It is a well known fact that children need to feel safe and secure within a setting to get the most out of their time there. At Long Buckby Preschool we structure our day around a routine that offers a familiar structure during each of our sessions.
Our day begins at 9.00am. Our families enter the preschool room and have time to settle before the children are all called together for register time at 9:15. This short group time allows the children to share any news that they may have as well as giving the staff the chance to tell the children if anything out of the ordinary is happening that day. We talk about the day’s activities, assign responsibilities for the day and sing our welcome song.
For much of the session we offer “Free Flow” play where the children can select the activities they wish to use and they are able to access the outdoor classroom at any time.
All the activities on offer follow the interests of the children, provide stimulation to explore and develop and link to the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The activities vary from day to day but always consist of the following areas:
Arts and Crafts - our Creation Station is always available to allow the children to help themselves to any materials that they may need to create their masterpieces
Construction & Woodwork
Small World play
Literacy - our cosy book corner allows children to explore both fiction and non-fiction books independently or with a member of staff
Number work and mathematics - our recently developed maths area provides the children with the resources that they need to further their number work and confidence
15 minute focused physical activities to ensure that the children in preschool are getting the recommended amount of high impact physical exercise each day
During the session the children may come together with staff in small groups for more focused activities. These activities may consist of speaking and listening, number & letter recognition, puzzles, games etc This time will planned by our maths and communication coordinators to ensure that each child is reaching their potential. In addition to this our keyworkers will also arrange activities to ensure that any identified next steps are being attained.
We will often finish the session with some singing, a chat about our day or a story before going home.
Our morning session ends at midday. Children attending for the afternoon session will arrive at this time.
Lunch time at Preschool starts at midday. The children sit in small groups and are actively encouraged to be independent with opening their lunches, however staff are always on hand to help if needed.
Parents/Carers are required to provide their child with a packed lunch and we encourage parents to provide healthy options for their child. We discourage packed lunch contents that consist largely of crisps, processed foods, sweet drinks and sweet products such as chocolates and biscuits.