Resources for Parents

The Library

We operate a library system at our Pre-School.  In the entrance hall, you will find a table offering a selection of books and in addition a large bag full of other books.  These may be taken home and enjoyed with your child.  If you wish to borrow a book, write down your name and the name of the book in the notepad provided on the table.  Simply tick your name once the book has been returned.  

Once a month on a Friday, the Northamptonshire mobile library visits Pre-School. At each visit a different group of children are taken into the library with a member of staff (ratios are adhered to) and the children then choose some books to bring into Pre-School which they read over the next month.  


In the entrance hall you will find 4 different folders which parents are able to access:

  1. A variety of articles which you might find interesting to read e.g. how to potty train or how to motivate boys to write. 
  2. Under 5 magazine with all sorts of interesting articles and information about early years education, which all pre-schools get a copy of.
  3. Our policies, which help us to provide a high quality service.  The policies are reviewed annually, if you would like to add anything or make any comments then please let a member of staff or committee member know. 
  4. ‘How we implement the Early Years Foundation Stage’, this folder shows photographic evidence of how the curriculum is being delivered to the children within the Pre-School.  

Story Sacks

We are able to offer story sacks as an imaginative resource that families can borrow to use at home.  Each story sack is a large cloth bag containing a favourite children’s story book and additional props linked to the book, which help make sharing the book more interesting and engaging.  They are a fantastic way to spend time having fun with your child whilst providing them with a great foundation in early literacy skills and encouraging children to develop an early love of books.

Wow Board

We have in the entrance hall a board which is aimed at celebrating our children’s successes.  We would like parents to write down something that their child has achieved and place it on the board.  It may be anything you wish e.g. ate all their food up at tea time or had a dry night.  These can then be used and celebrated in Pre-School.  


We have recently started using an online learning journal called Tapestry.  This tool provides an online journal recording all the learning and fun of children's early years education.  To find out more or log in then select https://eylj.org/

Funky Fingers

Funky Fingers activities to try at home. 

  • Picking up frozen peas with tweezers
  • Putting elastic bands on cardboard tubes
  • Picking up conkers with tea strainers (available on ebay for a couple of pounds)
  • Small matching nuts and bolts to practice screwing
  • Opening padlocks with keys
  • Pegging clothes on the airer or washing line
  • Threading beads onto pipe-cleaners or laces
  • Popping bubble wrap
  • Putting pennies in a money box
  • Threading paper clips

If you are looking for any other ideas check out the website www.pintrest.co.uk.  Just search Funky fingers or finger gym ideas to get some inspiration. 

We also use a few good free apps on our tablets we thought you may want to try.  These include

  • Doctor for kids
  • Jump start preschool 1 Free
  • Jump start preschool 2 Free
  • Peppa pig paintbox
  • Odd socks
  • Dino Puzzle free and also Dinosaur rescue Truck driving​
Zoo Animals
Our Parents Comments:

Parents comments:

"My twins just settled in at pre-school so perfectly!"
"Fantastic and convenient care for my child."
"Children always come back home smiling and happy."

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Session Times

Monday to Friday
9.00am to 12.00noon and 12.00noon to 3.00pm 

Term Dates

Term 2
Term ends Friday 20th December

Term 3
Teacher Training Day Friday 3rd January
Pre-School open to children Monday 6th January
Term ends Friday 14th February

2019/20 Term Dates are available on the Term Dates page within Useful Information

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This website is intended to provide an insight into the running of the Pre-School and answer any questions that you may have. However, if you have any further queries then please do not hesitate to contact the staff on 07789 428463.

Address: The Village Hall, Kilsby Road, Barby, CV23 8TT.

Tel: 07789 428463 | Email: info@barbypreschool.co.uk | Charity No: 1037947 | Ofsted No: 219877

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