At Kids Academy Childcare in Warrington we are committed to ensuring outstanding day nursery and preschool education from birth to five years.
The transition from day nursery and preschool to school is a huge milestone in a child’s life, and one parent’s worry will be a traumatic experience for all involved.
In a bid to enable this transition to be as smooth as possible, Kids Academy Childcare in Warrington has embarked on a community outreach programme which began in March 2006.
It was recognised that children within early years settings would benefit greatly from established links with schools. The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum continues to the end of reception year, and therefore it was of great importance to maintain continuity between settings and establish links with schools.
The main aim of the outreach programme was to establish these links, to ensure that a prospective reception teacher and ourselves as child care practitioners were fully aware of the educational back and foreground individual children had and were going to have. Linked to our developmental files, teachers were provided with the opportunity to learn first hand about the children that would be attending their school.
The programme has provided opportunities for reception teachers to visit, meet the children and observe the educational environment here at nursery. It also provided our Early Years Teacher with the opportunity of visiting various reception classes, finding out about reading, number and letter schemes, enabling us, where necessary, to adapt to these.
In some cases schools have provided photograph books for the children to enable them to become more familiar with their new setting before they arrive and we have been invited to spend some of the children’s school settling in periods with them.
Through the outreach programme we have been able to assist prospective parents in making choices about schools in the area and advise them on what activities and preparations they can make to assist the transition.
The outreach programme is a new and innovative concept within Kids Academy childcare settings. We are fully committed to enhancing the programme and have seen it go from strength to strength already in the short time it has been running.