Biggies (3-4 year olds)
The Biggies room is all about practicality, therefore have hard floors for craft, games, and activities. There are plenty of mats to soften the feel of the rooms and allow children comfortable areas to sit and play. The Biggies is welcoming and well equipped with educational toys and games to prepare your child for starting primary school. The staff have developed an outstanding environment, allowing the children time and space to explore at their own pace and providing them the opportunity to reach their full potential, all whilst being in the most comfortable and stable environment. There will be plenty of opportunity for your little ones to develop the everyday skills they will need once in school
Children will have the opportunity to join in the letters and sound phase 1. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. There are seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds.
Children in Biggies are often heard singing their hearts out and counting together during circle times, they love nothing more than a good story after lunch! Every day there are planned activities provided by the staff alongside activities that the children have chosen for themselves. The children love to find the materials they need and set up the activities they have chosen, they take control (a lot of them are very independent and headstrong!) then they work together as a team at tidy up time.
Meal times are very social occasions, children are encouraged to feed themselves with a small knife and fork. All drinks are provided in age appropriate cups.
The children sit in groups with a member of staff who will encouraging good table manners and language development.
We also involve the children in preparing some food for themselves, such as making cakes or biscuits for snack time, when the time is right we will be harvesting our home grown fruit and vegetables, these will be prepared and we will be able to enjoy these as part of our lunch or snacks. The children are encouraged to serve their own meals at lunch time.
To ensure a balanced diet, children are offered something from each of the following 5 food groups every day:
Milk or dairy
Meat, fish or a vegetarian alternative
Bread, cereals, rice, pasta and potatoes
Fruit and vegetables
Food containing fat and /or sugar
Our staff all have a food hygiene qualification and always ensure that children to wash their hands before they eat. We are very proud to have our 5 star food hygiene certificate!
We are happy to cater for any food allergies or intolerance’s, please ensure you provide all the information when your child starts and we will ensure we have appropriate foods available.
As with the other age groups, children will have free flow access to the indoor/outdoor garden, children are given the opportunity to choose when they would like to go outside to play or carry out activities and which activities they choose to take outside. We take short walks around the surrounding countryside and often take a trip to the library, village to feed the ducks or a general stroll to the park.
We ask you to provide Wellington boots, coats, sun hat and sun cream for your child. Children never go outside in the mid-day sun.