How we work
Bugbrooke Pre-school is a registered charity and therefore legally must be managed by a team of volunteers, nominated by parents at the AGM (usually held annually in September) who form the committee or trustees of the charity and take the role of the Ofsted ‘registered person’ as well as acting as a governing board for the pre-school.
As well as benefiting children, volunteering offers parents the opportunity to meet other parents, get more involved in the community and widen their social network, update existing skills and learn new ones. The committee, along with the Business Manager and the Pre-school manager is responsible for managing all aspects of the pre-school from education to health and safety.
For further information on how the committee work within the pre-schools charitable status, please click here
The Foundation Stage
The Statutory Framework for The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) provides the guidance and requirements supporting the learning and development of children in our care. The Framework describes the stages for the development of children (from birth to 5 years of age) and how children’s health, well-being and safety are our priority within an environment that provides opportunities to allow them to reach their true potential.
The EYFS is made up of Three Prime Areas of Learning which are:
Communication and Language
Social and Emotional Development
and Four Specific Areas of Learning which are:
Understanding of the World
Expressive Arts and Design
The Prime Areas of Learning cover the knowledge and skills which are the foundation for children’s school readiness and future progress. These, along with the Specific Areas, provide a holistic approach to learning.
All areas of learning and development are important and are inter-connected.
Teaching & Learning
Our approach to teaching and learning will give your child an established start to their education at this crucial stage. In Early Years we begin to lay a firm foundation to each child’s development and future learning with a wide curriculum encompassing not only literacy and numeracy skills but a range of other subject areas, including music and sports.
We have an excellent key person to child ratios which means we can focus on teaching within small groups, with clearly differentiated work, to ensure your child is taught at the correct pace for their own ability.
In addition to laying the foundations for future academic achievement, Early Years education is also crucial in developing a range of skills including problem-solving abilities, creativity and physical skills as well as fostering a sense of well-being and discovery. The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom states that these skills and more can be achieved through learning in the outdoor environment. Children enjoy our large garden, mud kitchen, play bus, trim trail, fairy circle and construction site and benefit from ready access to a variety of outdoor spaces including a great covered decking area where the natural environment is used as an ‘outdoor classroom’.
Children in the Butterfly group (the pre-school year) can take advantage of access to our fabulous Forest School on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Summer term. The children are taken by minibus to Everdon, where they engage in a great range of activities.
Forest School helps children to build independence and confidence by learning a range of skills including den building, making and using tools, and finding and identifying creatures and plants.
Extra Curricular Activities
Every year we give all children the opportunity to be involved in a Christmas show, sports day, spring and autumn village walk, Harvest Festival, Christmas Carols at the village café, A nativity service at the church and a pre-school trip to a local tourist attraction.
In addition, all pre-school children are invited to attend the forest school experience at Everdon.
Dressing for pre-school
We have a uniform which we recommend all children wear, failing this, we recommend that children come to us dressed suitably for the weather and ready for mess! Although we provide overalls to keep the worst off, the children can be indoors or outside and up to any number of activities – so be prepared and remember to plan for suitable footwear too. That means no high heels or open toes.
Please ensure all clothing is labelled, but especially coats, sweatshirts, jumpers and cardigans. Children do end up taking home the wrong items and you won’t be surprised to hear that we often are left with piles of unidentified lost clothing items which we could return if we just knew who to give them to!
In the event of clothing being soiled, we can provide the children with something to wear. Borrowed clothing just needs to returned clean, as soon as possible.
We have a range of Bugbrooke Pre-school clothing items available, all carrying our logo. They are very suitable for pre-schoolers to wear and you will also spot the team wearing some of the items as well.
A Typical Day
A typical day in pre-school is action-packed with a range of activities to take part in and enjoy. We offer morning sessions which run from 9am to 12pm, lunch sessions from 12pm to 1pm and afternoon sessions which run from 1pm – 4pm.