Little Monkeys

Our preschool offers high quality early education for your 3-5 year old. From the very start of the school term children arrive wearing our nursery uniform and partake in a daily timetable from 9am-3pm similar to a school day. Prior to 9am we offer breakfast and free play and after 3pm we offer afternoon tea and free play.
Our Little Monkeys (Pre-School) room is a large open plan area which can accommodate 40 children.  The adult to child ratio is 1:8. It has a happy, welcoming, working environment which promotes stimulation and confidence for each child.

Highly Qualified Staff
The room supervisor is Miss Heather Wilde. Heather is a supervisor who is also the Deputy SENCO with many years experience in childcare. Working alongside Heather are four other members of staff who are qualified at NVQ Level 3 or above.

The Learning and Development Environment

Early Years Foundation Stage
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. All activities provided are suited to your child’s unique needs. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and out.

We have good links with all primary schools in Ashton.

In our pre-school room we have access to an interactive white board that the children love to use. It has access to the internet (controlled by staff) and has lots of educational programmes available.

Parents’ Input
We encourage you as parents to be involved as much as possible with your child’s learning and development while here at nursery. We ask that you record any special “WOW” moments where your child achieved something for the first time while away from the nursery setting.

Information collected from home is used to partly judge how your child is doing across the seven areas of learning. All the fun activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development while here at nursery.

We have communication packs that are sent home with every child that has a range of information to inform parents and for parents to help participate with their child’s learning at home.

In the Little Monkeys Room, we promote independence wherever possible. The children are encouraged to use the bathrooms independently (but supervised by a member of staff, to avoid accidents). They self serve during meal-times (where it is safe to do so) and have access to drinking water through our self service water dispenser.

Extra Curricular Activities
Swimming – Is currently held on a Friday morning at Ashton Leisure Centre. We take a total of 9 children each week in our own mini bus for their 30 minute lesson which is taught by a fully qualified swimming teacher.

P.E. – Each week the children take part in P.E. sessions which are held on a different day each week so that it gives all the children the opportunity to participate. We ask that you provide a P.E. kit for your child which will be then handed back at the end of term.

Mini Movers Dance Class – Older 2 year olds to 4 year olds participate in term time weekly dance sessions which are linked into the EYFS curriculum.

Cooking Sessions
Our weekly cooking classes provide many opportunities for children to develop good habits along with life skills which will serve children well in the future. It increases their familiarity with a range of tastes and textures which encourages them to choose a varied and nutritious diet as they grow.

Our classes help develop key skills outlined in the EYFS framework such as measuring, counting, time and weighing. It introduces children to science by helping children to investigate, predict, experiment and observe.

Here at Childcare & Community Centre we believe children learn best from their experiences and activities they are involved in.

Each group is key person based and all learning opportunities are planned with children’s individual needs, interests and learning characteristics in mind.

At the end of each lesson, children are able to take home what they have made, a recipe card, food related songs and rhymes and a parents information sheet – including how our cooking sessions relate to the EYFS Curriculum.