The aim of the kindergarten is to guide children as they take their first steps towards learning and independence indoors and out.
We are really proud of our new kindergarten building which opened this September 2021. It is a wonderful purpose designed space with oak flooring, wooden furniture and a calm and beautiful atmosphere. There are areas for block play, art and craft/cooking, role play, small world and quiet activity. It has its own kitchen area and a shared indoor hall for yoga, music and movement and larger activities. Children prepare their own fruit, make snacks like bread or muesli, and drink from real glasses.
Our Kindergarten is led by Amanda Lucy who is an experienced early years teacher and head of the Infant House for 2-7 year olds. The kindergarten takes children from 2 to 4 years. We offer care from 9.15am to 3.15pm and parents can claim up to 30 hours free entitlement for 3-5 year olds. The kindergarten team are experienced and well-qualified early years practitioners.
Froebel believed that from the beginning the child must be surrounded by kindness, understanding and beauty. We share this belief. We place a high importance on the Kindergarten environment. The use of natural materials and soft warm colours of natural wood and combine to provide a homely atmosphere. There is a calm unhurried feel to the Kindergarten which begins as the children listen to the sounds of relaxing music at candle time and carries on throughout the day.
In the Kindergarten we meet all the requirements of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). Our play and other learning materials are mostly made of wood and other natural materials that allow for open ended play and the opportunity for each child’s imaginative and creative play to be set free. Outside is a lovely garden with areas for physical play with loose part materials, water play, a mud kitchen, a large sandpit and allotment area.
The Kindergarten is run with a strong, Froebelian influence, where the belief is that, through engaging with the world, understanding unfolds. We value giving children opportunities for uninterrupted play as a way for children to learn and discover about the world around them.