In the Sunshines room the children begin to learn academic skills to help them progress and to prepare for life at school.
The unit is situated on the ground floor of the building overlooking the extensive garden at the back of the property. It consists of two rooms, one large and one smaller, and they evolve throughout the day from play area to dining room and to relaxing areas. Whatever the children can do inside we can also do outside and we have covered areas where we can all keep dry when it's raining. We do like spending a lot of time outside and the children have role play areas like mud kitchen. building area and a general store. They also get a lot of exercise driving the cars and bikes and we play games and go exploring in the garden.
We focus daily on literacy and numeracy where we play with numbers and letters. Lunch is served on school style trays. During the Summer term we introduce the older children to life at school, trying on school uniform items and having representatives from local schools visiting.
We provide for each child’s individual learning requirements and interests including those children who
need additional support or who have particular needs or disabilities.
Spanish lessons are available by an outside agency for an extra fee. They introduce the to another language and also create awareness of foreign languages and cultures. Other
very popular extra activities are Little Kickers who teach football through play and Tennis With A Twist lessons that introduces the children to racket sports.
In the summer the Sunshine children and their parents enjoy a Sports Day with an Afternoon Tea picnic. At Christmas the Sunshines put on a nativity play and concert at Otterbourne Village Hall with a chance for the audience to have a hot drink and mince pie before going back to work. Parents
are invited to participate in these activities and it is a good opportunity to catch up with the nursery team and to meet other parents.
The Sunshine room can accommodate up to 22 children and the ratio is 8 children to 1 adult.
We use the guidance and follow the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
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