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At Robert Wilkinson Pre-School we view children as strong, competent, capable and powerful with enormous potential for learning. The environment that we provide enables the children to foster and develop these skills and so our teaching and learning is mainly child led. This means that staff closely observe how the children are engaged in their chosen activities and come alongside them to then teach them and further their learning “in the moment”. This enables children to learn whilst they are doing what they are particularly interested in and are, therefore, more highly motivated and engaged and more likely to learn.
Children have long periods of uninterrupted play in an indoor and outdoor environment that encourages them to be independent yet collaborative, to take risks and develop perseverance and resilience and to learn to problem solve and challenge themselves. We place great emphasis on Outdoor Learning and enjoy using our Pre-School garden as well as the vast outdoor facilities and environment that our school is fortunate enough to have.
Some activities are adult initiated and led. These activities tend to be to ensure the teaching of specific skills and an adult can model specific learning strategies to aid learning.
We believe that creativity can be found in any activity and is strongly encouraged. Pre-School staff observe and listen to the children as they play and learn and encourage them to be creative through effective, sensitive questioning and modelling alongside the children.
Activities are documented on a whole class and individual basis through photographs and written observations and these are then collated into a class display with a written commentary and also celebrated through each child’s individual Learning Journey. This Learning Journey follows the child through from the beginning of their Pre-School time until they leave to move into the FS2 class.
All teaching and learning is underpinned by the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. More information on this can be found on the “Early Years Curriculum” page of our website.
Reciprocal relationships between adults and children are essential and we respect and value the relationships we have with our children and their parents and carers. We welcome parents into Pre-School each day as well as for more set activities such as our regular half termly “Stay and Play” sessions, Christmas activities or Parents Evenings. We also hold Parent Information Workshops where parents can learn about the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, how their child learns at Pre-School and how they can help end encourage their child to learn at home.
We value our relationships with the wider community too, with the rest of the school and with our partnership Pre-Schools in the village. We take part in wider whole school events and each Summer, as part of the Transition into School process, an Early Years Fund day is held where children who will be attending school the following year are invited from all the feeder Pre-Schools and Nurseries in our community.
Our sessions run as follows:
Sessions are £3.50 per hour = £10.50 per session.
All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to a Universal 15 hours Government Funding which begins at the beginning of the term after the child is 3. Any hours over this amount are paid for a month in advance via an individual invoice. Pre-School staff will be happy to discuss funding when your child starts with us.
From September 2016, some parents will be entitled to an Additional 15 hours Government Funding. There are certain criteria that need to be met. Pre-School staff will be happy to discuss this with you.
Lunchtime is £3.50 per hour
Hot dinners are available to Pre-School children at a cost of £2.30 per day. These can be ordered and paid for in advance on our online Parent Pay system. Alternatively, children may bring their own packed lunch.
The Pre-School children eat their lunches in the Brown Hall situated in the main school building. They mix with their FS2 friends and it helps enormously with the transition to FS2.
This depends on the age of the child.
The term before and the term in which a child is 3:
The term after a child is 3 (Universal 15 hours funding begins):
*Disco Dough is an activity where the children sing and/or dance to music whilst manipulating playdough with their hands and also making larger movements with their arms, shoulders, core and legs. This type of activity is essential for developing and strengthening muscles and joints needed for stability and balance as well as then developing the smaller, finer muscles ready for writing.
*Funky Fingers is an activity that develops and strengthens the muscles in the hand and fingers. It is an essential pre writing skill to prepare children for holding and controlling pens and pencils and to be able to manipulate and handle small objects.
After consultation with parents, it was decided that Pre-School children should wear a red sweatshirt to show that we are part of the wider school and this is required for all children. Some children wear full school uniform – we are very flexible, but do ask that all children wear a red sweatshirt.
As we learn outside in all weathers, we ask that each child has a pair of wellies to keep at Pre-School as well as a waterproof suit that is big enough to go over the top of any thicker coat they might also wear.