Pre School is a very important stage in a child’s early education as it is prepares them for the next stage of their learning in Primary School. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the framework which guides the care and education for children from the age of 0 to the end of their 5th year. It is followed throughout nursery and will continue throughout Pre School to the end of your child’s reception year in main stream school.
Activities in Pre School are varied. On a day to day basis these activities include baking, arts and crafts, story and circle times, music and rhythm time, PE including dance, football and yoga , messy and sensory play, as well as outdoor time. In Spring the children often plant seeds, and are involved in caring for and observing the seeds turn into flowers, fruit or vegetables which we are sometimes able to taste. We have also made soups and smoothies with the children to have at snack time. On a cold Winter’s day, children may play outside in the snow then come inside to investigate how ice melts, and which kinds of animals and wildlife can be found in winter. The children follow various topics according to their interests, and celebrate a variety of special days and festivals including Chinese New Year, Easter, Bonfire Night and Christmas. Whatever the time of year, there is always something fun and exciting being celebrated or investigated in our Pre School!
Throughout your child’s time in pre school, practitioners will support and enhance children’s learning and development as well as preparing them for Reception in a range of ways, including promoting children’s self confidence, communication and listening skills, managing their personal care, helping them to make healthy choices at mealtimes and teaching them to be caring and helpful citizens. In addition, children in Pre School are prepared for school life with the introduction of phonics, home link reading book and an optional school uniform.