Pre – School

Our Pre-School room is a hub of learning which has excellently prepared children for entry to the local reception classes and primary schools in the area.

We have a brilliant relationship with Bearwood Road, Abbey and St Gregory's Schools where we have been helping our Pre-School children to transition to over the years.

Mandeep is the Head of Pre-School and having worked at the Playhouse for over 10 years she is well versed in the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and in it's delivery to ensure that the observation, assessment and planning cycle has the desired outcome for children's learning at age 3 and 4 years old.

Mandeep and her co-worker Johnathon have an excellent partnership and encourage the children to reach their full potential.

PRE-SCHOOL ROUTINE-3 – 5 years old
(please note all times are approximate)

7:30am-9:00am – Breakfast downstairs/ Free play (children’s choice of play)

9-9.20 – Register/Circle Time/ SALLEY

SALLEY stands for ‘Structured Activities for Language and Literacy in the Early Years’. “It is a prevention intervention programme designed to teach phonological awareness skills (crucial skills for learning to read) to preschool children in any setting” A Hurd, D McQueen, B Boucher (2002) The Questions Publishing Company Limited.

SALLEY has been adopted by Sandwell Early Years and used throughout the Early Years settings. We have been using SALLEY at The Playhouse Day Nursery for the past 10 years and have found it to be a valuable tool when used with our pre-school aged children.

9.20-11.00 – Focused Activities/Outdoor Play

Focused Activities are based on the children’s next step within their development progress. Where there is an outdoor element, for example, throwing and catching, kicking, or racquet play, we take advantage of the outdoor play space either using our covered decked area or the all-weather grassed area.

11:00 – 12:00 – Dinner/ Personal hygiene

Children are encouraged to work towards independence and wash their own faces using their face cloths and brush their teeth.

12:00 – 1:30 – Sleep/ Outdoor play/ Quiet activities

1:30 – 1:45 – Snack and milk

1:45 – 3:00 – Activities / Outdoor play

3:00 – 3:30 – Tea time

3:30 – 4:00 – Story time

Literacy is an extremely important foundation to build upon for our Pre-School children and story times present excellent opportunities for children to use their creative and imaginative skills as they choose to either take a book from our cosy book corner or have a story read to them by one of their practitioners.

4:00 – 5:00 – Free play, children choosing from a range of activities i.e. Duplo, jigsaw puzzles, Lego

Child initiated play is an important part of the nursery day and we ensure that as well as adult-initiated focussed activities there are opportunities for the children to develop their imaginative and cognitive skills too.

5:00 – 5:15 – Snack and juice

5:15 – 6:00 – Story time/ Song time/ Free play/ Home time