Kindergarten children have their own named peg. On arrival your son or daughter will hang up their coat and if staying for lunch will put their lunch box on the shelf.
Children are welcomed and are encouraged to paticipate in various 'settling in' activities such as painting, drawing, playing with building blocks or completion of simple jigsaws. This helps to develop their independence and to encourage interaction between the children.
The activities for each session vary and follow the curriculum. There is always a Term Topic and some of the activities will be consistent with the topic current at the time.
The children will have a mid-morning snack (eg fruit and a biscuit) along with milk or water. This is an opportunity for discussion to develop speaking, listening and social skills.
Children are encouraged to play outside in the fresh air at some point during each session - weather permitting. Outdoor activities contribute to children's health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. Kindergarten have use of the school playground and can explore the climbing equipment. We also have our own fenced play area which was refurbished in April 2015.
The children have the opportunity and are encouraged to take part in both child-chosen and adult-led outdoor activities during Kindergarten sessions. Our outside play area has a safety surface and is equipped with a slide, a climbing frame, bikes and other outdoor toys. We also have use of the school playground and field.
The concluding session of the morning is generally when the children all come together for story time to settle the children prior to collection by parents or a lunch session with us. On collection, the staff will give parents informal feedback on their child's activities and participation during the morning.
We want your child to feel happy and safe at Kindergarten. To make sure that this is the case, the staff will work with you to decide on how to help your child to settle into Kindergarten. Typically, this will involve staying with your child for one or two sessions until they are happy and familiar with the surroundings and staff.
We are registered with Ofsted and every member of the Kindergarten staff undergoes the vetting procedure required by them.
Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by Kindergarten helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are right for their age and stage of development.