- The pre-school is held in the Methodist School room, Main Road, Bamford. The schoolroom is a communal village facility used by many different groups and as a consequence at times the pre-school equipment has to be stored away between sessions.
- The Methodist School Room is set in its own grounds, fully enclosed by a perimeter wall with access by two gates.
- There is a small tarmac area at the front, which is suitable for outdoor free flow play during the day. We have had an area developed under the trees which is fenced all around, and an area out of the kitchen door that has large planters for growing produce for pre-school use.
- We also have access to the School Yard next door for larger physical activities such as bikes and ride on toys. (There is a gate that joins the schoolyard to the Methodist Yard which belongs to the church).
- The main hall where the pre-school is held is a spacious room with excellent natural light from high large windows. The floor is carpeted, the room is central heated. Leading off from the main room is a large kitchen equipped with a fridge, cooker and some basic and standard appliances storage facilities for pre-school utensils, crockery, and some paperwork.
- Off the main room is the back room, with washable floor. Within the back room there is a permanent sink for water play at child height, a sink with draining board for washing out used craft pots. The back room is used for storing most of pre-schools equipment. Leading off the back room is a child sized toilet and sink.
- Leading off the main room is an adult sized toilet with sink and nappy changing facility.
- The majority of our equipment is stored in our two sheds located outside, near the slope leading down into the pre-school.
- The pre-school has a large resource of toys and learning equipment. This allows staff to select items off a six week rolling programme and ensures continual variety in the activities available.
- Toys and equipment are selected to provide opportunities for the children with adult help to develop new skills and concepts during their play and exploration.
Equipment Selection Policy
The equipment we provide:
- Is appropriate for the ages (2 to school age) and a wide range of stages of development of the children.
- Offers challenges to developing physical, personal, intellectual skills.
- Features positive images of people both male and female from a range of ethnic groups with and without disabilities.
- Includes a range of raw materials which can be used in a variety of ways and encourage an open ended approach to creativity and problem solving.
- Will enable children, with adult support, to develop individual potential and moved towards required learning goals.
- Conforms to all relevant regulations and is sound and well made.