What’s special at Little Battlers?
In the main room we have 4 computers or laptops for the children to practice their fine motor and ICT skills. We have a lovely kitchen and each week for half a term at a time, the children make lots of yummy foods which they then share and eat with their friends at snack time. Yummy!
Trips - We go on two trips a year, one in the Autumn term and one in the Summer term.
Makaton signing - All the staff are trained to sign and we use this with all of the children incidentally throughout the sessions.
We have a separate room which we call “The Learning Den” and in this room, we have an interactive white board. Every session different groups use the room to do the register, calendar and have some small group time to talk, share ideas and learn together. We also have a “Role Play Room” . Children can use this room for dressing up, using their imagination, and staff can work with very small groups or children on a one to one basis.
During each session we use a snack bar system. The children learn to wash their hands before accessing a drink and a piece of fruit when they are ready, so play is not interrupted and the children can help to get the tables ready by putting out the cups, milk cartons and bowls of fruit.
Who are we?
The Pre-school team consists of 6 members of staff with lots of experience working with young children. Our aim is to provide our children with a stimulating and safe environment in which their learning will develop through play.
Play underpins the delivery of all the Early Years Foundation Stage. We provide the children with well planned experiences indoors and outdoors based on the children’s spontaneous play.
Every child at the Pre-school is assigned a key person (a member of staff) who will be responsible for working with them, giving them reassurance to feel safe and cared for and who will build a relationship with their parent/carer. They will keep records of development and progress and share these with parents/carers and other professionals when necessary.
The Early Years Foundation Stage principles are grouped into 4 distinct themes.
A Unique Child
Learning and Developing
Our children are assessed and their learning developed through the statutory Early Learning Goals. These are in 7 areas and provide the basis for planning:-
Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
Communication and Language.
Understanding of the World.
Expressive arts and design.
We provide opportunities for our children to practice and extend their skills in these areas.
Each child has their own “Learning Journey”, this is their very own individual book that children and parents can look at and it has photos, comments, pieces of work and observations that all build up a picture of how each child is progressing. At the end of the year when children leave to go to big school they can take their book with them to keep forever as a record of their early Pre-school days. We celebrate their last day with a graduation ceremony where all friends and family/carers are invited.
Our Pre-school aims to have regard to the DFEE Code of Practice on Special Education Needs and also to the guidelines supplied to private and voluntary provider of Pre-school education. We aim to provide a welcome and appropriate learning opportunity for all the children. The needs and progress of children who have educational needs are monitored by our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) - Mrs Mason who will keep all information and records confidential, only shared with Parents/Carers, Pre-school staff and outside professionals.
What about outside?
We have a climbing frame with a slide. We have a play cottage with a track going around it and the children enjoy driving around the track on a selection of scooters, cars and vehicles that need 2 people to work them so children have to take turns and work co-operatively.
We have a small sensory garden, and an area where the children grow vegetables, we have two digging areas for the children to dig and discover to their hearts content.
We have a sand pit and an adventure trail with a bridge to balance on; we have a variety of slides and equipment to help develop their gross motor skills.
We provide the children with lots of different materials to work with e.g. chalks, tubes, pegs and sheets including a wooden structure for their imaginative play.
We have some lorry tyres, benches, chalk boards and a wooden structure which has a canvas cover over it which the staffs designed, and the children can decide what this will become in their play each session. There are markings on the playground so it’s all systems go for some fantastic creative and mathematical play.
We have portable boxes full of equipment that ties in with the 7 areas of learning.
Links with the main school
We visit the main school library once a week. In the Summer term, we have phase assemblies when our Pre-school children are invited to an assembly with the reception children. We also watch the infants perform their assemblies once a week in the Summer Term.
We visit the Reception classes and play in their playground and get to know the Reception teachers before we go to big school, we go over to play at least once a week. The Reception children watch our Christmas rehearsal and we watch their practice run. All schools are welcome to visit Little Battlers to get to know the children and liase with their keyperson to help with a smooth transition.
Links with home
We greatly value communication between home and Pre-school. Every child has a little book (home/contact book) in which parents/carers can write messages to staff and vice versa. We also have a comment box for any suggestions or concerns to be put in. There is a parent’s file on the table as you come in with everything you will need to know in. Each half term, parents/carers will receive an email that gives some dates and times for different events.
Staff are available for the first ten minutes at the beginning of every session to talk to parents/carers when they bring their children in and appointments can be made if longer discussions times are needed.
All of our letters are sent out via email unless otherwise requested and also added onto our website.