The pre-school caters for children who are toilet trained aged approximately three- four years. In the pre-school children are supported to learn to be part of a group and to develop key skills of independence and self-reliance. Our programme focuses on play as a method to encourage curiosity and a sense of mastery over a range of materials.
We use open-ended play materials such as playdough, painting, sand and water to support the child’s confidence and ability.
We use music and movement to develop verbal and physical ability and story telling sessions for both individuals and group to promote communication and language skills.
Blocks and construction equipment help the child to understand size, shape, height and depth. We offer lots of opportunities for imaginary and creative play, through art and craft materials, role play , a home corner area.
A range of different activities
We use the outdoor area every day as we use the outdoor area as an extension of the playrooms where we bring the children on a daily basis. Outdoor play helps the children to develop not just physical skills but also social skills.
We have access to a mini bus and bring the children on outings to the farm, the beach and other areas of interest.
To help the children get used to the written word, books are freely available and through story telling, rhymes and songs we help develop and build a child’s language.
Mealtimes are recognised as an important aid in a child developing good social skills.
We have a self-service trolley where the children learn to set their placemat, serve themselves and tidy up after their meals.
We are a member of the IPPA, the early childhood organisation. We are regulated on an annual basis by the pre-school offices under the child care act 1996 and comply with all relevant childcare regulations.
The Centre is sponsored by Heinz Farley and ADM.