At Longacre we understand and celebrate that every child is unique. Our wonderful Pre-School setting provides a wide range of environments that ignite the children’s interests and thirst for learning.
The value of play in a young child’s development is vital. We provide many different opportunities for play to support the children’s curiosity whilst encouraging exploration through building, singing, dancing, climbing and being creative. But most of all, we nurture every child to ensure self-confidence and independence whilst forming secure emotional attachments with the other children and our staff.
The Pre-School at Longacre is made up of one Nursery class and two Kindergarten classes, all housed across three purpose-built classrooms in the Pre-School block with direct access to their own separate playground. The children also enjoy access to all the main school’s facilities including 9½ acres of woodland and a modern Sports Hall and Creative Arts studio.
The Nursery and Kindergarten children wear their own Longacre Pre-School uniform, belong to one of the four school Houses and are full members of the school community, making the transition to formal schooling at Reception much easier.
The children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which has seven areas of learning. These are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Here at Longacre we feel it is very important that as parents you can have an insight into your child’s learning. We use an ‘online learning journal’ called Tapestry. Tapestry enables the staff to take photographs and videos and make written observations of the activities your child accomplishes throughout their journey in Pre-Prep.
You will have access to all the information using your email address and a secure password you select yourself. This means that you can comment on any observation and upload your own photos and videos of what your child is doing at home.
To ensure the safeguarding of the children everything that is added to Tapestry can only be viewed by the school staff that use the system and you as parents. Tapestry is hosted in the UK on dedicated, secure servers.