Children come into the Kindie Room from 2 ½ - 3 ½ years depending on their birth date and stage of development. The maximum number of children for this room is 20 and they follow a staffing ratio of:
Two year olds: 1:4
Three year olds: 1:8
The Kindie Room provides a range of opportunities and resources, which support all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage. There is a large indoor sensory tray, arts and crafts area, indoor slide and cosy book corner as well as areas for building and roleplay. The nature of the mainly child led approach within the room means it is constantly evolving and changing; one week there will be a pirate ship in the middle of the room; the next a doctors surgery.
There is both a purpose built nappy changing area and child sized toilets and sinks. We work very closely with parents and carers to support toilet training.
As the children get older they become more involved in their own “All about me” books and become as much of a part of creating them as the staff. This is actively encouraged and helps to develop the children’s own sense of self within their world.
Both The Kindie and Pre-school Rooms run stay and play sessions where we encourage parents and carers to come in and play for a session in order to get a better understanding of your child’s day here. Some parents even run mini workshops for all the children bringing their own expertise into the nursery, such as cooking, music or gardening.
The children have access to ICT equipment such as laptops and tablets during the day to develop their understanding of technology. There is a wide selection of books available every day, as well as a rotating range of books from the local library, which reflect any interests and themes at that time.
Throughout the day there is a mixture of child led play and focused activities as well as short periods of time spent in a large group for stories, songs or Treasure Time. All children are encouraged to rest or sleep, depending on their own needs after lunch so they are ready for more fun in the afternoon! The children love getting outside and spend large periods of the day in the garden running around or exploring the surrounding environment of the vineyard and beyond.
The Kindie and Pre-school children merge for breakfast each day which enables the younger children to engage with an older age group and it helps support their transition into Pre-school when they move up, as they know both staff and the room well.
The Kindie Room members of staff: