At Parkway, our children are divided into four small groups, Squirrels, Koalas, Pandas and Giraffes. The youngest children start in Squirrels and move up through the groups as they get older. Each group has around six or seven children each session.
Each group of children has their own key person. A key person is a qualified member of staff who is responsibile for the specific care of their group. They keep track of each child's progress and development which enables them to plan small group activities which are tailored to help each child develop and fulfil their potential. The key person will also make observations of their children's learning at pre-school, which will be published onto Tapestry, an online learning journal.
Small Group Time
Each group takes part in a short, age-appropriate activity. These activities are planned to consolidate previously learnt concepts, introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills. The planning is flexible enough for the key worker to react to spontaneous events or incorporate areas of particular interest to the children when necessary.
A topic-based approach to overall planning enables us to vary the setting with additional props and materials to enrich the children’s pre-school experience. Our topics usually change every half term and the parents will be informed of new topics. We also encourage children to bring and share items from home which are related to our topics, to share with their friends for a specific show and tell time. This helps to support our approach of learning through play and the children's interests.
Some of our past topics have included Doctors, Police, Firefighters, Food, Space and The Sea. Here are some pictures below.