The Pre-School room caters for children from 2 to 5 years and also provides after school and holiday club for children up to 8 years old. The room is run by our room leader and she is supported by 5 staff on a daily basis, we are able to have 40 children in at any one time, this also takes into consideration the Ofsted ratio which is 1:4 for under 3 year olds and 1:8 for those over 3 years old.
The pre-school room is open planned, spacious and free flow allowing the children to initiate and lead their own play with their peers on a daily basis supported by knowledgeable and qualified staff who will plan individual activities to develop and challenge their learning to the next stage.
Children are encouraged to help with planning and share ideas for activities daily, they are also able choose freely throughout their day, we also celebrate all religious festivals to broaden the children’s knowledge and experiences regarding other cultural beliefs.
Each child is allocated a Key Person who will carry out observations and planning and meet with parents once a term to look through their Learning Journey and discuss their development. We offer rolling snack for a period of one hour both morning and afternoon to allow the children to decide when they would like snack as we feel this does not interrupt their play and encourages them to make decisions for themselves.
Children have supervised access to the toilet and hand washing facilities and staff monitor the use of this throughout the day and support children where necessary.
Children have free flow access to outdoor environment in all weathers on a daily basis to allow them to gain new experiences, so we ask that parents ensure their child attends in suitable clothing.