There are two preschool rooms for our three and four-year-olds, Lily and Playdays. The unit has a capacity for 48 children across the two rooms. Each room is led by a Room Leader and is staffed by early years practitioners, assistants and an apprentice. We promote children actively learning through play and provide activities and resources that reflect the child’s interests. The children have free-flow access to the outdoor classroom during free-play and we have an all-weather outdoor policy. Like the other playrooms the preschool children have lots of opportunities to get involved in messy and creative activities.
We also value what our parents/carers do at home with their child as equally as important as what we do at the setting. Through working in partnership with our families will enable our children to reach their full potential. One way we engage with our families is through organised events at the Centre, such as movie nights, special snack and story and rhyme performances. Parents and carers also come into the Centre to participate in different activities with the children; for example, reading stories, cooking and planting.
In preschool we focus on the children learning through play and providing them with the lifelong learning skills and abilities that will help them succeed in school and beyond. This is known as ‘school readiness.’ In the summer term of the child’s preschool year we work closely to establish links with the schools to enable a smooth transition for the children.
In addition, preschool children participate in adult-led small group times which are planned by the practitioners with the support of the Lead Practitioner. These groups focus on a specific area of learning: Such as phase one of ‘Letters and Sounds,’ Forest School, Language focus group and Personal, Social and Emotional focus group. These groups are run on a weekly basis to allow all the children to participate in at least one group a week.
“I like playing at Playdays.” Megan
“I like it. I like playing here.” Siyam.
“Cause I like playing.”
“I like playing with the babies.”
“I like playing with William when he comes in.”