Happy Hands PreSchool Leyland, would like to thank parents for giving their permission to produce the images used in these pages which have been amended slightly to protect their children’s identities.
The children arrive at 9.15am. They can hang their coats on their named hooks while their parents can check out the notice board for news, forthcoming events and recent photographs.
Children are registered on entry and parents can share any information with the staff.
Children can self select from a range of child and adult led activities which cover all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The emphasis is always on learning through play.
We have a variety of construction materials and sets which we change on a daily basis. We engage with the children in construction. We believe in following the children’s own ideas and enhance our areas accordingly.
PAINTING & CRAFT
We always have paint available in the session. Sometimes at the easel or on a table or even on the floor. We encourage the children to explore paint in as many ways as possible.
Books and stories are very important in Happy Hands. We have an extensive library of books which we vary weekly. We read with the children in the book corner and place books in other areas to enhance the word rich environment.
IT & COMPUTER SKILLS
The children can access a variety of age-appropriate games and activities on the computer.
HOME CORNER & DRESSING UP
We encourage the children to engage in imaginative role play. We vary the dressing up area on a seasonal basis and also make enhancements to follow their current interests. The Home Corner is refigured for time to time to a café, a shop, a bedroom, doctor’s etc. We also have a selection of den making materials.
SMALL WORLD PLAY
Small world play is always popular. We have Happyland, Garages and Cars, Fantasy figures, Dinosaurs, Trains, Boats and some Planes and much more.
Everyone’s favourite, Messy Play! We use a variety of malleable materials in this area and encourage the children to explore textures. We use natural products like spaghetti as well as Playfoam, gloop,sand and, of course, dough.
We have climbing and balancing equipment in the setting every day as well as larger outdoor equipment.
From about 10.15 we come together as a whole group for songs and rhymes and to call the register.
We use some basic BSL (British Sign Language) with our singing. All the children enjoy singing and signing and we find it helps those with communication difficulties.
At snack time the children are encourage to find their name on the table and help each other to share out the cups and snack. They learn to clean their hands with “magic” soap and to pour their own drinks. They are given a choice of milk or water to drink and a healthy snack option.
The children use a variety of physical equipment to improve their co-ordination and control.
We are really pleased with our canopy, courtesy of a grant from LCC and installed by the lovely gentlemen from UK Canopies.
We can now play out whatever the weather and our new accessible storage unit let the children pick what they want to get out.
We take the opportunity to do more focussed activities in small groups. We can focus on individual progress in literacy and numeracy skills.
Story time is a very important part of the day. We come together as a whole group. Children can lose themselves in a book or story before they go home.
Children collect any artwork they want to take home and staff can share information with parents.