Pre-school

 

Welcome to The Bees - Our Innovative Pre School

(Ages 3 - 5 years)

       

Within the Bee's Room Your Child will be Preparing for Primary School.  Our Main Aim will be to Encourage your Child's Independence and for them to make Outstanding Progress within the Early Years Foundation Stage Age Appropriate Milestones.

      

The Layout of the Room provides a Large Space for Children to Explore and Investigate Different Learning Areas including Mathematical, Literacy, Numeracy,Expressive Art and Design, Construction and ICT. These Areas of Play incorporate your Child's Interests and are Extended by the Staff in order to Encourage New Ideas and to Provide Learning Opportunities.

A Typical Day might see the Children Constructing Towers from a Range of Natural Open Ended Materials. Learning how to Operate the Personal Computer or IPad or Show their Understanding of Numbers initially 1-10 and then Beyond through a Wide Range of Games and Activities.

 

       

 

 

Twice a week the Pre-school and Toddlers  take part in Sport activities provided by Active Trowbridge. During this time, your child will learn some basic physical developmental skills such as moving around confidently and safely, balance and co-ordination skills ,following instructions and working as a team.

 

                  

Practitioners who help us to grow as Individuals include:

Natalie -  Room Leader and Key Person
Lauren - Key Person
Jessica - Support Assistant
Tanya T - Support Assistant
Joy - 1:1 Support Worker

Every child that joins ABC is assigned their OWN Special Key Person and a Key Buddy for when their Key Person is away to ensure that they recieve Continuity of Care, Feel Happy, Confident and Secure which in turn helps them Achieve their Full Potential.


All About Me

‘’All About Me’’ Forms are Completed which provide Key Workers and Key Buddies with Information to help Settle your Child in as Quickly as Possible.

Visits are Arranged to make Settling In/Room Changes as Settled as Possible Incorporating Change over a Gradual Period.

Each Child is Allocated their Own Peg for Hanging Coats and Bags.  Boxes are Provided for your Child’s Work, Newsletters and any other Belongings. This  Helps Develop a Sense of Belonging and Helps with Name Recognition.  

The Early Years Foundation Stage(EYFS)

In our Setting we use the Early Years Foundation Stage(EYFS) which sets the National Standards for a Child's Learning and Development from Birth to Five. Your Child’s Key Worker will be Supporting Your Child through this Process and will discuss Progress and Plans for Next Steps With You.  Please Download our Summary of the Early Years Foundation Stage by clicking Here. Information can also be found on the Display Boards in our Entrance Halls with Photographs of the Ways we are Implementing this at Nursery. If you require Further Details regarding the Early Years Foundation Stage Please do not hesitate to ask a Member of Staff. 

Learning Journals

Your child will be issued with a Learning journal which will include personal information, observations which will show your child’s progression and development. Your child’s key person will aim to make 2 entries each week and a summary with next steps every term. It will also include photographs, examples of their work, and home link sheets. These Journals will now be located at the child’s level in the book case so that they can access and enjoy them as they wish. We would like to encourage you to access them and make your own  contributions to the learning journey that you see taking place at home.  When your child starts school these journal will be very valuable for your child’s teacher to view. 

Registration/ Signing In

Within the bee’s room we operate a self- signing in system which will help your child in developing a sense of independence, improve hand eye co-ordination and help them in recognizing their name. Your child will need to sign themselves in and out of nursery by turning over the relevant card on our registration tree. We will ask you as parents to support your child in finding their name on the tree and offering encouragement for fitting it back on the hook. The staff use a system called jolly phonics which link sounds, letters and actions together to help your child recognize their name. Your child’s key worker will be happy to advise you on the relevant actions which you can use to guide your child.

Slippers

We have a no shoe policy in place within the playrooms so that the children are comfortable and the carpets are protected. Please provide your child with a pair of slippers to wear indoors so that their feet are warm and protected.

Self Care

during our routine there are opportunities for the children to develop their skills in self care and independence by washing their hands, putting on their shoes and coats, and choosing healthy snacks.

BEE’S DAILY ROUTINE

 

AM

8:00 – 8:30

Breakfast

 

8:30 – 9:00

Free Play

 

9:00 – 9:10

Circle Time*

 

9:10 – 9:40

Outside Play

We are keen to ensure that children are accessing the outdoors as much as possible and it is important that children come to nursery with suitable clothing for all weathers so that if they choose to play outside, they can do so regardless.

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing”

We understand that sometimes it is difficult to judge what the weather is likely to do, but you can’t go far wrong with a pair of wellies, a waterproof jacket, a light t-shirt, and a warm jumper. If you can provide a set of full waterproofs for your child, this would  be ideal. 

