Our sessions always start with the children find their named photo and place it on our bright toadstool display to register they are at pre-school. The children then have free play with access to many self-initiated activities and equipment. When all the children have arrived we open the door to the garden to provide free flow in and out.
Everyday the children walk to the local shop where they choose and purchase a variety of fruit and vegetables. They assist staff in preparing the food for all the children to eat at snack time,
Towards the end of the session we ask the children to help tidy up ready for our group activities. These are fun activities planned to challenge their abilities and to help towards team building, such as Bean Bag Relays, Football Skills, Drama, Keep Fit, Cooking, Road Safety and so on.
Our session plans are always placed next to the register so that parents are able to see what we are up to each day. We also include a story time in our busy schedule.
As lunch is only half an hour, it is a very quick affair, but the children find it great preparation for big school. It also gives the staff the opportunity for chats and discussions on how the day has been for the children and what they would like play with in the afternoon.
In the afternoon the activities are changed over in order to provide variety for our children who stay all day. They are structured slightly more towards fun learning activities such as counting & phonics.
We have very close links with Burford School who give us guidance in the things they would like the children to be able to master before starting big school. These are mostly practical tasks such as being able to put on and do up their coat, shoes and socks and so forth, so, for example, we have fun trying to put on our coats before the music stops!