Typical Day

We organize our sessions so that the children can choose from, and work at, a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.

We engage in termly projects (such as “The people who help us” or “The Seasons”) which provide both adult-led and child-led learning opportunities.

Outdoor activities contribute to children’s health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as those provided in the indoor playroom(s).

We believe that children learn best when they are fully interested and all activities are provided on a “free-flow” basis allowing children to choose where they spend time. Staff can adapt an activity to provide a learning opportunity (for example, the child who wants only to ride the bikes, may be encouraged to engage in a parking game to increase spacial awareness, or may be encouraged to count the number of blue/red bikes to build on her/his numeracy skills).

 

A Typical Day

A member of staff welcomes children and their parents/carers at the door. Children will then:

  • Hang coat on peg;
  • Find name and put it on the name board;
  • Participate in planned and self selection activities, free play and craft activities;
  • Be able to join in this term’s project in the play area (e.g. seasons, transport);
  • Sit down at table for milk or water with healthy snack and conversation. Water is available throughout the session;
  • Participate in Key Carer sessions;
  • Enjoy outside play including trikes, balls, obstacle courses;
  • Participate in group games and concentration exercises;
  • Participate in story time and singing;

A member of staff welcomes parents and carers back into the building to collect their child. This gives the staff an opportunity to discuss any difficulties that day, and to share those little wonder moments!

Snack Time

Our Snack Bar forms part of the “free-flow” system enabling children to choose when they take their snack. We provide a variety of foods which have low fat and low sugar content. Occasionally we may provide food which fits with our learning (pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, Stir-fry at Chinese New Year etc.). Snack time provides an opportunity to learn about healthy eating and food hygiene, as well as encouraging independence. Children make their own snack choice, pour their own water from the jugs provided, place waste food in the bin and place their plates and cups on a tray ready for removal to the kitchen by an adult.

Please tell us if your child has any special dietary requirements and we will ensure that they are met.

We have been awarded a ‘Good’ Food Hygiene Rating 4 from the Food Standards Agency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first days

We want your child to feel happy and safe with us. To make sure that this is the case, the staff will work with you to decide how to help your child to settle into the setting. The setting has a Settling-In Policy, a copy is available from the Pre-School Manager or from the Chairperson.

Starting at Pre-School is obviously a big step in a child’s life and the ways in which each child responds varies.  Some will feel at home immediately, whereas for others it may take some time until they feel comfortable.  We therefore recommend that you bring your child along for a taster session  before he/she starts. You should stay for these visits to help your child become familiar with the environment, equipment, staff and general routine. Staff will provide support and guidance where a child is having difficulties adjusting.

 

Clothing

At Pre-School the children can enjoy a secure outside area with the use of wheeled toys.  They will have fun indoors exploring with paints, glue, cooking and other activities which can be messy and for which aprons are provided.  Pre-School polo shirts and sweatshirts are also available to purchase. These save you the worry of good clothes getting spoilt.

We encourage children to gain the skills that help them to be independent and look after themselves. These include taking themselves to the toilet and taking off, and putting on, outdoor clothes. Clothing that is easy for them to manage will help them to do this.



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