Big Bees (Preschool)
The entire first floor of our building is dedicated to our “Big Bees” Preschool children to give them lots of space. Things are a little more structured here with an increased emphasis on teaching and learning. Our head of pre-school is also the nursery SENCO and has a wealth of experience in supporting children to achieve the best outcomes.
She and her team encourage the children’s problem solving and critical thinking using the in-depth knowledge they have of the children and their interests to engage them in the program of activities.
There is an interactive white board for the children and staff to use which is a valuable resource during group discussion time to highlight, explore and extend the subject of the children’s conversations.
Many of children in pre-school have been with us since they were babies, meaning there are strong attachments in place that we can build upon during this important stage to help develop the children’s self-esteem and confidence.
Lots of work is done around personal, social and emotional development to ensure the children’s school readiness. Our aim is for our children to become independent, lifelong learners.
We work closely with the schools offering places to our children, inviting the school staff to come and meet the children here in the nursery setting. Key workers also take children on transition visits to their schools.
The feedback from the schools and parents is that this really supports the children and makes a positive difference to them starting school.
The children enjoy a weekly forest school session with a qualified forest ranger where they have the chance to really engage with nature and the many learning opportunities of the natural environment, allowing them to explore taking risks safely.
The nursery is very much a part of the local community and we have established many meaningful relationships; Acorn house is a residential home within walking distance of the nursery and a small group of pre-school children, with parents’ permission, visit weekly and join in with the activities that have been planned for the elderly residents. The favourites are: baking, gardening and the occasions when there is a quiz!
The time the children spend with this age group helps them to be respectful and tolerant as the residents have a varied range of age related abilities and the children must consider that when interacting with them. It’s wonderful how much they enjoy their time there! A weekly yoga class is also timetabled for this age group, again at no extra cost.