The pre-school organises its sessions so that the children can choose from - and work at - a range of activities and, in doing so, build up 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.
Outdoor activities contribute to children's health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity - and are encouraged - to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as those provided indoors.
When the children arrive for a morning session, there are activities set out to keep them busy whilst everyone arrives. When all the children have arrived and the parents and carers have left, the children sit down for registration. At this time we also talk about the days of the week and the weather, count the number of children, and sing a few songs. We also give the children the chance to recognise their name in writing. After registration there is the chance for some free play and/or craft activities, and the older children often sit together to try a more demanding activity. Then the children go outside to play; unless it’s raining hard we try to go outside for a few minutes at least.
When the weather is fine many activities take place outside. After outside play the children come inside for a drink and a snack. Finally we all sit together for a story or two, and ‘show box’ time. The children may bring anything that they would like to show to the other children (although toy guns or other weapons are not encouraged). We encourage them to put it into the show box at the start of the session (to avoid mixing it up with the pre-school’s toys) and then show everyone at the end of the session. If your child has a favourite book, they are welcome to bring it in for story time. We would love to read it for them, as long as it isn’t too long!
An afternoon session runs along similar lines, although registration is slightly shorter, then we all have lunch together before starting the afternoon’s activities. We like to take the children out for short walks when staff:child ratios permit.