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Learning through child-directed play

Little Rascals Preschool is founded on the importance of child-directed play. We look for opportunities to incorporate all of these types of play in our environment. The highly qualified early years practitioners at our Pre-School observe the children taking the lead in play and help direct their play to enhance the learning experience when opportunities arise

Typical Day 
8.30am Meet and Greet and Self Registration and Free Flow Play
This takes a different format each day with inclusion of topical news, the weather or child initiated conversations.

The children can choose where they would like to play. This can be either in either playroom or outside.

10.15am - 10.45 Snack Bar Opens 
The children are encouraged to go to the toilet and wash their hands before coming to the snack table. We operate a rolling system where the children can choose when they come up to get their snack. They pick their name from the table and put it on the snack board to show that they have had a snack. The children can choose milk or water to drink. Snack time is a useful social experience where conversations take place between members of staff and children at the meal table.

Free Flow Play Continues

11.25am Tidy Up Time
The children are encouraged to tidy up the area where they have been playing.

11.35am Small Group Time
The children spend a special time with their key person joining in with a planned activity.

12.00am Whole Group Time
This brings the children back together for a summary of the morning’s events and some singing.

We discuss our morning, where every child has the opportunity to speak. The children are free to show anything they have brought from home.

12.15am Preparations For Home or Lunch 
We say goodbye to some of our Little Rascals and then we sit down for lunch

1.00pm Story time and Group games  
We share a story together and play some games

1.15pm Getting ready for home time  
1.30pm Preschool Closes  

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