We are based in the Eastwick Road Church hall. The hall is spacious, bright and airy and provides plenty of room for the children to take part in a wide range of activities such as painting, playdough, reading in the quiet area, creating at the craft table, dressing up in the role-play corner and playing with the numerous toys, games and other imaginative activities which have been laid out. The toys and activities on offer change each week to reflect each week’s theme which is planned weekly, based on the children’s current interests and experiences. People from the local community and the community of playschool parents sometimes visit to share their expertise with the children about a particular theme – we’ve had vets, pilots, librarians, police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, music teachers and bakers which the children thoroughly enjoyed – although after the firefighters brought along the fire engine, some of the children were disappointed when the pilots didn’t bring their aeroplane!
The staff work extremely hard to ensure the hall is resourced and set-out to provide a stimulating and fun environment for the children. In addition to the varied opportunities for free play, staff provide an element of more structured, adult-led learning each day through carefully tailored small-group time which often focuses on developing the children’s listening, turn-taking and communication skills.
Over the years there have been some major refurbishments to the Church buildings and as a result, we have a lovely cloakroom with infant-sized toilets and basins which have made a positive difference to the children as they develop their independence with toileting. We also have access to a large and well-equipped new kitchen and both drop-off and pick-up have been made much easier and more comfortable by the very spacious new foyer.
Children can enjoy outdoor play during every session whatever the weather as we have access to a lovely, large, secure garden with a new area of artificial grass, raised beds and a nature corner (completed in December 2012) and our well loved mud kitchen and digging area. The children enjoy going on visits around the local community, including visits to local schools, allotments, the local elderly care home and church.
The large, free car park ensures that drop-off and pick-up are easy and stress-free.