|Little Stars Pre-school is open 37 weeks of the year||Mondays to Fridays|
|Each session is three hours||09.15 – 12.15|
|There is an optional lunch club||12.15 – 13.00|
|Extended sessions (Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs)||09.15 – 2.15|
|Number of children per morning session:
Number of children per afternoon session:
|Max of 32
Max of 15
|Staff Ratio||1:4 for 2 year olds
1:8 for 3-4 year olds
09.00 – 09.15
Children arrive with parents, put their coats and bags on their named hook, and wait in the corridor.
Pre-school door is opened and children are met by members of staff. Any special notes about the children are written down by staff. Supervisor and staff are available to talk briefly to parents (or arrange appointments for longer or more confidential meetings out of Pre-school hours). Children find name cards and place in box.
09.15 – 09.25
Settling in time. Free Play. Parents leave.
09.25 – 11.50
Free Play – the children are able to select their own toys to play with, or use what the staff have put out and join in with small and large group adult led activities (e.g. cooking, craft, science and maths investigation, ICT, nature study). The outdoor play area is available every day, when the weather is bad we are able to provide some wet weather clothes as we know the benefit of outdoor play.
The staff use this time to work with their designated key children to promote their individual developmental needs.
During this time we offer a Snack Bar, where some small groups of children can sit round a table with a member of staff and are offered a drink of milk or water and some pieces of fruit, vegetable and dried fruit.
11.50 – 12.00
Tidy up time.
12.00 – 12.15
Circle time, where we split into developmentally appropriate groups for an adult led activity.
Parents come in to collect children.
12.15 – 1.00
Lunch club children wash hands and sit down to eat the lunch they have brought with them.
13.00 – 2.15
The afternoon sessions are limited to 12 children. During this session the children will be encouraged to take part in adult-led small group activities to introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.
What parents say
"My daughter is so happy at Little Stars. As a childcare practitioner myself I am very impressed with Little Stars philosophy and care and education to the children. The staff are friendly and seem incredibly motivated. Thank you for all your hard work".
K Macaskill July 2015