Our approach in the early years is to work with you, the parents, to help each child develop her or his full learning potential. Children are encouraged to be independent, make their own decisions and to be active in their own learning. At Little Me Preschool we aim to provide a stimulating environment where children feel safe and secure.
We offer a broad and balanced curriculum with equal opportunities in which to learn. Children are taught about their rights and responsibilities, to be aware of the needs of others and to respect each other.
In the early years, activities are structured around a central topic .We plan together as a team and teach in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
The ways in which a child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically-underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner. (Development Matters in the EYFS)
The characteristics of effective learning are:
- Playing and exploring
- Active learning
- Creating and thinking
The areas of learning and development are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
The Prime areas
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The chi ldren are provided with the experiences and support to develop a positive sense of themselves. They are encouraged to establish constructive relationships, work alone and in small or large groups and develop their own interests.
Communication and Language
This area focuses on children developing skills in listening and attention, understanding and speaking. Stories are shared, listened to and told; there are opportunities to look at and to share books and pictures; to talk with adults and other children; to learn action and finger rhymes; to use tape recorders etc.
Children are given many opportunities to look at words and signs around the school and classroom. A wide variety of writing materials are freely available. Children are encouraged to learn names and sounds of letters and to write and form letters correctly using a variety of programs such as Letters and Sounds, jolly Phonics and scholastic Books are sent home and parents are encouraged to hear their child read at home.
This area focuses on developing physical control, coordination, movement and manipulative skills (moving and handling) as well as health and self-care skills. The children are helped to gain confidence in what they can do and to feel the positive benefits of being healthy and active. They have access to a variety of outdoor resources such as bikes, scooters, balance beams and a climbing apparatus. Other equipment such as hoops, bats/balls and skipping ropes develop body awareness and control.
We also provide swimming and dance lessons twice each week as part of the children’s physical activities.
We hope every child enjoys his or her stay with us and develops a positive attitude to school, learning and respect for each other.
The Specific Areas
This area focuses on developing reading and writing skills. Children are encouraged to link sounds to letters and to begin to read and write. The children are given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest (see Communication and Language).
Through practical activities children learn about recognising and solving problems, reading and writing numbers, matching, counting and sorting. They explore length, weight, capacity and shape.
Understanding the World
This area focuses on children’s developing knowledge and understanding of their environment, other people and features of the world and ICT. Children will come to discover, investigate and use all their senses. They learn about themselves and living things, their physical surroundings and the environment. Children talk about where they live, their environment, their families and past and present events in their own lives. Children are exposed to a variety of themes to help them acquire age appropriate information of how the world works.
Expressive Arts and Design
This area focuses on how children’s imagination develops and their ability to communicate and express ideas and feelings in creative ways. Children can express themselves through different media such as clay, paint, construction sets, toys and model making. They are taught to value their own work and to appreciate the creations of others. Children are encouraged to make instruments and play music and to dress up.
The School Day
The prenursery, nursery and reception classes are situated in the upstairs of the Building. All classes have their own toilets. While we have a facility downstairs for the playgroup class.
We have an indoor play area, dinning and kitchen all situated downstairs.
- Full time for classes upstairs: 7.30am-2.00pm
- Full time for classes downstairs: 7.30am- 5.45pm
- We have a daily drop off plan.
We expect children to wear uniforms while they attend the upstairs classes and the downstairs wear comfortable clothes. Aprons are provided, but children will occasionally get ‘messy’, wet or dirty. Shoes should be suitable for running, jumping and climbing.
Please help your child to practise tying shoe laces, doing buttons, zips and putting on and taking off their clothes at home.
Note: We would ask you to be prompt in bringing and collecting your child each day. A child can easily become distressed by being collected later than the other children. All children must be brought and collected by an adult.
Staffs supervises the children at lunchtimes, encouraging them in good table manners and social skills and developing high quality play in the outside area.
PARENTS/CARERS AS PARTNERS
We value the involvement of parents in school. Parental involvement is important for the development of your little one. A report is sent out at the end of the each term and parents are invited into school to discuss this report if they wish. It is important to stress that if parents are concerned in any way about their child they should telephone or call into the school to make an appointment to discuss their concerns with the class teacher , academic coordinator or director. Parents are kept informed of all happenings in the school by regular newsletters. The Parents are also kept informed via notice board in the reception area. Parents are invited to various activities and functions throughout the year.
EQUALITIES and DISABILITIES
All pupils in this school are entitled to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum regardless of ability, gender, race and social circumstances. Both gifted, talented and able children and those with Special Educational Needs are considered and the curriculum adapted to suit all levels of ability.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
Care is taken to assess the needs of each child. Should a child have any special need the parent will be informed at an early stage. Group and individual help is provided within the school where possible. We have links with a few agencies and when necessary their involvement may be required to support certain children. Parents/Carers will always be informed to make arrangements with an outside agency in assisting us to support their child.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
We have a Health and Safety policy which all staff are familiar with and we have designated people responsible for first aid in school. Staff have had paediatric first aid training. Children are taught the safe and appropriate use of equipment and materials. Children are taught to be mindful when moving around the school and are aware of safety issues. Risk assessments are undertaken before after school activities take place and before we embark on school outings. A full Health and Safety Policy is available in School.
Parents/carers are asked to inform us of any foods their children are allergic to or any foods they do not wish their child to eat. A note of this is kept in the kitchen area and all adults involved are informed.
We keep a note of any medical needs, allergies. Parents are asked to complete a medical form if their child requires medicine during the school day.