First Steps Nursery is very proud of our Pre-School and the experiences we offer to the children who attend.
Children who attend the Pre-School will have more of a structured day where there will be some direct teaching. The children will begin the Letters and Sounds programme which they will continue to develop through their first years at school.
We begin by starting with phase 1, progressing onto the first initial sounds S, A, T, P, I, N. Letters and sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.
Pre School children will still be doing the majority of their learning through play. This play will be enhanced by the staff through language and additional resources. There will be plenty of time in the day for the children to fully explore the construction and creative areas independently as well as using our ICT facilities which include computer and fully interactive whiteboard to further broaden their interactive learning experiences.
There will be short carpet sessions where like in primary school, the children will sit together and take part in teacher led learning and familiarise them with typical primary school practices.
Like in Dashing Deers and Fantastic Foxes practitioners will draw groups and individuals out for particular activities. To create a sense of ownership children will have a lot more say in the topics they learn about. To develop their emotional skills, they will be role models for one and other and for the younger members of the nursery.
All preschool children throughout the year will take turns at becoming a member of the nursery council. The nursery council will participate in Monthly meetings with the manager, within these meetings the children will learn to manage their own risks, have an input into the nursery menus, make decisions on new resources and any upcoming events.
The nursery cook holds regular cooking lessons with the children to enhance their culinary skills. Incorporated within this activity weights, measure and mathematics are all accessed by the means of scales, jugs, bowls and measuring spoons.