A day in the life of Pre-School
‘Learning through play’ is our core ethos. Watching our children grow in confidence, gain new experiences and flourish on an individual level is incredibly rewarding.
An average day at the Pre-School may look like this:
*DUE TO COVID/LOCKDOWN* WE HAVE NUMEROUS PRECAUTIONS IN PLACE AND NO PARENT/CARERS ARE NOT TO ENTER THE PRE-SCHOOL AT ANY TIME*
Arrival: On arrival Parents/Carers are asked to say good bye to their childf at the main door.
Once children have put their lunch box on the trolley, they then wash their hands in the bathroom. The children then find their name card on the back of the drawer unit and place it on a drawer of their choice before sitting on the carpet for register time. Their drawer is used for art work and any letters that need to be sent home.
During register time we talk to the children about which activities are on offer, we also discuss our current topic/theme. We talk about our song/sign/book of the week. (Windmill weekly is emailed to you all each Friday for the following week.) We also reiterate our "Golden rules."
The children then break off into their age appropriate groups for their planned "group time" activities with their key groups. Once the adult led Group times are over the children then continue the remainder of the session "Free flow." We find this works so well, as the younger children look up to the older children and learn from them, and in turn the older children like to help guide and "look out for" the younger children.
Group times are then repeated in the afternoon (at 1pm) so children attending afternoons only get the exact same experience as those that are here in the morning.
Morning & afternoon sessions: children choose where they would like to play as we offer free flow access both indoors and to a secured outdoors area. The main classroom is always set out in the same way so the children know where to find their favourite activities and to self select their own resources. We offer a wide range of activities, which provides every child the opportunity to learn in all 7 areas of Learning and Development.
Mid Morning/mid afternoon snack: Rolling snacks are always healthy with a drink of milk or water. Children are encouraged to help by counting out plates and cups, cutting fruit and vegetables, pouring their own drinks and placing cups and plates in the washing bowl. This is a social time where children chat with staff and other peers at the table.
Approx. 11.40am: Tidy up time with our special ‘tidy up’ song leading into preparing for lunch club or to go home. As we wind down our morning session, we enjoy circle time with all staff and pupils – a time to share stories or sing together while we wait for parents/carers.
12pm Lunch club (IF AVAILABLE): children eat packed lunches together under staff supervision. Once finished eating, children are free to play with the resources, toys, arts and crafts. For those leaving at 1pm, parents/carers arrive whilst other children carry on playing.
1pm: Afternoon sessions are a similar format to mornings with free play and a rolling snack.
Approx. 2.40pm, tidy up followed by carpet time. Together we close the day with stories and songs ready for parents/carers to collect at 3pm.
Our days are free flowing and flexible. If a parent needs to collect a child early for any reason, simply let staff know and we will be ready.
Our Pre-School sessions are fun-packed and stimulating. Whilst there is a level of routine and familiarity, activities, themes and educational content varies each day.
AdHoc: We have access to Brookmead School playing fields at set times, we invite guest speakers for show and tell sessions. We have a rang of weekly/fortnightly group entertainment such as Top Bop, Tinymites, and Sports fever sessions. We sometimes take children on a walking excursion if there is something educational and exciting for the children to see in the locality. We use Walkodiles to safely take children on trips locally. (Prior consent will be needed- this permission form will be in your welcome pack)
Transition to Primary School: For the older half of our children (Discoverers), we plan transition sessions in the Spring and Summer terms of their final year. ‘Transition’ offers a range of activities which lay a foundation of skills for the children in preparation for primary school.
Daily activity update: Parents can read the daily update of activities on the board outside the front door each day at pick up time. We use Tapestry online journals to keep you up to date and we also regularly update our private Facebook group "Windmill Pre-School, Pitstone" (this group is for employed staff, trustees and close families of current attendees only.) We have a public Facebook page which you can "like" which is called "Windmill Pre-School FUNdraising." (there are no pictures of the children shared on this page as it is public.
Mess is good...
We kindly ask that you don't send your child into Pre-School wearing their "best clothes"