What we offer
Our Pre-School is a warm, nurturing environment for your child to learn through play. Fun, love and plentiful activities are at the heart of everything we do. We create a safe, secure place for children to learn through play, build their social skills and develop their confidence and independence.
Pre-School runs 39 weeks of the year. We are based in the grounds Sandygate School so we follow their term dates. Our sessions run 9-12 and 12-3. There is the option of an earlier drop off and a later pickup. Pre-School children are not generally admitted to our out of school clubs though.
Naturally we have close links with Sandygate school, however this does not mean your child has to go on to Sandygate for reception. We are seeing ever increasing numbers of children going to other schools.
What we get up to
Pre-School is all about fun and play. We provide a wide range of opportunities and activities that will engage and stretch your child as they develop. Our plans, choice of equipment and activities are chosen to present children with things they will see as play and fun activities. Learning comes from these opportunities, with our staff providing the love and encouragement necessary for your child to keep on trying until they succeed.
We always have a wide range of activities and equipment available indoors, plus specific activities set out each day. Children are able to play outside most of the time if they choose to. We love messy play, high energy and lots of laughter.
Each child is part of a keyworker group, with one or two keyworkers responsible for them. The bond with the keyworker is really important, and you should be able to approach them at any point to discuss concerns or to get an update. They are responsible for supporting, monitoring and recording your child’s progress through Pre-School. Usually, Keyworker groups stay together until they go to school.
Plans and Themes
We follow a theme for approximately half a term, which we weave into our weekly activities. Our weekly plans build on the theme to give a varied program of activities to engage the children.
In addition, your child keyworker will have a plan that gives your child activities and play opportunities that support their development.
Teatimers is a purpose-built building, designed to give children the spaces they need to play and flourish. We have a single large room, divided into areas for different purposes. Periodically we change the entire layout to keep things fresh and to meet the needs of the current cohort of children.
We have ample outside space for the children to explore. A large covered area offers room for free play, as well as a sandpit and mud kitchen. We also have access to the school playground for extra physical activity. The front of our building is used for more imaginative play and group activities.
Pre-Schools and Nurseries in England all follow the same rules. These rules are known as the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ (EYFS). The curriculum we follow is known as ‘Development Matters.’
In short, development matters is a series of statements that explain where most children will be at a given age across 7 key areas. We use it to assess each child’s development, in a way we can easily share with you using our online app.
Additional enrichment activities
In addition to our own education we have external teachers who come in to deliver enriching activities on specific days. At present we offer Creative Dance and Playball. These sessions are very popular with children and families. There is an additional charge for these sessions to cover the cost of the teacher so families can choose to opt out of these sessions if they choose