Danielle Alcock – Pre-school Supervisor
I began my Merryvale journey as a student in 2016 and became a permanent practitioner in pre-school room in September 2018. I hold a level 6 qualification in childcare I have recently graduated from university. I am the keyperson to all children in Blue group
Jamie Lewis – Pre-school Practitioner
I began my Merryvale journey in March 2017 and hold a level 3 qualification in childcare. I have worked within preschool room since the start of my career here and became the nursery sports leader in October 2018. I oversee physical education sessions and provide lots of activities to encourage children’s confidence and physical development. I am the keyperson to all children in Green group.
Natasha Pemberton- Pre-school Practitioner
I started working at Merryvale in May 2016 as an apprentice I have since then completed both my level 2 and level 3 qualification. Over the three years working at Merryvale I had gained experience in all rooms and have recently been moved to the Pre-school room. I am responsible for a group of key children, planning for their next steps and tracking their development. I am Keyperson to all children in Red group.
Please see the staff board or pre-school notice board for pictures of each staff member
Pre-school children enter and leave nursery through the door to the left of the nursery entrance.
There is a notice board just outside of our main door which is regularly updated with new information and details about what your child will be learning each month. The notice board will also have a copy of our termly plan and the letter of the month so that you are aware of what your child will be up to and can work on similar ideas at home if you wish. You can also find ‘achievement at home’ sheets here which you may want to take home and fill in to let us know what your child has achieved; we love to receive and include these in your child’s learning file.
Each child in pre-school will be provided with a weekend book: we would appreciate it if you could write a few lines about what your child has been up to over the weekend or days that they do not come to nursery. Each child then stands up during circle time and is able to talk about and show their peers what they have been doing. This really helps to develop self-confidence as well as literacy and communication skills which are important skills to have when starting school.
Each child has their own peg, tray and water bottle clearly labelled with their name. Their development folders are kept in their tray and are available for you to look at any time.
Our learning and planning
One of the main focusses in pre-school room is to ensure that children feel confident and ready to start school when the time comes. We encourage their independence in several ways; the children find their name to sign themselves in on arrival, they can choose and carry out a daily job such as putting out the cutlery for dinner time, they have name cards to find their seat at lunch time, they serve their own lunch with adult supervision, they pour their own drinks and wash their own cups at café, begin using the toilet independently or calling a teacher for help and start to help dressing themselves by putting on and taking off their own shoes/coats etc.
We also focus on phonics, literacy and math skills. We work on these skills daily throughout our preschool routine and during key group time: a time for each keyperson to work 1:1 or in small groups with their key-children. We begin to break down words and look at the sounds involved in them as well as introducing rhyme and alliteration. The children will practise how to recognise, write and spell their own name. Maths activities involve recognising and using shapes for a purpose, learning how to group objects, ordering them by height or weight and counting and recognising numbers.
Confidence, communication and relationship skills all play a vital role in children’s development as well – these are worked on throughout all of our activities and sessions; children in pre-school engage in lots of group challenges and activities to create positive peer bonds and have daily key-group time to form bonds with their key-person.
Danielle organises the activities for pre-school room and is in charge of the planning; we plan termly, monthly and weekly. Pre-schools plans will usually follow a theme, for example, people who help us. As mentioned above, the termly and monthly plan will be available for you to see on our notice board. The weekly plan is always on display on the gold coloured board in the room; the activity for Monday is pre-planned by Leah and will be completed in both the morning and afternoon session that day. The following days plans will be mostly child initiated and based upon their reaction and thoughts from the previous days task.
At the beginning of each day, the children are informed of what we will be doing and their thoughts and ideas are recorded on a mini white board – also placed on the gold display board.
At the end of each week, we will do a group re-cap about what we have learnt.
Each term your child’s keyperson will complete a report on their progress and decide upon what next steps will help them to develop further. Next steps can be found on the golden display board and are updated when each step has been completed.
All activities are linked to several areas of the EYFS and are completed to continue to help your child’s knowledge and skills develop.
I have included a copy of the pre-school daily routine to give you an insight on what they will be up to throughout their day at nursery.
If you have any worries, queries or questions please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the team.
We greatly look forward to welcoming your little one to pre-school
Thank you for taking the time to read this information,
Danielle, Jamie, Tash.
Pre-school daily routine
7:15am-8:15am – Arrive at nursery and sign in, free play
8:15am – Tidy up time & singing on the carpet
8:30am-9:15am – Breakfast time
9:15am-9:35am – Carpet time; register, days of the week, discuss the weather. Choose daily jobs. Introduce what we will be doing today – note the children’s ideas
9:35am-11:20am – All areas open. Children’s choice of toys and activities set up as free play. Planned activity completed.
Each keyperson will group their children and complete a task linked to next steps.
10:00am-10:30am – Cafe
11:20am-11:30am – Tidy up. Wash hands ready for lunch
11:30am-12:30pm – Lunch time
12:30pm-1:30pm – All areas open; free play and activities tailored to next steps
1:30pm-1:50pm – Afternoon register.
Welcome children to the afternoon session. Discuss activity. Read weekend books/children’s news
1:50pm-2:50pm – All areas open; free play and planned activity repeated
Open café between 2:00pm-2:30pm
2:50pm-3:00pm – Tidy up time
3:00pm-3:40pm – Physical education session / outdoor games
3:40pm-4:00pm – Carpet time – discuss our feelings.
Wash hands ready for tea
4:00pm-4:30pm – Teatime
4:30pm-6:00pm – Children’s choice, free play, Home time