The Pre-School Setting

At Harrison we have a separate pre-school setting situated at the end of the block. Our very well resourced pre-school consists of a cosy room incorporating a listening area, large multi- function room located on the first floor which includes a creative area – incorporating sand and water play, a writing area, roleplay area and construction area.

There is a separate dining room where children are encouraged to serve their own meals in preparation for when they make the transition to school. We have a separate Montessori classroom which is richly resourced with Montessori equipment and offers many opportunities for which learning skills for the future can take place.

The pre-school offers neutral décor for a calming yet stimulating presence underpinning the Montessori ethos which we continue to use throughout everyday activities and learning opportunities. Displays of children’s work and topics of interest are placed at different levels accessible to all who visit our setting. Staff devise children’s planning following the Early Years Foundation Stage offering a high standard of quality care using a variety of sources to develop skills and learning in all of the 7 key learning areas. Staff adapt planning incorporating children’s individual needs and preferences, keeping evidence, observations and assessments in their own individual learning journals.

Pre–school also offers extra curriculum activities such as music and movement, Language lessons, health and fitness as well as Montessori teaching. Each room consists of a quiet area, language resourced with an ICT area housing safe internet access. The outside area promotes a multitude of different skills challenging the children to develop gross motor development, whilst ensuring their safety with a soft protective surface. Mealtimes are a sociable interaction opportunity were the children are encouraged to become independent, learning good table manners, setting their tables, pouring drinks and serving meals whilst encountering health and nutrition and personal hygiene such as brushing their teeth. Pre-school also undertake preparing children to move to their new school when the time arrives.

Staff work alongside parents using good practice to make their child’s transition as comfortable and as stress free as possible. This is through careful planning of activities, story telling and discussion. We link the transitions to their new school by arranging for your child’s new teacher to visit your child at nursery where possible, also we aim take your child to visit their new school and their new teacher on an arranged visit also.

Pre-school is a happy, caring and fulfilling experience within which your child can explore, develop and learn.