At Hobbyhorse we believe in learning through play and provide a range of activities that are child initiated and adult led by the Early Years team. Some activities are planned in advance and some follow the lead of the children’s interests, with half-termly ‘themes’ providing inspiration. Planned activities can be changed or adapted to respond to the children’s ideas as necessary. Activities are changed often to keep things fresh and fun.
The indoor space is divided to give the children various activities to choose from, aiming to develop their creativity, language, number and social skills
The home corner encourages role play and children can become homemakers, café owners, shop keepers or delve into the dressing up box and direct the traffic, put out (imaginary) fires, mend a hole in the road or become little fairies.
The playroom is constantly arranged and rearranged with various activities. E.g, painting, play dough, drawing, lego, puzzles, weighing, cutting and construction. The children will be given a chance to do something creative like build a tall structure or paint a fabulous picture or sit down and think about how the scales balance or how to use scissors and learn how to cut (with guidance). These carefully planned activities work on developing their fine motor skills and co-ordination, logical thinking, mathematical development, creative and mark making skills.
The book corner is a comfortable area, that gives the children the opportunity to choose books to look at alone or to bring to a member of staff to read to them. Hobbyhorse has a wide range of books to encourage reading & a love of reading.
Singing and ‘Let’s Get Physical’ is a fun part of our day, but quiet time also has its moment during story time for the entire group and at the end of the session.
The outdoors space mirrors the indoor provision and aims to support more physical play with running, climbing, jumping, balancing, digging and pouring.
At Hobbyhorse we have a daily routine that structures our sessions. Every session starts with circle time. Everyone is greeted, the range of activities is explained, weather and the day of the week is discussed. The children then engage in a free flow of play, inside & out.
Mid-morning the children are offered a healthy snack, which are varied and nutritious, with the occasional treat. The children can choose from milk or water to drink. Special diets can be catered for.
We come together for a physical activity, for example write dance, which helps develop balance and co-ordination skills, which are essential for writing skills
At 12pm the children and staff eat lunch together as a group. Older children are encouraged to unpack their own lunches to help prepare them for school or nursery. At Hobbyhorse we are proud to be a ‘healthy’ pre-school and were given a SMILE award for promoting healthy eating. Hobbyhorse offer children milk or water to drink at lunch times and can offer lunch ideas if necessary.
There are plenty more opportunities to play before the session ends with stories, songs and a chorus of Hop Little Bunnies. Then it is time to go home.