Happy to be back - September 2020
It’s been so lovely welcoming our children back to Kempshott Under Fives. We haven’t seen some of our older children since March so it’s been very exciting seeing how they’ve grown and we've loved meeting our new children, they have all settled in fantastically. Children and staff are all very happy to be back to the preschool routine. We’re really impressed at how well the children have adapted to the new hygiene measures too, they are all amazing at washing their hands.
At the start of any new academic year change is ahead for our little ones and the first few weeks of settling into a new environment is a time of crucial importance to a child's later happiness within a setting. Our first few weeks are always about helping our children settle in, helping them to explore the new environment, make new friends and get to know staff.
Our first topic of the new academic year is always “All About Me” - this is a great chance for the children to learn all about themselves, their new friends and their families. We've been using stories, arts, crafts and songs to help our children discover what is unique and special about themselves and each other.
We’ve had some gorgeous weather too for the start of our new term so the children have been making the most of the garden. We had a surprise snow storm in the dinosaur enclosure, and then had lots of fun making footprints in the snow! We also have a new outdoor water channel wall, which the children love, it’s been especially popular in the warm weather. Over the summer holidays the Community Payback Scheme removed posts from the maze at Beggarwood Park, these were kindly donated by the council to one of our staff members who has transformed them into amazing planters for preschool. The children will be busy this year growing lots of vegetables in the new planters through the different seasons.
We’ll soon be starting our topic of autumn where we’ll be enjoying lots more time outdoors collecting sticks and leaves to build bug hotels and hedgehog houses.