Laugh and Learn Pre-School Tarring
9b High Street, Tarring
A typical day at Pre-school starts at 9am and parents and children gather in the outside play area and have an opportunity to interact with each other and to read any messages for the day on our white board. Pushchairs, bikes and scooters can be left on the premises in the shingled area, which is tucked behind the fence, for collection after the session has ended.
A member of staff will open the front door and remain there for security and to greet the children as they enter the lobby area. We ask the children to self-register on arrival by finding their name, which will be displayed on a table immediately inside the door and then posting it in our post box. In the lobby area we have a lost property box and a wellington boot box where you can bring in a named pair of boots for your child to change into on rainy days. In the Summer we also have a sun hat box which operates in the same way. Once your child has self-registered, you can hang their named bags and coats on any peg on our coat peg area.
In the coat peg area we have on display a range of useful and important information for parents, a comments and suggestions box, your child`s Learning Journal and information about our staff and the key worker system. we also have one member of staff here to take any messages, answer any questions, and take any items that have been brought from home for “Show and Tell.”
Once their coat has been hung up you can take your child into the main hall, settle them in and say goodbye. The majority of our staff will be situated here during drop off time to give a warm welcome to the children and engage them in activities to aid the separation process. If you feel your child needs extra assistance with separation please feel free to approach any member of staff for support.
Once all the parents have left the doors will be secured and we will seat the children in our quiet area to take a formal register. The main gates to the premises will also be locked and our session will begin. We will always offer a wide range of activities both inside and out to cover all the areas of learning laid down in the Government`s “Early Years Foundation Stage”, and we operate a free play system whereby the children can choose which activities they participate in and move freely around all areas of the Pre-school. Our staff are situated around the premises in such a way as to ensure that our staff to child ratios are maintained and that the adults can engage with the children to encourage and extend learning.
A typical session will consist of register, free play, snack, free play, story time, home time.
We have snack available between 10am and 11am and we offer a range of fruits and vegetables with a choice of milk or water. The children help to set up snack, this is a rolling snack which enables the children to have snack over an hour period at a time that fits in with their play. We find this is a fantastic opportunity to hold group discussions about events or topics of the day. Of course, the children have independent access to water throughout the session from their own named bottles which we ask parents to supply.
Key Worker System
Whilst all our staff are responsible for the health, well being and emotional happiness of all the children, we also operate a key worker system in line with the Governments “Every Child matters” policy. This means that your child will be assigned to an individual member of staff who will be responsible to an individual member of staff who will be responsible for observing and recording your child`s individual development in their own Learning Journal. You will be introduced to your key worker when your child starts and throughout your child`s time with us both you and your key worker will work together to determine their progress, and set their net developmental steps. We have an example of a dummy Learning Journal on the premises for you to look at so please do not hesitate to ask should you require any further information. You can have access to your child`s Learning Journal at any time and they are situated in the coat peg area, and we also hold regular parent drop in sessions for you to come and talk to us.
If your child is staying until 2.30pm please bring a packed lunch with you in the morning. Lunch boxes can be stored on the special trolley situated near the kitchen.
we encourage the children to be as independent as possible in their toileting and hygiene needs. However, if your child is still in nappies when they start with us we will be more than happy to change them providing you supply sufficient nappies and wipes in a named bag. When you are ready to potty train just let us know and again we will be more than happy to continue your home routines at pre-school, all we ask is that you supply a sufficient amount of spare clothes in a named bag.
Our sessions draw to an end with story time. We split the children into two groups based roughly on age and hold two separate story times simultaneously. This allows the older ones to sit quietly and listen to a story, have circle time or sing more complex action songs; and it also allows the younger ones to sit for a shorter period of time for stories, nursery rhymes and simpler action songs. we find that this system works really well and the children respond positively.
After story time all the children come back together. Those staying for lunch go to the lunch tables and those going home sit on a carpet in the main hall and sing our “Laugh and learn” song. when we have said “good-bye” a member of staff will open the door and parents can enter the lobby area. The door will be opened at 12pm for a morning session and 2.30pm for the longer session. Each child will be individually called out of the main hall to greet their parent, and when you have collected them you can pick up their coat and bag from the coat peg area before exiting out of our side door. A member of staff positioned on this door will ensure that no child leaves without the correct adult and also mark them out of the register as they leave. Home time is an ideal time to speak to your key worker should you need to.
Uniform polo shirts and sweat shirts
Pre-school is one place where it is absolutely fine to get messy! So please make sure your children only wear old clothes and shoes as, with the best will in the world, we can not always guarantee they will go home in the same state they arrived. We do sell our own uniform which is just perfect for Pre-school and if you are interested in purchasing some please speak to the Manager.
Please ensure that during periods of warm weather you apply sun screen to your child before they come to Pre-school. If your child stays all day please send in a named bottle of sun screen and we will reapply it after lunch.