We would like to welcome both you and your child to Bell Day Pre-school. We hope that the following information will be useful to you, but if you have any further questions, please feel free to talk to any of our staff. Our pre-school is located at the Lord Butler Leisure Centre which is a five-minute walk from our main nursery building. Here the children have free-flow access to an outdoor area. We ensure that the children’s environment is one that will optimize learning and encourage independence. Our pre-school room is solely for children starting school the following September. All activities and learning opportunities are designed to help children prepare for school. We accommodate up to 30 children per session and we work whenever possible to a ratio of 1: 6 if not a 1 : 8.
Our pre-school team consists of all different backgrounds, personalities, and experiences making our approach cover all angles of learning and interests. Lily is our Room manager who has her BA Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies with over 8 years of experience in the childcare industry. She is supported by Sophie, her Deputy, and a dedicated team of enthusiastic educators. The team is well established and have a great work ethic, building positive relationships with the children. The team includes - Sam, Abi, Denise, Holly, Fiona, and Yvonne, all of whom have worked in the nursery or pre-school for over 12 months.
Every half term you will be provided with a 'home learning letter', dictating what we will be exploring with your child and things you can do to support their learning at home. Each week, Lily will post on Famly the plan for the following week to help prepare the children over the weekend break and so you are aware of what your child will need on their pre-school days. Lily is often posting activity ideas on Famly for you to use at home and post in your child's journal so we can see what you have been up to.
Each day is made up of periods of free play and more structured play, both indoors and outside in our garden. During each session there is at least one adult led activity, as well as messy play, painting, craft work, play-dough, drawing, puzzles and construction. In the playroom the children can choose from a wide selection of activities, including dressing up, the home corner, small world play, mathematical toys and the I.C.T area. Children are encouraged to be independent and engage with their own interests, while being support to explore out of their comfort zone.
Arts & Crafts
Our art area offers many different tools and resources that the children can select and use in a way that captures their imaginations.
Or role-play area encourages children to play alongside their friends to create a space they can explore new concepts or role -play using their own life experiences. We have a home corner for the children to express their imagination alongside a baby area for caring and looking after the dolls.
We spend time each week exploring new songs, new musical instruments and encourages us to experiment in moving to music. Our transitional times are led through song, encouraging the children to join in with tidying, lining up and making a circle.
We enjoy inviting parents in for special events such as Mother’s/Father’s Day, Nativity plays, Sports days and other times. We love parents coming in to share a special skill that they have or to share experiences unique to their culture. Again, with the current situation we are trying our best to incorporate all of these lovely events through zoom.
We are super busy down in the pre-school and engage with plenty of extra activities to build their confidence, stamina, individual development, and physical abilities. On a weekly basis we attend a PE session at Katherine Semar Infant School, an optional swimming lesson at the Lord Butler Leisure Centre with a swim teacher, a Forest School session led by our forest leaders, and engage with a Spanish lesson too. Alongside this we are often out and about exploring our natural environment and visiting local places, with the great opportunities to venture further on our minibus.
Preparation for school Transition
Our aim for children who leave us for school is that they are confident, curious and ready to learn even more! We encourage our pre-schoolers to be independent and able to communicate with adults and their friends. We do our best to make sure that by the time the children start school they have good pencil control (and hopefully write their own name) can recognise numbers, at least up to 10 and count to this confidently. Have a love of books and recognise some sounds, to name just a few of the skills in which we feel are important for their future progress. In Pre-School we do our best to help the children to have as much fun as possible, as we believe that as a result of this they will gain in confidence and will want to learn.