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Shield

Kindergarten

Kindergarten

Fairfield’s Kindergarten is situated in an ideal position within the secure environment of the Pre-Prep and enjoys direct access to its own safe and exciting outdoor play area. It is housed in a brand new, purpose-built facility which is modern and contemporary, yet feels warm and inviting. The unit contains two classrooms which encourage ‘free –flow’ learning between rooms and the outdoor learning space. The outdoor space is designed to stimulate curiosity, develop gross motor skills and engage children in their learning. Children have access to an interactive ‘White Room’ which allows for stimulating, advanced learning opportunities.

Our Aims and Ethos

The school’s Golden Rule, ‘Treat others as you would like to be treated’, is taught to all children from the age of 3 years. We nurture the uniqueness of each child and enable them to develop a sense of pride in their own identity and in the way they behave. All children are encouraged to have a ‘Can Do’ attitude and to always try their best. They learn about the world around them through exploration and play.

Each child is assigned a Key Person who is their class teacher. In addition to this, there are two part-time Kindergarten Teaching Assistants per class who work closely alongside the class teacher to support the children’s development and act as a second point of contact for parents.

The holistic approach of the Early Years Foundation Stage is to help young children strive to achieve the five ‘Every Child Matters’ outcomes:

Staying Safe

Being Healthy

Enjoying and achieving

Making a positive contribution

Achieving economic well being

The Kindergarten Day

The day starts at 8.30am and is structured so that children can be collected at the end of the school day at 3.30pm. We also offer a safe and fun Wrap Around Care provision which is held in the Kindergarten Unit. The optional pre-school Breakfast Club is held in the Kindergarten Dining Room. It starts at 7.45am and we ask that all children attending arrive by 8.15am at the latest. After the school day ends at 3.30pm, children are also able to attend After School Club which runs until 6.00pm.

Children are welcomed from the age of 3 years and start with a minimum of three full day sessions, building up to more, depending on availability and interest. Many children will attend Kindergarten full-time before they move up to the Reception class.

Kindergarten is open during term time in line with the rest of the school. Information on this can be found on the school website http://www.lesfairfield.org/information/term-dates/

Activities

Children spend most of their time in the exciting and stimulating environment of the Kindergarten Unit and its outside play area.

Outside the classroom, they have the opportunity to attend Fairfield’s Forest School and benefit from learning in the great outdoors with sessions led by our Level 3 accredited Forest School Leader.

Kindergarten children also receive specialist teaching in music and singing where the exciting ‘Colourstrings’ programme is introduced, a fun child-centred approach to learning basic music skills stimulating lots of movement. It is based on a philosophy which seeks to develop and foster an intrinsic understanding and love of music. Please click here for further information.

Modern Foreign Languages is taught by Madame Izard, who exposes the children to a range of languages, instilling a love of learning in this area.

Physical development is key to a child’s learning and to further support gross motor skills. One weekly PE lesson is taught by Mr Pitts and Mr Arnold.

Food in Kindergarten

Fairfield has a dedicated team of experienced caterers which provides us with complete control over the sourcing of food and menu planning. They cater for a wide range of dietary, cultural and religious needs. All children enjoy a hot meal in the Kindergarten dining room, with staff on hand to help encourage good table manners and sensible eating habits. Parents are asked to provide a healthy snack and water at morning break time while school provides a healthy snack in the afternoon, including the option of milk.

Moving up to Reception

Children in Fairfield Kindergarten generally move up to the adjacent Reception classes in the September term when they are 4 years old.

Towards the end of the Summer Term, children take part in introductory sessions allowing those children moving up, and those children joining Fairfield for Reception, to meet their new teacher and to spend some time in their new classroom in order to ensure that their transition is seamless and happy.

Information sharing

We operate an ‘Open Door’ policy at Fairfield and parents are asked to share their child’s successes or concerns with staff as soon as they arise.

Parents can expect to receive regular information via the school’s ‘Schoolcomms’ email system. In addition to specific Kindergarten information, they will receive the school’s weekly newsletter, @Fairfield.

Your child’s online Learning Journeys enables staff to record photos, observations and comments, in line with the EYFS curriculum and to build-up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us. This allows us to work with parents to share information and record the children’s play and learning both inside and outside of the classroom.

To find out more about Kindergarten or to arrange a visit, please contact Mrs Willingham, Kindergarten Manager, via email at [email protected] or Mrs Young, Head of Pre Prep, at [email protected].