What to bring to pre-school
We try to provide the children with free flow between the outdoor garden and the indoor hall. This means that the children have the opportunity to access the outside in most weathers. If possible we suggest that the children have a pair of welly boots that can be left at pre-school and clothing suitable for the weather and season e.g. a warm coat or a sunhat. Although we have a comprehensive box of clothing, it is always a good idea to put a change of clothes (including socks) inside your child’s bag. This means that should your child not quite make it to the toilet in time or they get wet or muddy, they have familiar clothes to change into. For those children who are not yet toilet trained, we would ask that you also bring nappies and wipes.
Please could every item of clothing be clearly named.
Please also remember that our aim at Froxfield Pre-School is for the children to learn through exploration, creativity and fun. We have a range of aprons used for painting, water play and the mud kitchen, yet the children do sometimes get messy, so please do not send your child in special clothes or shoes.
At Froxfield Pre-School we encourage healthy eating. We provide a healthy snack during the morning session, which usually consists of fruit or veg and milk or water. We view this time as both a social time and learning opportunity. Our children are encouraged to help with the preparation of snack, they help to share the snack out between their friends and then they wash up afterwards. Every child gets regular opportunities to cook, as we prepare a cooked snack - weekly e.g. soup, flapjack, cheese straws. Water is always available for the children to have a drink.
Please make your child’s key person is made aware of any food intolerances or allergies
We see lunch time as a wonderful opportunity to promote communication and language and independence skills. We all sit together to have lunch and our children are supported, so that they can self-serve. They are also encouraged to scrape their plates once finished. At lunch time, we are able to offer a hot dinner, for a small fee. This is bought over from the school, or families can send in a packed lunch from home, should they prefer. The school’s hot dinner menu works on a three weekly cycle and we simply ask that parents assist their child in choosing between a vegetarian or meat option as they arrive each morning.
For those families who would prefer to bring a packed lunch, we are a nut free setting. We politely ask that you bring in healthy food. Lunch boxes will be refrigerated until lunchtime.
For safety reasons we also ask that food is cut up appropriately. Mini sausages, grapes and cherry tomatoes are particularly noted as being potential choking hazards. Therefore we ask that you please cut them in half - long ways, so that they are not able to form a plug.