Every child takes part in an activity aimed at improving communication skills. These activities start with the basic skills of speaking and listening and move on to learning the phonetic skills they need to learn to read and write. These activities happen in our Rock Pool room which is a quieter space within the nursery. They are around 10 minutes and focus on the children's individual learning needs. We use several different resources to help deliver these activities including B.L.A.S.T which is a targeted programme to support children who may need more help to develop their communication skills.
At Peekaboo we work with an ‘in the Moment’ approach. We give the children extended amounts of time to free play within a rich and exciting learning environment where they can explore and play independently. As practitioners we join the children in their play and interact with them while they are playing and learning at activities that interest them. We use our knowledge of childhood development and learning to support the child and move their learning forward in that moment. For example, if a child is trying to create a large structure in the garden with the crates and guttering, we will join them and support them in how to make the structure safe, how to use joining equipment such as string to secure it and how to communicate with other children to help them to build it. Lots of learning will be going on whilst the child is highly involved in something they wanted to do.
Key Worker Time is a time during each session where the children get time to meet with their key worker. During this time the key workers run activities such as 'Show and Tell' and 'WOW bags' which give children the opportunity to get to know both their key group and their key worker.
Free Flow Play is a time when children are given time time to flow freely around the inside and outside environment. The environment is set up with activities and resources which have been planned and selected based upon the individual needs of the children. The staff move around the environment with the children extending and developing their play based upon the children individual next learning steps.
Breakfast cafe is open 8am till 9am and is accessed independently by the children. There is a variety of breakfast foods such as toast, cereal, fruit and yoghurt.
Lunch is served at 12.15 and is served family style. The children sit in small groups and the staff help them.
Tea is served at 4pm and is served family style. The children sit in small groups and self serve the food and are encouraged to try a variety of food.