We recognise that when children join our Pre-School they have had many experiences at home which support their learning and development. Our setting is very well resourced to ensure that children continue this journey whilst they are with us.
Our staff use the Early Years Foundation Stage to measure the development of each child. These assessments are captured on Tapestry. Pre-School parents have access to Tapestry after October half term. The Early Years Foundation Stage covers the three prime areas and four specific areas of learning.
'I like the balance bikes because they go really fast!'
The children have access to a wide range of resources inside such as sand play, a creative area, a role play area with dressing-up clothes and puppets, construction area, small world play, musical instruments, puzzles and mathematical equipment, technology (remote controlled cars, metal detectors, recording devices, computers and iPads), reading den and a writing area. We also have writing bins across the setting to encourage the children to write and mark make in the various areas. Cooking sessions also take place regularly.
Our outside area has been extensively redeveloped and now features a large sand pit, a water area, a large climbing frame, a writing area, a home corner as well as space for the children to dig and grow flowers and vegetables. We also have a messy kitchen outside and a wide range of balls, bats, hoops, scooters and balance bikes for the children to use.
A Sports Coach leads an afternoon session with our Pre-School children on a Friday. The coach focuses on ABC - agility, balance and co-ordination, whilst ensuring that the children have lots of fun playing various games!
The children in our Pre-School also have the opportunity to participate in Forest School sessions during the summer term. These sessions are run by a qualified Forest School Leader.
Little Acorns is a key part of our transition from Pre-School to Reception. Come and join us on a Friday from 2.20pm. Your child will have the opportunity to borrow a book from our library and enjoy stories and nursery rhymes in the Reception classroom. As well as being fun, nursery rhymes play an important part in children's development. Click here to find out more.
For more information about Little Acorn Readers, click here.
For more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage, please click here.