Kindergarten Life

Before children even start at our Kindergarten we spend time getting to know them. This helps them become familiar with us and helps them settle in smoothly.

We find it helpful to discuss children’s learning experiences before they join us to ensure we understand their needs and that together we’re giving them the best possible pre-school education.

We assign children a Key Person who is responsible for their individual learning journey, and for monitoring their progress and wellbeing.

For children to gain the best out of pre-school education we recommend they join us for a minimum of three core days per week. This provides continuity and helps children develop relationships with staff and peers and gives the opportunity to fully embrace the learning environment.

Our core day

The core day is 8.30am-3.30pm. The day begins with a group activity such as story time or ‘show and tell’, which the children love. They then move on to a variety of carefully selected activities chosen to support your son or daughter’s learning development. The afternoon provides lively sessions such as Forest School, ballet, sport or music, before ending the day with a final group activity.

Children are given a healthy snack of milk or water and fruit or vegetables in the morning and afternoon, and at lunchtime they enjoy a hot meal served at tables where the children sit with the Kindergarten Practitioners. It’s a perfect way to encourage good table manners and social skills.

Flexible childcare

We offer wrap around care as we know this can be so helpful to working parents or those with children elsewhere. There are different options available starting from as early at 7.30am until as late as 6pm. Breakfast and tea are included in some of the options on offer. More information on sessions and prices can be found here.

We offer the option of term time or year round childcare (47 weeks) so you can choose the childcare option that’s right for you. To find out more about the options available please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our Registrar on 01206 594180 or registrar@stmaryscolchester.org.uk

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