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Home Sessions at our Crossways site

Sessions at our Crossways site

ButterflyAt our Crossways site we offer flexible sessions, which allow you to choose a combination of sessions appropriate to your child’s age (depending on availability).  Our pre-school sessions include children of different ages.

  • 2 year olds - Chrysalis
    For our youngest children, between 2 and 3 years old.  We offer morning sessions (9am to 12pm) Monday to Thursday or afternoon sessions (12.45pm to 3.15pm) Monday to Friday.
  • 3 year olds - Caterpillars
    For children from the age of 3 until they start their pre-school year.  We offer morning sessions (9am to 12pm) Monday to Thursday, afternoon sessions (12.45pm to 3.15pm) Monday to Friday, or all day sessions (9am to 3.15pm) Monday to Thursday.  We also offer an optional lunch club every day which ends at 12.30pm.
  • Pre-school year - Butterflies
    For children in their pre-school year.  We offer morning sessions (9am to 12pm) Monday to Friday, afternoon sessions (12.45pm to 3.15pm) Monday to Thursday, or all day sessions (9am to 3.15pm) Monday to Thursday.  We also offer an optional lunch club every day which ends at 12.30pm.

We have a high ratio of adults to children in our pre-school sessions - at least one adult to four children for under threes, and at least one adult to six children for over threes.  This helps us to give time and attention to each child - talking and listening to them and helping them to get the best out of the experiences and activities we provide. 

BeeStarting pre-school
Before your child starts at pre-school, we will invite you to bring them along for an introductory visit so that they can meet the staff and familiarise themselves with the pre-school.  You are welcome to visit the pre-school as many times as you wish before they start.  Once your child starts pre-school, you do not need to stay with them.

When your child first starts pre-school, this may be the first time that they have left their parents for an extended period, and we know that this can be a big step.  We focus on getting to know your child, helping them settle in and helping them to get the most out of their time at pre-school.  We encourage the children to share toys, take turns, play together and have fun! 

Learning through play
We have a well-planned and stimulating curriculum that supports all round development of your child.  We have lots of toys, activities and equipment for your child to play with, and we will use your child’s interests to extend their learning and development.  We take our lead from the children, ensuring that there is a balance between child-led and adult-led activities.  Your child can join in with lots of group activities (both small and large groups) for stories, songs, activities and discussions.  We enjoy various trips throughout the year and visits from invited guests, including Zoolab animal handling workshops and the police (complete with police car!).

Indoor and outdoor play
Boy on slideIn all our pre-school sessions, your child can choose to play inside or outside, whatever the weather.  Our indoor spaces are secure and well organised, with lots of toys and activities.  Your child can choose from arts and crafts, play dough, sand and water play, construction toys, mathematical games and puzzles, home corner, dressing up, books and much more.  

Outdoor play in our garden spaces helps to keep your child healthy and gives them the chance to explore and be physically active, while supervised by our excellent staff.  We have a large selection of ride on toys including scooters and cars, climbing and physical games equipment, and areas for gardening and exploring the natural world.  We also use the school fields and woodland areas for playing and getting active.

Transition to school
We manage the transition to school gradually over the year before your child starts school.  We use the school facilities for some of our activities, which helps your child to become familiar with the school environment.  Towards the end of the year we play regularly with the school children in the playground, and we also join them in the school for some of their activities and assemblies.

Child eating fruitSnacks and lunch club
During our pre-school sessions, the children sit together to eat a healthy snack mid-morning and mid-afternoon.  We encourage parents to provide healthy and nutritious snacks such as fresh fruit and vegetables for the children to share.  We will always make sure that we meet your child’s dietary requirements.

We have an optional lunch club each day and the children can bring their own packed lunch and eat together.  This is a great social activity and good preparation for the transition to school. 

Protective clothing
We encourage the children to try different activities and explore a variety of materials, including paint, chalks, play dough, clay, glue, sand and water.  We provide aprons for messy play activities, but it is very helpful to have a named change of clothes in pre-school for your child, just in case!

The children can choose to play outside whatever the weather and we have waterproof suits for playing outside when it is wet and sun hats for the summer.  However, please make sure that your child is dressed in clothing appropriate for the weather, with a named coat and wellingtons if the weather is wet.   

Encouraging independence
Girls playing in denWe help your child to explore new activities and gain new skills, helping them to become more confident and independent.  We help them learn to get along with others through sharing, turn taking, listening and playing together. 

We also encourage your child to learn to look after themselves, for example by putting on their own coat and shoes, going to the toilet and washing their hands.  Your child does not have to be potty trained when they start at pre-school, and we will work with you to support you and your child in potty training.  If your child is in nappies, please provide spare nappies, wipes, nappy bags and a change of clothes in a named bag. 

ButterflyParents at pre-school
Parents and carers are welcome and encouraged to help out at our pre-school sessions.  Helping out can be very rewarding, and it is a good opportunity to see what your child gets up to at pre-school and the activities they enjoy.  It is also a great way to feel more involved and to get to know the other children, parents and staff.

We welcome all feedback, and are always keen to hear what parents think.

 

Term Dates

2017-2018

Term 1: 4 Sept -  20 Oct

Term 2: 30 Oct - 15 Dec

Term 3: 8 Jan - 9 Feb

Term 4: 19 Feb - 23 Mar

Term 5: 9 Apr - 25 May

Term 6: 4 Jun - 20 Jul

Christ the King Inset Days

1: Mon 30 Oct

2: TBC

3: TBC

4: TBC

5: TBC

Crossways Inset Days

1: Mon 30 Oct

2: TBC

3: TBC

4: TBC

5: TBC

 

 

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AGM - Wed 6 Dec, 8pm, The George