This is the room where your children become more independent and school ready. The children will discover and forge new friendships, through which they will develop in terms of their personal, social and emotional skills.
We continue to deliver the EYFS curriculum through planned activities and continuous provision, which are very much based on each child’s own individual interests.
Staff have received specialist training in working with pre-school aged children and the pre-school lead practitioner is Elklan trained specifically for children aged 3-5 years.
Alongside the EYFS curriculum, we engage in a range of additional programs to support children’s leaning and development. For instance, we promote ECAT (Every Child a Talker) to raise children’s achievement in early language. In addition to this we also teach Phase One Letters and Sounds which concentrates on developing children’s speaking and listening skills which lay the foundations for the phonic work which they will commence at school.
To allow children to extend on the skills which they learn at nursery, we also have home communication packs and letters and sound activity bags which the children can access. We continue to work closely with our families so that parents/carers can also gain an understanding of what skills children need to become school ready.
Our pre-school group go on regular outings, for example trips to the library or the local park to get direct experience of the outside world. We also work on fine motor skills, preparing for the independence of school life like buttoning coats, fastening shoes, etc. All meals are self-service with the support of our experienced staff and we promote and teach healthy eating and living habits. Our extra-curricular activities include weekly swimming, gymnastics lessons, fizzy phonics lessons and mini movers (dance) sessions. In addition to this we have an annual Christmas nativity where the children demonstrate their singing skills for Mums, Dads and other relatives.