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Growing Cubs (age 3-5)

Located on the first floor, the room is spacious and is fitted with a large window.

This is where we will prepare the children for entering school. We strive to produce a good balance between structured and free play activities. We want to encourage learning through feeding their curiosity and responding to their increasing confidence. Our days are carefully planned with the Scottish executive curriculum for children 3 to 5 in mind.

Children at this stage will also be introduced to numbers, letters, colours, shapes and I.T skills, which will help them when they go to school. This will also help their ability to use fine and gross motor skills. Here the children will focus on the 3-5 documents, which are:-

  • Emotional, Personal and Social development
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the world
  • Communication and Language
  • Expressive and Aesthetic Development
  • Physical Development and Movement

All the children will be able to learn new skills through these 5 areas. Self-confidence and self esteem will be encouraged when the children are following their daily routine.

There will also be a role play corner for the children to use at any time and with the staff they will discuss what they would like to make their corner into.

A variety of arts and craft, messy play and physical play will be available throughout the day, as well as access to the garden.

Children will also have the opportunity to participate in singing, stories, dancing/movement and group time.

Play is the most important part in children’s learning.

Cheeky monkeys – Out of school club

Before and After School Centre open for a breakfast club giving parents time to drop their children off and still make it to work on time, and close early evening allowing parents to work a full day.

There are lots of activities for the children to enjoy.

Children are accompanied to and from local schools, ensuring that children get to school and back again safely and on time.

Children can attend either before school, after school or both, depending on their requirements.

Bouncing Tiggers (age 2 to under 3s)

Located on the first floor this extremely spacious room makes an ideal playroom for children aged 2 to 3 years. There is plenty of room to move around and to put out any gymnastic equipment. It also benefits from a lovely outlook over Port Elphinstone towards Kinkell and the countryside beyond.

The play area is designed to offer flexibility in providing a wide range of activities where we can witness each child’s growing independence, curiosity and intelligence.

As a child’s steps get more and sure-footed and their confidence grows, play gets slightly more adventurous. With our toddlers, some of our time will be spent on more structured activities which we encourage and is designed to feed everyone’s curiosity about the world around them.

The children will also follow the Birth to 3 document. Daily activities will include singing, stories, dancing/physical play and group time.

All the children will be encouraged to learn and share good manners which will be put in place by all staff. This gives the children the opportunity to learn about and follow rules.