Academic Year 2021-2022
Learning Environment. Our daily timetable holds a focus on the rich play and learning experiences that allow your child to progress at their own, individual pace and experience in choosing and expressing their own interests. Through a free-flow provision, the open plan classroom allows your child to choose between a number of activities and resources inside and outside. An open learning space provides an opportunity for your child to play, explore and learn with a level independence. Your child’s play is central to their learning and we provide purposeful play experiences through themed learning activities.
In Our Care. We recognise you may want to know the background childcare experiences, qualifications and studies of the childcare practitioners who care for your child.
The Pre-School room lead, Miss Osborne, studied a Bachelor of Education degree in Early Childhood at University. She has over ten years of childcare experience, specialising in child development and education, working with children from the age of 0-5 years. Miss Osborne now enters her fourth year of leading the Pre-School room at The Sir Donald Bailey Academy. She works closely with the teaching staff in Foundation 1, putting practice in place to support the children as they develop through the stages and transition into their next teaching group.
Our Pre-School childcare assistants are Miss Carlin, Mrs Sandells, Miss Watson and Miss Williams.
Miss Carlin has worked at The Sir Donald Bailey Academy for five years. During that time, she has supported and cared for Foundation 1 and Pre-School children, playing a key role in our team.
This year, we welcomed Mrs Sandells to the Pre-School room. She has worked in education for 43 years. In that time, she has received a certificate from the National Nursery Examination Board, having worked in early years, and has completed a Higher Level Teaching Assistant course. Mrs Sandells has been at The Sir Donald Bailey Academy for 30 years, teaching across all the years in school. She thoroughly enjoys working within early years and is excited for all the adventures this year.
The majority of the Pre-School childcare assistants are completing training to develop themselves professionally and apply their research studies to develop and enhance our provision. We have Miss Ross who is completing a childcare apprenticeship with us, Miss Watson who is currently completing level three Early Years Workforce at college and Miss Williams who is studying a Foundation degree in Early Education at University.
Alongside Miss Osborne, Miss Watson and Miss Williams have been part of the pre-school team since reopening in 2018. Before joining The Sir Donald Bailey, Miss Watson worked in early years for six years and Miss Williams for sixteen years.
The Options. We offer a variety of session for funded and non-funded children, term time only.
If you do not qualify for funding, we offer paid places:
Paid per session 9:00am – 12 noon / 1:00pm – 4:00pm (£13)
Paid full day 9:00am – 3:00pm (£26)
Early Bird 8:30am – 9:00am (£2)
Late collection for children attending full day sessions 3:00pm – 4:00pm (£4).
Working Together. You can significantly support your child’s development through your engagement in meaningful activities that encourage your child’s thinking and talking.
Based on evidence, the home learning activities that have the biggest impact are:
Reading, sharing books and going to the library,
Going out on visits,
Playing with print (letters and numbers),
Singing songs and nursery rhymes,
Drawing and painting (making meaningful marks).
Tapestry. We want to show you the learning and play activities that your child experiences in school. We use Tapestry as a platform to celebrate children’s learning and development. This secure online learning journal builds a very special record of child’s experiences and development through observations that are share photos, videos and comments. Please make sure you activate your Tapestry account to view your child’s individual learning journey.
Communication and Language. Talking, playing and socialising with your child is the best way you can help them in their development. There are lots of basic communication and language skills involved first which children need to help them get ready for school.
Top Tips for Talking. Have some quiet time – no TV or mobile phones, this will help your child to listen and pay attention. Chat and sing together – this will help develop your child’s listening and speaking. Drop the dummy – this will help your child to have clearer speech. Praise your child – use positive words and praise when they do something well as this can help your child be more confident.
Sharing Books. It can be tempting to just use books to read. Books can be explored in a number of ways and these suggestions outline other activities to encourage your child’s speech and language. Tell the story from the pictures rather than just reading the words. Encourage your child to retell the story, either with or without the pictures. Make comments about the pictures in the story e.g. “Wow! Look at the giraffe; he’s got a long neck”.
Our Stories. To start the year, we explore text themed around our family and friends, our similarities and differences, and our emotions. We then continue the year and explore text on the season change, traditional tales, curious creatures, gardening, and under water.
Purple Home School Diary. Your child has a purple diary; this provides a link between home and school. To help your child share home news, events and learning, please note these in your child’s diary so we can support your child to create a discussion with us. Please make note in the diary of any stories you read to your child, or the stories you share together. Research has found that children in early years who share stories and nursery rhymes with adults find it easier to learn to read.
Speech and Language. Our Speech and Language Therapist, Ms Harris, can provide guidance and support to parents and education staff that is specific to communication, speech, listening and attention.
Numbers and Shapes. We aim to develop your child’s number awareness through number rhymes. In our mathematics area, we use blocks to build and position, and we explore shapes we find pictured on the resources or in the provision.
Extra clothes. We are always grateful for clothing donations for times when children need changing. Please bring in spare clothes for your own child in case of any toileting accidents or messy play activities.
Label, label, label! Please label all items of clothing with your child’s name, especially school jumpers. Items that have no named label will be taken to lost property.
Water bottles only. If you pack your child a drink for the session, we only accept bottles of water. Any fizzy drinks will be stored away from the provision until the end of the session. We only offer water or milk. Please avoid putting water in baby bottles.
No jewellery. For Health and Safety reasons, we do not allow the children to wear jewellery in school apart from earring studs or small objects of religious significance. No jewellery is allowed to be worn during physical activity due to safety reasons.