We offer two Pre-school rooms at Little Joey's. Our first, the Wombat room is designed for our younger children moving up from the toddler room. We understand that for some children transitioning to another room can be quite unsettling, so with that in mind, we use the Wombat room as a stepping stone to ease the smaller children into a bigger more challenging environment. The ratio changes from 1:4 in the Emu room to a 1:8. The Wombat room is a quieter environment with a maximum capacity of 19 children.
All seven areas of learning are covered during the day through various planned and child initiated activities.
Activities within the pre-school room's differ according to your child’s stage of development. The room's are arranged to ensure the children have many choices of activities and resources, each with different learning outcomes. The play that we offer builds on previous learning and takes into account each child’s concentration span and developmental skills.
Creativity and individual expression will be encouraged. Your child will enjoy different activities to help them become involved and ensure that they are rotated regularly to maintain the child’s interest. We do group activities which are held in our key groups which are usually about 10-15 minutes long before changing to a completely different activity to allow the children to remain engaged, during which time we make observations. There is always crafts, letter and sounds, literacy and mathematics activities out during this time.
Staff naturally incorporate in discussions about numbers, shapes, letters, sounds and colours to introduce numeracy and literacy into their play.
It is very important to build a firm and solid foundation in the early years. Research based on the needs of the child during the early years, point to the importance of education before going to infant school. Evidence suggests that children who have had exposure to books, numbers and creative resources before attending school, are more enthusiastic, confident and intellectually stimulated. It is during the first vital years of life that a young child is capable of learning more than at any other period of time.
Our second Pre-school room, the Kangaroo room, is a bigger and busier room allowing a maximum capacity of 32 children at once. The focus within this room is ensuring children are prepared and ready for school during their last year of nursery.