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Pre-school -Aged for children 3 to 5 years old
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Pre-school -Aged for children 3 to 5 years old

Pre-school setting
Our pre-school is based on the lower floor of the nursery and consists of pre-school rooms, outdoor play area and a bathroom and nappy changing area.

Pre-school rooms
Our pre-school rooms are very fun loving, energetic and exciting learning environments which will allow the children to thrive.

Pre school staff
All staff are fully qualified and have very outgoing, bubbly and enthusiastic personalities and show a sincere caring attitude towards all children in our setting. All staff are very committed to their jobs and have all worked at early years for many years. The staffing ratios in the pre-school room are eight children to one member of staff.

Early year’s foundation stage
In all pre-school rooms we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage which is the government stage for all children between the ages of three to six years. The Early Years Foundation Stage is divided into seven main areas of learning, these are as follows:

  • Physical development
  • Understanding of the world
  • Communication and language
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Mathematics
  • Expressive arts and design
  • Literacy

Pre-school activities
Activities within the pre-school rooms differ according to the child’s stage of development. The play that we offer builds on previous learning and takes into account each child’s increasing concentration span and developing skills. We encourage creativity and individual expression.
In each pre-school room we have different activities for the children to be involved in and are changed/adapted regularly to maintain the children’s interest.

Free choice/messy activities
Throughout our daily routine we give the children lots of opportunities to promote all seven areas of learning by having a wide range of activities set out for them, these include sand/water play, creative/messy area, clay work, sticking and cutting, cooking activities which promote healthy eating messages, home corner/imaginative play area, writing and construction tables, discovery boxes, play house, dolls and prams, workshop etc.

Computer
We encourage the children to use ICT to find out about and identify uses of everyday technology and uses ICT and programmable toys to support their learning. Each day children have access to the computer where they can select from a wide range of educational learning programmes and perform simple functions.

Singing/nursery rhymes and Music activities
Each day the children will interact within music/al activities where they are able to show an interest in the way instruments sound, explore how sounds can be changed, imitate and create movement / creative dance in response to music/music from around the world etc, they will also be encouraged to participate within singing and rhyming activities to enable them to build a repertoire of songs, sing a few simple familiar songs and make some up.

Story time/book sharing
Story time and book sharing is very important to enable the children to foster a love of language and listening skills. In our comfortable book corner children are given plenty of opportunities to look at a wide range of books and are read to regularly either in a group or individually. Books are a very important part of language and literacy where by children are given the opportunity to share books and read/make up their own stories and tell them to the rest of group.

Physical development
Within our pre-school we show a high level of physical activities to promote the children’s physical development and help them to become aware, of the effects of activity on their bodies and show some understanding that good practices with regard to exercise, eating, sleeping and hygiene can contribute to good health. Each week the children are encouraged to interact within an exercise to music activity which is taught by a fully qualified aerobic instructor, they will also be participating within outdoor play activities such as ring games, obstacle races, and mini sports and using equipment such as balls and hoops, cars and bikes, climbing frame, small trampoline and so on.

Additional fun activities
Throughout the year we have additional fun activities which are planned spontaneously either for children during their day at nursery or for both children and their parents. These activities include fun days to support the world cup, fundraising events to help raise money for children in need, Birmingham children’s hospital etc we also have clowns and caterers in for children’s birthday parties at their parents request.

Sample menu

  Breakfast Snack Lunch Snack Tea
Mon. A selection of cereals & wholemeal toast.  Milk / water A free choice selection of cucumber, raisins oranges, pineapple and carrot batons.
Water
Turkey casserole with sweet potatoes, parsnips, garden peas and brown rice.
Yoghurt
Water
Milk and Fresh fruit Selection of sandwiches on wholemeal bread
raisins & cucumber
Milk
Tue. A selection of cereals & wholemeal toast. Milk / water A free choice selection of cucumber, raisins oranges, pineapple and carrot batons.
Water
Mariner’s creamy potatoes and fresh salmon pie with broccoli, carrots, and fresh parsley sauce.
Apple & pear
Water
Milk and Fresh fruit Selection of sandwiches on whole meal bread
Yoghurt
Milk
Wed. A selection of cereals & wholemeal toast. Milk / water A free choice selection of cucumber, raisins oranges, pineapple and carrot batons.
Water
Whole wheat fresh tuna & herb pasta bake with sweet corn & garden peas.
Melon
Water
Milk and Fresh fruit Baked beans on Toast
Mango
Milk
Thur. A selection of cereals & wholemeal toast. Milk / water A free choice selection of cucumber, raisins oranges, pineapple and carrot batons.
Water
Mushroom Korma with mixed peppers and brown rice
Bananas
Water
Milk and Fresh fruit  Crumpets
Fresh fruit salad
Milk
Fri. A selection of cereals & wholemeal toast. Milk / water A free choice selection of cucumber, raisins oranges, pineapple and carrot batons.
Water
Shepherds pie with cabbage and green beans.
Peaches.
Water
Milk and Fresh fruit Selection of sandwiches on wholemeal bread
Strawberries
Milk

