The children are placed in groups according to age. The Red Group comprises of the children that will move up to primary school the next school year. The Blue Group comprises of children that are aged 2 and 3 years old, who have more than one year before they move up to primary school. We are always flexible with this and there may be the need for some movement between the groups.
On a typical day, the children are welcomed at the gate and brought into the main hall to play until everyone has arrived. Once all of the children have arrived, the children are split into their groups for age appropriate, targeted play and activities. The Blue Group generally use the classroom at this time and the Red Group the main hall.
Midway through the morning the children will be offered a snack and a drink. We offer a variety of fruit and raw vegetables which are donated by parents, and a piece of bread and butter. During festivals we offer children samples of related food.
After snack we try to have some time outside, either in the outdoor classroom area or the garden, depending on the weather.
Tuesday to Thursday, children are welcome to stay for lunch. Children bring their own packed lunch from home and eat collectively in the classroom.
In the afternoon we continue with the fun and learning with a snack of fruit midway through.
Once a week we offer a library session where the children are able to choose a book to take home and share with their family. When they bring back their book the following week, the children are encouraged to talk about the story they have read and tell us what they think of it!
We use Tapestry, an online learning journal, to record what the children are doing throughout the week. This presents an opportunity not only for us to share with parents what the children are doing, but also for parents to share with us what they are doing at home.
The Early Years Foundation Stage requires that we supply parents and carers with a short summary of their children’s development in the three prime areas of learning and development: personal, social and emotional development; physical development; and communication and language, when a child is aged between 24-36 months. This is called the Two-Year Check. The key worker is responsible for completing the check using information from ongoing observational assessments carried out as part of our everyday practice, taking account of the views and contributions of parents and other professionals.
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