About Little Saints
Little Saints Community pre-school in North Baddesley meet at All Saints Church Hall every day during term time Monday to Friday 8:30am to 3pm.
We provide an enjoyable and stimulating learning environment to allow children to develop personal skills such as co-operation, sharing and consideration of others as well as early literacy and numeracy skills.
Our facilities include a large hall, with adjacent kitchen, cloakroom and toilets, as well as a safely-enclosed outside astro turf play area with a timber playhouse and sandpit for multiple outdoor activities.
A typical week covers a wide variety of activities so that children can learn and enjoy all areas of the pre-school curriculum.
These activities include:
- Letter recognition
- Counting and number ordering
- Gym time with apparatus and safety mats
- Music and circle games
- Outdoor activities and gardening in our enclosed outside space
- Story time and role-play
- Play dough, creative art and construction.
We put great emphasis on learning through play. Each session has a structure which includes, after registration, a group "show & tell" followed by free play from a variety of tables such as puzzles, painting, Duplo, farmyard etc throughout the day there are group break-times for drinks and a story time.
We have recently invested in an online learning journal called 'Tapestry' which allows two way communication between the setting and parents. Information on logging on to tapestry will be provided to parents.
The areas of learning and development
There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
These three prime areas, are:
- communication and language;
- physical development; and
- personal, social and emotional development
Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
The Role of Parents
The Pre-school recognises parents as first and most important educators of their young children. Our Pre-school aims to support parents. Parents are welcomed to:
- help at sessions
- manage the pre-school through the committee
- exchange knowledge about their children’s needs, activities interests and progress with staff
- take part in events and informal discussions about the activities and curriculum provided by the setting
- help with the library (Parent rota)