The emphasis at St Mary’s is on your child learning through play in a happy and stimulating environment.
We have a different theme for each term with various related topics each week – recent examples include Colours, Our World, The 5 Senses and Stories, to Food & Farming, Down By The Sea, Opposites and Letters. Children are encouraged to bring items relating to the topic of the week for ‘show and tell’.
The children all sit down together at 9.00am for register. This is followed by free play, both indoors and outdoors (weather and staffing permitting). An adult led craft/activity is on offer which relates to the topic of the week. Free-flow snack time is from around 9.30 – 11.00am, during which time children can choose when to have their snack and have a choice of fruit, vegetables and cereals, with milk or water to drink. They are then free to continue playing until 11.00am when, after a quick tidy up, they sit down for circle time, a story and music or dancing.
Children staying all day have lunch at 11.45am, followed by a quiet time until the afternoon session starts at 12.30pm.
Afternoon sessions follow a similar pattern. They may include a trip out to the library or local park.