What do we do at pre-school and why are we special?
Our pre-school is run in a professional manner, but we like to retain the small community group spirit
which is at its roots. Individual care and attention is made possible by a high ratio of staff to children.
We strongly believe that children learn through play and they are encouraged to develop social skills through the activities at pre-school.
At every session the hall is set up to provide a stimulating environment which is safe and secure. The activities cover all areas of learning specified by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
We have a physical area, book corner and role play area, which is set up daily. All other stimulating equipment and activities are planned for, and varied throughout the week. Examples of this are water/sand play; construction; small world; creative and ICT.
We also have a good selection of ride-on toys which are brought out at regular intervals and used outside when the weather permits. We have frequent visitors to talk to the children about various topics (e.g. dentist, police) and we regularly go on organised trips such as Hatton Country Park, canal boat trips and visits to the fire station. Our staff participate in all the activities and encourage the children to express themselves and to make new friends.
We have an information noticeboard in the hallway on which you will see the weekly plans that will keep you up-to-date with our activities and themes.
As well as all of the above activities we have a different topic running every few weeks. The children and staff work together on a wall display related to the topic. We also do many different crafts to take home, and work in the children’s profiles which stay at pre-school but are available for viewing on parents' evenings.
The children celebrate various festivals throughout the year eg. Diwali, Chinese New Year and Burns Night. Each topic aims to teach the children something relevant to their everyday lives as well as linking with the Early Years Foundation Stage.
As a special treat for children and parents, the children perform two plays - one at Christmas and one at the end of the summer term. Additionally we organise a sports day which is always a favourite with the children's families.
We are pleased to offer the children the opportunity to learn music and Yoga from professional teachers who come into our sessions. These lessons are at a small cost to you and are very popular with the children.
Children are encouraged to bring in items from home, which, preferably, relates to the current topic. This helps with communication and language skills.