In our Pre-School room our older children (from about 3 to 5 years) are like little sponges and by this age and they are filled with questions. We have a wide and varied range of activities available which follow all the areas of the Early Learning Goals. Activities are carefully chosen and implemented to maximise children's learning opportunities, whilst enabling them to learn and explore independently. Games and puzzles, building materials, threading, dressing up, role play, reading and dancing, music, lots of messy play and arts and crafts are but a few examples of the activities provided. Activities can be adult led and also instigated by the children's interest. We also have monthly topics such as All About Me, Festivals from Around the World, and the Seasons. We also follow World Book Day and various community events amongst others.
The adult to child ratio in Pre-School is 1:8, we also operate a key-worker system with a first point of contact for your child. Each child has their own unique learning journey folder which continues on with them through the Nursery.
We have group time, show and tell, and opportunities to sit together during snack and meal times.
We are registered for up to 16 children at this age and pre-school is adapted to make learning enjoyable, and to give the children a happy homely experience with us. This is also the age when we can start introducing letters and numerals. We really focus on fun and learning through play. The 'serious-business' of learning will come when they start full time education and we think that they should have fantastic social opportunities at this age. Recent reports and studies into early childhood show that independence and social interaction give children the best possible beginnings for their school journeys.
The activities we provide in our Pre-School room are similar to those in the toddler room. We use similar activities but take them a step further to help the children develop their skills.
Sticking - lots of brightly coloured paper and kid-safe glue,
Painting - every child's favourite (and ours too !) We never cease to be amazed at the wonderful creations they make and the fun in their eyes as the paint goes (almost) where they hoped !
Sensory play (rice / flour / sand - this helps our children to understand how different things feel and move,
Water play - we have objects that float and sink and squirt and swim !
Music time - sing-a-long with nursery rimes and rattles,
Story time - short stories with fun and acting.
Learning how to make choices and decisions is an important part of a child's personal and social development and we tend to involve them in deciding what they will do each day. Their activities are a mixture of what a child chooses to do and what is initiated by us.
Hygiene is also important and we aim to teach them about the importance of washing their hands before meals and after the toilet.