Each session at Trinity is made up of child-initiated play and adult-led activities. These happen both indoors and outdoors and involve individuals, pairs, small groups and large groups. We follow Early Years advice and take our lead from the children’s interests whilst meeting the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Routine and familiarity helps young children to feel safe and secure and a typical session at Trinity Community Pre-School is as follows:
9.30: Children and their parents/carers are welcomed into preschool. Children self- register then choose to play from a variety of toys and equipment that are available. During this time an adult-led activity takes place and a snack and drink are available. Children are encouraged to participate in these activities. The garden is open for those children who would like to take their learning into the outdoor environment.
11.00: Children help to clear away their toys and are then grouped by age and ability. The older children are taken to our upstairs room and participate in small group activities focused on numbers, shapes, letters and sounds in preparation for school. The younger children participate in small group activities at an appropriate level. Both groups sing songs, read stories and talk about our topic. This is an excellent opportunity to develop social skills and communication in a fun way.
11.30: onwards: Children and adults spend time together in our safe and secure outdoor space. The younger children tend to go out first and are joined later by the older children. As well as having opportunities for physical play (such as bikes, climbing frame, trampoline) they can develop their imaginative play (using the wendy house, kitchen area and performance stage), can access small world toys (such as farm, cars and garage), can use writing/drawing materials and can participate in planting and other gardening activities.
12.15: Children and staff return indoors and sit together in a large group, singing a few songs and looking at any work, models created and items to go home.
12.30 (a): Some children go home at this time. Parents and carers are welcomed into preschool to collect their child and receive informal feedback on their child’s session from the relevant key person.
12.30 (b): Other children stay for lunch club. Children and adults sit together to eat their packed lunch. This is a lovely opportunity to develop social skills and talk about healthy foods. After lunch children play with toys and equipment of their choice.
1.30: Parents and carers are welcomed into preschool to collect their child and receive informal feedback on their child’s session from the relevant key person.