Our ethos for Early Years education is simple.
We are wanting to provide the children in our care with multiple opportunities for positive experiences, to encourage their natural curiosity and to expand on their own interests as they play from within a truly child-led setting, so that they become lifelong learners.
A Unique Child:
We recognise that every child is unique and all are capable of becoming confident and resilient learners.
We identify any need for additional support the child may need and respond to this in a timely manner.
We recognise parents and carers as the foundation of their child's learning journey and our staff will work closely with them to identify each child's likes & dislikes, any areas of specific interest and continue to develop these with thoughtful provocations whilst making regular assessments of each child's progress.
The Stacey Pre-School team encourage a sense of belonging by listening to each child, and considering and responding to their feelings and needs by building strong relationships with them.
We use our time in the setting to encourage a sense of community and of belonging and of working together.
We encourage British values by teaching children the importance of sharing, turn taking, good manners, teaching the importance of inclusivity and celebrating diversity and by modelling respect and tolerance of all cultures and beliefs.
9.00 a.m. Welcome children
9.30 a.m. Circle Time
9.45 a.m. Free-flow Play: inside & outside
& Rolling Snack Time
11.15 a.m. Tidy Up Time
11.30 a.m. Focus Time
11.45 a.m. Story & Music Time
12 noon Home Time
Lunch Club Session:
12 noon Lunch Time
12.30 p.m. Puzzle or Book Time
1.00 p.m. Welcome children
1.30 p.m. Circle Time
1.45 p.m. Free-flow Play: inside & outside
& Rolling Snack Time
3.15 p.m. Tidy Up Time
3.30 p.m. Focus Time
3.45 p.m. Story & Music Time
4 p.m. Home Time
Rolling Snack Time:
Our healthy snack choices include:
toast, crackers, breadsticks, fresh fruit & vegetables, and hard & soft cheeses.
Children are encouraged to help themselves from the snack trolley and to pour their own drinks. Our staff will regularly encourage children to drink from their drink bottle and to make choices from the snack trolley.
We welcome healthy snack contributions from our families.
We strongly encourage parents/carers to please only fill their child's drink bottle with water or milk.
If your child is staying to our Lunch Club sessions we ask all parents to be mindful of our healthy eating guidelines and to not include any fizzy drinks, chocolate, crisps or sweets in their child's lunch bag.
Operating from a free-flowing indoor and our uniquely organic outdoor environment, we extend children's learning by using a 'planning in the moment' approach and encourage them to take risks in all areas of their learning as they play and explore.
We achieve this by placing our resources, which are stimulating and high quality, with many open ended resources, so that they are easily accessible to each child. This encourages them to choose what they want to engage with and how.
Learning & Development:
Our staff expand and encourage each child's active learning by using a skilful combination of sensitive questioning, guidance, modelling, provocations and lots of fun, to guide children through their own journey towards creative and critical thinking.
Dress for Mess!:
Children will enjoy lots of fun activities, including painting, crafting, gardening, cooking as well as exploring the forest school area for den building, bushcraft and mini-beast hunts - so we ask that parents dress their child appropriately - for lots of messy play!
Parents and children will be greeted at the start of each session by their Key Worker.
Children will be encouraged to 'self-register' by voting with their name token to choose from two story time baskets for the day, then it's coats off and they are free to explore our fun and educational resources with their friends.
During the sessions we encourage group activities to build teamwork and social skills, especially during circle time and we close all of our sessions by sharing in story & music time together, with lots of opportunities for children to explore, learn and practice new skills in between.
At the end of each session, children are encouraged to be independent and put on their coats and shoes.
We greet parents at collection time by sharing how their child has been enjoying their day and we regularly celebrate their achievements via our Early Years Learning Journal on'Tapestry.'