Our setting and play
The Pre-School is run by a management committee and this committee helps the Pre-School manager to provide an excellent educational play environment where children feel happy, calm and secure. The classroom is friendly, bright and cheerful with the children’s artwork proudly displayed on the walls.
We are located on the same site as Sonning Common Primary School ensuring a smooth transition alongside friends from the same year and previous year. Our children also go on to Peppard or Kidmore End Primary Schools and again we work closely with these schools to aid a smooth transition.
We recognise the importance of play, and use this as the main tool for children’s learning. There is a balance of child-initiated activities and adult-directed activities which enhance the learning and development of each individual child.
Because our Pre-School has been purpose built, children can move freely and easily between the indoors and outdoors spaces. We ensure appropriate footwear and coats are worn for the outdoors environment!
We love the large garden space we have for our children. At their disposal are a mud kitchen, mini-beast hotel, slide, playhouse, numerous ride on toys, vegetable garden, sports equipment.
We encourage children to use the outdoors area to learn about nature and play in an environment created for physical development.
We also use the covered outside space for playing and reading in bad weather, which allows us to continue learning in fresh air.
We have a large room set up with activities which vary daily. Each term we have a theme e.g. “about me” or “transport” and activities are created to help children explore these areas.
We have the following key play equipment available to the children:
Arts and Crafts – gluing, painting, colouring, cutting
Messy play/sand and water play
Huge range of toys, games, puzzles and books
Cooking – baked goods feature regularly
At 9.30am each day we take the register and discuss the day of the week and the weather as a group. There is also ‘show and tell’ where children who have brought a toy in from home are able to talk about it in front of the other children – we are never short of volunteers for this!
All of our resources are checked for breakages, cleaned every term and replenished regularly to ensure safety and variety.