(For a list of Weekly Topics please see our Diary Dates page).
At the Hollies we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework which aims to help young children achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes of staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic wellbeing. We provide a safe and happy environment which allows all our children to explore and experiment using their own ideas. All our children are given encouragement and support, enabling them to learn at their own pace through their play.
We begin the morning with circle time – discussion about the current topic, the weather etc. During the pre-school sessions children are able to choose from a wide range of activities. Through play we are working towards the early learning goals with the children so the activities available will encourage their development in all these areas. Children’s ideas and interests are welcomed and encouraged – they will learn more and want to explore ideas when they have a personal interest in the activity. The children are able to pass freely between the outdoor and indoor play areas. The children are encouraged to join in with a short ‘focus group’ during freeplay – this is an adult led activity that has been carefully planned to help the children move on in their learning. During the session the children can visit the café for a healthy snack and drink of milk or water.
After freeplay the children are encouraged to help tidy the toys away. Then we sit in a circle and sing rhymes and songs for approximately 10 minutes, before going into story time.
After story time the children leaving at 11.30 will be seated in the rainbow room ready for their parents / carers to collect them. At the end of the day the children will be seated at the tables with their work, lunch boxes etc placed on the table in front of them.
Your child will have a diary which we will write in each day – how they have settled, what they have been playing etc. Parents are welcome to write in this diary – days out, interests etc – we can use this information at pre-school when talking to your child and when planning activities.
Each child will receive a book bag when they join the Hollies. This bag is for them to keep (there will be a small charge to cover the cost) and they can bring it into pre-school to change their book as often as they wish. Bags are named, but it may be advisable to put a key ring on the handle so your child can recognise it easily.
The children will take it in turns to bring an animal home (monkey, lion etc) to look after. They will keep him for one week, returning him to pre-school on the same day of the following week. There will be a diary in the bag should you wish to write comments about the weeks events – what he has eaten, going shopping etc. Your child will have the opportunity to talk about his week looking after the animal at circle time.
You can find out more about the Hollies activites here.