The Pre-school Room is always buzzing with energy as the children begin their first steps to mainstream education. This is where children are getting ready to go to Reception at big school. There are opportunities to learn at every turn, including early reading, maths skills, mark-making, imaginative play and ICT, which are reinforced through what we call ‘purposeful play’. Activities and play experiences are planned to ensure each child is challenged and given the opportunity to learn and develop on an individual basis, whilst having lots of fun of course! The children are also encouraged to contribute to the running of the Pre-School Room and help out by laying the tables for lunch, collecting the registers or tidying up after themselves.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum
At this point, we start to introduce a little more structure to the day – the team in the Pre-School room continue to work with the children towards the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (which your child’s school will continue to follow until they finish Reception class).
Pre-School is led by an Early Years Teacher
The Pre-School Room is led by a degree qualified Early Years Teacher and through her fantastic knowledge of all elements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, the Pre-School teacher plans rich and engaging group and individual activities. As well as ensuring that each learning area in the Pre-School room is full of wonderful resources, intentionally placed to captivate the children in purposeful play.
Excellent Ratios = Individual Attention
Pre-School maintains adult:children ratios of 1:8 (we are proud to say this is better than in a School Nursery class which is 1:13). This means that at Milly's your little ones can really benefit from all the individual care and attention they need before moving on to school.
Transition to Big School
The teacher’s aim in Pre-School is to instil and encourage self-confidence and a real enjoyment of learning so when they finally fly from the Milly's nest, they’re self-assured and raring to go. Practitioners work closely with all schools to ensure that strong communication ensures a smooth transition.
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