Pre School (3 to 4 yrs)

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfill their potential.

The pre-school unit is a large airy room which leads directly on to an all weather surface, allowing for continuous access to the outdoors as required. Staff work on a 1:6 ratio, which is below the statutory requirement of 1:8 we feel this enables us to offer more flexibility in our approach and we are able to respond quickly to children’s learning and development needs.

Throughout nursery we implement the statutory requirements of the EYFS. These guidelines give us, as childcare practitioners, a clear understanding of how to provide a solid foundation of learning for your child’s future school career. In pre-school we continue to plan activities to incorporate the 7 areas of learning, always taking into account individual interests and needs. Staff provide a stimulating, enabling environment in which all children are encouraged to challenge themselves and increase their independence in readiness for school.

Communication with parents is still of utmost importance but is handed over verbally at the end of each day and the daily communication diary ceases on entry to the pre-school unit.

A child is not a vase to be filled, but a candle to be lit. Francois Rabelais

>Transition to School
As a private, voluntary and independent setting our children move on to a variety of foundation stage units around the area. During the summer term we try to make contact with all transition schools and will make any necessary arrangements to ensure that their next move is as smooth as possible. All relevant documentation is passed on to the appropriate schools and parents will take home the learning and development record completed throughout their child’s time at nursery.

>A Typical Day
7.30 – 8.30

Breakfast

8.30 – 9.00
Freeplay

9.00 – 9.30
Introduction to the day

9.30 – 10.30
Free play, focused EYFS activities and enhancements, fruit and milk

10.30 – 11.00
Tidy up, letters and sounds activities

11.00 – 11.45
Outdoor play, focused EYFS activities and enhancements

11.45 – 12.00
Preparation for lunch, singing

12.00 – 12.30
Lunch

12.30 – 1.00
Group story time (naps as appropriate)

1.00 – 2.15
Free play, focused EYFS activities and enhancements

2.15 – 2.45
Tidy up, seadlings group time

2.45 – 3.15
Outdoor play, focused EYFS activities and enhancements

3.15 – 3.30
Preparation for tea, rhymes etc

3.30 – 4.00
Tea time

4.00 – 4.30
Group story time

4.30 – 5.15
Free play, table top, jigsaws, games etc

5.15 – 5.30
Snack time

5.30 – 6.00
Free play until collection


>Letters and Sounds
The Letters and Sounds programme continues through from the toddler room and is formally documented to chart children’s progress with communication and listening skills. As appropriate children will move on to Phase 2 which is a robust programme of high quality phonic work.

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