We provide a spectrum of activities giving ample opportunities to bring the best out of the children in a positive and relaxed environment. The children in our nurseries are given the freedom to express themselves throughout the day.
Activities within the pre-school rooms differ according to the child’s stage of development. The play that we offer builds on previous learning and takes into account each child’s increasing concentration span and developing skills. We encourage creativity and individual expression.
The types of activities we do with the children are painting, sticking and junk modelling, singing, dancing, storytime, water and sand play, cooking, and outdoor activities such as ball games, riding on bikes and scooters and playing hide and seek in the garden, to name but a few.
In Pre-school the doors to our outside play areas are open (weather dependant of course!) so that the children can decide where they want to play.
At the beginning of the day staff choose a variety of activities, using the Early Years Foundation stage curriculum, and also that are dependent on the children that are in that day. They choose activities that are relevant to the children attending so that the activities will help each child develop and learn new things.
The children are supported in developing their potential at their own pace and your child’s happiness and welfare comes first at all times.
Our staff record and monitor your child’s progress by collecting evidence such as observations and photographs to produce a portfolio of what your child has achieved and experienced during their time at Happy Hours and this goes in their Learning Diaries. Your child’s Learning Diary will be given to you when your child finishes their time at Happy Hours.
In the last term before starting school we help the children to be ready for school by encouraging them to practice eating with their cutlery, being able to go to the toilet without assistance and they also bring in a PE Kit to help them practice changing clothes.
We have strong links with all the local schools and the reception teacher from each school will come to the nursery to meet and talk to the children. Your child’s learning diary will be given to their reception class teacher to read before returning it back to you when they start school as a record of their time at nursery.