In Skylarks we realise the importance of play as part of children's learning – it is their investigative tool. Our staff work with the children to enable them to learn the skills needed to ask questions and develop the skills to be able to seek the answers independently. The room is led by Howard Garlick, (a qualified teacher) and there is a maximum staff to child ratio of 1:8.
Our Skylarks room encourages this investigation through a wide range of learning areas such as the Role play area, from Super hero to Super mum! Mathematical and Literacy resources where the children learn to form processes and the language to express themselves along with small world resources where the children can transport themselves into imaginary worlds. There is also a large creative area where pictures and models can be designed, built and improved upon. There is a great ‘Mud Kitchen' in the outside area where an abundance of imaginative recipes are concocted – from mudballs and pasta to a nourishing rustic foliage and mud stew.
Children are able to investigate the tailored continuous provision freely. Staff follow the children extending and challenging their play/experiences by injecting new language, questioning and offering choices that will enhance their play. A qualified teacher takes groups of children throughout the week focusing on Maths, Literacy and handwriting skills.
Our aim for Skylarks is for the children to develop the skills to be able to research, test and adapt their own ideas and to develop resilience. This will ensure they have solid foundations on which to build their future learning experiences. We look forward to welcoming you to our classroom.