The pre-school unit aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum in a positive atmosphere delivered by professional and experienced staff who are fundamental to a high standard of care and education. There are opportunities for children to share and form relationships, make choices, to discuss and experiment, to ask questions, to develop essential physical and manipulative skills, to learn through play and planned activities, to communicate and to concentrate and persevere.
Staff in our pre-school units work with small groups of children on specific learning goals. We always operate in excess of the required staff to child ratio of one to eight for three to four year olds.
The transition of children to school is an area where we work hard to ensure that we make this as smooth as possible. We invite the reception teachers from local schools to visit the children within the setting in the summer before they start in the September, and during those summer months we transform the home corner into a school room, to familiarise children with uniform and lunchboxes etc. We work very closely with schools and provide a transition to school report when children leave us. This whole process helps make the move to school less stressful for children and parents alike.