Pre-School

 

Preparation for school is very important at Wells House, and in order to maintain a high quality of education our staff follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, Every Child Matters, under the guidance and advice from the early years team.

The following activities are on offer to the pre-school children:

  • Swimming lessons (Monday, Wednesday or Friday afternoon)
    Lynda, our swimming instructor has an up to date CRB check and is a fully qualified swimming teacher who takes the children along with a member of staff to the local swimming pool where they have a half hour lesson then return to nursery (there is an extra cost for swimming lessons).
  • French every other Thursday in the morning
  • Diddikicks every Tuesday morning
  • Dance lessons every other Thursday afternoon with Cynthia, our dance teacher, who has been coming to nursery since we opened

All pre-school work is only conducted in a happy and relaxed atmosphere with no undue pressure being put upon any child to participate. The children follow the "Jolly Phonics" literacy scheme to help with understanding of letter names and sounds. Profiles are kept on every child who attends Wells House and these are available for parents to view and discuss at any time.

Monitoring and Reports

Play plans are completed weekly and displayed enabling parents to view activities on a daily basis. Monthly reports are sent home each month to inform parents of the monthly activities each child will have the opportunity to be engaged in and how you can help them at home; it will also show your child's individual set targets throughout the month.

 

Play

The children in the pre-school unit have a set outdoor play time of 12:30 to 1:30pm; this is as well as the other variety of flexible times where they have access to outdoor play throughout the day. We feel it is important for this to occur and understand that some parents prefer their child to stay indoors; however, we must assure parents that no child is forced to play outside, it is out of choice.

During cold months the child must have coat, gloves, a hat and a cap, and suncream for the summer months. Failure to supply these may cause your child to be unable to participate in full outdoor activities.

Parents to provide

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • One pair of slippers for indoor use (this allows your child to be comfortable during the day)
  • One change of clothing (with name tags)
  • 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

  •   The management team implements the legal requirements well. Together with the staff team they work continuously to improve the nursery and include the views of the children and their parents  

  •   The manager reviews children's progress and carries out observations of staff practice, which results in children having good quality care and learning opportunities throughout the day  

  •   Partnerships with the local authority are good and have had an increased benefit to the nursery  

  •   The contribution of the early years provision to the well-being of children is good  

  •   The nursery makes good use of parents' skills