Children learn through play – it stimulates creativity and imagination, it encourages them to explore through their senses. We are fortunate enough to have an excellent range of toys, games, crafts and books at our disposal, plus the village playpark, MUGA sports ground, our PreSchool Garden and our own outdoor play area. A typical morning’s play will include many of the following activities.
Outings & Visits
Children are taken out of pre-school regularly for visits these might include a ride on a train, growing vegetables in a nearby garden, under 5’s services at the church and going to watch the trains. We have daily access to the play park and MUGA (multi use games area) which are adjacent to our site. The MUGA gives us the opportunity to use the space to enjoy our outside activities which include running, learning to balance, hop, using hoops and a variety of balls. The area is safe and designed to be used by children.
All these activities combine to:
Enrich language development
Form the basis of mathematical understanding
Offer the chance to explore and enjoy natural materials
Develop muscular strength and co-ordination
Establish the use of symbols and patterns, laying down the foundations for reading and writing
Encourage habits of listening and concentration
Provide an introduction to science and the world around us
A Typical Day
At Brockenhurst Pre-school we have a flexible routine – this is just an example of how a typical morning may run.
Our Pre-School teachers welcome us, they chat to our parents and carers about what we have been up to.
We register ourselves hang up coats and bags on our peg.
We choose an activity; there are adults ready to help us to choose and to encourage our ideas.
Around 9.30 we have circle time, we have lots of fun with puppets and props, we sing and move to music we use rhythm sticks, we count and learn the alphabet and listen to stories. We then play some more before snack time, we enjoy helping to prepare the room for a peaceful time. We wash our hands; we pour our own drinks and enjoy a really good chat.
11.00 After snack time we go outside. Sometimes we go for a walk, or visit our vegetable garden; we may go and watch the trains from the bridge or play airplanes in the field. We have a fabulous play park full of challenging apparatus to explore and the new MUGA sports ground.
11.40 We then join together for circle games like the farmers in his den or oranges and lemons.
11.50 Then it’s back to Pre-School. We have a story with our friends, get ourselves ready to go home or lunch.
12.00 Most of us stay for lunch; we read books and build bridges and towers, and then sit down to eat.
12.50 We get ourselves ready, collect our works of art, sing goodbye for the next day and wait to be called to go home.