We feel children benefit from a structured but flexible routine. Therefore, we have implemented a daily routine enabling them to feel safe, secure and stimulated in their new environment.
Partnership with parents/carers
Staff liaise with parents/carers to monitor your child’s progress and development by using a key person system. We want to support you and your child during their early years to make it a successful, stable and safe process. It is important to us that you are involved with your child’s learning and development, therefore, we ask you to read your child’s learning stories and to write any comments and views.
Home school bags
We provide all children with a home school bag, this includes a story book from our library which you share with your child and a communication book for you to write any information we need to know, comments, questions, or to give us feedback on an aspect of the setting or an event/trip.
We understand the importance of forming strong relationships between children and practitioners; therefore, we like to give you the opportunity of a home visit. This involves your child’s key person and another member of staff visiting you and your child in his/her home environment, allowing your child to share his/her home experiences with their key person, which enhances their relationship. If possible, the visit will be arranged prior to your child starting at Little Explorers Pre-School.
Little Explorers Pre-School logoed children’s polo shirts, hoodies, fleeces and bags are optional to you all; we feel that the uniform are very beneficial for you to keep your child’s own clothes clean. Polo shirts are £8.50, hoodies are £14.00, fleeces are £13.00. From our experience, children are always very proud of their uniform and feel a sense of belonging.
We believe it is essential to provide children with positive healthy eating experiences in order to promote their well-being. Therefore we regard snack time an important part of the pre-school’s session. Eating represents a social time for children and adults and helps children to learn and understand the effects of a healthy and balanced diet. We provide a variety of snacks to the children during snack time which is accompanied by a choice of milk or water to drink.
Outings, visits and our local community
We also feel it is important to be involved in our local community, therefore, we like to visit the local shop, post office, park and mobile library on a regular basis. The local community support officers also pop’s in to see us to ensure the children are familiar with them, so we feel safe within our community.
Children have regular visits to Tina’s allotment, where they grow their own vegetables and enjoy exploring and playing within their natural world.
We attend annual trips where all parents/carers and children have the opportunity to spend the day together, we have visited Chester Zoo, Blue Planet, Alice in Wonderland in Telford, Park Hall in Oswestry, Sabrina the Boat in Shrewsbury, Monkey Forest in Stoke-on-Trent, Hoo Farm and Rays Farm.
We also like to invite visitors to come into the pre-school; we have had visits from Red Cross Ambulance service, Oral Health, Fire Engine, Play Bus, Police Car, Songs and rhymes from the local library service and most importantly parents/carers come in regularly and play an active role within our pre-school.