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The various elements of a typical day in one of our Pre-School rooms are described below. The actual timings and composition of the day varies with the weather, seasons and between days of the week.

Arrival – when your child arrives they are welcomed by a member of Pre-School staff and encouraged to play with their friends.  Parents may speak to the staff if they have any questions or information they wish to pass on.  Please leave lunchboxes in the kitchen so a member of staff can store them in the fridge/cupboard as appropriate.


Free play – the tables are set up for different types of play i.e – construction, small world / imaginative play, puzzles to help develop fine motor skills and “free” pencil work and colouring. There are also floor based activities such as cars and garage, mega blocks.  During free play each child will have the opportunity to carry out a one-to-one activity with a member of staff.  The children’s work is displayed in the Pre-School Room.

The themes vary from month to month but include ideas such as food, healthy eating, pets, all about me, and different cultural celebrations/festivals and seasons.  Sensory play is also encouraged and sand, water, play dough, jelly are just an example of activities offered.  Every day a different activity is offered for the children to play with and enjoy.


Circle time / singing – children develop their spoken skills and build self esteem and confidence by taking it in turns to speak or listen to others. All children are encouraged to participate.  During this time children place their name on our Pre-School name board and each day we focus on a different topic.  Examples covered are colours, numbers, shapes, counting, letters and opposites.  This activity is helpful in preparing children for school where they will be expected to sit in a group situation and listen to other children or the teacher.


Story time – this helps to develop their imagination and the children are particularly fond of stories with repetitive lines and rhymes and those which use puppets. The children are encouraged to think ahead and suggest what might happen next, this enhances their story telling skills.  Examples of favourite stories are Don’t eat the Teacher and Peace at Last.  Both encourage the children to listen and join in which they love!  Story time helps a child develop their listening skills and improves their attention span.


Mid-morning/afternoon break – children are taken to the toilet in a controlled manner, walking there and back in a quiet and orderly fashion and are encouraged to look after their own personal hygiene. During snack time the children are expected to sit nicely and say “please” and “ thank you” thereby improving manners and social skills.  A healthy snack is provided by nursery, this includes fruit, veg, dried fruit and rice cakes.


Outdoor play – weather permitting we go outside into the garden and the children learn to become independent with fastening coats, putting on boots etc. Outdoor play allows the children to use their imagination and bond with their peers without being “led” too much by adults. However they are always supervised. If the weather is poor this time would be spent indoors with activities like music and movement, singing or circle games.


Lunchtime – the children sit and eat at small tables where social skills and manners are encouraged.


The afternoon session is similar to the morning thus accommodating the children who join us for the latter part of the day.