A Day at Pre-School | Shaw and Whitley Pre-School

A Day at Pre-School

Each day the hall is set up with a variety of activities (two days are never the same) for the children to self select from. These cover all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The children enjoy free flow access to the garden area outside the hall where they can enjoy lots of different activities.

8:30/8:45/9:00 am Welcome

The Early Starters arrive from 8:30 am but for the majority the doors are opened at 9:00 am and everyone is welcomed by a member of  our team.  Parents/carers will sign their children in, hang up their coats and bags and put  their lunch boxes on the side.  The staff and your child’s key person are available should you have any queries.

Free Play

There is a stimulating selection of play equipment for children to use; each of the seven learning areas from the Early Years Foundation Stage are represented. The areas include construction toys, small world toys, puzzles, computer, creative and mark making media, messy play, role play, dressing up, cooking, book corner, malleable materials and physical equipment such as a climbing castle, caterpillar and outside toys.

There is always an adult led activity taking place,  these are more structured and although children are encouraged to join in it is entirely their decision. Key persons may also sit with children to complete activities and observations for their Learning Journey.

10:30 am Tidy up Time

At about 10:30 am the tambourine is shaken and we sing our tidy up song which means it is time for everyone to help tidy up some of the toys, sometimes this is done to music and all those who help get a sticker.

10:40 Circle Time, Register and Story

Now we all sit on the carpet, each of the children have their own carpet square to sit on and they wait for their name to be called on the register. It’s time for a story or “show and tell” where the children can share their news or show something from home which is important to them with their friends giving an opportunity to build self-esteem and confidence.

Snack Time

The children wash their hands, and find a seat at the table. We all sit down together to promote good social skills.
The children are encouraged to eat healthily and display good eating manners.
A member of staff is at each table with the children, and we use the time to encourage conversation and listening skills. For snack we provide milk or water, fruit/vegetable and a carbohydrate snack. For lunch we ask that you provide a healthy balanced packed lunch. We also have food tasting sessions, for example, Chinese New Year or food from different countries.

 

11:00 am Singing and Music Time

After snack the children take their chairs and put them in a circle and we sing lots of songs with actions, a favourite is Jack be Nimble and each child has a chance to jump over a small candlestick. The children sometimes choose their favourite songs and often play instruments to the different tunes.

11:20 am Outside Play

Outside activities are an extension of the indoor activities providing an environment to learn and explore. We try to get outside whatever the weather so coats and wellies are needed. We are very lucky to have a covered outside play area.
We encourage the children to play outside but they can choose to play indoors or outdoors or a combination of both. An assortment of equipment is available for the children to play with which covers all seven areas of the EYFS framework. We have an outdoor role play house. We also have adult initiated outdoor play, which all the children are expected to join in with. Examples including parachute games, playground chalking, water painting, ring games and activities to develop the fundamental movement skills (FMS) – balancing, hopping, jumping, throwing, catching and running.

 

12.00 Collection and Lunch Time

Some of the children who are only staying for the morning will be collected and some other children may arrive for their lunch and afternoon play.
The children bring their own lunch box in from home and this is set up on the tables and they are all encouraged to sit at the table with their friends.

1.00 pm Afternoon Session

Some children will be collected now.
Immediately after lunch the children are encouraged to have a quiet 10 minutes sitting down and looking at some books or listening to a cd.

1:10 pm Free Play

The children are, as in the morning, allowed to self-select and explore activities and resources of their choice with the support of the staff, this can be anything from sand, lego, playdough, dressing up etc.
There is an adult led art and craft activity which the children can choose to do it they wish.

1:40 pm Outside Play

Outside activities are an extension of the indoor activities providing an environment to learn and explore. We try to get outside whatever the weather so coats and wellies are needed. We are very lucky to have a covered outside play area.

We encourage the children to play outside but they can choose to play indoors or outdoors or a combination of both. An assortment of equipment is available for the children to play with which covers all seven areas of the EYFS framework. We have an outdoor role play house. We also have adult initiated outdoor play, which all the children are expected to join in with. Examples including parachute games, playground chalking, water painting, ring games and activities to develop the fundamental movement skills (FMS) – balancing, hopping, jumping, throwing, catching and running

2:15 pm Snack Time

This normally follows the same format as the morning session although we may have snack outside during the summer or set up our own “café” for the children to run/visit.

2:30 pm Large Group Activity

This could be setting up and taking part in an obstacle course, playing with the parachute, trampoline, group table activity, Bee Bot ICT skills, Music, lots of different activities covering the various areas of learning.

Between 3.00 – 4.00pm    Time to Go Home!

Any work that the children have completed will be in their drawers, together with any preschool notices or information leaflets. Children are handed over to their parents/carers and signed out by their parent/carer at the door. Each weekend Clive the Pre-School Teddy is taken home by a different child for them to look after and tell their friends on the Monday the adventures he had over the weekend.

 

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