Learning and Development

A Typical Session

Children are reassured by the consistency that a routine offers, therefore we provide the security of a familiar structure during each of our sessions.

Our Pre-school day begins at 9.00am when we welcome the children and take the register.  We talk about the day’s activities and sing our welcome song.

For much of the session we offer “Free Flow” play where the children can select the activities they wish to use and they are able to access the outdoor classroom at any time.

All the activities on offer have been carefully planned by staff and link to the Early Years Foundation Stage stepping stones.  The activities vary from day to day but always consist of the following areas:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Role Play
  • Sand and Water play
  • Malleable
  • Mark Making
  • Construction
  • Small World play

Towards the end of the session the children come together with staff in small groups for “Keyworker Time”.  These activities may consist of speaking and listening, number & letter recognition, puzzles or a story.

We will often finish the session with some singing, a chat about our day or a story before going home.

Lunch time at Pre-school starts at midday and runs until 12.45pm.  Parents/Carers are required to provide their child with a packed lunch and we encourage parents to provide healthy options for their child.  We ask them to include:-

  • Sandwiches with a healthy filling
  • Fruit
  • Milk based desserts such as yoghurts or crème fraiche
  • Drinks such as milk, water or fruit juice

We discourage packed lunch contents that consist largely of crisps, processed foods, sweet drinks and sweet products such as chocolates and biscuits.

Your Child Learning Through Play

Play helps young children learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children think.

Our setting uses the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum guidance to plan and provide a range of play activities which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development.  In some of these activities children decide how they will use the activity, whilst, in others an adult takes part in the activity. In all activities, information from the curriculum guidance has been used to decide what equipment to provide and how to provide it.

Settling In

Each child at Pre-school is assigned a Key-person; a member of staff who will be their “special” carer.  Prior to commencing Pre-school there will be an opportunity for you to arrange a home visit, when the Supervisor and key-person will visit you and your child in the security of their own home.  This visit will be a chance for you to understand the working of the Pre-school, get to know the staff and ask any questions that you might have. 

Making Progress

Staff continually observe the children whilst they are at Pre-school.  This is to ensure that each child is progressing and to aid the staff in their planning, to enable activities to be pitched at the appropriate level to maximise the learning for the children.

Observations are often written and can range from a single sentence noting what a child has said or done, to more detailed writing describing an event or activity that the child has taken part in.  There is often a photograph to accompany the observations.  These observations are then linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage stepping stones.  Where appropriate a next step may be added with a suggestion of suitable activities to develop the child’s learning.

Each child has an individual folder where observations are kept and which is available for parents to view at any time.  More formal “parents meetings” are arranged termly for parents to view their child’s folder and meet the Key-person. This provides an opportunity to discuss progress, any concerns and particular achievements.

Parent Participation

We recognise parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All of the staff at Barby Pre-School see themselves as partners with you in providing care and education for your child.

There are many ways in which parents contribute to ensuring a welcoming and stimulating place for the children, such as:

  • Exchanging knowledge about their children’s needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff;
  • Helping to provide, make and look after the equipment and materials used in children’s play activities;
  • Being part of the management of the pre-school;
  • Taking part in events and formal discussions about the activities and curriculum provided by the pre-school;
  • Joining in community activities in which the pre-school participates.
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Our Parents Comments:

Parents comments:

"My twins just settled in at pre-school so perfectly!"
"Fantastic and convenient care for my child."
"Children always come back home smiling and happy."

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Session Times

Monday to Friday
9.00am to 12.00noon and 12.00noon to 3.00pm 

Term Dates

Term 4
Pre-School open to children Monday 24th February
Term ends Thursday 2nd April
Teacher Training Day Friday 3rd April

Term 5
Pre-School open to children Monday 20th April
Pre-School closed Bank Holiday Monday 4th May
Term ends Friday 22nd May

2019/20 Term Dates are available on the Term Dates page within Useful Information

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This website is intended to provide an insight into the running of the Pre-School and answer any questions that you may have. However, if you have any further queries then please do not hesitate to contact the staff on 07789 428463.

Address: The Village Hall, Kilsby Road, Barby, CV23 8TT.

Tel: 07789 428463 | Email: info@barbypreschool.co.uk | Charity No: 1037947 | Ofsted No: 219877

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