Our doors open at 9am ready for the children to come in, eager to start their day and excited for what lies ahead. Once everyone has found their name from our specially made tree board, hung up their things and made their way into the hall, the tambourine sounds and it is circle time. Today it was someone’s birthday, so we sang to them (loudly and with gusto for some!) and gave them 3 birthday claps.
Our theme this week is the sea. A group of children decided to make jellyfish. It’s wonderful to see how children take on such a fun, imaginative task and roll with it. They use a hole-punch to cut holes in paper plates, which they thread pipe cleaners or string through to make jelly fish tentacles, before adding eyes, glitter or bits of shiny paper to make them special to them.
Some of the children take part in an adult-lead activity where they try to predict whether or not an item will float, before testing their theories. Merriment ensues after they see the results – enthrallment all round!
Mid-morning, the snack bar opens and children patiently line up to decide when and what they will eat from the selection of toast, fruit and vegetables. They sit down café-style, to chat to each other and tuck into their snacks. After that, we all head out to explore the famous Tandridge trim trail – a very popular landmark for the children!
In the afternoon, some of us bounce off to forest school, tucked away in the beautiful woodland in Tandridge. There was lots of mud to play in on the way to the woods. Climbing up the hill, we all splashed in the puddles and made fantastic slurping noises; imaginations and chatter running wild and free. We took sticks and drew different shapes in the mud, then did a bit of molehill spotting, before following the varying animal tracks to the woods. We explored ‘The Tunnel’ and looked for bugs, before having a go on the mud slide – their uncontrollable giggling was magical. The children decided they were all characters from PJ Masks (a TV programme), taking it in turns to be Owlet, Catboy or Romeo. To set the scene perfectly, one of the children found a bucket and tapped out a rhythm for us all to dance to, their little feet moving to the beat in an array of colourful wellies and raincoats. On the way home, we pretended we were Spitfires or Red Arrows and winged our way back home.
Tandridge Vilage Pre-School and forest school is an inclusive pre-school for 2-5 year olds. We have over 20 years experience providing local children with the highest quality care. Our aim is simple – to provide a pre-school with a fun, stimulating environment, designed to motivate and engage children in their learning. We strive to make the time the children spend at school as inspiring, exciting and memorable as possible.
For more information or to take a look around, please contact the manager Michaela Harris on 01883 732010 or