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Pre-school Timetable

Pre-School Session Times

Monday

9:00 to 12:00pm

Tuesday

9:00 to 12:00pm

Tuesday

12:00 to 3:00pm

Wedesday

12:30 to 3:30pm

Thursday

9:00 to 12:00pm

Thursday

12:00 to 3:00pm

Friday

9:00 to 12:00pm

Friday

12:00 to 3:00pm

Fees

£15.00 per session.  To be paid at the beginning of each half-term unless eligible for Early Education Funding.  There is a £10 per day charge for fees that are not paid on the date stated on the invoice. There is a £1 a minute charge for children that are picked up late from the session.

Typical Day

The daily timetable has been designed to encourage children to develop their own learning, at their own pace with their own interests at heart. Research has shown children learn through playful experiences, it may appear to some adults the children are just playing but the environment has been planned is such a way to encourage learning through the children’s play. There will be many opportunities for your child to take part in activities led by an adult, but it is your child’s choice to participate or not. All activities will be fun and have a learning outcome suited to your child.

09:00 Welcome children into the setting, help them find their peg and hang up their coats.

09:20 – 09:30

Visual Daily timetable run through with the children.

9:40

Snack opens

10:00 – 11:20

Free play with access to the garden.

11:20 – 11:30

Tidy up time.

11:30 – 11:45

Musical Movement.

11:45 – 11:55

Story Time.

11:55

Get coats and belongings for the children going home.  Children staying for lunch wash their hands.

12:00

Pick up for end of morning session. Drop off for afternoon session.

12:00

Lunch.

12:40 – 12:55

Key Worker time.

12:55 – 14:15

Free Play with access to the garden.

14:15 – 14:25

Tidy up time.

14:25 – 14:40

Musical Movement.

14:40 – 14:50

Story time.

14:50 – 15:00

Show and tell and collect coats and belongings ready to go home.

Our Setting

We are lucky to have this extremely large, spacious hall as our setting.  Our blank canvas is transformed every morning into our Aladdin’s cave of possibilities, the opportunity to learn, make friends and make lots of great memories.

Our space is divided up into different areas, Book corner, Role-play/Home corner, Construction, Maths, Literacy, Art and Music.  Each area is set up to try and ensure we can give the children the best opportunity to explore, problem solve and learn all through play. 

 

Whilst the children explore our setting we observe them to see what they do and don’t like, use and don’t use and along with these observations and listening to the children as they regularly enhance an area without even realising when they request something extra out of or cupboard to make their game better, we try to enhance and improve our areas, refreshing them with new resources and trying to think out of the box of how to get the children to engage with each other, explore new ideas, language etc.

 

We also have a nice size garden with climbing frame, our own little patch of garden where we grow, herbs, flowers and some vegetables. The garden is extremely popular with all the children and a lot of the time a child that is unsettled when they first start finds the garden a more manageable place for them and find it easier to socialise with others. We pack our garden out with a large variety of activities. We have a mud kitchen, water wall, sand pit, water pit, tuff trays with things buried in, scooters, bikes, large slide, tunnels, train set, chalk boards and much, much more.

Ideas for a healthy lunch box

Below are suggestions from the food groups that you can include in lunch boxes to help keep St Nicholas Church Pre-School a healthy place to be.


Please do not include nuts as some children may have extreme allergies within the school.

Ensure grapes are cut in half length ways to avoid choking.


Choosing an item from each group will help to provide a balanced diet and help children towards the goal of five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. You also might like to include some of these ideas in your lunch box.

Cereals, breads and starches

    • breads such as wholemeal, pitta, granary, tortilla wraps, bagels, or soft grain bread.
    • whole-wheat muffins or muffins made with fresh fruit such as banana, dried fruit or cheese muffins
    • rice, noodle, couscous or pasta-based salads
    • potato salad (use light salad dressing or mayonnaise with fat-free yogurt)

Protein foods

    • lean cold cuts (ham, beef, chicken, tongue or vegetarian alternative)
    • grilled chicken pieces (wings or drumsticks)
    • cooked, chopped or minced meat or chicken/turkey
    • homemade hamburger patties (use lean mince)
    • meat or fish spreads and paste
    • fish: cooked flaked, tinned e.g. tuna or pilchards or sardines
    • beans, such as kidney beans or hummus
    • boiled eggs

Milk and dairy foods

    • yoghurt (plain mixed with honey and nuts or fresh fruit, or ready-made flavoured, low-fat varieties)
    • cottage cheese (try flavouring with piccalilli, mashed banana or avocado or dried fruit)
    • cheeses (all types, use grated or cut into cubes)

Vegetables

    • carrot or celery sticks, baby tomatoes, cucumber wedges, lettuce
    • vegetable muffins (grated carrots and baby marrows can be added to a basic muffin mix).
    • Vegetable soups (keep hot in flask) some vegetable soups can contain high levels of sugar and salt.

Fruit

    • fresh fruit e.g. apples, pears, oranges, plums, peaches, grapes (cut in half), lychees, mango, pineapple
    • mashed banana (add lemon juice to prevent discolouration)
    • dried fruit

Here are some suggestions for sweet items and drinks. Be aware that some fruit yogurts, fromage frais and rice puddings can contain high levels of sugar; it is always a good idea to check the nutrition label.

Sweet treats

    • fruit yogurt
    • fromage frais
    • a pot of rice pudding
    • fruit scone
    • fruit bun
    • oat cakes
    • whole wheat biscuits
    • piece of fruit cake

Drinks

    • water
    • milk
    • fruit smoothie
    • yogurt drink
    • homemade milk shakes (puree fruit with low-fat milk, add honey and/or vanilla flavoring)
    • pure fruit juice, still and sparkling

Tip: If you want to introduce new food to your children it can often help if you involve them in lunch box planning and/or shopping.