Meadow Drive, Horringer,
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk,
Registered Charity Number 1164658
We believe that childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. It is not just a preparation for the next stage, it is vitally important in itself. In 2008 the Early Years Foundation Stage came in to force providing a flexible framework in which play underpins the delivery of the curriculum. We strongly agree with these statements from the EYFS:
“It is important that early years practitioners work in partnership with parents and other adults.”
“Well planned play is a key way in which children learn with enjoyment and challenge during the foundation stage”
“The EYFS lays a secure foundation for future learning through learning and development that is planned around the individual needs and interests of the child, and informed by the use of on-going observational assessments.”
We are delighted that, at our Ofsted inspection in February 2016, the setting was graded “Good” in all 4 areas of the criteria. We hope you agree that this is a great achievement, and staff are extremely excited about continuing the drive for improvement and quality of care for the children.
Play is fundamental to a child’s wellbeing, children learn and develop in many different ways and all forms of play are so valuable to a child in their early years, to give them the best possible start in life. We provide a stimulating environment that enables the children to develop their personalities and abilities. Staff support each individual to achieve and develop in a free-flow learning environment, this means:
Children can access both the inside and the outside areas.
Both areas are well equipped and set up with opportunities for the children to explore and develop in all areas of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage framework
Activities are set up each day and are based around weekly topics and the children’s interests, this keeps the children’s play exciting, motivating, effective and challenging. Staff also set up focused activities which have targeted learning outcomes called “Development Matters”, these help track the children’s developmental progress and highlight any areas of support they may need.
“Personalised provision places the individual child firmly at the focus of everyone’s attention, allowing the experienced and dedicated staff team great flexibility to take advantage of children’s interests and curiosity” (Ofsted 2010)
Staff get down to the children’s level to play with them and care for them, this creates strong relationships where the children can feel secure and the adult can support their development through their play. A good proportion of our environment is self-select; this allows the children to create their own learning opportunities as well.
When your child arrives, they will leave their coat and bag on their named peg. There is a registration board where you can help them to select their name and photo card and stick it to the board to show they are present.
“Children immediately engage in a wide range of exciting activities as soon as they enter the setting. They are highly independent and through the very effective staff support securely direct their own learning” (Ofsted 2010).
Free play is available to your child on entry to the Pre School, a variety of resources such as sand, water, painting, play dough, dressing-up, construction toys, puzzles, singing, music, books, role play and the computer will be set out and ready to play with.
Registration and news time will take place about 30 minutes into the session, then free flow play will resume. As part of our healthy eating policy, the children can access refreshments in the middle of the session where they join a small table with others and enjoy a variety of fruit or dry snacks such as toast and crackers. The children often prepare their own refreshments, giving them a sense of independence. The children also try other food from around the world.
In the last 30 minutes of the session the children will experience a quiet time, where they have a chance to share books with friends, then get together for group circle time which may include movement to music, show and tell, P.E., singing or games
For the older children, there are regular link sessions with the Ickworth Park Primary School in preparation for their transition to the Reception Class. This includes play time, PE sessions on the playground and in the hall, visiting the library and spending time with the Reception Class
Parents are welcome to get involved – for example by coming in to Pre-School to play or read to the children, helping with the Lunch Club or by sharing their skills and knowledge.