Staff Ratio: 1:8
Age Range: 3 – 5 years
Pre-school has a structured routine which changes each day. The Room leaders plan daily, weekly and monthly activities in line with the individual needs of the children, including the next steps of different children each week. Topics and themes for each week are always incorporated into the creative play and activities sessions.Staff have good relationships with parents to secure knowledge of children’s individual routine needs. Policies, procedures and parental permissions are clear to support good practice. Systems to monitor and evaluate the service are good which provides a secure basis for continual improvement and better outcomes for children. We offer stimulating, exciting activities to stretch skills and imagination and will give your child a head start for when they begin school.
Free play twice a day has a range of activities available such as sand and water play, messy play with sticking, painting, clay and gooey cornflower and even playing with shredded paper. Story sessions three times a day and special activities including Numeracy, Literacy, Computing, music, singing, writing and phonics. All these topics lead into the Early Learning Goals. Circle time covers topics such as days of the week, months of the year, counting, numbers and opposites. We have story sacks with different props to encourage children to express their creativity.
Children’s development is recorded in our Trackers which link to the Early Years Foundation Stage, developing their learning goals, by constructing an individual learning journal. This record follows the child through the nursery and key information about a child’s development is recorded so that when parents come to our Parents Evening every six months they can look at all stages of their child’s development.
Display boards are changed regularly to introduce new topics for the children to learn, usually one is changed every month, and where possible we use the children’s work for the displays. There is an electronic photo album, which is updated daily, showing daily activities of children.
Children enjoy going outside into the playground every day, where a large number of big toys, trikes and bikes are available with water-walls and music walls being the main attraction. In the summer we spend more time outside and encourage the children to grow beautiful flowers, giving them responsibility to water their individual flowers regularly.
Frequent trips are arranged to the park, shops, library and Local places of interest such as Temples, Mosques and Churches.
In the morning, toast with different toppings or cereal with milk is given for breakfast. Afternoon snack is a range of fresh and dried fruits, cheese and biscuits or vegetables. At Lunch and tea time the children are encouraged to feed themselves with varying degrees of success! We cater for children with a range of allergies, special diets and food intolerance’s. All the food is prepared in our clean and well-equipped kitchen, which was awarded a Level 5 rating.
Lunch time is a time when the children help with setting tables and serving themselves, fetching cutlery and cups and pouring their own drinks. This helps the children to learn even more social skills and gain independence.
In Pre-school, we want to provide a development plan, so that your child will leave Kiddikare Nursery with the confidence and skills to meet the challenges that they will face at school, by working closely in partnership with parents/carers to provide the perfect environment for the children to develop their skills and knowledge.