The Pre-School Room is for the older children who are approaching their final year with us before joining reception classes in their local primary or pre-prep school. We welcome some new children to this room along with those children from our Investigators Room who are ready for the next step in their learning journey with us.
Children have free access to a wide range of activities, offering them learning experiences in all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage. During play the children socialise with each other and with the nursery staff practitioners and have the opportunities to work on developing a variety of skills. The Pre-School Room has activity zones for learning, listening to stories and creative play. There are lots of books for them and role-play toys and games. There is a separate group time room adjacent to the Pre-School room where the children take part in small group activities, for example cooking.
Self-registration supports the children as they begin to recognise the letters of their name. Each day when the children arrive they will be encouraged to find and place their name on the self-registration board. Letters and Sounds is a teaching programme delivered through a variety of fun activities. The programme activities are designed to lay the foundations for the children to make a good start in reading and writing.
The children have access to water play outdoors and spend time in our spacious nursery garden where they can play with the mud kitchens, the sand pit or turn their hands to some gardening in our flower and vegetable plot. There is a tarmac area where they can pedal tricycles next to our fruit trees at the edge of the grassed area where they have great fun using the rope handrail to climb the garden slope. The Pre-School children also venture further afield on woodland walks on the Lancing College estate.
We work with the children's destination schools to ensure the best possible start for them as they begin their time in full-time primary education.