and can enters through the nose and mouth directly or if you touch your mouth, eyes or nose. 

It is important that you wear your mask properly over both mouth and nose, even better if it has double or triple layers.

The Pre-School staff will remind you of this frequently.

Hounslow Council has also agreed to send enforcement officers on some days to check on compliance, and if necessary issue fines 

  • The vaccine roll-out has now reach everyone over 50 years old and everyone aged over 16 who is clinically vulnerable, and if you or someone in your household is eligible they do not need to wait and can book their first jab online 
  • If you receive an invitation to get vaccinated, then get vaccinated ASAP and keep taking precautions even after the second vaccine because immunity becomes wider and stronger after the second jab.
  • The vaccine is to protect yourself and others from the impact of catching the virus. You can still catch the virus but the vaccine significantly reduces the worst effects of the virus and to reduces the chance that it will spread to others in your household and bubbles.
  • It also reduces the number of patients in hospitals which means the NHS has the capacity to treat people with other conditions such as cancer, heart disease and strokes who really need urgent access to hospital treatment.
  • We will continue to support you with the remote learning programme next week but let us know if there is anything more we could be doing to support your family better.

Thank you for your support. Together we can keep each other safe.

Veronique Gerber

Chair of the Berkeley Pre-School Committee

 

Support is available to you for self-isolation

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Did you know there is support available for self-isolating residents?

There are lots of instances in which you might need to self-isolate - click here to find out when you should do so.

However, if you haven't had to isolate yet, and haven't had the chance to think about what your plan might be for food security, financial support, medical assistance or any other areas of concern, we can help you.

Visit our Community Hub for more information about all the support available to you and your loved ones.

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If you’re 50 or older, you can book your vaccine - even if you don't have an invite

Vaccinations over 50

If you are aged 50 or over, are clinically vulnerable, a frontline worker or a carer, you can now book your COVID-19 vaccination through the NHS website even if you haven’t yet received a letter. Appointments are available at sites across the Borough and also Ealing, Wembley and Hammersmith.

You must book your appointment before you go to a vaccination centre.  We are aware of other scam messages circulating – please ignore them. The NHS will never ask you for money or your bank details for your vaccination – it is free. 

You can book an appointment now if:

  • You are aged 50 or over
  • You are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • You are an eligible frontline health or social care worker
  • You have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • You are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centres or a pharmacy that provides COVID-19 vaccinations.

Please make sure you plan your journey responsibly to allow for as much social distancing as possible.

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