The Pre-School unit is situated on the ground floor, encompassing four bright, airy rooms.
The home corner room has a fitted kitchen with authentic kitchen equipment, a table and chairs, and a children’s den, where they can spend quiet time on their own or with peers, looking at books or just chatting. This role-play area allows children to re-create scenes from home life and their own experiences.
There is a creative room where children are able to access a wide variety of material and media to create their masterpieces. It is fully equipped with items to develop their fine motor skills, together with a large purpose-built painting easel which gives opportunity to encourage gross motor skills. There is a play dough table which allows children to progress their fine motor skills further.
Our small world/ICT room incorporates small world toys and a construction area. The children have a large floor area where they can create large and small structures. There is access to all ICT equipment such as a computer, smart board, LeapFrog LeapPad tablets, and remote control toys to build on their skills.
There is a dedicated reading area which has a well-stocked book shelf and puppets. This room also allows children to access maths equipment, progressing their numeracy skills.
Each child has their own peg and named tray for them to use for personal objects and art creations.
In these rooms, the resources are available and accessible to the children at all times, therefore allowing the children to determine their own play. Children can select and access these resources themselves or with support, and are encouraged to tidy up individually and as a group.
Outside, there is a large covered area with tables and benches, large builders’ trays, water wall and much more, all designed to enhance the children’s learning and provide them with free flow between indoors and outdoors.
We have a range of extra subsidised activities that are run by external suppliers to enhance the children’s learning. On a Wednesday morning the pre-schoolers go to Forest School; on a Thursday the children have a ballet, music and drama session; and on Fridays we have a Debutots programme that encourages children to learn through story, drama and play.