A Typical day at 100 Acrewood Pre-School

 

At 100 Acrewood Pre-School we rotate our resources and activities and we have weekly planning that we follow so that the children are always able to explore new and exciting ways to discover and grow.

Children have lots of fun learning through play at our pre-school, following EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). All of our activities are designed to promote the prime and specific areas of the EYFS learning and development goals. We structure our day to achieve a balance of child-initiated play and adult led activities. 


Each child has a learning journal, this is with Learning Book a digital resource, which is completed by their key worker and parents have access through a password to see what their child has done at Pre-school. This is tailored to every individual child, the learning journal records each stage of development in accordance with the EYFS goals. It includes photos/video's of the child doing specific activities, examples of their learning achievements and any comments and observations noted by their key worker.

Termly assessments take place with the child's learning and development goals.

Parents are encouraged to meet with their child’s key worker at the end of each full term to discuss their child’s progression in relation to the EYFS goals.

Sessions

The following sessions are available:

Morning Session 8:30am-11:30am

Morning Session + Lunch 8:30am-12pm

Afternoon Session 12:00pm-3:00pm  

All Day Session 8:30am-3:00pm

If your child is at Pre-school for lunch, they will need a packed lunch which we will keep in the fridge. We encourage healthy eating and ask parents to provide packed lunches that contain healthy options such as sandwiches, fruit and dairy products (eg cheese, yoghurts etc). We discourage lots of treats/sugary drinks. We do not permit nuts or nut based products in lunchboxes.

We are a Nut-free environment and encourage foods being brought into the Pre-school to not contain nuts, due to some children who might have allergies.

 


Children at 100 Acrewood Pre-school bring in a piece of fruit for snack, which we share and cut up for snack time.

At 100 Acrewood Pre-School we have  snack in the morning/afternoon, when a variety of fruit is offered to the children with milk and/or water (as preferred by your child). If your child has any food allergies, please advise our staff so that we can ensure your child is kept safe.

Our Environment

We are proud to have an exceptional indoor and outdoor space, far more than is average for nurseries and pre-schools.

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Our Day at 100 Acrewood 

Below is an example of a daily timetable we would follow at our pre-school - although as you will appreciate, we embrace a degree of flexibility given the age of the children in our care.


8:30am Morning Session Begins- 

 We welcome all children into the pre-school. Children have their own peg to use for their belongings and lunch boxes are given to our staff to label and place in the fridge. 

8:30am-9:15am Free Flow Play

Child-initiated free play (indoors) – Children have the option to do a range of activities in different zones of our large hall area. These include using our book corner, role play and dress up area,  our toy kitchen area, arts and small world toys (eg doll’s house, cars, pirate ships).

9.:15am-9:30am Registration

 Children sit together on spots in a circle or on our mat and all staff and children say good morning to each other. We discuss our plans for the day

 

9:45am - Free Flow Play

Child-initiated free play (indoors) – Children have the option to do a range of activities in different zones of our large hall area. These include using our book corner, role play and dress up area,  our toy kitchen area, arts and small world toys (eg doll’s house, cars, pirate ships).

Zapphire School of Dance may also make an appearance for dance & music. 

 

10:00am Snack time

 Children wash their hands and choose their snacks. We also encourage two children to be our helpers for snack time, this gives children the opportunity to be independent. We provide a variety of different fruits, crackers and breadsticks, with a choice of milk or water to drink. Children can bring their water bottles over to our table. We can accommodate special dietary requirements on request.

10:30am Outdoor play

 We have a great outdoor area at our pre-school for our children. 

Outside we provide a variety of activities and games such as a sandpit, water play, slides, climbing frame, bikes, ball games. We sometimes plant seeds in our garden and our mud kitchen is also very popular!

11:15 Circle time

 After our children have come in from the garden and washed their hands, we all partake in 'Circle Time' with our friends.  

During circle time, children sing songs and listen to stories. The children all thoroughly enjoy listening to music. 

11:30am Home time for Morning Session

 We say goodbye to all our friends who go home at lunch time and prepare for lunch. 

11:30-12:00 Lunchtime

  Children staying for lunch sit down with staff to eat their lunch and chat together. This is a very sociable time.

12:00pm Afternoon Session Begins 

We welcome all children into the pre-school who have joined us for the afternoon. Children have their own peg to use for their belongings. 

Some children join us for lunch too!

12:20pm Registration

Afternoon registration is taken together on the carpet. 

Children can take part in activities with our staff which includes creating art work and other exciting creative learning activities. 

12:30pm Free Flow Play

Children can take part in activities with our staff which includes creating art work and other exciting creative learning activities. 

We encourage children to be involved in tidying up after Free Flow Play, as it promotes shared responsibility.

Zapphire School of Dance may also make an appearance for dance & music. 

2:00pm Snack time

 Children wash their hands and choose their snacks. We also encourage two children to be our helpers for snack time, this gives children the opportunity to be independent. We provide a variety of different fruits, crackers and breadsticks, with a choice of milk or water to drink. Children can bring their water bottles over to our table. We can accommodate special dietary requirements on request.

2:20pm Outdoor play

 We have a great outdoor area at our Pre-school for our children. 

Outside we provide a variety of activities and games such as a sandpit, water play, slides, climbing frame, bikes, ball games. We sometimes plant seeds in our garden and our mud kitchen is also very popular.

2:45pm Circle Time

 After our children have come in from the garden and washed their hands, we all partake in 'Circle Time' with our friends.  

During circle time, children sing songs and listen to stories. The children all thoroughly enjoy listening to music. 

3:00pm Home time

Our children collect their belongings and lunch box before being assorted to the door when their parent collects them. Parents are welcome to ask any questions and we encourage parents to ask the children what they did today at pre-school!

 

Special Events

At 100 Acrewood Pre-School, we enjoy weekly Dance & Music activities with Charlotte who runs Zapphire School of Dance.  We have hosted performances for our parents and children have received dance certificates for their achievements. 

We have also hosted Christmas parties for the children, when Father Christma pays a surprise visit and on the last day of the summer term, we also throw a leavers/graduation party for all our children moving to schools.