Pre-School-Butterflies: 3 years 6 months to 5 years of age (1:8 ratio)
Meet the Butterflies Team: Katy (Room leader) , Suzi (SENCo), Jo, Debbie, Fiona, Chloe (charity co-ordinator), Alice (Holiday club and allergies co-ordinator) and Janice(volunteer)
We believe that every child is unique and our aim is to provide fun, stimulating learning experiences catered to each child’s individual needs whilst providing an environment which is calm and homely. A Strong emphasis is placed on learning through play as we believe at this stage in a child’s development the learning process should be as interesting and enjoyable as possible. We support our children to have care and respect for each other, through strong relationships with our early years practitioners and we strive to be positive role models for the children at all times.
We aim to plan and provide activities and play opportunities to develop your child’s emotional, physical, social and intellectual capabilities to their full potential. At the end of their time with us we hope they will be resilient, capable and self-assured before their transition to Reception. We support our children in their move towards independence within a caring and secure environment where every child is treated equally.
We aim to provide as many learning opportunities as possible to aid our children’s development both indoors and outdoors. Our love of nature and the outdoors is very important to us and the children are encouraged to care for their garden and the wildlife within it. We take time to be in the park when we can, so they can explore the surroundings.
Our children are always on the go exploring all the different areas we have on offer:
- Sand pit
- Water tray
- Small world area
- Home corner/Role play area
- Construction area
- Maths area
- Mark-making area
- Creative area- painting easel and model making
- Book corner
- ICT area
- We also enjoy baking in our baking area.
Within each area there are many different opportunities for the children to experience whether it is experimenting with different painting methods to building constructions. Each areas toys are changed over regularly so that the children can continue to be stimulated within the environment.
What we have been up to:
We enjoy our registration routine where we learn about different colours/shapes/numbers/letters/sounds each week as well as days of the week and the weather. The children talk about what they have been up to during news time, the children also bring things in to show and tell.
The children in pre-school have been very busy watching some chicks hatch. We currently have some tadpoles that we are watch turn into baby frogs.
We also created a birthday card for the queen, and went on a walk to the post box to post the card to the queen and she has sent us a letter back with a special stamp on the back of it.