Out Of Space Room

Out Of Space Room (Pre-school Room)

This room is the biggest of the three in the setting, allowing us to take up to 32 children in both the morning and afternoon sessions. Children who are entitled to Free Early Education (3 & 4 year olds) will get their first 15hrs accessed between the hours of 7:30am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday for free TERM TIME ONLY.

Inside play

Our large play room enables us to have clearly defined areas of play and learning. These areas are:

  • art and messy play
  • construction
  • physical
  • library/quiet time
  • home corner
  • maths

Outside play

Our outside area is accessible directly from the room meaning we can provide “free flow” play enabling the children to play inside or outside as they wish. The area has recently had some modifications which enables the children to have the same learning opportunities outside as we supply indoors in most weathers. Children have access to a large climbing frame and an extensive range of bikes, trikes, cars and scooters.

Key person

Each child is given a member of staff known as their “key person”. A key person is responsible for ensuring that the child’s needs are met educationally and personally. They work alongside the parent/carer to keep any routines consistent and familiar. The key person ensures that each child moves on by providing “next steps” for them to achieve. All achievements are recorded in your child’s learning journal along with pictures and observations which are available for you to see at any time and are yours to keep when they leave the setting.

Daily routine

There is a general routine for the day in Outer space, consisting of a group activity on arrival, register, tick tock time, child led play, snack and mealtimes, child led play is encouraged for suitable periods of each session. There are also times when children are encouraged to take part in adult led activities. We also do teacher led activity for 10 minutes a day led by a fully qualified Early Years Teacher (Early Years Teacher Number: 34641) this is for our children to learn basic pen/pencil skills, formation and recognition of basic letters and numbers. Many of which have been highlighted above.

Meals, drinks and snacks

Children are able to help themselves to fruit, crackers and breadsticks from a rolling snack bar for approximately 45 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon. Children eat in their own room with age appropriate utensils and crockery, but are sometimes joined by Seaside and The Farm, creating an opportunity for them to model good eating habits and behaviour.

Out and about

The children are often given the opportunity to explore the local village with walks to the shops, play park, recreation ground and duck pond. On a Wednesday afternoon the upstairs of the village library is opened up for the children to look at and listen to a range of stories and books and the children become familiar with the local church with trips into and around its grounds and buildings.

Transition to primary school

The transition to primary school can be an un-settling time for some pre-school children, however here at Minster Day Nursery we are lucky enough to be situated in the grounds of the village primary school, which we feel is of benefit to the children. We work alongside the school to aid the transition process and have access to resources they have provided for us such as a DVD of a trip around the school, a book with photos of teachers and their classrooms and spare uniform for our children to use for dressing up. We are also regularly invited to attend events such as reception class assemblies, school open days and story times.