All our sessions are planned to enable children to learn through their play and to progress in their development in all the areas of learning and above all to have lots of fun!
We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from a range of activities and, in doing so, increase their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities, which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.
On a daily basis every effort is made to include a varied range of inspirational activities which are imaginatively set out to appeal to all ages and stages of development. We offer ‘Free Flow’ play. The children can access the out door area at any time they wish, no matter what the weather.
The main hall is divided into ‘areas’ of play, including role-play, construction, book corner, maths and graphics workshops, small world, computer, creative and messy play areas. We also have the advantage of a small hall for small group and quiet activities. Outdoor activities contribute to children’s health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them.
Here are more details of a typical session. All times are approximate as we like to be spontaneous and flexible.
The children find their named peg for their coat and bag. Any other belonging can be placed in their tray. This is where any art work, creations or letters will be placed for collection at home time. They collect their name card from the board go into the main hall, where they are greeted and registered by a member of staff. Fruit/vegetable donations and snack boxes are put in the snack tray and lunch boxes in the trolley. Parents/carers are able to explore an activity with their child while they settle in.
The “special helper” (each child has a turn at being the day’s helper) rings the triangle to let the children know that it is circle time. This is an opportunity for the children to say good morning and find out about the days activities. We say ‘good morning’ in sign and in each child’s home language. The special helper then counts the children and displays today’s weather on the chart.
Free flow activities and rolling snack time. The children choose the time when they want their snack so their play is not interrupted at an inappropriate time for them.
Music & movement and story time.
We share special achievements or things their child has particularly enjoyed during the session. Parents/carers are invited in to collect children who are not staying for lunch. The children collect their treasured work, we say our goodbyes and give any relevant information to parents.
Children staying for lunch use the toilet and wash their hands. Staff sit with children to enjoy their packed lunches.
The children take part in planned activities.