We open from 9am (8am on Tuesdays and Thursdays) and both children and parents/carers receive a warm welcome as they enter the pre-school doors. Children quickly become familiar with the routine of putting their coats and bags on the right hook with their name on it and then waving goodbye to parents/carers in time for registration.
Each day we have a different key activity, for example cooking or gardening and every week we go on a welly walk around the village and sometimes to the woods. We are passionate about outdoor play and encourage the children to be outside in all weathers.
As well as daily storytelling, we encourage reading at home with our own lending library where children can borrow books to take home – the children love selecting the books and talking about them afterwards – we believe that developing a love of books at an early age is really important.
Although our sessions are structured, children are encouraged to explore the indoor and outdoor toys and interact with other children freely during the session. From 10.30am we have a ‘rolling snack’ with a healthy choice of food plus water or milk drink, which the children can help themselves to.
We always end the session with story which helps to relax the children after a busy time at pre-school.
A typical morning at Bamford Pre-school:
- 8.00 – 9.00 Arrive, settle and register
- 9.10 Show and tell / Wow pockets
- 9.20 Activities
- 10.00 Free flow outdoors
- 10.30 Rolling snack
- 11.00 Songs and Rhymes
- 11.10 Physical play
- 11.45 Story
- 12.00 or 13.00 Home time
Monday 9am – 1pm
Tuesday 8am – 3pm
Wednesday 9am – 1pm
Thursday 8am – 3pm
Friday 9am – 1pm
Breakfast is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays for an extra 50p per session.