Inspired by many approaches, we have created our own ethos which reflects our passion for children’s learning. The preschool uses open-ended natural resources and encourages children’s’ independence and creativity through play. Children use real objects, such as china plates for a snack and real fruit and vegetables for role play. Our décor has a muted colour pallet and refrains from bright, fussy displays which can distract rather than inspire children.
ICT resources are limited and mostly adult-led, however, ICT development is monitored by the Educators to ensure that the children are meeting the curriculum guidelines.
As a team, we are passionate about children’s creativity and allow messy play through exploration and investigation. Our Sweethills Room provides opportunities for the children to explore their creative ideas.
Our free flow policy encourages the children to choose which activities they wish to engage in. The rhythm of the day allows the children to have a more relaxed pace in the afternoon. We follow the children’s interests whether its music, storybooks, yoga, cooking or circle games; our children lead with their own ideas and interests.
During free playtimes, the Educators support the children to achieve their individual learning goals and encourage, support and enhance their play experiences.
Children are encouraged to take part in key group and small group times but do not have to stay for the duration time. During this time the Educators will support the children’s conversation skills, social skills and emotional understanding through fun games, activities and stories.
Whiteley Preschool was inspected by Ofsted in January 2020, please click on the link below to read our latest report:
Extracts from the report:-
“Staff are nurturing and kind and have positive relationships with the children who attend.”
“The curriculum is ambitious and there is a wealth of constant activity throughout the setting.”
“Staff provide children with a meaningful challenge, so they can test out their own ideas and think critically for themselves.”
“Children are settled, happy and have enjoyable learning experiences which help them to make progress. They are encouraged to be independent.”
“Mathematics is promoted well. Staff skilfully introduce mathematical concepts as they read stories, sing songs and ask children meaningful questions. This helps to promote children’s early numeracy skills.”
We are a term time only setting open from 9am until 3pm and offer a breakfast club from 8.15am.
Our sessions are charged at £5 per hour.