Children develop amazingly during their early years, and a child’s experiences before starting school have a major impact on their future life chances.

We aim to provide a safe, stimulating environment to promote your child’s 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 completely ready for the rigours of primary school in terms of independence and self-reliance. We aim for children to be learning outside as much as possible in all weathers. Parents/carers are fully informed about their child’s progress through EvidenceMe, our online learning platform, as well as informal daily interaction with our team and regular parents evenings. We regularly take trips outside of pre-school to learn about our community, whether on our nature explorer days, a visit to a local bee keeper, discovery walks around the village, or even a bus ride to the library. 

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets early years standards to ensure that children learn and develop well, and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

Children effectively learn by displaying the following characteristics which we encourage through all of our activities:

 

Characteristics

Playing and exploring

  • Finding out and exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  • Being willing to have a go

Active learning

  • Being involved and concentrating
  • Keep trying
  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

Creative and critical thinking

  • Having their own ideas
  • Making links
  • Working with ideas

The following prime areas of learning are very important in igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving:
• Communication and language
• Physical development
• Personal, social and emotional development

These then lead to the following specific areas of learning:

• Literacy
• Mathematics
• Understanding the world
• Expressive arts and design

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

Broad timetable (subject to change depending on our learning emphasis that day or week)

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 each session, the children are split into age-related groups (depending on learning level in some instances):

  • Butterflies – 2 year olds
  • Ladybirds – 3 year olds
  • Busy Bees – Due to start school in following September

Independent learning – the 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). 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 adults in the room facilitate 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 (which can just be describing the pictures, or for some children, actually starting to read). The book that they choose will come home with them so that parents can share it too. 

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 the October half term. Many of our rising 5 children will be able to read by the time they start school.

 

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.

Children will transfer to various schools in the local area, such as Weston, Shavington, Wistaston Church Lane, St Anne’s, Millfields, Highfields, Peartree and Stapeley Broad Lane to name but a few. 

Visits are made by most reception teachers to see the children at pre-school during the Summer term, and all relevant information about each child’s learning and progress is shared to facilitate continuous development.

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