We provide care and education for children between the ages of 3 and 5. Our adult:child ratio is at least 1:8 and with parent help the ratio is higher.
We open for 36 weeks each year, 5 days a week, using the school terms as our framework. We offer 8 sessions across the week that can be taken in any combination with the 15 hours Nursery Eduction Fund and the 30 hours additional entitlement.
Our sessions are as follows:
Monday to Friday : 9.00am - 12.00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday : 12.00 - 3.00pm
On Tuesday afternoon we have our Forest School (see criteria below), where your child will develop confidence and self esteem through a hands on learning experience in a nearby woodland environment.
We also offer an 'Early Bird' session 8.30 - 9.00am each morning for which there is small charge
Children staying for lunch need to be provided with a healthy packed lunch and a drink.
08:30 - Early Birds
09:00 - Arrival - registration, activities and free play/outside play
10:20 - Tidy up time
10:30 - Drink and snack (Snack is provided by parent helper of the day. Please advise staff of any special dietary needs.)
11:00 - Circle time/group activities
11:15 - Outside play
11:45 - Story time
12:00 - Home time
(Unless staying for the whole session, we ask that all parents and carers leave the pre-school room by 9.15am so that children can settle into activities with minimal distraction.)
12:00 - Get ready for lunch
12:15 - Lunch (Please provide a healthy packed lunch and drink)
12:45 - Get ready for Forest School or quiet time (books/short DVD)
13:15 - Forest school or planned activities, free play/outside play
14:15 - Drink and snack time
14:30 - Outside play
15:00 - Home time
Forest School Criteria
To attend Forest School, the following criteria must be met:
- Children are able to attend Forest School when they are settled in pre-school and during the academic year in which they turn 4 years old.
- For reasons of safety, children need to have the necessary skills (ie. concentration and listening) to follow an adult’s instructions. The Forest School team and Key Person will make this decision together with parents.
- We prefer children to be independent in self care (ie. toilet trained).
- The maximum number of children taken to Forest School is dependent on the adult:child ratio. We aim for a ratio of 1:3. Parent help is essential for Forest School to take place.