Term Dates 2018 / 2019

AUTUMN 2018 6TH SEPTEMBER 2018 – 18TH DECEMBER 2018 (lunchtime)
HALF TERM (closed) 22ND OCTOBER 2018 – 26TH OCTOBER 2018
   
SPRING 2019 7TH JANUARY 2019 – 5TH APRIL 2019 (lunchtime)
HALF TERM (closed) 18TH FEBRUARY 2019 – 22ND FEBRUARY 2019
   
SUMMER 2018 22ND APRIL 2019 – 19TH JULY 2019 (lunchtime)
HALF TERM (closed) 27TH MAY 2019 – 31ST MAY 2019
  Inset days to follow

 

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Visual Timetables

We have made a visual timetable poster for the foyer to help with transition into Preschool (on the right hand notice board ahead of you as you enter the building) . It may be helpful for you to use with your child in the mornings to make coming into Preschool as smooth as possible.

It shows pictures (with labels) of;
Collecting name-tag from tree
Hanging up coat/bag
Finding photo on self registration board

The consistent use of visual timetables with children can assist in successful transitions. Visual timetables can allow children to preview an upcoming activity, have a better understanding of the sequence of events that will occur, and increase overall predictability. A number of studies have shown that visual timetables used in schools and home settings can assist in decreasing transition time and challenging behaviours during transitions, as well as increase children's independence.

We will also be introducing a visual timetable in the playroom to help with the transitions that occur throughout the morning. This timetable can then be extended for use with individual children to help with any routine transitions that they might find challenging such as going to the toilet or snack time. 

This activity can be extended for use at home too. You may like to make a visual timetable to help with things like bedtime or bath-time etc. Please see Sharon if you would like further information. 

Let us know if you find the Preschool visual timetable helpful and how you get on with using them at home. 

 

Challenge Cards

You may have noticed the blue box of challenge cards on the table in the foyer – I know that some of you are already using them!
The challenge cards provide you with ideas that will encourage learning & development at home. They are fun, short activities that can fit into your day. 
Take a card home once a week (or more if you would like to). 
Choose the card with your child to encourage participation and ownership. 
Follow the instructions together.

  • Have fun
  • Share photos, observations or children’s work with your key person. 
  • Bring back the card for others to enjoy.

At times your Key person may suggest a particular card/activity to consolidate learning or encourage development towards a ‘next step’.

 

The Thinking Book

We carefully plan activities and learning to extend each child’s confidence and development in a way that is fun and informal. By making sure that children are part of the planning process we will be reflecting their interests and learning needs. The thinking book encourages the children to be actively involved and we evidence this by recording their ideas, the things they say & their interests. It also contains photos and practitioner’s thoughts and ideas to extend learning.

We will, at times, share the book during group sessions enabling us to get feedback from the children and to look back on what we have been up to! We would also like your input. It would be great to see your ideas/comments too. Please feel free to add your own contributions.

After feedback from a parent questionnaire we have discussed putting the Thinking Book into the foyer at the end of a session so as parents have time to read through it. However, on reflection, we have decided that as it contains photos and names we will keep it in the playroom to preserve confidentiality. If you would like to take some time with your child at the end of the morning to look through our Thinking Book please let us know.