Nursery and Forest School

Pre School Suite

  • 3 to 4 years
  • Staff to child ratio 1:8

Within the Pre School the learning increases as we have sometimes just one year to ensure the children are ready for the onward journey to “big school”.

The Curriculum

The curriculum will be more imperative at this stage and we follow topics and subjects like the school environment. Our activities that are led by the Pre School Practitioner and supported by the Manager and Deputy will include the traditional areas of learning that are fun and imaginative.

  • Mathematics will be taught by building and counting
  • English by story time, music, books, Letters and Sound (phonics)
  • Science by cooking and making
  • Drama imaginary play and role play
  • Physical activity with easy access to our fully developed ½ acre site and this is assessible to the children all day.

Extra-curricular

Additional to the traditional learning methods the children are also taught non curriculum activities such as putting on shoes and socks. They are taught the importance of personal hygiene with providing them with the space and independence that will be needed for the ongoing journey to school.

They are taught and encouraged social interaction and acceptance of others in an environment that is accepting of all.

A sense of belonging

As with the whole nursery the feeling of belonging and acceptance is reflected in all we do. The children have their own pictured peg for storing coats and any belongings brought in for the day ahead the children are encouraged to find their pictured peg and given the independence to hang their coat and retrieve any items needed for the day.

You will often see the Pre School children putting their most treasured pieces of art or models in their bag, just ready to show their parents.

The Routine

The children will often serve their own meals from a very sociable event. There is a lot of emphasis placed upon meals times within the setting, it is a time for talking and sharing and children and staff join for this occasion.

Our staff are provided with the same cooked meal as the children and they discuss the benefits of a healthy well-maintained diet during this occasion. Mealtimes is often a time to share experiences throughout the day and discuss any items that have arisen during the morning. The nursery will shut down to visitors during meals so that full concentration is upon this event.

  • Breakfast  served 07:30 to 08:30
  • Adult Lead Activities
  • Snack  served 10:00 to 10:30
  • Adult Lead Activities and free play
  • Lunch  served 12:00 to 12:30
  • Free play
  • Snack  served 14:00 to 14:30
  • Adult lead learning
  • Tea  served 16:00 to 16:30
  • Adult focus learning and free play

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