What happens in our sessions
Role play helps children to make sense of the world around them. They can practise or imitate things they have seen, in their own environment, e.g. making cups of tea or being ‘shop keeper’. It also feeds the imagination, encourages empathy and develops social skills.
Playing with small world toys, such as a farm, dolls house or train set, supports imaginative skills. It allows children to express thoughts and experiences through their play. Small world play also offers the opportunity to build on language skills, expanding vocabulary and understanding.
This involves manipulating items such as building blocks, boxes or bricks to create something new. It develops problem-solving skills, spatial awareness and understanding, as well as physical skills, perseverance and teamwork. This is also where many children learn basic shapes and colours.
Messy play provides an opportunity for cognitive and creative development. It allows children to actively use their senses to explore the world around them, and develop their curiosity and knowledge.
Although often dismissed as ‘just scribbles’, children may use mark making as a way of sharing thoughts and feelings. They may tell stories as they draw or share their completed pictures with others, offering an insight into what it represents. The skill of writing begins with mark making.
We promote independence to prepare children for the next steps of their learning journey. We encourage and support the children to put on their own coats and jackets, recognise their own names and become independent with their personal hygiene. We also introduce structure and routine into their sessions, and encourage listening, to help in the progression towards school.
What Our Families are Saying
“This is a lovely setting. My shy daughter has blossomed into a sociable little girl, ready for school.
“My little boy started when he just turned two years old having just moved into the village. We were made to feel so welcome with his key worker helping him to settle quickly. He runs into pre-school now every morning.”
“My son really looks forward to going to pre-school. I like the way that the staff re-iterate the rules that we have at home such as to play with kind hands and to have good manners at the table when eating. He has a great friendship with all of the staff and other pre-schoolers and he talks about them at home all of the time!”