Jolly Giraffes at Abbey Ark
Abbey Ark is open from 7:30 am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, 51 weeks of the year, for children aged 2 to 4 years old. The Jolly Giraffe room is our pre-school room where we have children aged 3 to 4 years old.
Abbey Ark offers a wonderful opportunity for you and your child to become part of the Bourne Abbey family – a place where children can access a high quality purpose built environment, build strong and lasting relationships with their peers and adults and feel settled and supported in a loving, caring Christian environment.
In the Jolly Giraffe room we are taking the initial steps to prepare your child for school, supporting and developing all of those vital personal, social and emotional skills as well as their communication and language skills, in order for them to have the best transition possible into Reception.
In the Jolly Giraffes we provide enjoyable stimulating and exciting experiences in a safe, secure and happy environment. Play is fundamental to young children’s learning at this stage of their development, and we understand that a child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.
We believe that outdoor learning is an important part of each and every child’s development and we offer constant access to well-designed outdoor provision, allowing children to develop skills and enhance their learning in a wide variety of ways. We have access to our exciting environmental area, where the children can explore the great outdoors and nature at its finest.
A Typical Session
We welcome the children and talk about our routine for the day and discuss all of the wonderful learning opportunities that are on offer for that day. We also have register time in the afternoon after lunch.
The children have the opportunity to explore both inside and outside as they wish throughout the day.
Throughout the morning and afternoon sessions, there are lots of planned learning opportunities. This is either adult led, child initiated or a mixture of both. We ensure there is plenty of quality adult interaction to enable our children to achieve their full potential.
The children enjoy a healthy snack of milk/water and fruit. We have snack in the morning and in the afternoon.
Key Person Time:
This is a short period of time that the children get to spend with their Key Person. This could be something like a game, going on a nature walk, or simply enjoying a favourite story together. This allows the team to be able to really get to know your children and allows us to extend their learning and development on an individual basis.
The children enjoy a healthy snack of milk/water and fruit.
Tidy up time:
The children help to tidy away their toys and put everything back where it belongs.
This is where we all come together and enjoy some group time together. We may share some stories together, sing songs, music sessions and/or group games.
The children all come together to enjoy a healthy lunch. You have the option of bringing a packed lunch or a hot meal that is prepared for us at school and brought over to us. (More information on hot meals is available upon request).
Every child is respected as an individual and given the chance to grow and develop at his/her own pace. We believe in having a positive approach to learning, so every child is highly motivated, thrives and is confident in him/herself. With the children’s voice at the heart at what we do, we ensure that their learning is tailored to their individual needs and interests.
At Abbey Ark we aim for each child to:
Develop a happy, positive attitude to learning.
build self-confidence and self-worth.
Interact harmoniously with others.
Expand their natural curiosity by exploring.
Learn to respect others and their property.
Be creative and learn through play.
School and Family Partnership
Here at Abbey Ark we work closely with parents/carers and welcome their involvement. Parents/carers are encouraged to talk regularly to their child’s key worker and other Abbey Ark staff. To ensure parents/carers have a good understanding of what happens during their child’s time with us, they have access to Tapestry, our online learning journal, where they can see all of the wonderful learning and activities that have taken place.