Key information

At Little Cherries, children are grouped into two age groups and taught by a nursery teacher in each classroom. In addition, class teachers will also be supported by Early Years Practitioners. Preschool uses a key worker approach. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom they are particularly responsible for. Your child’s key worker will be the person who works with you to make sure that what we provide is right for your child’s needs, interests and development. When your child first starts at preschool, they will help your child to settle and provide continuous support throughout your child’s time at Little Cherries. In the event of your child’s key worker being absent, a secondary key worker will be allocated.

What will my child be doing during the session?

Little Cherries Preschool adheres to the 2021 statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We provide a range of play activities which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development.

  • communication and language

  • physical development

  • personal, social and emotional development

  • literacy

  • mathematics

  • understanding the world

  • expressive arts and design


Early Years education is about focusing on the development of the individual child through play and exploration. We believe that this is the best way for children to learn about the world around them. The curriculum in preschool is progressively planned to support child development with an emphasis on a smooth transition from preschool to Reception. We aim to ensure that children are equipped with the skills and knowledge to have a successful start to their primary school career.

Tapestry

Little Cherries use Tapestry, an easy-to-use and secure online learning journal that helps families and staff celebrate the children’s learning and development. Tapestry builds, over time, into an online journal, weaving a wonderful journey of the children's development during their time at Little Cherries.

A typical session

Below is a guide to how our sessions operate for both our morning session & afternoon session.

Start of session

On arrival parents/carers and children are greeted at the gate by a member of staff. Staff support children to hang their bags and coats onto their peg and self register by helping them to find their name card and place it into the post box.

Structured learning sessions will be organised in two age groups where children will be in their classrooms with the nursery teachers. ‘Circle time’ and ‘targeted learning’ is a time when all the children in their class come together. Starting with a ‘circle time’ song we welcome everyone to the group. This part of the session can include celebrating a birthday or festival, playing counting games or sounding of words, discussing weather, group rules etc. During this time, children will have the opportunity to participate in adult-led activities, as an individual or in a small or large group. This is an opportunity for key workers to focus on targeted learning. Our children enjoy these times as they can sit alongside their friends and share things altogether, giving them a sense of belonging.

Playful learning
We have an engaging outside and inside environments where continuous provision is offered to all children. During continuous provision, children have the opportunity to access areas where they can explore all planned activities and resources with the aim to achieve their Early Learning Goals. Continuous provision is freely chosen, personally directed, and intrinsically motivated. There are many activities for children to get involved in; sand, water, play-dough, painting, books, making things, building constructions, games, puzzles, music and so on. As well as the resources that are always available, staff will observe what children are interested in and add new experiences to extend their learning and enhance the provision. Staff deploy their subject knowledge of the EYFS framework to support attainment and progress for all children.

Snack time
This is an important social and learning time where we offer the children a variety of healthy fruit or vegetable snacks. Children are able to take part in preparing, or simply help themselves, to a healthy snack during the session. Water and milk is offered during this time and water is available throughout the session.

Tidying up
All children are encouraged to tidy up together both indoors and out. During this time we find many opportunities for learning as children pack away their activities; sorting and classifying resources, counting to make sure a collection is complete, working together, listening to and giving instructions, reading pictures or print to know what goes in drawers etc.

End of session
We finish the session with singing and/or story time. Parents/carers collect their children from the gate where they have an opportunity to speak to Key workers.