More About Us
Snapdragons, is a Pre-School, run by a voluntary Committee of parents and carers. We have been operating within Northam for nearly 20 years and cater for children within Northam, Westward Ho, Appledore and Bideford areas.
We are Ofsted registered, receiving regular inspections as well as advice and support from them. We are also members of the Pre-School Learning Alliance, a national body which helps parents to understand and provide for the needs of their young children.
At Snapdragons we aim to provide a safe, fun and stimulating environment in which children can learn. All the staff are fully trained in the Early Years Foundation Stage and receive regular updating to ensure that they are familiar with the latest standards.
Within our setting each child is treated as an individual and progresses through the EYFS at their own pace. All planning takes into consideration the requirements of EYFS but is tailored to the specific interests of the children. Discussions with parents enable us to understand each child’s interest and our topics are planned with this in mind.
We have a secure outside play area, with a variety of outdoor activities for the children to participate in. This includes a large awning providing shade for the children during the summer months. Within Snapdragons we have a large play area with a variety of opportunities for the children to enhance their learning, this incorporates our role play area. We also have a fully fitted kitchen in order to provide cooking opportunities for the children.
What We Offer
We are based within close proxity of St. Georges Infants School and St. Margaret’s Junior School and are open to children from 21/2 years old until they join Reception at approx. 5 years of age. We work closely with the local Infant school to prepare transition documents to fully inform them of your child’s progress before they make the move to Reception. We also give parents an opportunity to receive a portfolio of their child's time at Snapdragons, including key observations, pictures, significant learning steps and achievements.
Regulations state 1:8 ratio of adults to children with Early Years
settings. However, we have an extremely high ratio of 1:5, with three highly
qualified staff members and a maximum of fifteen children per session. This is why Snapdragons are so different
and are able to offer such a high quality and caring environment to children in
We would be more than happy to arrange an appointment for any prospective parents to come and join in with one of our sessions with your child.
Parents in Partnership
We endeavor to form good relationships with our parents and actively encourage their involvement on a daily basis. We operate a parents rota where parents are welcome to come and join in with our sessions. We also encourage parents to :