The Pre-school Room
The Pre-school members of staff:
Children spend their final ‘academic’ year in Pre-school before they go to Primary School. The maximum number of children within the room each session is 20, at a ratio of 1:8.
Each year the Pre-school children take part in a Christmas and end of year production in the village hall, which all parents are invited to attend. This gives the children a chance to show off their ever-improving dance skills! There is also an annual Pre-school trip towards the end of the year.
The Pre-school Room supports children to develop the necessary skills to enable them to have a successful transition to school, however play is mainly child-led, themed on what the children are interested in at that time.
During the summer term the children will take part in “Busy bees” activities with the intention of preparing them for some aspects of school life. Reception class teachers from the local schools come in for regular visits during this last term, as well as the children making trips to the local schools to see productions and meet the teachers. This helps to support the children’s transition from Pre-school to school.
Within the room there is a large moveable art trolley, which holds a wide variety of freely accessible equipment for cutting, collaging, drawing and painting. There is daily access to sensory and messy activities, a range of mathematical equipment and roleplay toys for growing imaginations. The children play a big role in choosing their own activities and while there is planning in place to support each child’s individual needs, this often is altered to suit the mood of the day.
As with the other rooms at Fidgets, Pre-school spend a large portion of their day outside in the garden and surrounding areas, interacting with the different animals, discovering about nature and learning to take risks in a safe environment.