 

9:40 – 11:45

Free Flow System*

The children will now benefit from a free flow system which allows them to play freely and independently indoors and outdoors. During these free flow sessions staff will play alongside the children and following their lead. Learning will occur       naturally and staff will support this by thinking of ways to extend learning in a way which appeals to the child’s immediate interest. Based on the observations during these sessions staff will record your children’s interests and bring them into         the planning for future sessions. Key workers may take their key children out of this session for a 20 minute focused adult led activity. These focused activities will be designed with your child’s interests in mind to help them move towards achieving their next steps. We would also like to ask you as a parent who knows your child best to help us in identifying the current interests of your child so that we can bring them into our planning on a regular basis.

(during free flow between 10:00 – 11:00 the Snack Cafe* will be open)

 

  

Snack Cafe: Your Child will now benefit from a snack cafe. They will have an hour in which they can choose when they would like to have their snack. Children will be encouraged to help themselves to drinks and an indicated amount of healthy snacks, developing physical and mathematical skills. They will also be responsible for indicating when they have had snack by moving their name to the relevant board. All children will be supported by staff during this process at an appropriate level. No child will be left to go hungry. Staff will prompt children who have not yet accessed their snack before the snack cafe closes. Please note: Drinks will be available for children to access at any time of the day.

11:45 – 12:00

 

 

 

 

Circle Time*

Circle time is a time where we all come together as a group. During this time we might tell a story, have a musical and movement session, consult with the children about things which interest them, or run a group activity.

12:00

Lunch Time

 

1:00 – 2:00

Outside play

 

2:00 – 3:45

 

Free Flow System

(during free flow between 2:00 – 3:00 the Snack Cafe* will be open)

3:45 – 4:00

Circle Time*

CHILDREN’S PLANNING BOARD AND BOOK. In addition to listening to the children through observation, we are now encouraging children to be directly involved in planning. Children will be encouraged to add their own ideas to their ‘Children’s planning board’ and may participate in sessions with ‘Our big talking and thinking book’ where we will gather together their ideas about a particular topic. 

 

4:00

Dinner Time

 

 

Additional Activities

P.E...

We have a sports coach who comes to visit us twice a week. The Bees will spend a 1 hour per session participating in sports games and activities.

Walks, Day Trips and Visitors

 We regularly make use of our surrounding as learning experiences. We might for example take a walk to one of the local parks and see lots of exciting things along the way.  During some of our sessions we may go out on visits into our local community, or have visitors into the nursery. e.g... police, dentist, the guide dogs for the blind etc, pet shop etc. This allows the children to access different and valuable experiences which enhance their learning and understanding of the world. As parents you are always welcome to accompany us. We value the contribution our parents can make and would love for you to come and share a skill or area of knowledge and expertise with the children. 

Speech Bubbles

We celebrate and record children’s speech and communication by writing on a speech bubble. This might be a new sentence which they may have put together. The bubble might be displayed around the room initially but will feed into learning journals where appropriate. We will provide you with speech bubbles to record new achievements with speech and communication that you see taking place at home.

Interest Bubbles

 We believe that by identifying your child’s interests we can motivate them to explore and enhance their learning experience. Our planning will be based on the observations of interests we observe through your child’s play. However, we will periodically provide you with bubbles for you to record when your child shows a particular interest in something at home which we can use to incorporate into our planning.  We have our planning on the left hand side wall as you enter the room. We welcome you to look at our planning at any time, and contribute your own ideas for what we could provide for your child.

Kindness Tree

This is to encourage positive behavior as the children are rewarded a leaf to attach to the tree stating what they have done to achieve this. The leaf is then either taken home or put in their journals.

 

 

Blast

BLAST is a structured, fully prepared and resourced 6 week program for Early Years Settings designed to: remediate mild communication delays, help you to identify significant communication difficulties, improve listening & discrimination as a pre-cursor to literacy, improve social communication, interaction & turn-taking, boost language skills to enable children to access foundation stage curriculum and be a fun, positive experience for children.

 

for more additional about BLAST please click here to download our information document.

 

ABC Bear

We encourage children and parents to take the bear home to join in with any adventures you may encounter for the week. We ask for you to record them in a book for us all to look at and discuss at circle time. The lucky bear has visited places all over the world! STORY SACKS We have Story Sacks at nursery which we use with the children during their play sessions. We would like to encourage you to take these away to use with your child at home. This will create a familiar link between home and nursery. 

Letter Box

From time to time your child will be given the task of finding objects for our letterbox.Help your child find objects from home beginning with the letter of the week.

Pre-School Uniform

You will have the option of purchasing a pre-school uniform.

T-shirts £4.50

Jumpers £9.50

 

Please ask a member of the pre-school staff for an order form.

 

We are really looking forward to meeting you and hope to see you soon!