What you should bring.
- A complete change of clothes for the time of year – including vest, pants and socks.
- Coat, hat and gloves.
- Sun cream/sun hats.
- Any special creams that need administering.
A Typical Day
- We welcome the children as they arrive at the pre-school and encourage them in various ‘settling’ activities such as jigsaws, games, home corner, dressing up, sand and water.
- The children have a chance to take part in speaking and listening activities to help them develop their social skills.
- The children have their mid-morning snack.
- We go onto the playing field with the children for outside activities.
- We explain to the children what they will be doing throughout the day and what they will learn.
- Activity time for the EYFS curriculum.
- Everyone sits down to a nutritious and tasty lunch.
- We go into the garden with the children for outside activities.
- The children take part in practical activities in order to develop their creative skills and their understanding of the world.
- We return to the garden for more physical play.
- We work with the children to help them stretch their imaginations with creative activities, stories and singing.
- Tea time.
- The concluding session of the day in which we give children opportunities to encourage independence, as well as personal and social development. As parents arrive, we give them informal feedback on their child’s activities during the day.
- Pre-school closes for the day.
Daily topic-related activities are chosen from the wide resources including:
- Sand and water
- Small world toys
- Imaginary play
- Music and movement
- Computer and technology
- Art and Craft
- Construction building
- Science and Investigation
- Outdoor play
- Mark making
- All areas of the curriculum are covered by our activities every day, often with a particular focus on one of them.
- Because we recognise that young children do not learn in tidy subjects, we believe that the most effective way of learning is through a topic. Each topic is carefully planned to cover all the six areas of learning. Recent examples include Water, Winter Animals and Celebrations.
- Throughout the year, activities are linked with special days, such as Christmas, Easter, Mothering Sunday and Bonfire Night. We also celebrate festivals from other countries and cultures, like the Chinese New Year, giving the children an opportunity to learn about other cultures and even to cook the food they eat. Close observation and knowledge of the children means that we can tailor activities to meet the needs of each and every different child.