A Typical Day
We offer a wide range of activities aimed at giving all children equal opportunities to learn and develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally through play.
This is where each child is encouraged to participate in group discussion around a range of topics covering all areas of the EYFS curriculum. The aim is to help with their communication skills and to build their confidence and self-esteem.
A whole range of activities are available to the children which include: role play in the home corner or through dressing-up; painting; modelling using play dough; cooking; puzzles and games; reading in the book corner; story time, music and singing. These activities are usually centred on topics which have evolved through establishing an interest of a child, or group of children and cover the objectives of the early learning goals within the EYFS curriculum. The children are encouraged to express their ideas and feelings, to work independently and also within the group.
Children are provided with snack – a small selection of fresh fruit/vegetables/carbohydrates and protein plus milk or water to drink. From time to time we offer a multi-cultural snack and talk about the country where the food comes from. Water is freely available throughout the course of the day, in named water bottles provided by you at the start of the day.
Children benefit from free-flow outdoor play sessions on the paved area at the front as well playtime in our natural wooded garden at the rear, where they can explore and investigate, build dens, construct from wood and other natural products, grow flowers and vegetables, dig in the mud, cook at the ‘mud kitchen’ and play in the sandpit – the list is endless! There is a wide range of outdoor toys which encourage coordination, control and movement. Children are closely supervised whilst outside and enjoy the physical challenges and social interaction with one another. Wherever possible, we take children out for walks and nature trails to the surrounding fields and village pond.
Song and story time
The session ends with story time and action songs – all of which contribute to the child’s mathematical, communication and language development through repetitive rhythm and rhyme. It encourages children to become familiar with books and begin to develop a keen interest in early year’s literature.
Outings, visits and events
We arrange several outings throughout the course of the year, including trips to a local farm, the village pond, a walk to the shop etc. We also arrange for members of the local community and/or friends or relatives to visit the children and talk about their jobs e.g. nurse; dentist; farmer; fireman; etc. Every year we take just our school leavers on a special trip to bid farewell to them before they go to ‘big school’ – previous trips have included Bristol Zoo, Avon Valley Country Park and Woodland Adventures. A weekly newsletter informs parents of any forthcoming events that they may wish to attend.