Pre-school children are curious, inquisitive and keen to learn. Flying Start Preschool sessions are designed to encourage the children to acquire the skills and knowledge they will use at school, using a varied and interesting programme of activities. From the term after their third birthday until they go to school, all Dorset children are entitled to 15 hours a week of ‘free’ funded nursery education. Flying Start’s pre-school sessions help to develop confidence in communication and a positive attitude towards learning. We also provide the children sessions with a specialist Spanish teacher and also dance lessons for the children.
In specialised creative sessions with a high level of adult involvement, the children learn to share, co-operate and enjoy a structured introduction to learning through play and creativity. The emphasis is on the social skills of turn-taking and sharing, and on language and communication development. Physical and cognitive skills are promoted through play activities using many messy, creative materials such as paint and sand. We aim to provide a loving and friendly atmosphere where the children feel secure enough to explore new learning experiences and make friends, supported by highly experienced nursery practitioners.
Our sessions for toddlers at Flying Start involve lots of opportunities for active play to develop physical skills and coordination. Practitioners in the Treetop Room nurture our young toddlers independence and learning through storytelling, puppets, circle times, singing, dancing and on a daily basis they indulge in some messy play to encourage use of their senses. With one adult to every three children under two or one adult to every four children over two, staff are able to build superb relationships with the children. Through providing lots of opportunities for talking and a calm relaxed atmosphere staff establish a communication rich environment for these busy little ones!
Babies are cared for in groups of less than twelve children with each staff member looking after three or fewer babies. Well supported creative and sensory play sessions encourage each baby's physical and cognitive development. Babies are offered lots of opportunities to communicate through songs, rhymes and music. We also encourage our babies to interact with the older toddlers and preschool children providing them with a real sense of security and belonging. The babies often enjoy lots of walks around the town and local places of beauty. Staff liase closely with parents to promote a sense of partnership between home and nursery.