We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from, and work at, a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.
Outdoor activities contribute to children's health, their physical development and their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. The children have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as those provided in the indoor playroom.
Each Pre-School morning session runs from 9:00 until 12:00 and roughly follows this structure:
8:50 - 9:00 - Children arrive and wait with their parent or carer until the session starts.
9:00 - 9:15 - Children come into the main hall and get settled. Parents and carers leave.
9:15 - 9:30 - Registration. After parents and carers have left, the children and staff sit as a group to talk about what they will be doing in the session.
9:30-11:20 - Free Play - a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities are available for the children to choose from. Indoor activities include messy play, reading, dressing up and role play, building, and puzzles. Some activities are directly related to the current topic or theme, and others are more general.
10:00 - 11:00 - A cafe style snack time runs. The children choose when to have their snack during this time.
11:20 - 11:30 - Tidy-up time. The children and adults help each other tidy-up activities and equipment that have been used during the session.
11:30 - 11:45 - Circle time with group discussion, singing and rhymes
11:45 - 12:00 - Story time
The afternoon session runs from 12:00 until 3:00 as follows:
12:00 - 12:30 - Registration and Lunch.
12:30 -1:00 - Free Play (as described above)
1:00 - 1:15 - Circle time.
1:15 - 2:45 - Free Play, including café-style snack time between 2:00 and 2:30.
2:45 - 3:00 - Story time.