Small Explorers is a
community pre-school, that caters for the individual needs of children from 2-4 year
olds. We are based in The Forum on the corner
of Bardolph Avenue and Pixton Way. There is free parking for pick up and drop off and the
T33 bus stops right outside.
We welcome all children and have experience of children
with special needs and with children who speak little or no English and from
different cultures and backgrounds. We have an open door policy and parents are
welcome to come in at any time.
Throughout the year we run various events for
parents to attend- regular stay’n’plays, sports day, Christmas and Easter
events etc. and celebrate festivals such as Divali with the children.
We are able to take funded two
year olds as well as offer 15 hours of funding for all 3&4 year old's.
We have a dedicated and caring team of staff. Each child
is allocated a key worker who will work with you and your child to ensure they
are happily settled and making good progress.
We are working along side
Phonic Stars, who visit the setting once a week at no extra charge. This
enables the children to learn the fundamental skills of phonics through play,
singing and fun activities that we embed into the weekly plans to support the
children's learning and retention.
Parents are invited to settling in meeting with
their child’s key worker approx. 4 weeks after their child has started and to
progress meetings in January and June.
We have a settling in routine which can
be tailored to individual children.
We work closely with parents and have developed home
learning packs which are fun activities parents can do with their children at
home. These follow the EYFS and compliment the activities and learning the
children do at pre-school. Parents can also contribute observations to their
All staff have a childcare qualification and have
undertaken safeguarding training. Staff attend training courses throughout the
year in order to improve their knowledge and outcomes for children. All staff are
first aid certified.
We offer individual leaning
plans to support the children's individual needs and actively learn through
We have a large hall with a variety of activities for the
children to enjoy and learn from including sand, water, painting, home corner,
computer, book area, small world toys, construction and maths activities. We do
regular cooking sessions with the children.
We have home work packs that we encourage the
children to choose with their parents and complete WOW cards when the children
complete or achieve something out side nursery time. We have termly parent
meetings to praise the development of the child and to develop next steps to
Most children move on to the local primary schools and we
prepare the children for transition.
Our outside play area has climbing
frames, slides, tricycles and scooters. We go outside everyday unless the weather is
We help children develop their independence encouraging
then to have a go and do things for themselves.
We use our environment to
enable the children to explore and learn such as walking to the local shops,
visits to the parks and of course the beautiful sounding woodlands.
We would love to invite you to come and look around our beautiful
setting to see for yourself why we are the right choice for your
childcare needs. No appointment is required, just call in today!