As children settle into Pre-School room, the focus moves towards getting children ready for school. This does NOT mean that we sit and do reading and writing! Our teacher colleagues in the local schools are very clear about what they want children to be able to do when they go to school. This include things like being able to dress themselves, go to the toilet independently, being confident in knowing nursery rhymes, able to follow simple instructions, share and take turns.
Children learn by exploring, concentrating and thinking, and carefully planned, fun activities, along with our daily routines ensure children gain the skills they need for school and future learning.
Meal times in Pre-School are relaxed social events where staff support them to learn table manners, to use correct cutlery properly, and to develop an understanding of what constitutes a healthy diet so that they develop skills in making healthy choices. Children develop social skills and independence as they serve their own meals and engage in animated conversations with their friends.
Children in Pre-School are encouraged to go to the toilet on their own; with staff supporting where needed. They are encouraged to look after their own personal hygiene by washing their hands and faces and checking their appearance in the mirror whilst in the bathroom.
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