Activities

    
"Children have good opportunities to initiate their own play and demonstrate positive attitudes towards learning..."  (Ofsted 2009)
                                                          
We organise our sessions so the children can choose from, and work at, a range of activities and in so doing, build their ability to select
and work through a task to it's completion.  The setting caters for children's invidivual need for rest and quiet activities during the day. 
The children are helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities which introduce them to new
expieriences and help them gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others. 
 
 
                                                                                     Activities outside:     
Children learn through activities and free play; during the year we explore such things as the seasons, colours, shape, size, number and letters through various activities. Our superb location on the playing field means we are able to take children outside in safety through the year. We explore the immediate and wider environment: running, jumping, bouncing, shouting, singing, saying "hello" to the cows and sheep in the fields nearby, playing in the snow, splashing in the rain and watching the flowers and trees grow and change. In our session times our location allows us to take trips/walks around the village and surrounding areas where we visit the shop, the school and other places of interest.  We also organise day trips to farms, animal centres and theatre once or twice a year.    
 
 
                                                                                       Activities inside:            
Children are able to express themselves by making strange things with bits of wood and even stranger things with cast-off egg boxes and tubes. We build with lego, duplo, bricks, blocks and all manner of strange components. We paint and draw, do puzzles, play in the sand and water, play with clay and dough, make 100 cups of tea in the house and bathe the dolls. We learn about magnets, life cycles, festivals and celebrations. We cook cakes, biscuits and soup and make sandwiches. We share books, stories, poems and rhymes. We make music (well thats what we call it!) and dance. We climb and balance, play football, rounders, hopscotch, and provide no end of artwork for the parents.
We have had visits from local farmers and parents with calves, lambs, goats, chickens, rabbits, hamsters, tortoises, gosling and rats. We have seen the Guide Dogs For the Blind and Hearing Dogs For the Deaf, the local vet, nurses, fire brigade with their engine, police with their patrol car and the teachers from the local school.
 
 
 
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