Preparation for school is very important at Wells House, and in order to maintain a high quality of education our staff follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, Every Child Matters, under the guidance and advice from the early years team.
The following activities are on offer to the pre-school children:
All pre-school work is only conducted in a happy and relaxed atmosphere with no undue pressure being put upon any child to participate. The children follow the "Jolly Phonics" literacy scheme to help with understanding of letter names and sounds. Profiles are kept on every child who attends Wells House and these are available for parents to view and discuss at any time.
Play plans are completed weekly and displayed enabling parents to view activities on a daily basis. Monthly reports are sent home each month to inform parents of the monthly activities each child will have the opportunity to be engaged in and how you can help them at home; it will also show your child's individual set targets throughout the month.
The children in the pre-school unit have a set outdoor play time of 12:30 to 1:30pm; this is as well as the other variety of flexible times where they have access to outdoor play throughout the day. We feel it is important for this to occur and understand that some parents prefer their child to stay indoors; however, we must assure parents that no child is forced to play outside, it is out of choice.
During cold months the child must have coat, gloves, a hat and a cap, and suncream for the summer months. Failure to supply these may cause your child to be unable to participate in full outdoor activities.
Here are some of the comments Ofsted made about Wells House Kindergarten in their latest report
The management team implements the legal requirements well. Together with the staff team they work continuously to improve the nursery and include the views of the children and their parents
The manager reviews children's progress and carries out observations of staff practice, which results in children having good quality care and learning opportunities throughout the day
Partnerships with the local authority are good and have had an increased benefit to the nursery
The contribution of the early years provision to the well-being of children is good
The nursery makes good use of parents' skills