How the day is organised at Lea Pre School and Kids Club
Upon arrival in the morning the children will be offered breakfast and a drink. They are then guided into small groups according to their age and the ratio of staff to children. The children will then move around the different areas of the nursery and participate in the various activities in each area.
Wet and Messy Play / Creative area »
Table-top area »
This area will host the painting, water, sand, soil and clay play! In fact - anything wet or messy! A structured activity in this area will always reflect the monthly theme.
The Dining Room / Mealtimes »
The table-top area will be used for activities such as weighing, measuring, small construction, snipping and sticking, playdough and a host of other activities. Small group activities such as table-top games will be a regular sessional feature as well as puzzles, colouring and board games.
During each session a group of children will be involved in doing a food preparation activity. This may take the form of weighing out pasta, making cakes or biscuits, or simply counting out fruit segments.
The Nursery Garden »
We aim to make mealtimes a comfortable and social occasion when all the children can join together and enjoy their meal in a relaxed, yet disciplined manner. We encourage good table manners and the correct use of cutlery.
Outdoor Play »
The outside provision for Nursery has undergone substantial investment and the children now have a fantastic play area which includes a well-tended garden, large sandpit, climbing frame and fort turrets.
Learning through structured play »
All children will have the opportunity for outdoor free play and a structured outdoor activity during each session. We aim to encourage your child to accomplish a host of physical skills using their body and small apparatus.
In addition to the Nurseries own area the children also enjoy the large playing field and playgrounds as well as a lovely wooded area where they can go on nature walks, have stories and explore the natural world.
Whilst we endeavour to provide a learning orientated environment that will encourage participation in activities, we would like to stress that there is unlimited learning potential in structured play.
Whilst some children may enjoy from an early age a more formal approach, like sitting quietly at a table some children do not. If this is the case, then we shall look for other ways to engage participation and to achieve the desired outcome. This may take the form of an outdoor activity or a more manipulative activity.
For example your child may be happier to write their letters in the sand with a stick than in a book with a pencil. If at the end of the activity they have learnt how to form and to recognise their letters then we have made progress. Your child’s happiness is paramount. If a child is happy then they will learn.