Here, in Ferns, we have created a happy, calm and stimulating environment for your children. Our age range is from 2 years to school leaving age. We operate a daily routine that offers children: Free play – child initiated and undirected, structured play – adult supported and specifically focused to meet individual needs, creative activities – using a variety of media and resources, large and small group activities, individual activities – with an adult supporting a child individually to develop specific needs, outdoor play.
All activities, toys, games and equipment are designed to help your child learn, understand and develop in all areas of the curriculum through play.
Fern’s daily routine supports children’s security and independence. A consistent routine gives children the sense of security they need to make choices and take risks, which opens the door to exciting learning opportunities.
On arrival children will be greeted by a member of staff. They will be asked to find their own name card and Velcro to a board in the room. Other members of staff will be available to help the children choose which activity they wish to play with. Parents will be encouraged to bring their children into the setting and to stay for a short while if they wish.
Children are free to come to the snack table when they want to and have their snack without interrupting their play. Children self- register when they have their snack, so we are able to encourage all children to access snack and drink to keep up energy levels and hydration.
We will always ensure that the children have washed their hands before having their snack. The children are encouraged to chat about what they have been doing during the session, or about family and home life.
The children are encouraged to pour milk or water for themselves. The children are also encouraged to clear away their plates and cups.
Key person group time
Children will spend quality time with their key person to build secure attachments and get to know the other children in their group. Children also have the opportunity to talk about stories of their everyday life.