Learning at Pre-School
"In play children learn at their highest level."
Typical Routine of the Day
8.45 am - Arriving at Pre-School
Children arrive at Pre-School and find their name on the class room door to post in the box. Children can choose an activity to play with a member of staff.
9.00 am - Free Flow Play
The children can move freely around the setting choose where they want to play. This can either be in room 1 or 2 or outside. In each room and outside there is a balance of planned adult activities and child initiated opportunities for children to engage in.
09.30 - 10.15 am Snack bar opens
We operate a rolling snack system children can choose when they come to the snack table. Children are encourage to wash their hands and place their name on the apple to register that they have been to snack. The children have a choice between milk and water to drink and there is a healthy snack provided each day. Independence skills are always promoted at snack time and the children have opportunity to pour their own drinks, open milk, peel fruit and spread butter supported by a member of staff dedicated to sitting with the children at the table. During snack the adult encourages language by talking to the children and each day there is a new interesting talking point on the table.
10.30 - 10.45am Key group time
The children go into their key groups for a planned activity with their key person based on an aspect of the EYFS.
Free Flow Play Continues
11.20 am - Tidy Up Time
The children are encouraged to tidy up the area where they have been playing.
11.30 am - Story Time.
The children split into small groups to share a story at the end of the session.
11.45 am - Home time
Some of the children go home at the end of the morning session.
11.45am Lunch club
Staff eat their lunch with the children and sit around the table. After lunch there is a choice of quiet activities for the children to engage in including a planned language and communication activity.
The afternoon session runs in a similar way, please be aware we have little superstars who come in to do a sports class with the children on a Tuesday afternoon and Stretch and grow who come into do a fitness class with the children on a THursday afternoon. In addition to this we are often out and about on Pre-School trips into the local area.
Learning at Pre-School
At Pre-School we follow the Early Year Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is the statutory framework for early year’s development.
There are seven areas of learning and development in the EYFS as follows:
Personal, social and emotional development
Communication and language
Expressive arts and design
Understanding the world
Your child’s key person will observe and plan for your child in all seven areas of development in the Early Years Foundation Stage to ensure they are progressing towards the early learning goals.
Your key person will compile a learning journey consisting of examples of children’s work, observations and planned next steps in their development. They will write a summative report of your child’s learning three times a year. This will coincide with parent’s evenings in which your key person can advise you on how to support your child’s learning at home.
Parents can take their child’s learning journey home at any time; they are available in the foyer. All we ask is that parents sign out the learning journeys and sign them back in on return so that we can keep track of them.
We encourage parents to tell us of any interests that have happened at home. You can use the “I would love to share” cards in the foyer or email us. As we plan from children’s interests, this information really helps us to plan meaningful activities and carry these interests forward.
We would also appreciate you sharing any observations of your child’s learning that have happened at home. We call these ‘magic moments’. It might be for example the first time they put their shoes on by themselves or the first time they recognise a numbers in the environment whilst you’re out and about.
The EYFS and useful a resource for parents relating to development in the Early years called ‘what to expect when – a parents guide’ can be viewed at the following link: Foundation Years.