The Little Explorers

 

The Explorers room aims to create a positive and warm environment for independence. Responsibility charts are introduced, and self-help skills are nurtured and encouraged in a variety of ways. Introduction of pencil control, number and shape recognition are also an important factor within the Explorers room and are carried out in a relaxed and informal manner.

The children have time to explore in greater detail a wider range and variety of activities; arts and crafts, simple science, and the exploration of the outside environment, the doors to the outdoor areas are constantly open to encourage continues provision and we enjoy our weekly visits to forest school.

Toilet training is an area that is carried out within Little Explorers and staff work closely with parents on this important but sensitive issue. The Little Explorers benefit by having a toilet area within their room where toilet training can happen quite naturally with child size toilets with hand washing facilities to encourage independence and self-care, ensuring each child's modesty and privacy is maintained.

Staff plan for each individual child through regular observations and provide a next step for your child to work towards. Play plans are completed on a weekly basis and displayed for parents to review what activities are being carried out.

Parents to provide

  • One change of clothing (unless toilet training then more will be required)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • One pair of slippers for indoor use (this allows your child to be comfortable during the day)
  • Suitable outdoor shoes.
  • Wellington boots for outdoor play (wet days)
  • Coat, gloves, hat and scarf for outdoor play (cold days)
  • Suncream and sun hat (sunny days)

Here are some of the comments Ofsted made about Wells House Kindergarten in their latest report

  •   Parents are well informed about their child's development and are encouraged to be involved  

  •   Pre-school children are excited to explore cultural differences and enjoy learning French to enhance their knowledge of the world  

  •   Babies have space to move freely, developing their physical skills as they begin to master walking  

  •   Every child receives tailored play experiences based on their current stages of development and interests  

  •   Staff enjoy taking children on a journey and watching them develop key skills for future life and learning