Every princess needs some down time & this shot shows just that. We are open to all children accessing all our resources, dolls are for both boys & girls as are the bikes, cars & train tracks. Using imagination, hand-eye co-ordination & design, the track that was finally created was amazing.
After the snow stopped us celebrating World Book Day, we changed the date, popped on our dressing up costumes & had a wonderful day. Surrounded by fantastic stories, predicting & changing the story endings & sharing our favourite stories, we had a great day.
Such excitement as the children arrived every morning to see how our little fluffy friends were getting on. Handling them took gentle hands & a quiet atmosphere! What a huge learning opportunity for the children.
Threading is a great tool to assist hand-eye co-ordination.
Rather than using paper & card, we often give the children exciting media to explore, including wire racks & leaves, as seen below. The conversations that followed this shot were of healthy plants & what they need to grow & what keeps us healthy & growing too.
Great concentration shown here
How can we transport the sand from the bottom of our ramp to the top, with minimum spillage?
This question was given to our children & they were happy to locate resources to aid their mission. Their team work, conversational & listening skills & determination were all put to the test as they worked out the best way to proceed. A wonderful snapshot of their challenge shows various stages of the process.
Well done for your persistance
With such an amazing space outside the children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring our improved outside area. On offer we have a dedicated space for bikes & scooters, a football goal for penalty shoot outs, a house to climb into & prepare foods. Not forgetting the growing area in which our scented plants will flourish & our vegetable patch where we will hopefully produce a bountiful crop that we can enjoy at cafe, teaching the children so much. Our slides & tunnels to be climbed on & through & all manner of extra resources that we can bring into the outside space too. The list is endless. The children have enjoyed being outside as an entire cohort & as smaller groups of 4-5 friends. The best resource we have is the staff team who have led bug hunts, explored new areas with as much excitement as the children & have endless games & ideas to share with the children. The skills required to put their own shoes, coats, hats & scarfs are growing as the children master these life skills.
The children have spent their first full 2 weeks back at pre-school & it has been wonderful. The children who have returned to us after the summer break have been simply marvellous, bouncing back through the door & settling straight back into the routine. Our new children have been equally amazing, happily separating from parents & beginning to explore the setting & make new friends.
We support these transition times by spending our entire morning with the children, supporting friendships, encouraging our older children to lead by example & offering assistance to our younger ones. We are actively involved in their learning & conversations, & are on hand to soothe any small bumps along the way. We make time at the end of session to feed back upon collection.
With such a positive first couple of weeks back, this term certainly looks like a fun one. The children are aware of our upcoming relocation & have already started to visit the new site in small groups. Maybe you have seen us in our hi-vis jackets walking through the village?
Well done to all our pre-schoolers for such a brilliant start to the term.