It’s hard to believe they are preparing for school when they are three, but it is at this age we get them ready so they can spread their wings and fly into the big, wide world.
The days are more structured in Pre-School – just like they are at school – but with a staff:child ratio of 1:8, we work very closely with each child and emphasise learning through fun.
Staff follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum learning goals to ensure that all children’s progress is recorded and that all activities are planned carefully for each individual.
A qualified teacher also comes into nursery on a regular basis to help us plan different activities and to offer any advice on curriculum changes.
Throughout the day, children can busy themselves at the mark making table, art and craft trolley, maths and science areas, computer station, and the water fountain, all of which develop essential skills.
The Pre-School Room is divided into specific learning zones, enabling children to take part in activities that promote:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication, language and literacy
- Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Physical development
- Creative development
Children with Special Educational Needs and those who have English as an additional language are very well planned for and we receive specialist support from the local councils.
We welcome some very special guests throughout the year, including the police, fire service, dentists and nurses. A local farm also brings in small animals, reptiles and birds several times a year.
To support their learning and understanding, we take the children on supervised trips to the local police station, supermarket, park and high street.
And as a way of encouraging children to be an independent as possible, they serve and feed themselves, choose their own snack, help set up and tidy away activities, and independently use the toilet.
We value the close relationship we have with parents, so in addition to the daily report cards we send out, we also hold more formal parents’ evenings twice a year, where you can see your child’s progress.
When your child moves to school, we send completed transition documents so that the school can see the stage at which he/she is at and a learning journey profile, which has a detailed history of your child’s learning.