The Pre-school Room is home to 26 children with four adults, plus a lunchtime assistant. The spacious room is organised into different areas, each one accessible independently by children. Provision includes sand and water, creative and mark-making, finger gym for developing fine motor skills, role play and construction. There is a large mat area for whole group times such as Circle Time and Story Time. Children are encouraged to help themselves to a snack and a drink when they choose, freeing up lots of time for playing.
Despite its name, our focus in the Pre-school Room is not solely preparing children for school, but fostering independence, promoting curiosity, supporting social skills, encouraging language, listening and attention and developing a love of learning. We fully support children who are interested in letters and numbers but this is done through fun, play-based activities based on children's interests rather than work sheets and rote learning.