Tel: 0115 8492304
Mon - Fri 7:30am - 6pm 51 weeks per year (except Bank Holidays)
Please also use our contact form.
Cared 4 Ltd
19 Brookhill St
Preschool room is our designated room for children aged three to four which is always busy with a whole array of activities on the go throughout the day. Children are challenged and engaged with activities tailor made to capture their interests and feed their inquisitive minds and active imaginations. When children first start in the preschool room they will be allocated a key person. Your child’s key person will be your main point of contact if you have any concerns regarding your child’s developmental progress or to share their home achievements. You will also see your child’s key person twice a year at parents evening to share learning journeys and speak about your child’s development. Learning journeys are also available for you to look through on request.
Who works in the preschool room and what are their qualifications?
We have four staff who consistently work within the preschool room. All Pre-school members of staff have NVQ level 3 or 2 and their paediatric first aid and their basic food hygiene
What curriculum will my child follow?
The curriculum we follow is the Early Years Foundation Stage which is designed to cover 7 areas of learning. We focus on the prime areas of learning with children aged 0-3 which are communication and language, personal, social and emotional development and physical development. These three areas of learning are the most important from birth and build the roots for the rest of children’s learning. There are also four specific areas of learning which are Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. These specific areas strengthen the prime areas and are interconnected in most of our activities. Activities are planned around children’s interests with focussed activities being centred on children’s next steps of learning. Preschool activities also include more specific educational activities such as teaching children jolly phonics and letters and sounds.
What is Forest School and when will my child attend?
Forest school is an initiative which offers preschool children the opportunity to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning experiences within a local woodland. Children spend a two and a half hour session a week over the course of eight weeks in the woodland and experience a wide range of activities. Your child will have the opportunity to attend forest school on a rota basis. Staff will let you know three weeks in advance before your child is due to attend.
How does the preschool room operate?
Children flow between two rooms and also the outdoor play area all day long. Preschool love to get messy so we implement as many sensory/messy activities into the day as possible. Children’s interests are incorporated into daily activities and themes that we cover. Children have specific group times with their key person to enable strong relationships to be formed. During group times children learn about the day of the week, the month, the season and the weather. They also learn a good morning song in Makaton sign language as well as different languages.
Where will my child sleep?
If your child requires a nap after lunch a mattress will be put out for them in the toddler room, with their own sheet and blanket. Children should be bring their own comforters into nursery e.g. a special teddy, doll etc. Children will go down for a sleep at 12.30pm and most children sleep until 1.30 /2.00pm. We will follow your child’s home routine as much as possible
Will my child leave the nursery to go on outings?
Children will be able to go out into the community on various trips. Preschool staff regularly take children to visit the library, the park, the theatre (at Christmas) and educational visits to different establishments throughout the year. We also visit Longmoor Lodge Care Home once a month and do different activities with the elderly. A group of children will leave the setting each week to attend forest school. Parental consent is required for all outings.
Will I work as a partner in my child’s learning?
We value parents as our partners in children’s learning and encourage parents to add to children’s learning journeys with wow moments of achievements at home. Please write your child’s wow moments on the cards provided within the room and display on the wow board which is just inside the door. You will also be given a “Lets learn at home book” where staff will record your child’s next steps in their development to work on at home with some activity ideas. Please share your child’s achievements by writing in the book so we can record these in your child’s learning journey.