Sunshine
Sunshine Corner Pre-School: Stoke Poges
Telephone: 01753 644300 | e-mail: info@sunshinecornerpreschool.co.uk

About Sunshine Corner Pre-School

BACKGROUND

Sunshine Corner Pre-school began as a mother and toddler group in the village hall in the early 1970s. A few mums got together to provide a place, within the village, where mums and their babies could meet and socialise. The group quickly developed into an official playgroup. To meet the needs of the local population, it steadily developed into a pre-school holding regular morning sessions. Over time the pre-school widened its age group and introduced afternoon sessions. Sunshine Corner has continued has evolve and is now the flourishing pre-school you see today. We still hold a baby and toddler group which is held every Thursday morning during term time.

SUNSHINE CORNER PRE-SCHOOL

We accept children from two to five years of age and we are open between 9am and 3.30pm every weekday during the term time. The pre-school operates a morning session from 9.00 am - 12 noon, and an afternoon session from 12.30 pm - 3.30 .pm. Two to three year old children attend for three hour sessions (usually in the afternoons) until the term after their third birthday. After this time children are usually eligible for early educational government funding and are entitled to attend up to 15 hours which can be accessed in blocks of three to six hours, which run from 9.00am to 3.00pm and include a lunch break.

Our pre-school is registered with Ofsted to take 26 children in each session. We are also registered with the Buckinghamshire Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership and contributes to the Partnership's overall planning to provide education and care throughout the Foundation Stage.

We have 8 experienced members of staff to care for the children. We also employ an administrative assistant. As a registered charity we are managed by a voluntary committee with 3 Executive Committee members.

FIRST DAYS

Starting Pre-school is a big step for both parents and children. A child who is nervous or unhappy will not be able to play or learn properly, so it is important for parents and pre-school staff to work together to help the child to feel confident and secure in the group. Some children will be more nervous about being left for the first time than for others and parents should not feel worried if their child takes a while to settle. We will always contact you if your child continues to be upset. It is however, usually the case that if your child cries or clings to you when they first arrive by the time you have got to the end of the road they are happily playing and getting involved with the days activities. We also use a keyworker system within the pre-school. This involves each member of staff being assigned to just a few children. Each child within their group has one special adult to relate to. This also makes settling in much easier. The keyworker is in a position to tailor the group's curriculum to the unique needs of each individual child.

OUR DAY

For the older children our day begins with registration. All the children sit with one of our Supervisors who takes the register, looks at the calendar, the weather and then discusses the theme and the letter of the week. We have a theme running though each term which leads in to all aspects of the curriculum and the children are encouraged to bring in any relevant items relating to this theme. We also have a letter of the week which we link to the current theme wherever possible. This is our 'showing' and 'sharing' time, where the children can bring in something special to show everyone.

Supervised free play then follows where a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities are offered aiding all aspects of child development. At approximately 10.45am or 2.30 p.m. all children help to clear away the toys and activities, and then sit down to milk/juice and fruit or raw vegetables. This is "quiet time", story time followed by nursery rhymes and songs, or music and movement. During these sessions we hope to expose the children to many experiences which Will aid their development in all areas, for instance: recognition of colours, shapes, Number and letters, how to use pencils, crayons, paint brushes, simple music and movement, the identification of everyday objects, which they can name, match or select. Tactile experiences are offered ranging from sand, water, paint, glue, and playdough to living things and much more. But most importantly, we aim to help the children become sociable, confident, independent and happy with themselves and others.