About Little Companions Pre-school
Our Little companions Pre-school is a "home away from home" for your child. A safe haven for them to flourish and thrive through play. We develop and guide their learning with our nurturing, highly qualified staff who bring with them a variety of experience and teaching methods, so that your child receives the best early years education for them. We also focus on exploring the natural environment with elements of forest school play which is an innovative educational approach to outdoor learning. The pre-school has an excellent ratio of practitioners to children which ensure effective interaction and we pride ourselves on our collaborative relationships with parents so we can focus on the needs of your child. Coming to our pre-school results in your little ones becoming confident, independent and inquisitive learners ready for the big wide world (or school!) that awaits them.
Each child is allocated a key worker who will help your child to settle as well as maintain a strong partnership with you to ensure individual needs are met. Key workers observe and assess the children to plan activities based around their needs and interests and build each child’s record of development. Parents/guardians may request to view their child’s developmental record at any time. Once registered, we will send you a welcome pack for your child; this will contain essential information for you as well as an ‘All about me’ form which we would like you to fill in prior to your child starting the playgroup.
At Little Companions the curriculum provided to the children follows the Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS). We work in establishing the EYFS in a warm and stimulating environment catering for the children’s individual needs. Each child will go through a settling-in period in order to ease them into the playgroup routine, during this time we will work closely with parents to achieve a smooth transition for each child into the playgroup environment. Settling-in period may vary according to each child’s individual needs and abilities. We may recommend in some cases that parents/guardians bring their child to an extra session in the week to ease settling. They will not be charged for the extra session during the settling period. Parents/guardians will be encouraged to leave their child at the playgroup, gradually extending the time left on each session until the child is confident to stay. Parents can call the playgroup for any updates on their child and the practitioners will be available for any assistance they may require.
Our fully trained team will ensure that you know your childs day at Little Companions Pre-school by providing each child with a diary, which will be used for sharing information about your child’s development and interests. We will record each day what your child has enjoyed in their session and ask that you fill us in on all that your child has been doing at home, this may include, places they have visited, achievements, new vocabulary and latest interests.
We do not expect your child to be potty trained on starting the playgroup and when your child is ready to be trained, we will support you in this process to make the transition from nappy to toilet a happy one.
The following is a checklist of items, which your child needs in playgroup in each session; all items must be clearly labelled:
Aside from our daily creative and colourful free play and structured play activities, we also provide Arabic (optional) through play which is carried out by a specialist teacher for the children as an extracurricular activity. We provide opportunities throughout the year for other specialist play activities depending on the children’s interests - a few to date are messy play fun, football fun, pre-school martial arts - all carried out by qualified specialist practitioners.
The children also have an opportunity to make the most of the local environment with trips to the local high street, to the library, and a journey on the tube. Please note all trips are carried out with risk assessments/ high practitioner to child ratio/ parental consent/ in accordance with our Outdoor Trip policy.
We feel that by learning through the environment, children are able to put their knowledge into context, therefore the children are regularly taken for number, shape and sound walks to draw attention to the fascinating world around them
With the setting being surrounded by lightly wooded open space the children are encouraged to make the most of this natural environment - with activities such mud kitchen play, mini beast hunts, making fires, climbing logs and walks within the woodland area.
Children who are preparing for school, 3 years plus, also have moments within their daily routine for specialised play to extend their learning such as:
Little Companions Pre-school is co-managed between Naazish and Reema. The pre-school evolved from a local mums and tots group run passionately and enthusiastically by the setting’s co-manager Naazish who came together with Reema, a close friend with a vision and along came Little Companions Pre-school
Naazish has a BSc (Hons) Molecular Cell Biology, however due to her love of working with children in their precious Early years inspired by her own children, pursued this as her vocation qualifying with an Early years teacher Status (Level 6) and Level 5 in Leadership and Management. Naazish has worked as an Early years consultant supporting other settings to improve standards as well as providing mentoring support to managers within the local area and sharing best practice.
Reema has a BA(Hons) International Business Management, ACCA as well as a Level 3 NVQ Childcare and Development/level 4 leadership and management. Although specialising in the number crunching Reema is an enthusiastic Early years practitioner, also inspired by her young children and brings the essential fun and creativity to the setting.
Both Reema and Naazish believe in the importance of creating an environment which reflects the thought and practice that
‘It’s not just the availability of resources which nurtures a creative mind, it is the effective language and inspiring interactions by the practitioners which may make the most humble piece of wood or cardboard into something magical’
As a result the highly qualified Little Companions close-knit team is constantly evolving and furthering their training to ensure the learning environment is as effective as possible.
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