(Pre-School are 3-5 years old)

Pre-school staff work hard to develop positive, caring relationships with the children in their care. This enables them to be confident, happy and settled in the nursery situation and to fulfil their potential.

All pre-school activities are carefully planned using the Early Years Foundation Stage document, which sets the standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5. This gives the children a balanced programme of play covering the six areas of learning which are: Personal, Social and Emotional development, Communication, Language and Literacy, Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Physical development and Creative development.

Topics are mainly driven by the children's interests and we provide a balance of activities, some child initiated and some adult led. Staff listen to children, value their suggestions, and use their ideas and areas of interest in order to plan their learning. Careful observations are also made, which enable us to plan the children's next steps. This not only encourages the children to think and share their ideas; but also generates a high level of enthusiasm and independence.

Regular Pre-School News letters are sent out to inform parents of current topics in nursery and give them some ideas of games and activities that they could try at home. In this way we hope to help parents become more involved in what goes on in nursery. Parents are also welcome to share any interests, skills or expertise that they may have with us eg music sessions, storytelling, cultural traditions. Strong relationships between parents and staff are very important and staff are always happy to help with any questions or concerns.

During the pre-school day opportunities are provided for the children to engage in group, as well as individual play, outdoor activities, and more focused together time sessions. The together time sessions allow the children to co-operate and interact with their peers and to listen and take turns in conversations.

The areas of learning are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Understanding the World