What we do
Morning Session 09:15-12:15
We start our session with an adult led, optional, circle time activity which is different each day, leading into free play and table and floor based resources. Children are are able to play with whatever they choose, inside or outside for this time, interacting with each other and the adults in the setting in their play. During this time the adults will use their knowledge of the children to appropriately interact with them. This interaction can take many forms such as suggesting ideas, explaining concepts, encouraging or supporting them physically. These interactions support children to extend their learning and develop skills. For some of the session, a snack will be available and children are encouraged and supported to self select something healthy to eat and drink.
Towards the end of the session, we tidy up together, then have group time before the end of the session, either in the reading room, or in a smaller group in the hall. This group time may be musical, singing songs or dancing, verbal where we talk about things we've seen, or heard or based around a story, often with props, puppets or other resources.
Afternoon Session 12:15pm - 3:15pm
Our afternoon session is very similar to the morning session with the exception of starting with lunch and forgoing snack time.
Activities available during all of our sessions include:
Sand - encourages co-operation and sharing, gives opportunities for chatting and strengthening fingers ready for writing. It stimulates imagination and teaches properties of substances, wet, dry, etc.
Painting - supports development of hand to eye co-ordination, knowledge of colours and mixing colours, textures etc.
Construction - develops co-operation and sharing skills, hand to eye co-ordination and muscle control.
Playdough - develops co-operation and sharing skills, fine muscle control and language. Supports learning shapes, colours, imagination and creativity.
Craft - develops concentration, improves hand to eye co-ordination and language.
Technology - develops knowledge of different types of technology and how to use them.
Role Play area - supports social skills, sharing and taking turns.
Book Corner - a range of stories and factual books with comfy cushions to lie and read or be read to.
Small world play - dolls houses, toy cars, trains, farm and zoo animals all extend the imagination, develop small muscles and encourage playing together.
Maths - a wide variety of maths based toys and equipment to teach all aspects of numeracy and problem solving.
Physical play - Climbing frames, slides, tunnels, balance bars and wobble boards, dancing to music and ribbon dancing all develop major muscle strength, increase confidence and health.
Cars, skates, scooters and bikes need co-operation and sharing skills as well as balance and strength, a noisy play time develops essential skills ready for the school playground.
Opportunity for dressing up and role playing, ball and Frisbee throwing practice or for just running with friends.
Parachute based group activities.
Other activities: cooking, stencils, jigsaws. - water play, early science – magnets, optics etc tracing, colouring