Date: Friday 20th July 2018
Venue: The Old School Hall Sturminster Marshall
Time: 7pm for 7.30pm start
Tickets: £5 in advance/£6 on the door
*Teams of up to 6 people*
Raffle and Prizes
To prebook contact Jan at the Preschool
on 01258 858395
at The Old School, Sturminster Marshall
Fresh homemade cakes, scones and sausage rolls
23rd and 24th June 2018
Tombola and Children’s activities available
At Sturminster Marshall Pre-School we pride ourselves in providing a safe and stimulating environment where children can learn and achieve. We provide activities and resources aimed to stimulate curiosity, build on knowledge through a play based curriculum.
Maria Montessori said “Play is the work of the child” and it is through these play experiences that children learn relationship skills such as turn taking, language and communications skills, develop fine and gross motor skills and taking risks in an environment designed for challenge but safety.
It is also important to connect with children’s individual interest. This ensures learning is interesting and relevant.
The children and adults have taken part in a sponsored walk in May. Our aim is to raise funds to purchase new equipment for the children. We will also be providing cream teas on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th June, holding stalls at the First School Summer Fair on the 29th June and holding a quiz night on the 20th July.
We are now taking bookings for September.
If you have a child aged between 2 and school age please call the office to discuss funding availability.
Although March started with snow days and Preschool was shut, the children seemed to have a wonderful time. The pictures uploaded by parents on the children’s online learning journeys were shared with friends at group time. It is important to share experiences with each other, discussing similarities and differences, recognising special times in line with the ‘Understanding the World’ area of learning and development. (EYFS 2017)
Parent input is particularly important as a child is learning all the time and a secure partnership working between practitioners and parents and/or carers provides a secure foundation for learning.
We are lucky to have a very artistic practitioner who has been busy making story stones for the setting. Each stone has a picture on and they are used with a small group of children to create a story. This encourages thinking and imagination as well as working together. The characteristics of effective learning are part of the early year’s foundation stage which focuses on how children learn when presented with a stimulating environment. It is important to recognise this when providing resources linked to children’s interests and styles of learning.
The children took part in some activities and learning about Chinese New Year making Chinese lanterns and sampling Chinese food. This had mixed results but all the children enjoyed the fortune cookies. Of course not forgetting Pancake Day. Although this was during our half term holiday we felt that we needed to catch up on a pancake race and making pancakes on our return.
If you have a child aged between 2 and School age please contact us to discuss our setting and your needs for childcare. We are a small, friendly setting and have both local children and children from further afield attending. Great friendships are made at Sturminster Marshall Preschool, many lasting well beyond the years of education.
Our opening hours are currently Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
Easter Egg hunt
Thursday 29th March 2018
Follow the map AROUND the VILLAGE
And Solve the ANAGRAM
Starting in: School playground from 1.15pm Finishes at: Preschool
Tickets: £3 per child (£1 for siblings)
A Prize and drink for each child’s completed route map @ the Pre-school
Teas, Coffees and Cakes, available
All proceeds will go to the Pre-School
As we creep towards Spring, here at Sturminster Marshall Preschool we have been looking at ways to improve our outdoor area. We are lucky to have a grassed area with a growing area, undercover sandpit and playhouse. We also have a tarmac area where we use bikes and trikes, a playhouse and mud kitchen together with climbing apparatus. Providing both shade an all weather outdoor area is what we are currently looking to develop. The children benefit so much from our lovely outdoor environment and as our Ofsted report 2017 stated ‘children freely make choices in how and where they play, enabling them to follow their own ideas’.
I would like to give a big thank you to Tesco community centre for donating some ex-display phones to the setting. These are placed in our home corner (which is currently a shop). They encourage conversation and recall of experiences and the children love them.
As Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year and Pancake Day all fall in half term this year, we are planning to cover these before and after half term week. We can’t miss out on these experiences as sharing traditions and other cultures helps children to recognise difference in their world.
If you have a child who is two years old or over and you would like to book a visit to the setting, please call the office 01258 858395. We work a flexible system for booking and will cater for your individual needs where possible. So many great friendships are built in Pre-School for both children and parents, which continue throughout their education and beyond. Secure emotional attachments are recognised as an essential building block for education.
Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am – 3pm.