Children are dropped off between 8.30am and 8.45am and are provided with a choice of free play and adult-led activities based around the current learning theme.
Themes are based around children’s current interests and have in the past included nursery rhymes, dinosaurs, spring and travel. Learning areas are adapted daily to reflect current themes; the outdoor area has recently been transformed into a pirate ship and a garden centre allowing for imaginative role play and exploration.
Visitors are often welcomed to provide extended learning experiences, our travel topic was supported by a visit from the school’s lollypop lady. The children enjoyed trying on her outfit and learning the green cross code! We were also recently visited by Bill Bailey the science man who provided the children with an interactive demonstration. We are always on the look out for interesting people to enhance learning opportunities.
The playgroup provide a range of healthy morning snacks for all children, these often tie in with relevant learning themes and cultural celebrations. Snacks include: breads; crackers; cheese and a seasonal selection of organic fruit and vegetables ordered from Abel and Cole. The children are involved in preparing and serving the food.
Circle Time allows the children to explore social and emotional aspects of learning through whole group activities, discussions, games and songs. This time is also used to celebrate personal achievement and share current interests and exciting news.
Our inside area is well equipped to enhance imaginative play, exploration and learning. Equipment provided include amongst others:
- Our fabulous role play corner which is often used as a home, shop, post office, travel agent or café
- Toys including dinosaurs, cars, dolls and our very popular farm yard
- Craft activities such as Playdoh, paint, junk modelling, cutting and sticking and writing
- Water and sand tables
- Dressing up costumes
- Number and learning games and puzzles
The children have use of our computer which has recently been updated with Percy’s Learning Box, an interactive pre-school computer programme with educational activities accessible to all.
We try to use our outside learning areas as often as possible. The children enjoy playing with cars, bikes, scooters, slides, the wendy house, soft play and climbing equipment. They can often be found mark-making using chalks on the playground floor, playing in our water and sand areas and using our role play areas, which are regularly adapted to the current theme.
We are often joined by Mrs Butler (a member of Meare Village Primary School’s Outdoor Education Team) who leads the children in exploring their surroundings including our fantastic wildlife area during Forest School sessions. We like to visit the school chickens, go on bug and scavenger hunts, and plant and care for flowers and vegetables.
On Mondays we take part in football sessions with the reception children from Meare Primary School, these are led by ‘Coach’ from Football Fun 4 Little 1’s. The emphasis of these sessions is on fun, whilst also developing fundamental movement skills, fitness, co-ordination, listening, friendships and fair-play.