What we do...
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
A Typical Session
Children arrive at Pre-school to find a wide range of activities available, which include imaginative role play, sand and water
play, playdough, large and small construction, jigsaw puzzles, books and games, drawing and creative artwork such as
painting and collage.
The Pre-school staff plan weekly themes of interest and learning, which include topics such as plants, animals, seasons,
celebrations and occupations, the local environment and the wider world around us. Activities are planned around the theme.
The children are free to select which activities they wish to engage in. After approximately one hour, the children come
together in a group, or circle time with formal registration and a time for talking and sharing.
Children with Extra Needs
We offer places to children with Special Educational Needs, provided our facilities are suitable or can be adapted.
* Children with special needs respond well to our supportive environment where every child is valued.
* We place emphasis on confidence building and integration.
* We employ extra staff to work on a one to one basis where necessary.
* We are supported by the Local Education Authority Special Needs Advisory Services.
* We work in close partnership with parents and all the other support workers involved.
* We have regard to the D.f.E.E. Code of Practice on the identification and assessment of Special Educational Needs
The Keyworker System
Jack & Jill Pre-school operatesa keyworker system. Every child will have one adult who is his or her keyworker. Each keyworker will have special responsibility for about 6 children and the keyworker will discuss their key child’s progress with his or her parents. The keyworker will ensure that the needs of each child are recognised and cared for within the group’s overall curriculum framework. This is done by observing the skills of the children at play, keeping simple records of their progress and, in consultation with parents, developing play plans to develop
their skills and interests.