In our Pre-school room, we offer a welcoming environment for all ages covering the whole of the eyfs (Early Years Foundation Stage). The children take part in a wide range of activities from messy play, to small world, learning how to use a variety of technology, phonic sessions to help prepare them for school and even splashing in muddy puddles!
We have a large free flow accessible garden which means the children can chose to come inside or go outside as and when they would like. Our outside area is surrounded by fields, which look over the coast, all the way down to Portland Bill. Under our watchful eyes, the children are free to explore the garden, play with the swings, in the sandpit and wendy houses, and ride bicycles and scooters.
There are plenty of large and small motor activities in the garden to build up every child’s physical development. Come rain or shine the children love to be outside, whether it is splashing in muddy puddles or catching feathers in the wind!
At one end of the garden, we have a small fenced off farm area with chickens, bunnies, guinea pigs, quails and a pond filled with fish. The children help the staff daily to collect the eggs and feed the animals.
The children use the eggs for our cooking activities and enjoy learning about how to look after and care for them. We have had our chickens since tiny hatchling's and our bunnies since they were newly born so the children have been a huge part of the growing process. We also have a vegetable patch and a greenhouse tunnel for the children to plant a wide variety of vegetables. Every year the children join in with the planting of the seeds and harvesting of the crops. At the nursery we grow a range of vegetables, potatoes, strawberries, rhubarb and herbs. All of which get used in the setting.We are also pleased to offer extra-curricular activities to our Pre-school children which include weekly trips to the library, ballet classes and Spanish lessons for the older children.