Preschool

Children join our preschool room usually around the time they are eligible for the Early Years Funding. This currently entitles every 3 & 4 year old to 15 hours of free education each week during term-time, from the term after their 3rd birthday until they join Reception. Within all Puffins preschools, we can offer you free care & education for these hours, and we also offer wrap-around care from 7:30am to 6:00pm and during the holidays up to 51 weeks of the year.

Within the preschool we follow the Early Year’s Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS). The aim of the EYFS is to help young children achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes: staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic wellbeing. Each child has their own profile, that tracks their progress through the EYFS stages, and comprehensive reports are passed onto their school to enable a smooth transition into Reception.  In these profiles we gather a range of information from yourselves and through practitioner observations. We then use the information gathered to develop and plan exciting, engaging experiences that scaffold children’s learning, taking a clear picture of where they are and building on how to progress their next steps of development.

We also use a range of tools to enable children to be active, independant learners who are fully ready for school. Examples of these tools are:

Letters and sounds

Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. The first phases of this are implemented in our preschools, so that children have a head-start when they reach Reception, where they will continue using the same structured approach to teaching children to read.


Book Bags

Your child will be given a book bag which is their’s to keep. We  use them to encourage you and your child to share some of our lovely nursery books at home, and also for your child to use to take home things that are precious to them that they have created during their time at nursery. Developing a love of books and stories is a strong part of the Early Years Foundation Stage, and will help your child to have a strong start when they begin to show a readiness to read later at School. Before children begin to read, it is important that they develop certain ‘pre-reading’ skills, and our routine is structured to support this in as many ways as possible.

LEAP

LEAP into life is the curriculum for physical literacy that we follow on a daily basis. We base our morning physical time around the activities which are set out and aim to achieve the following:

• To develop and increase physical competency, ability and understanding amongst all preschool children;

• To ensure inclusion and provide opportunities that can be adapted to suit the spectrum of needs;

• To develop the components of efficient motor function: Symmetrical activity, basic body movement, large muscle development, fine muscle development, eye / hand co-ordination, eye / foot co-ordination, body image, balance, rhythm, space and direction.

Garden Time

Through a combination of LEAP and Garden time we aim to achieve a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Whilst in the garden we provide a range of experiences including water play, sand play, bikes, den building, construction, role play and gardening.

Every Child A Talker

We are very focused on language and communication, as children’s communication skills are a gateway to all other areas of learning. In each setting we have an early language lead practitioner (ELLP), and these work closely together to ensure that we coninually raise children’s speech, language and communication skills.

Skills for School

In our preschool we are aiming for the children to be prepared for the challenges and expectations that will be placed upon them in a school environment. We want to build up their skills and independence in order to achieve their full potential and the right stage depending on their age and when they are due to start school.

Pre-School t-shirts

The t-shirts are not compulsory, but will help to encourage your children to enjoy wearing uniform. The t-shirts come in 4 colours; red, blue, pink and yellow. If you would like to buy a t-shirt they are only £7 and we have order forms in the pre-school entrance hall or please speak to the setting manager.

Getting involved

There are many ways in which you can be involved in what we are doing within the setting.  We hold yearly open days for parents and families to attend and this is a great opportunity for parents to get to know staff. We also hold regular parent evenings which are an opportunity for parents to come in and speak with their child’s key worker to discuss their development and learning.