At about 3 years old your child will move through into our pre-school room. This is where your child will start to find out more about letters and numbers. All our learning is done in a relaxed way with the emphasis still being on playing and enjoying ourselves. Following the early years goals we aim to prepare your child for school emotionally, physically and socially The room is well resourced with equipment including computers, television, video, construction materials, maths and scientific discovery tools, and books.
The children will be very excited by new challenges, making connections between activities and experiences. They have an increased curiosity, and delight in re-telling their experiences through dance, music, and art. The children now become involved in topical work, and their activities and wall displays provide a satisfying link between all their efforts. Independence is encouraged at this stage with self-chosen activities providing your child with a sense of personal development. Activities are increasingly timetabled to prepare the children for school with writing and counting formally supported via the curriculum. Staff and your child’s keyworker will continue to support your child and encourage development whilst identifying areas where your child may require additional support before starting school. All information is shared with parents and any supportive learning plans are structured in consultation with you. Observations and records of achievement are detailed and shared at parent evenings throughout the year.
At Kiddwinks we are an official provider of the Forest School progamme. Forest schools use the woods and forests as a means to build independence and self-esteem in school-age children. Topics are cross-curriculum supported by the development of personal skills such as teamwork and problem solving. The woodland environment is also used to learn about more abstract concepts such as mathematics and communication. From birds to squirrels, molluscs to myrapods, your children will be captivated as their natural gift for exploration brims over into imagination and discovery. There will be many opportunities for child initiated activities, but we will also include theme driven projects, such as bug hunting, collecting and sorting, observing the seasons, tree rubbing, map making, role play, den making, animal spotting, discovering flora and fauna. You need to bring a change of clothes and outdoor clothing.