How the day is organised at Hartsholme Pre-School and Kids Club
Upon arrival from 7:30am – 8:30am the children will be given the choice if they would like breakfast. They will then have free play both inside and out with structured activities planned until 9am. The older children will then go to school and the Pre-school/Toddler children will split into their individual rooms. At 9:15am once all the children have arrived we will have small group times or circle time saying hello to everyone who has come to play. We offer a rolling snack from 10am-10:30am for the children that would like something small to eat. We then have free flow both inside and out with structured activities for the children to take part it. We sit down for dinner together in our rooms at 12pm. After dinner the children will have some quiet time where they can have a look at a book or have a little sleep if needed. Then we will be offering free flow again throughout the afternoon. At 3:30pm when we collect the older children from school the toddler and pre-school children join together for tea at 4pm. Both rooms will then have a range of activities to choose from both inside and out until they are collected.
The Dining Room / Mealtimes »
All of our meals and snacks are prepared fresh by our onsite cook Sonya. We endeavour to ensure that all of our meals are home-made and healthy. We work on a five weekly menu rotation to ensure the children get a variety of different food and this is changed in line with the seasons.
We aim to make meal times a positive social experience for the children where all children can be social and independent. Children will be encouraged to self-serve different elements of their main meal, and encouraged to use the appropriate cutlery for their age. In their individual rooms all children will also be sat with their peers for social interaction at every meal and snack time.
Wet and Messy Play / Creative area »
This area will host a variety of different malleable and messy play themes both indoors and outdoors. From painting to playdough, shaving foam to gloop, the children will be able to engage in sensory play exploring freely. Our ever popular mud kitchens are always a hit with the children engaging in role play whilst experimenting with mud. Whilst we encourage all children to wear aprons, please do not send children in their best clothes, we would hate for them to get messy whilst they are having lots of fun.
Outdoor Play »
We have three separate outside areas for the children to explore. The Pre-school garden comprises of a mud kitchen, big climbing hill, slide, outside play house, tepee, sandpit, wooden castle along with lots of gross and fine motor activities that the children can access freely throughout their time playing outside. The Toddler garden includes a huge fort with attached slide and den, sandpit, mud kitchen, a playhouse, music wall and a water wall including a tap for the children to access water when they please. We also have a tyre gym for the children to climb on. The different age groups regularly visit the different gardens to play. We also have access to a lovely nature area complete with willow gardens and toadstool seats!
Breakfast / Afterschool Club »
We offer a fun filled breakfast and afterschool club for children aged 4-11 from 7:30-9:00am and 3:30-6:00pm. In Breakfast Club the children have a choice of a hot or cold breakfast with a variety of cereals and a range of hot options from crumpets, muffins and toast. Tea is prepared fresh from our onsite cook Sonya, we understand that children have foods that they do and do not like so we allow children’s input into our five weekly menus to ensure we cater to a variety of tastes. We have a specific Kids Club staff member who plans activities based around the children’s interest and what they request to do. We enjoy messy and creative play both inside and out with specific themed weeks based on the children’s requests, we have had a science week, nature week, Pokémon week, baking week and much more! We also offer holiday club throughout the school holidays, this is offered to all children, not just children who attend Hartsholme Academy School.
Learning through structured play »
We offer four induction visits prior to any child starting with us at Hartsholme, the induction visits are an hour long to allow the children to get used to the staff before starting their full sessions. In this period they may have bonded with a particular member of staff and will be given a key person. This person will then plan for the individual child based on their interests to further their learning as we understand children learn better and engage more if they are interested and enjoying what they are doing. All observations and spontaneous things done throughout the day will be recorded on your child’s individual Tapestry account that you can access through your mobile to see what exciting things your children have been up to whilst in our care.
The Nursery Garden »
The nursery garden at Hartsholme has two areas which can open as one. In our large outside space we have a Wendy house, for role play, with a kitchen, a water wall for the children to engage in water play outside, with a variety of different pouring aids.We have a large music wall filled with pots, pans, sieves, spoons and spatulas for the children to create tunes or rhythms and be as loud as possible! We have bikes, trikes and chalks available for the children to create their own car track on the hard floor and enhance their gross motor skills. We also have a sand pit and mud garden which incorporates a mud kitchen with pots and pans for creating lovely mud pies! At Hartsholme we also enjoy growing our own fruit and vegetables. Children of all ages are encouraged to plant and care for their seeds and then once they have fully grown get to taste them! We also have access to areas within the school, such as the Forest School where we will regularly go for a picnic snack, as well as the school field and nature walk. The children who attend our nursery get to enjoy outside time throughout all sessions and in all weathers, so don't forget to bring waterproofs and wellies!