The sunflower room focuses on children’s learning and prepares them for school, by encouraging their independence, alongside critical thinking and problem solving skills. The activities and experiences are carefully planned and linked to there Early Years Foundation Stage, supporting the characteristics of learning and the prime and specific areas of learning and development. Activities are planned for both indoors and outdoors, with the children having a greater say in what they do and what they learn about through supported play.
The preschool room have direct access the rooftop garden to enhance their learning outdoors.
The preschool children engage with specific literacy and matahmatical focus time daily which is developed by our Early years teacher inline with the EYFS.
Within this room the key person role still remains extremely important, as the children’s individual care routines are fundamental to a child’s progress. In this room the children have lots of space to practice their skills in many different areas, especially their physical skills.
Activities are planned and repeated throughout the week, which are based around the children’s interests and their next steps of learning and development. This enables the key person to work on each of their individual key children’s progress through fun activities which they can try again.
As the children move into this group the structure of the day changes as the children are emotionally able to have more structure added to their day. The Lily group share the ground floor. Care routines are still extremely important to this age as they learn to use the potty and then toilet, still need a sleep and assistance with dressing themselves. With this age group independence is promoted with children being encouraged and helped to be able to do these things independently by the time they move into the Sunflower group and pre-school room .
Our aim is to provide a loving, secure environment for the babies. Working closely with parents we will ensure that the babies’ routine remains as close to that already established at home, emphasising consistency and continuity. We aim to care for and develop the babies in a homely, cosy environment. The room also has its own sleep room with dimmed lights which aids the sleep process.
The STEM room is used for children to expressive their creativity, cook and explore all elements of science incorporating loose parts play. The preschool children take part in a yearly programme of learning to open their already inquisitive minds and explore physics, mechanics, science and structure of materials.
Our dining hall is connected to our kitchen were the children are able to engage with eh cook as meals are prepared and served to the children. The children have breakfast, lunch and tea in the dining hall every day.
Meal times are very important at St Gabriel's nursery and staff are encouraged to eat with the children to model good table manners.
The preschool children self serve their meals and pour their own drinks and are taught to clear away after each meal time.
Our outdoor space is accessible for all of the playrooms. The garden has professionally laid grass and soft coloured surface for the children's enjoyment and safety.
We have a large mud kitchen where the children can explore and experience all aspects of messy and sensory play, using household objects eg mixing bowls, utensils and weighing scales.
The garden has a large wooden climbing frame which is suitable for children 2 years plus. The 2 year olds are supervised by the nursery practitioners and the 3 year olds use the climbing frame independently.
The children can experience song and story time when in the garden, We have a wooden author's chair and small wooden stools. When using this area, the children can share their individual experiences and stories with one another. This is the time to introduce new vocabulary and extend imaginative experiences. Children are given the opportunity to retell stories to their friends which develops confidence building experiences.
We have a roof top garden which is used by the Sunflower children. The garden has a Cosy House which the children can use for role play and songs and stories. The children can have lots of fun making their own songs and tunes whilst playing on the Bongo's and Musical Tubes.
The Sunflower's can create their own models using the large building blocks, to create their own large structures working together as a group. We have lots of resources that are used between the preschool room and the rooftop garden.
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