Routine is important to the children at White Tree Preschool.
Each day is divided into the following activities.
When children arrive in the morning, they hang their bags/coats on their named peg in the cloakroom, then select their ‘apple’ from the registration desk to hang on our ‘Apple Tree’.
Apple Tree time
Apple tree time is our time at the start of the session when all the children gather together to greet each other with a ‘hello song’ and talk about any special activities for the day. We encourage all children to come to apple tree time.
Each day we select a special helper who assists at Apple Tree time (counting the children and adults, and selecting the appropriate weather picture). Just to reassure you, this is done in a rotational system, and dated in the register so even if your child doesn’t tell you that they have done this, they are all offered equal opportunities!
Small Group Time
After apple tree time, the children go to their allocated small group (which group they are in depends on the days they attend preschool). During small group time, the children are able to take part in a variety of activities designed to cover all areas of the Early Years Curriculum. Working in small groups gives the children the opportunity to try new things, to talk with their peers and to learn from one another and to gain in confidence.
Small group time is planned to last for approx 10-15 minutes.
Our timetable includes plenty of opportunity for free play, to ensure children have enough time to pursue their own interests within the context of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.
Tidy up time
Your child will be encouraged to access resources independently, particularly those on our trolleys. We do ask though that if they get something out, they put it back when they have finished so that it is ready for someone else to play with. Everyone helps to tidy up at the end of the session too.
We aim to go outside and play in our garden everyday. We have two secure areas with a large sand pit, 2 play houses and a climbing frame with slide. We have a sensory area where the children are encouraged to look, feel and smell and a raised bed where, in the past, we have grown flowers and vegetables. Sometimes we read a story outside sitting in our sheltered seating area.
White Tree Preschool, Westbury Park Methodist Church, 4 North View, Westbury Park, Bristol, BS6 7QB