At the Secret Garden Pre School, all children are supported in developing their potential at their own pace. By means of developmentally appropriate play activities and a high level of individual adult input, we offer a curriculum from the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Communication and Language
In both small and large groups, children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking and listening, understanding and speaking and by hearing and responding to stories, songs and rhymes.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children at the pre - school learn to develop a positive sense of themselves and others, to form positive relationships and develop respect from others (the pre - school is a rights respecting level 1 setting), to develop skills and understanding of feelings and appropriate behaviour, to encourage them to have confidence in their own abilities.
A wide range of equipment and opportunities, both indoors and outdoors, allows children to develop their co-ordination of both gross and motor skills. Children will learn the importance of keeping healthy through physical excercise and healthy eating.
By means of adult-supported practical experience, children become familiar with the sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting activities which form the basis for early mathematics.
Understanding the world
A safe and stimulating environment allows children to explore and experiment with a range of natural and manufactured materials. They learn to observe the features of objects, recognising differences, patterns and similarities. The children learn about their environment through people, places and technology.
Expressive Arts and Design
Children are encouraged to use a wide range of media and materials. The children have the opportunity to take part in various creative activities, music and movement and roleplay in order to express their own ideas.
Children are encouraged to look at books and listen to stories and re-tell and act out stories. We also provide a range of opportunities for children to experiment with writing. Children learn the sounds of the letters through jolly phonics which encourages them to link sounds and letters to help the child to read and write.
The Pre School plans the activities through the needs and wishes of the children to develop their next steps. The activities are planned to link with the assessment and ages of development in line with the foundation stage.
At pre school your child will have the opportunity to enjoy continuous provision of:
Sand, water, playdoh, painting, crafts and collage. Roleplay – dressing up, puppets and kitchen area.
The promotion of British Values is reflected in the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance and exemplified in an age-appropriate way through activities such as:
Children are encouraged to listen to each other in small group games, waiting for another person to finish before speaking. They experience group decision making and expressing their own opinions when choosing snack items for the following week, and when using the mosaic approach to review activities which they liked/disliked. The child's voice is included in their termly summative observations and informs their key person of what to include for future planning activities.
The free-flow periods during the session enable children to choose which area of pre-school they would like to play in, and the wide range of activities promotes their ability to self-select according to their individual preferences and interests.
We are a Rights Respecting setting (please see the RRSA page for more details) and therefore mutual support and respect underpin the ethos of our pre-school. The staff team role model appropriate behaviour according to our behaviour policy which helps children to understand the feelings of others, be polite to each other and learn right from wrong. Stories, role-play games and small group activities are used to help explain this. Respectful behaviour is rewarded with a trophy board,kindness apples and for exceptional instances an RRSA mascot can be taken home overnight.
The Rule of Law
We have visits from the local fire station and police officers who tell us how they keep us all safe in the community. The pre-school rules are explained to children along with the reasons why, such as no running inside in case they slip over and hurt themselves on the hard floor. It is explained to the children that whilst they can enjoy playing with toys at pre-school it is also their responsibility to help to pack them away during tidy up time, so they do not become broken or lost.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Activities that celebrate British traditions such as Mothering Sunday, Father's Day, Bonfire night and Easter, along with the learning of mutual respect and kind behaviour, help children develop a sense of national identity and British values. We also observe traditions such as Diwali and Chinese New Year, which help children respect other cultures and faiths.
We are open from 9am-3pm Monday-Friday. We cater for children aged from 2 years to 5 years, offering all day, morning and afternoon sessions.Read more
The Secret Garden have experienced, caring and enthusiastic members of staff that are trained suitably with childcare qualifications or are working towards them.Read more
For further information or to book an open day please contact our Pre-School Administrator, Anna Goldingay on 07759 582307 (Part Time)Or Request a Call Back
The Secret Garden Pre-School has earned an Early Years Rights Respecting Setting Status Level 1!Read more