"Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning. Then observe carefully what children do and then if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different from before"
(Loris Malaguzzi - The Reggio Approach)
Our Kindergarten Playroom caters for 2 - 3 year olds. It is managed by a qualified Lead Practitioner - with an Early Years foundation degree and over a decade of experience at Halesowen Day Nursery. Our Pre-School Playroom caters for 3 - 5 year olds and is managed by our Deputy Manager, who has an honours degree in Early Childhood. A caring group of qualified and experienced practitioners make up the rest of the team all of whom continue to develop professionally.
The routine in both rooms is one where the freedom to explore and discover at their own pace is well respected. The children have access to an appropriately stimulating environment, both indoors and outdoors, where there are a variety of activities and experiences throughout the day. The children can play, learn, socialise, eat and relax in a variety of designated areas which include the creative area, communication station, book nook, role play corner, cosy corner, maths and writing areas. These allow the children to develop skills including but not limited to: maths, construction and problem solving, phonics, pencil control, mark making and storytelling, discovery and technology, role play, music and art.
Play (spontaneous or planned) and real experiences are explored through small and large group times, a cafeteria system for snack and social times and care routines.
Each age group has their own room as a 'base room' from which to explore the whole environment. They spend the more structured times of their day such as registration, key-group time, meal times and some activities, in their respective spaces so as to work closely with their own specific age group and to build strong relationships with their key person and the other teachers in their room. However, throughout the day, we have three set periods of free-flow, where the children from both rooms are able to freely access the kindergarten, preschool and outdoor areas to play. This allows the older and younger children to play together, widens the variety of activities and resources available to them and allows the children to build bonds with staff in both playrooms. This is particularly beneficial for children when transitioning from kindergarten to preschool, as they are already familiar with the room, staff and the children.
Love, hugs and cuddles are in abundance as are boundaries, manners, health & hygiene and good role modelling from the adults in the room.