Welcome to our Pre-School
Sparklers Preschool is a small friendly preschool in the rural village of Upper Basildon, Berkshire. We are based in the village primary school which is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. We provide children with the opportunity to grow and develop in a happy and secure environment with excellent indoor and outdoor activities. We are a Registered Charity and are run by professional and fully trained staff and supported by a Committee of volunteer parents.
In addition to play, we also use lots of hands on activities where the children learn through exploration and experimentation. Along with arts and crafts and computer time, we go on bug hunts and do pond dipping; we build "Beasty Hotels" and wormaries and we have recently resumed our gardening. We do baking and have been making biscuits which the children decorate themselves. During the preschool day, the children can choose to play with a range of toys and resources and take the lead in their own learning. They can also take part in lots of different activities, with an emphasis on the children choosing where they want to play, and what they'd like to play with. Children are given some adult directed activities to develop their literacy, phonics and maths skills. Our setting is 'free flow', which means that the children can move freely between indoors and outdoors as they wish with free access to toys/games etc. The activities we offer are based on the Early Years Foundation Stage, the statutory curriculum for children in this age group. We also provide some "extra-curricula" activities such as Ball Skills which helps to develops the children's co-ordination, balance and confidence with throwing, catching and kicking balls. We have ongoing music and movement sessions and P.E. in the school hall. New this year is our "Mindful and relaxation sessions"; to introduce children to the practice of mindfulness, which it is believed, can be a valuable tool to help us feel a balanced sense of personal well-being in a hectic world.
Ofsted No: 955551 Charity Number 1097640