THE FIRST DAYS
From the first day your child starts at pre-school we will work with you to ensure that they are happy with us when you leave them. Sometimes a child who is tense or unhappy will not be able to play or learn properly, so it is important for parents/carers and Pre-school staff to work together to help every child to feel confident and secure in the group. This takes longer for some children than for others and parents/carers should not feel worried if your child takes a while to settle. Our policy on ‘Settling In’ is available for you to look at and you are welcome to stay if it helps your child to settle.
WHAT TO WEAR
If parents wish, a pre-school polo shirt and sweatshirt can be purchased through us, this saves you worrying about what to put on each morning! To feel free to explore and experiment with all kinds of materials, including messy ones, it is best to send children dressed in clothes that are easily washable and not new. Simple clothing, which they can handle themselves, will enable them to go to the toilet when they want to, making children independent, belts can be particularly problematic! We also encourage the children to put on and take off their outdoor clothes without being too dependent on other peoples help. Suitable footwear is also essential; we find some sandals children wear to be unsuitable for physical activities.
IF YOUR CHILD IS ILL
If your child is unwell, it may be better for them to stay at home and we would ask you to call us so we can mark them as ‘sick’ on the register. Please let us know if the illness is infectious so we can inform other parents/carers. If there is a ‘bug’ going about please see a member of staff for a list of infections and how to deal with them.
THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY
Well planned play, both indoors and outdoors, where children will learn with enjoyment and challenge. Through play, in the secure environment and to support children are able to explore, develop and represent learning experiences. Practice and build up ideas, concepts and skills children learn how to control impulses and understand the need for rules they also think creatively and imaginatively. There is a challenging environment to support children’s learning through planned play activity and to develop children’s language and communication in their play.
PROBLEMS OR QUESTIONS?
Please don’t hesitate to speak to a member of staff if you are unsure about anything or have any issues relating to your child that you would like to discuss with them. If you have any problem or questions you can come to school and talk to us.