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 our sessions
We have a wide range of resources available, both indoors and outside, for children to self select during all our sessions. Both areas are available for children to access freely during their session (with the exception of meal times, when we remain indoors) Our resources remain consistent to allow children the time to fully explore them and use them in ever increasingly imaginative ways, often returning to a previous activity to add a new element to their play.
Our resources always include;
Sand, water (and other pour-able materials) - These encourage co-operation, sharing and imaginative play, give opportunities for chatting. Encourage mark making and strengthen fingers and hands ready for writing. They encourage children to experiment with the changing properties of substances, for example when wet or dry and develop understanding of mathematical concepts.
Painting, writing and craft - This area allows children to select resources and materials to write, paint and construct with paper, other materials, tape and glue. This supports development of hand to eye co-ordination, knowledge of and experimentation with colours and textures while developing their imagination.
Playdough and malleable play - This develops co-operation and sharing skills, fine muscle control and language. Supports the learning of shapes, colours, imagination and creativity.
Technology - We use toys with buttons, flaps and cogs, along with real life or replica items to develop children's knowledge of different types of technology and how to use them. We use programmable toys and those with remote controls to explore cause and effect or programming. We have a setting laptop and two tablets which the children can occasionally use (with an adult), to take pictures or look up information about something that interests them to extend their play.
Exploration area - This area has magnets, sand, liquid and digital timers, magnifying glasses, binoculars and other lenses, mirrors, bug viewers and information books on subjects such as insects, animals, our world and space. These resources allow children to explore their world and find out about the things they can't see. There are also jigsaws, mathematical equipment such as scales and weights and loose parts to develop all aspects of numeracy and problem solving.
Role Play area - This area has a kitchen, book case and dressing up, along with other props such as puppets and dolls. These items promote imaginative role play, which supports social skills, cooperation sharing and taking turns. In this area there is also a range of stories and factual books with comfy cushions to sit and read or be read to.
Small world and construction play - Here there is a range of figures (including people, animals and fairy tale characters), vehicles and props along with a wide variety of construction materials to extend the imagination, develop small muscles and encourage playing together while developing language, hand to eye co-ordination and muscle control.
Physical development - There is a wide range of physical equipment available to develop fine and gross motor skills. These include climbing frames, slides, tunnels, balance bars and wobble boards, balls and hoops, large construction blocks, tyres, trolleys, cars, skates, scooters and bikes which need co-operation and sharing skills as well as balance and strength. Running, jumping and dancing (often with music or ribbons) also develops muscle strength, increases confidence and improves health.
Adult led activities - Each day we have four adult initiated group times at the beginning and end of our sessions, which children are able to join in with if they wish. These cover a huge range of activities and subjects, such as stories, discussions and attention activities like 'what's in the box', cooking or science based practical activities, or physical activities such as parachute games, or egg and spoon races.
Other activities - We aim to follow the child in their learning as much as possible. We listen to children during their time here and are continually adding to our repertoire of activities following suggestions and ideas from children. If they want to give it a go, we're usually willing to try!