Free Play – indoor and out
In the morning the children are greeted by a member of staff. Once coats and bags are hung up and shoes are changed the children have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities such as painting, drawing, ICT, jigsaws, role-play settings, sand pit, messy play, story time etc. These regular activities are rotated so that there are always new things for the children to do. The children often play in small groups and move around the different activities as they wish.
The benefit of being a pack away Pre-School is that the room looks different every morning. The children love this variety. The children are encouraged to play outside as much as possible. We have a secure outside play area with our own garden planters, sand pit, hopscotch, alphabet snail, basketball hoop and a range of outdoor toys including bikes, scooters and water play equipment.
We sometimes visit Long Wittenham Primary School to use their playground equipment and often go out for walks around the village and to the local park. We will always give parents / carers as much notice as possible when planning an outdoor activity and will always get consent from you before taking children off the Pre-School premises.
Mid-morning is snack time. The children sit around tables and have a drink (milk or water) and a snack. We run a 3 week snack menu with a wide variety of foods (allergens offered very similar alternatives). Children are encouraged to self serve from a large plate placed in the centre of each table, giving the children the freedom of choice and chance to try different foods alongside others.
Story and Song Time
Towards the end of the session we come together as a group and either listen to or share stories or sing songs. This brings a calm ending to the session before home time.
(part of afternoon sessions or optional extra for children attending morning sessions)
Lunch club is a social time where children and staff sit down together for lunch. Social skills are developed as children are encouraged to talk about their day and learn table manners. This is also a good way for children to get used to eating their own packed lunch in preparation for the move to primary school. We promote healthy eating, please may we ask that you prepare healthy packed lunches and snacks for your children.
Please also note that we are a nut and peanut free pre-school
The afternoon session starts at 12 noon in time for lunch. After lunch, the children go outside for a play whilst the hall is re-set with a range of new activities for the children to engage in. We also have key worker time, where the children enjoy one-to-one or small group time. We will often clear the hall and get the bikes or parachute out. We then settle down on the mat for a story or singing to wind down before home time.