What we do in the Preschool Room?
Your child’s key person will continue to share information with you so that we can meet their needs and also so that we can plan activities which support what they are learning and enjoying at home.
In pre-school, in preparation for school, and in line with children’s developing ability to concentrate for longer periods, the amount of adult-led activities begins to increase. These activities are carefully planned to be play-based, fun and exciting, so that children are eager to participate and learn.
Some of the routines and adult-led activities in Pre-School are:
- Self-Registration: This helps children to recognise their name and also supports their transition from your care into ours.
- Wake and Shake: As well as being fantastic fun and getting children in a positive frame of mind, the session supports the development of children’s large and fine motor skills which are essential in preparation for sitting still and writing when they start school.
- Group Times: These times include discussions, story times, singing sessions, games and French lessons. Group times in Pre-School increase in frequency and variety so that children get used to listening and to speaking in turn.
In Pre-School, children continue to learn through play. Play is mainly initiated by the children themselves; adults provide additional resources which offer new and exciting opportunities for children to explore and investigate. Adults then play with the children and help them to extend their language and follow up their ideas. Learning through play is one of the key principles of Early Years Education, which is supported by a wealth of research – whilst playing, children learn to explore, become motivated and learn to create and think critically.
These skills are essential for children’s future learning