Ante Pre-School (Ages 3-4 Years Old)
In the Ante Pre-School we ensure that the aims of the curriculum are co-ordinated to provide a more challenging environment as we begin preparation for Lower School. We follow the principles from the ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ by using an ‘active’ approach to help your child develop a positive attitude to learning.
In Ante Pre-School your child will get the opportunity to take part in some activities which may be slightly more advanced than in the Toddler Nursery, such as baking, gardening, drama and science time. They will also begin to familiarise themselves with computers and IT by playing games on a PC and using the interactive white board. They will still receive weekly music lessons with a specialist teacher and will visit the Lower School Library regularly, however they will also be introduced to gym time taught by an Upper School PE teacher.
As in the Toddler Nursery, our Ante Pre-School children will be encouraged to play outside regularly. The playground acts as an extension of the classroom, featuring a wet wall, ‘fairy garden’ and games which give your child opportunities to learn as they play. With parental consent, your child will take trips as part of class projects. These include trips to the theatre, forest adventures, train journeys and visits to castles and museums.
MEALS AND SNACKS
Snacks and lunch options are similar to the offerings in the Toddler Nursery (see previous page) however your child will be taken by staff to the school dining room for lunch each day where they will be given a choice of what they would like to eat. No child will ever be forced to eat food they do not like however they will be encouraged to taste a variety of food. They will also be given responsibilities during snack times such as helping to set the table and to clear away their plates to teach good manners and positive attitudes towards food.
Nursery sessions are available for parents who wish to spent some time in the Ante Pre-School and see what goes on in a typical day. Notifications and upcoming menus will be displayed on our Parent Information board which you will see when you drop off or collect your child and staff will be available during these times to answer any queries you may have.
TRANSITION TO PRE-SCHOOL
From April to June, Pre-School staff will spend time in the Ante Pre-school class, meeting and interacting with your child in order to ease the transition from one to another. Groups of children will also visit the Pre-School on a weekly basis. In addition, the Ante Pre-School and Pre-School will join together for assemblies and music sessions.