Sample day

Time Activity
7.45 – 8.15 Nursery opens and children are given a selection of cereal, toast for breakfast. Floor toys and books are available
8.30 – 8.40 Room Registration
8.40 – 10.50 Free flow activities begin, linking in with the EYFS- investigation area, physical and music room, creative & mark making area, maths area, construction area, role play room and sensory room.  Children get ready for the Outdoor play area to open at 9.30am.
10.50 – 11.00 Tidy up time
11.00 – 11.15 Pre-school / care group time, Children also do a phonics session using props, role play and story books.

Pre-school. During this time children separate into their care groups and will learn alphabet sounds, letter recognition, colours, shapes, opposites, familiar words etc

11.15 – 12.00 Bathroom / Dinner Time – children go to wash their hands in their care groups and then self serve their dinner. After dinner children go to the bathroom within their care groups to wash hands and face and brush teeth. Children who wish to have a sleep will go into the sleep room around (11.30am).
12.00 – 2.50 Free flow activities – investigation area, physical and music room, creative area, maths area, construction area, role play room, sensory room and outdoor play area.
2.50 – 3.00 Tidy up time.
3.00 – 3.15 Story / Singing time (large group activity) link in with the seven areas of the EYFS - children start going to wash hands ready for tea
3.15 – 3.45 Tea time – children are encouraged to select their own tea.
3.45 – 5.30 Free flow activities within the open rooms ( the rooms open will depend on staff and children ratios)
5.30 – 6.00 Quiet table activities / story telling etc

Parents information
We feel that it is very important to work alongside parents. Throughout the year we continually make all parents aware of nursery activities and events which are happening by sharing information through newsletters, signs on entrances, parent’s evenings, children’s profiles/reports etc. We always allow time throughout each day for parents to contact us or have a chat regarding their child/rens development / time at nursery.

Nursery educational funding (NEF)
We are OFSTED registered therefore NEF funding is available to all children from the term following their third birthday regardless of parental income. The government funds up to fifteen hours free nursery provision per week during term time only (38 weeks a year) which is currently £1955 per year which we will discount from your fees. For three and four year olds who qualify for NEF funding, full nursery costs will apply for attendance during non funded weeks. You may only claim 15 hours per week, per child, even if your child attends another setting.

Subject to availability there are free NEF funded spaces available for parents who want their child to access five sessions per week term time only (15 hours per week) We offer 9-3pm, 9-12pm or 12-3pm spaces to make up 15 hours a week. There is no charge for 15 hour only places.

If your child attends for their free NEF funded sessions you can add additional hours to make a full day. Children attending for 3 hours free NEF funding a day e.g. 9-12pm or 12-3pm can have additional hours at a cost of £21.71 a day. Children attending for 6 hours free NEF funding e.g. 9-3pm can have additional hours at a cost of £11.42 a day. Any extra days required outside of term time are charged at £32 a day. When your child becomes eligible for NEF funding we will write to you to request that your parent/carer form is filled in to enable us to claim the funding, provide you with information on this funding, issue you with term dates and advise you of the new discounted cost for nursery fees if appropriate. If you are unsure about this please don’t hesitate to ask a member of the team.

Prices and Opening Hours

We are open from 7.45am to 6.00 pm Monday to Friday, 51 weeks a year. We close for a week at Christmas and bank holidays.

£34.00 per day
£170 per week

We accept voucher payments such as busy bees and accor.

Free places are available for children over the age of three. Nursery education funding is available up to £1955 per year. Please ask for details.

 

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