Saplings (Pre School & Reception Ages 3-5)
Pre School and Reception children aged 3 – 5 are accommodated in their own classrooms and outdoor play areas. However, as an integral part of the school, the children in Saplings make full use of the Prep School’s facilities, such as the dining hall, playground and outdoor play area. We very much hope that pupils will remain in our Prep School until they reach the age of 13 and beyond into our Senior School.
Every child should be happy, secure, valued and confident. The Park School’s philosophy is to value every child as a unique individual, who enjoys learning and thinking for him or herself. The School provides a supportive and secure environment in which every child can flourish and learn at their own pace and in their own individual way. The School’s role is to stimulate and encourage their development and enjoyment of learning through a variety of different activities in secure indoor and outdoor situations, through play and through structured and creative activities. The School encourages the growth of social skills and empathy amongst the nursery children. Relationships which the children develop with each other and with our staff are central to their happiness and lay the best possible foundation for their future.
The school day for our Pre School and Reception children is 8.30 am – 3.30pm with options of wrap around care from 8.00 am – 6.00 pm.
The hours of our sessions are:
- Mornings: 8.30am – 12.00pm
- Afternoons: 1.30pm – 3.30pm
- Lunch: 12.00pm – 1.30pm
Children attending the morning session may stay for lunch, which is served at 12.00pm, and be collected at 1.30pm, instead of 12.00pm. The afternoon children arrive in time for the session that starts at 1.30pm. The afternoon session ends at 3.30pm.
Although these are the School’s session times, we also offer a great deal of flexibility to parents who may like to take children to School earlier or collect children from School at a later time.
The Park School welcomes children from a diverse range of backgrounds and prides itself on being an inclusive community where there is complete equality of opportunity and everyone is valued for being him or herself. You can read more in our Equal Opportunities Policy. Children with disabilities and Special Education Needs are welcome, and the School adheres to the Government’s SEN Code of Practice, read more here Disability Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Learning Support Policy
The School regularly takes Saplings children on trips to the local park, Church, library, theatre, farm and so on. These are designed to help the children to acquire a basic understanding of our traditions, of the natural world and of the importance of other cultures. The School calendar lists the major visits that are due to take place over the coming academic year, although some very local visits, which involve no more than an hour out of School, are arranged at shorter notice. The School will require signed permission slips on each occasion, even for the shortest visits. A letter will be sent, well in advance, advising about every visit and, if appropriate, it’s cost and whether it involves an extension to the normal length of the school day.
Food and Drink
Children bring their own fruit and snack for morning break and after school, should they use the late room facility. Drinking water is available throughout the day, as we fully recognise the importance of proper hydration. Drinks and biscuits are provided in the afternoon.
The children who stay all day, together with some of those attending the morning session, eat lunch with their teachers and Classroom Assistants in the Dining Room at 12.00 pm. There is always a wide variety of delicious and healthy meals on offer with our themed days being particularly popular.
Parents of children who have allergies to any food product, or who have special dietary requirements, are asked to make this clear in the medical questionnaire. The School should be informed at once if a pupil subsequently develops an intolerance of any food. The Head of Juniors and the Catering Manager are happy to see any parent who has concerns about their son or daughter’s medical condition, and to devise a special menu, where practically possible.
Assemblies are formal occasions which foster the development of self-restraint and a collective spirit. They are Christian; but are designed to be respectful of other faiths. Assemblies provide an excellent public setting in which to commend children for special work, acts of kindness or helpfulness, and to award completed star charts. We celebrate children’s birthdays daily and children are invited to wear non-uniform on their birthday and bring cakes to share with their friends and teachers!
Click here for details about uniform requirements for Pre School and Reception.