Our Pre-school has space for children to use their energy - room to climb, dance, build and explore. There is space for active play and quiet play within a safe environment to meet the needs of young children. Different areas provide suitable activities and challenge, catering to the age/stage of children's learning and development. Children's individual needs and interests are always our prime consideration when planning their learning journey.
Children are invited to attend daily letters/sounds practice within small groups. We use the resource 'Jolly Phonics' to encourage children's learning through Phase 1 of letters and sounds - http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/what-is-letters-and-sounds-.html Children also join our ‘Book Share'. This enables them to choose a book each week at Pre-school to take home and share with their family and friends. Our 'Book Share' contributes to children's love of storytelling, as well as preparing them for taking home books when they leave us to attend reception class.
In 2012, the setting was awarded funding through KCC to establish a new garden and play areas. These include planting beds, a fish pond, wall mounted chalk board, canopies to provide protection during extremes of weather, soft pour surfaces to ensure safety and a variety of natural investigation areas. Children can freely access the garden area throughout the duration of each session as well as all year around, enabling them to experience the changes of the seasons and explore the natural environment.
All areas of learning within the EYFS are considered when planning the outdoor space. Each day we include activities to promote a range of skills and development, such as bikes and climbing equipment through to cosy den areas for outdoor reading, mud kitchen play or mark making on walls using chalks and water... to name but a few of our exciting experiences! Children are also taken on short nature/sensory walks with your permission.
Children's health and safety is our paramount concern. We encourage free-flow between our indoor and outdoor areas; please be assured that when children are outdoors during the summer, they have access to shade, sunhats and drinking water at all times. During the winter months we provide all weather coveralls and wellingtons.
Springtime is a particularly busy time of the year in our garden. The children experience caring for our natural outdoor environment, including wildlife and plants. They feed our fish and love to plant flowers,fruits and vegetables, tending to their plants as they grow. With many of these being edible, children enjoy collecting strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers to eat at our healthy snack bar!
Physical Development and Music and Movement
An impressive body of evidence exists which demonstrates that today's children are less active that their predecessors. Although there are many new challenging and exciting pastimes for children, often these require little physical activity. In light of this, our physical education, music and movement activities have been devised to encourage active learning.
We have a range of activities which help children master Action, Balance and Co-ordination and children attend music and movement sessions with 'Wright Dance'. Through aiding physical development, our sessions also extend skills which are beneficial to children in other areas of their learning https://www.teachwire.net/news/introducing-write-dance
A full range of large equipment is brought out during daily sessions, both in the garden and indoors. These include climbing frames, boxes, trampolines, bikes, balls, beanbags etc. This free play activity helps children to become confident and competent in active skills as well as learn to share and take turns.
Technology is used to enhance children's learning in all areas. Our range includes remote control vehicles at transport activities and electronic tills at role play, through to lap top computers, child friendly keyboard and mouse as well as touch screen tablets. The latter are loaded with appropriate software to aid children's progress eg. number, colour, shape and sequencing.
There are also story board apps, software to 'draw' or 'paint' and take photographs/ video during session time. These are played back to children to enjoy their creations. Please be assured that we do not photograph, print or use images without Parent/Carer prior consent. A photograph, video and images consent form is included in children's learning journey folders.
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