Playing together

We aim to provide a safe, stimulating environment to promote learning and development, with an emphasis on learning through play.  By doing this we help every child to soar to their full potential with tailored care, support and encouragement, and ensure they are ready for the rigours of primary school. We aim for children to be enjoying our outside areas for at least 1 hour per session.

Timetable for all sessions

RegistrationThe children are encouraged to find their names when they enter Pre-school. Our session starts with a short registration and an input aimed at the level  of the children in the group. We then talk about the activities which the children can choose from that session and give them suggestions for their independent learning. During the morning sessions, the children are split into age-related groups ready for registration.

Butterflies – 2 year olds

Ladybirds – 3 year olds
Busy Bees – Due to start school in following September

Independent learningThe children then choose from the continuous provision and are encouraged to participate in an adult-led activity – during the summer months the whole session may take place outdoors (we have two garden areas, and a large recreation field for our play). We also have free flow play throughout our premises. Our activities are planned to cover all the areas in the EYFS curriculum and there are always fine motor (funky fingers) activities to improve their physical development in preparation for recording numbers, writing and mark making. One adult works on the led activity while the other adult in the room facilitates the children’s independent learning using questioning and encouragement to enhance play and move the children’s learning on.

Squiggle – While we prepare for snack the children all come together for Squiggle which is dancing aimed at strengthening arms and fingers in preparation for recording numbers, writing and mark making.

Snack – During the independent learning period the children will be offered a snack, which is always healthy and nutritious and there is always a choice, so that all tastes can be accommodated. The children have snack together and are encouraged to chat with staff and their peers. A drink of milk or water is provided. The children help to serve their drinks and to choose their snack, which promotes self-help skills.  If your child has a special dietary requirement or food allergy, please make sure you give full details on our snack time form when enrolling your child and provide an alternative if our snack does not meet your child’s needs A list of our snacks with associated allergens can be found here. We are delighted that we continue to receive the top grade (5) for food hygiene from the Food Standards Agency.

Story timeWe aim to tell the children at least 5 stories a day and to hear rising 5 children (who will start school the following September) tell a story of their choice. The book that they choose will come home with them so that parents can share it too. We will also record what we have worked on during sharing the book.

Adult-led activity – The children have the opportunity  for a small group activity, based upon the  book of the week and their needs. These activities will incorporate concepts such as letter, number or shape recognition games, music and counting rhymes, physical activities with PE equipment and creative work.

Phonics – the children will split into ability groups and cover letters and sounds activities mainly focusing on phase 1 phonics with the introduction of phase 2 phonics for rising 5 children after October half term.

Early Years Foundation Stage

We follow the themes and principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage 2017 (EYFS), which are briefly:

Principles Detail
A Unique Child Each child is treated as an individual and we plan to accommodate their individual needs.
Positive Relationships Through the key person system, each child is helped to become more independent and confident.  We also value strong links with parents through our committee and encourage a partnership approach to the children’s learning.
Enabling Environments Staff work hard to provide a setting which is both safe and stimulating.  We value outdoor play and weather permitting this forms part of our everyday provision.
Learning and Development Research has shown that children learn best through a mixture of child-led and adult-led activities, and at Willaston Pre-school this is accommodated through child-initiated activities, where the children are encouraged and supported to develop their own ideas and interests, and carefully selected adult-directed activities. By monitoring the children’s engagement in these activities we are able to assess their progress in all areas of learning.

More information regarding the statutory guidelines of the EYFS document can be found from the following links:

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Transition to school
We have excellent links with all the local primary schools to ensure that our children make smooth transitions to the next stage of their learning journey. This is vital given that a parent’s first choice of primary school cannot be guaranteed, as school places are allocated by Cheshire East based on strict admissions criteria (see here for further details).

Oher children will transfer to other schools in the area, such as Wistaston Church Lane, St Anne’s, Willaston Primary Academy, Highfields, Peartree and Stapeley Broad Lane to name a few. The social and academic skills learnt at our pre-school are invaluable during the first few weeks of reception.

Visits are made by the reception teachers to see the children at pre-school   during the Summer term.

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