Developing the children’s confidence and social skills is key to our mission at St Paul’s, as is making sure they enjoy their time at pre-school. The wide variety of indoor and outdoor play on offer enables them to acquire new talents and explore new interests.
We can change the set-up of the hall (illustrated above) to allow for a wide range of activities, although it usually features a home corner, a library area, craft tables, a dressing-up cupboard, musical instruments, a “Small World” area, a construction mat and a varied selection of games, puzzles and toys and indoor PE equipment.
We have a table for maths and literacy, a computer and lots of time for singing, making music and cooking.
Our outside play areas include a surfaced courtyard playground that features a wooden pirate ship, a play house, a large sandpit, water play, gardening, a selection of bikes, tricycles and ride-on toys and a vast array of PE equipment.
There is also a grass meadow with plenty of space to run around, planks to build with and tyres, slides and small climbing equipment.
We have a newly developed sensory garden within the courtyard which promotes multi-sensory learning.
The children spend plenty of time outside, in all weather, and need to dress prepared for fun.
OUR PRE-SCHOOL ROUTINE
9.15am Greeting, registration and joining the group for free play, adult led activities indoors and outdoors
9.30am Key group work
10.20am Snack time opens
11.50am Tidy-up time indoors and outdoors
12.00 pm The group gathers for song and story time
12.15 pm END of morning session
14.15 pm END of lunch club