We admit children from around the age of 3 years old to 5 years old. Across the room, key persons have groups of children of mixed ages and abilities and all children in this room mingle and explore together, learning from each other in the process. The younger children learn from watching and listening to older children, and the older children learn to help and support the younger children. It provides a warm, fun and supportive environment for all to learn and thrive in. Independence is key for children in this room, ensuring children are ‘school ready’ when they leave us for the next phase of their education.
Children are expected to be fully toilet trained before starting in this room, with the exception of any medical needs, as there is no room for special changing facilities. Our doors are open all day to provide exciting activities, both inside and outside for the children to choose from. The school cook makes all our hot meals and all of the Discoverers go to the school dining hall to have dinner. Children have free, continuous access to the water fountain as well snack of semi-skimmed milk or water and a healthy snack.
At the start of the summer term, practitioners begin the transition process for all children moving to Reception Class or moving to another setting. Meetings are set up between key persons and school teachers to ensure a full and comprehensive hand-over of the development of the children. Practitioners take children who are going to attend Hollyfield Primary School through to assembly times and to their new classrooms, where the new teacher welcomes them and gets to know them before their arrival in September. Parents are expected to arrange these sessions for any children who are attending other schools.