In the Grasshoppers room we provide a warm and nurturing environment, where the children feel safe and secure. The caring, professional staff provide an enabling environment which encourages the children to develop their independence through exploring their own interests.
We actively encourage learning through play. Children are offered lots of opportunities including messy and sensory experiences (such as playdough, shaving foam, gloop and body painting!), painting, sticking, mark-making activities to develop the skills necessary in holding a pencil, construction, small-world play, heuristic play to encourage the curiosity approach and role-play to develop creativity and imaginations with their peers. There is a book corner, with a large range of books for the children to select independently, as well as listening to during story time. Maths and literacy arises within all of these activities and the staff are trained to use every opportunity to develop these skills.
The children’s independence is encouraged (with support) in toileting, dressing and using a knife and fork at mealtimes.
The room is connected to our very own pre-school garden, where there is a growing area, a sensory garden and digging area. The children go outside daily, as much as possible, to explore the outdoor areas, which include a big garden and a natural paddock area. They also go on walks around the surrounding countryside to see the horses, sheep and donkeys.