Typical mornings involve investigating, discovering, dressing up, role play, climbing, cycling, painting, gluing, constructing, reading and, well, playing; just as children should do.
We offer fantastic physical play opportunities with equipment such as climbing frames, swings, slides, balancing beams and tricycles on offer daily. The children can create to their heart's content with craft resources readily available to the budding artist. Painting is a clear favourite amongst the children and the easels are always primed and ready to go.
Our reading garden is often a haven of tranquility with the children choosing books and a range of different reading material, to find out new information and learning to handle them gently. The adults are only too pleased to be asked to read a story. We often see the children reading stories to each other, and we always have an official 'story time' towards the end of the morning session.
It is often commented that our pre-school is very calm and that's because all the children are happily playing and engaged. We pride ourselves in the knowledge that children leave our setting having learnt something new from their morning, big or small, from how to take turns on the bike to how to count to 10.
We pride ourselves in the knowledge that children leave our setting having learnt something new from their morning, big or small, from how to take turns on the bike to how to count to 10.
Mid morning snack
All the children are offered a mid-morning snack of fruit and a carbohydrate and a drink of milk or water.
Water is always available throughout the session. We encourage the children to be as independent as developmentally appropriate, including pouring their own drinks and peeling their own fruit.
Getting to know each other
The first few weeks, when a new child is settling into pre-
Children are encouraged to bring something from home for 'show and tell'. The items are discussed at our small group circle times and the children are given the opportunity to talk about them. The items are stored and treated carefully by all the children, which fosters respect while the actual 'showing and telling' gives the children confidence and pride.