The Tophouse pre-school play rooms are location on the first floor of the main house, the highly qualified, dedicated, friendly team care for children 2-5years with a ratio 1 adult to 5 children.
The Tophouse is a homely, spacious and welcoming play environment with wonderful resources offering the children plenty of opportunities for stimulating learning, development and interaction. The playrooms are kept clean freshly decorated and divided into 3 main play rooms; the pre-school room (scribing, numberword, matchand sorting), the art room (painting, gluing, collage, sand and water) and a fantasy room (imaginative role play). The staff move appropriately to the children’s needs enabling them to move freely between each room and outside, which encourages the children to be self-learners through play.
During the day there is a combination of adult led activities and child initiated play opportunities. The staff ensure the children have opportunities to extend their learning through role play, outside play, creative and tactile activities, growing and gardening, story telling and listening; all children are encouraged and praised while trying new experiences and challenges.
The Top house has its own garden fully equipped with a large climbing frame and slide, swing set; fully enclose trampoline, sand pit, mud kitchen and a large gazebo offering a outside classroom. The children play outside daily and in all weathers, exploring, investigating and having fun in their surroundings.
The children also have use of the 3 other outside areas:
- The wild garden- planting vegetable and flowers, watching them grow and caring for them.
- The Courtyard- scooting around on the trike and riding bikes in the courtyard and playing large circle games.
- The low level balance garden- Developing balancing skills and coordination, using a range of natural climbing apparatus.
The children also have use of the Kindergarten mini bus, giving them opportunities to be on our swimming programme and to visit the library, nature parks, shops, and the pantomime at Christmas and to attend local schools for performances, plays and teddy bear picnics.
We also have our own children Christmas party, a performance for our parents and an annual summer outing and garden party; giving parents an opportunity to meet social and extend a goodbye to our school leavers.