Our Preschool day
Sessions run from:
9.00 - 12.00 for the morning,
12.00 - 12.30 for lunch and
12.00 / 12.30 - 3.00 for the afternoon.
Our day usually goes as follows:
9.00 free play
10.15 snack time
10.30 garden time
11.40 circle time
12.00 lunch / home time
Our afternoon sessions mirror the morning without snack time.
Yoga - Wednesday afternoon
Boogie Mites music sessions daily.
During free play we plan engaging activities based around our topics and the children's interests.
During circle time we do a range of activities including story sacks, singing songs or a turn taking activity.
Nutrition is hugely important in all children's development. The Preschool can provide a hot school dinner (for menu, see 'Useful Info' tab), or children can bring their own healthy lunchbox.
We encourage parents to bring a healthy wrapper free snack to help reduce the use of single use plastic and teach children healthy habits for their lifetime. The children are encouraged to recycled their food wrappers, and food waste in preschool.
We are a 'nut free' environment.
Daily Boogie Mites music sessions (school ready programme)
Communication and language
Listen and Attention:
MUSIC – encourages children to listen attentively in a range of situations. To listen to stories, anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. To give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.
Personal, social and emotional development
Self-confidence and self-awareness:
MUSIC – helps children to try new activities. To become more confident to speak in a familiar group talking about their ideas
Managing feelings and behaviour:
MUSIC – helps children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. To work as part of a group or class, understand and follow the rules.
MUSIC – helps children play co-operatively, taking turns with others.
Moving and handling:
MUSIC – helps children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. To move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. To handle equipment and tools effectively – such as instruments
Health and self-care:
MUSIC – helps children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.
We use original music that is enjoyed as much by adults as by children to ensure that the adults taking part are enthusiastic and uplifted. We use home-made props and instruments to promote recycling and to ensure that the cost of expensive instruments is not a barrier. We link all musical activities to the EYFS areas of development to demonstrate how the brain boosting effects of music making, proven by neuroscience, translate to curriculum linked development and child led interests.
Longworth Preschool provide a fully trained children’s yoga teacher, having qualified with 'Calm for Kids', She has an up to date DBS and has insurance through the BWY.
We provide sessions of 20 to 30 minutes.
In this 20-30 mins the children experience
stretching, yoga asana, with poems, music and images.
some simple breathing techniques.
There is evidence that yoga can help children to
deal with anxiety,
handle their emotions
have appropriate ways to self sooth and relax
It also increases children’s flexibility, strength and ability to balance.
We work at the pace of the children involved.
Children say from past yoga clubs that yoga helps them to:
'Relax after a hard day'
'Makes me strong and peaceful'
'Helps me do things I didn’t know I could do before'
'Heals my bones'
'Makes me sleepy'
'Stretches my muscles'
'Helps me calm down when I am angry'
'Relaxes me so I can sleep'
'Helps me forget my worries'