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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
A big step...
Starting at pre-school is a very big step in your child's development. Often it is the very first time that a child will be separated from his/her parents, so getting a happy introduction is very important. Here are a few tips that may help; It is a good idea to make short visits with your child, before commencingfull-time, so that you both get to know the people and how the group operates. Get to know staff and helpers - if your child sees that you are happy and compfortable, then he/she will soon be comfortable with them too. Be prepared to stay in the group until he/she is ready to be left. Dress your child in easily washed clothes with easy fastenings and sensible shoes or trainers. Also bring indoor shoes/slippers or a pair of wellies for outdoors, named and in a bag. In summer we ask that children bring hats to wear during outside play. It is important to collect your child promptly at the end of the session. It can be very upsetting for a small child to be the only one who isn't collected. If someone different is to collect your child make sure that the staff know.
The normal daily routine:
9am Children arrive
Hang up their coats
Register is taken
Free flow play
Free flow play
Parents collect at 12pm.
* We run breakfast club from Monday - Friday from 8:30 for any parents interested.
** We run afternoon sessions from 12-3 on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
*** From April 2019, we will also provide afternoon sessions on Tuesdays
Outdoor play treated as an incredibly important part of our children's daily routine.
By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in an outdoor and woodland environment each participant has an opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation, sound emotional and social skills. These, through self awareness can be developed to reach personal potential.
Children use full sized tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, establish and grow in confidence, self-esteem and become self motivated.
So outdoor play will aim to develop:
enhanced personal and social communication skills
increased physical health
enhanced mental and spiritual health
enhanced spiritual, sensory, and aesthetic awareness
the ability to assert personal control and increased sensitivity to one's own well-being.
develop self esteem, take personal responsibility, co-operate with and respect the needs of others;
extend their personal horizons through greater appreciation and understanding of the world and its peoples around them;
understand the need for sustainable relationships between people and their environment;
enhance practical problem solving and team work skills.
promote a positive and knowledgeable response towards personal health and well being.
Children, and more and more adults, need time to thoroughly explore their thoughts, feelings and relationships.
This time and reflective practice develops understanding of the world, the environment and everything within it through the use of emotions, imagination and senses.
Due to all the proven benefits of outdoor play on children's development, we make it a top priority to ensure the children get enough time outdoors and in our woodland areas throughout the year.
Our setting is committed to anti-discriminatory practice to promote equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all children and families. We aim to: Provide a secure and accessible environment in which all our children can flourish and in which all contributions are considered and valued; include and value the contribution of all families to our understanding of equality and diversity;
The role of parents
At this important early learning stage, we encourage parents to participate in all aspects of pre-school life. There are many opportunities in which to be involved.
Do you have some spare hours, interest, talent, hobby or a cultural tradition you can share with the children?
If you do you are more than welcome to come in and share it with the children. Please speak to a member of staff.
Health and Safety
The health, safety and welfare of everyone in the group are paramount at all times. All staff are familiar with the safety procedures regarding illness and accidents. All accidents and incidents, however minor, are recorded on an individual accident or incident sheet which parents are asked to sign and date. We ensure that at least one first aid trained staff member is present at each session.
Guidance to Your Child's Learning & Development
Click on this link https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2015/09/4Children_ParentsGuide_Sept_2015v4WEB1.pdf for more information.
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