PRESCHOOL ROOM (3-4 YEARS)

Our preschool children are provided with a broad and balanced curriculum, enabling them to learn through structured play. We encourage children to reach their full potential by providing stimulating group and individual activities and experiences. The activities are always tailored to the child's level of development and build upon a child's interest. We ensure there is a balance between child initiated and adult led activities and play.

Our preschool children each have a book bag, they are able to go on the library bus which visits us each week and choose a book to take home in their bag and swap it each week. In their bag every week each child is also given a set of homework, including an activity sheet for the letter of the week and a name sheet to learn to be able to write their own name.

We ensure that we celebrate a child's individual progress and achievements, as we understand that every child will have different strengths and weaknesses and the rate at which they learn is varied.

Observations are taken frequently of children throughout the day during free play and focused activities. These help the staff to plan appropriate activities to further children's learning and development in each of the 7 areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. These observations are shared with parents verbally and on 'Learning Book', our electronic learning journey, to encourage parental involvement in their child's learning and build a strong parent partnership.

Each child has their own key person, to track the learning and development of the child and document it on our electronic learning journal- 'Learning Book'. 

We also have a strong focus on school readiness. Each year we work in partnership with the local schools in which our preschool children get a place, in order to give the children as smooth a transition into reception as possible. We also provide a transition document to the school for each child, filled in by the child's key person and their parents in order to introduce them to their new teacher, and show the school where they are at in terms of their development. School teachers are encouraged to come into the nursery setting and meet the children that will be in their class.

MEET OUR Preschool STAFF TEAM:

Christine Richardson (Nursery Practitioner, Learning Mentor)- Christine has been at Three Bears Nursery for nearly 10 years, before this she had over 13 years experience working in school nurseries and reception classes. She has a BTEC national Certificate (Level 3) in Childhood Studies and is based in the Pre School Room.

Mais Jabas (Leading Practitioner)- Mais joined the team over 4 years ago.  She has CACHE Level 3 and recently completed a BA(Hons) in Children's care learning and development.  Mais speaks 3 languages and enjoys teaching the children basic Spanish.  She has attended English as an additional language training and supports Arabic speaking children in the setting.

Between our staff team in Preschool there are individuals trained in paediatric first aid, food safety and safeguarding.