The setting's timetable and routines
Our setting believes that care and education are equally important in the experience which we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the session/day in the setting are provided in ways that:
- help each child to feel that she/he is a valued member of the setting;
- ensure the safety of each child;
- help children to gain from the social experience of being part of a group; and
- provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning.
We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from - and work at - a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.
Outdoor activities contribute to children's health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity - and are encouraged - to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as those provided in the indoor playroom/s.
The setting makes snack time a social time. Snack time will consist of a food snack, e.g. fruit and a drink. Do tell us about your child's dietary needs and we will make sure that these are met. For those children who will be staying for lunch, parents/carers are asked to send in a cold packed lunch for their child. Guidance will be provided as to suggestions for healthy eating options, as this is something which we follow and require at Just for Me Preschool.