Playgroup & Nursery for children of Ickleford, Hitchin & surrounding areas.

Telephone: 07951 801574

Email: admin@icklefordpreschool.org

Playgroup & Nursery for children of Ickleford, Hitchin & surrounding areas.

Sessions

What happens in our sessions

Each session is structured around the provision of a wide range of activities. The rooms and outside space are organised into specific areas, for example, role play, small world, construction, messy play, mark making and outdoor play. Children freely choose where and how they play, while adults observe, guide and assist when necessary.

Each week our activities are based around a theme. These themes often spur creative thinking from the children. They will adapt or change activities as the week progresses. The themes therefore ‘plant the seed’ for imagination.

 
 
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Role play

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.
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Small world

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.
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Construction

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.
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Messy play

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.
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Mark making

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.
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Progression

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.
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Snack time

The children are encouraged to sit down together for a sociable snack during the session. We offer plain biscuits or breadsticks, along with a piece of fruit or vegetable. Children have the choice of milk or water to drink. We receive no additional funding for providing snack and parents are therefore asked for a small voluntary donation to help towards the cost. We cater for any specific dietary requirements and closely monitor the children while they are eating. All staff are aware of allergies and food intolerances and we are a nut-free setting.
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Outdoor play

Outdoor play is very important. Not only do the children get fresh air and exercise, but it also opens up countless new learning opportunities. Some children will take part in activities more enthusiastically, and show greater confidence, in the outdoor environment than inside. Our outdoor play area is safe and secure, and children are free to develop their fine and gross motor skills. We have a varied selection of trikes, scooters cars and other ride on toys, as well as building blocks, hoops, tunnels and stilts. The children also grow flowers and plants in the Pre-School garden, and love watching the tomatoes and strawberries ripen until it’s time for them to be eaten.

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Learning Journals

We observe the children during play and document their progress using written and photographic evidence or a sample of their work. These observations are compiled in a Learning Journal to create an overview of your child's development and to ensure that we meet the needs of the children. We welcome your input into your child's Learning Journal and regularly send home observation sheets so that you can share what your child has been doing outside of Pre-School. You are welcome to view your child's Learning Journal at any time, please speak to your child's Key Worker. Learning Journals give a wonderful insight into the activities that your child gets involved in at preschool and is yours to keep when they leave.
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Key Workers

Each child is allocated a Key Worker to ensure they feel safe and secure when they are in our care. The Key Worker is there to settle the child and is the first point of contact for any questions or concerns you may have as a parent or carer. They maintain the Learning Journal and ensure you are updated on progress at termly parent consultations. The Key Worker is also responsible for personal care while the child is in our setting. Children learn to be strong and independent from their secure relationship with parents and their Key Worker.

Donate to Ickleford Pre-School

As a registered charity, Ickleford Pre-School relies on the generosity of families and members of the community to help provide resources for our children’s learning. If you would like to donate, please use the Donate button to visit our donations page at Wonderful.org.