Right from the start of each session we support children’s independence by encouraging them to find their name peg, hang their coat up and put their lunch boxes in the lunch box area ready for the day ahead.
Children are then free to access a range of resources and activities both indoor and outside. Most of our activities are child-led, following children’s own interests and imagination. For example making cakes in our mud kitchen or doing a bit of plumbing in the builders’ area. Adult-led activities also take place during the sessions where children can participate in activities such as child yoga, story time, song time, games, parachute play, cooking and so much more.
Children’s achievements are celebrated daily by children putting their name on the star or by an adult writing on a leaf and it being placed on our ‘awesome tree’ This could be for things like sharing a toy, being kind or helpful to their friends or mummy telling us they had slept in their own bed!!
During the mid-morning and afternoon sessions the children have rolling snack where a few children come to a table to enjoy a cup of milk/water and some fruit or savoury snack. Children bring in their own packed lunches and at 12 O’clock they sit in groups of four or five with a staff member to eat their lunch. This is a lovely social time where children like to chat to each other.
The child’s voice. The children have made some wonderful comments during their time at pre-school. But for us one child’s comment on her first day says it all….. “Wow”