Pre School

Acorns Pre school

During term time we offer  places for 2-4 year olds funded by the Free Flexible Entitlement (FFE) which is the free 15 hours per week funded by the government.  The session times for our pre-school are:

  • Morning session: 9am – 12pm
  • Afternoon session: 12.30pm – 3.30 pm

The pre-school room is designed to help your child prepare for school.  The staff will  plan, resource and provide a challenging environment, support children’s learning through planned play activities, extend and promote children’s spontaneous play and develop children’s language and communication in their play.   Through play, a secure environment and effective adult support, children can:  explore, develop and represent learning experiences that help them make sense of the world, practise and build up ideas, concepts and skills, understand the need for rules, take risks and make mistakes, think creatively and imaginatively, communicate with others and solve problems.

The Curriculum

Communication and Language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement.  Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters to begin to read and write.  Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems and other writing materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.