Our Wings room caters for children aged from three to five years old. The Wings room is accessed via the door to the left of the foyer. The sessions in Wings run from 8.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday.
The children in Wings have access to a large hall area which contains a large variety of age appropriate resources & activities. From here, there is direct access to the veranda and huge outdoor space beyond with sand and mud pits, hills, tunnels, story telling circle, raised vegetable beds, herb gardens and much more.
Children also have access to the child-sized toilets just across the foyer.
What to Wear
In order to feel free to explore and experiment with all kinds of materials, including messy ones, it is best to send your child dressed in clothes which are easily washable, or not too new, and are suitable for activities such as climbing, riding bikes and painting.
It is also very good for the children to practice skills which help them gain independence, so wearing simple clothes which they can handle themselves will allow them to go to the toilet and to put on and take off their outdoor clothes without being too dependent on others for help. For example, shoes with velcro fastenings rather than laces, or simple pullovers rather than cardigans with buttons all help. It is really good for their self-confidence too.
Preschool does have a uniform – which parents find a very useful way of ensuring their own clothes do not get ruined. We have a polo shirt in jade and a sweatshirt in navy, embroidered with preschool’s name. It is, of course, not compulsory but quite a practical idea, and the children look great. It can also help the little ones feel that they belong at preschool if they are wearing the same as the older ones, giving them a stronger sense of security and making those first days easier for them. There are samples in the main foyer area for you to view. Please ask a member of staff if you would like to purchase one.
If your child is wearing nappies when they start preschool please could you provide, in their own bag hung on their peg, a few spare nappies, a bag of wipes and nappy cream if needed. This ensures that nappies are always the correct size and your preferred brand and that any wipes/creams used will not cause a reaction on your child’s skin. Nappies are preferable to pull-up’s, unless the children are potty training, as they are easier to remove.
Typical Daily Routine
Each child has a picture of an animal and their name above their peg. When the children come in they need to find their own name/picture and hang their coats and bags on their peg. This self-registration system caters for educational as well as practical issues, such as:
Letter recognition – the children will begin to recognise the letters that make up their own name. The younger children will recognise their picture initially but eventually the letters associated with it will also become familiar. As the children get older they will not only recognise their picture but also the letters that form their own names, a good start for reading. Hopefully those children getting near to starting school will recognise their name, if not read it, preparing them for what will happen at school.
Security – for younger children, especially new children, it will give them the feeling that something at preschool belongs to them and that they belong at preschool. It will also become something familiar for them, which will increase their sense of security.
Raising self-confidence – the children are given the responsibility of making sure their belongings are in the right place – their place. This taking of responsibility for themselves and their belongings is a great way to make children feel that they have an important job to do, which they can easily achieve and so make them feel good about themselves – and thus raising of their self-confidence.
If parents could initially help their children find their name/picture it would help us enormously to achieve some of these aims.