This week's round up - 25th September


The children are all settling well and getting used to our new routine.  The children enjoy our relaxation times and especially like the disco lights and calming music.  Key group times are proving very helpful in allowing the children some more focused activity time and making friendships and positive relationships with their peers. This week we have been focusing our key group time on turn taking games, group games such as lotto or listening games and developing our mark making skills.

We are adapting our planning for next week now that the full early years framework is being reinstated, so we will be exploring and developing all 7 areas of learning moving forward. We will be continuing to focus on the prime areas in our key group activities to support the children in these fundamental areas:

  • Communication and language
  • Personal, social and emotional
  • Physical

We will then explore the other areas of learning in our daily activities and adult led activites:

  • Maths
  • Literacy
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Theses daily activities will be based on the children's interests and we, as practitioners, will support the children to explore these specific areas of learning as we play.

The children's individual learning and development needs and next steps will be supported by each key person and at present these will focus on the prime areas for this first half term while everyone is still settling in. We want to continue to support the children in developing their social play skills, emotional resilience and confidence in setting and in themselves.

If you haven't already completed the all about me at home page, there are paper copies you can ask for when you come to preschool. We will use these as a discussion point at key group times. I have also added some links below for tips for developing play skills that you can try at home and why play is so important at this stage of children's development.

As always, if there is anything you would like to discuss, please email or we can arrange a telephone catch up.