Friendly, fun and safe, Early Years should feel like a 'home from home', where our youngest St Columbans can learn, play and grow with confidence. Led by a Junior School class teacher, our experienced Early Years practitioners support and gently encourage your 3 or 4 year-olds as they explore their newly-expanded world, navigate new experiences and relationships and make exciting discoveries about themselves. We’re also finding out what makes your child special and offering them opportunities to develop their aptitudes and interests.
Our fabulous all-season Early Years play space means that our fledgling learners can also enjoy fun activities outdoors in the fresh air such as story time, painting, the water-pipe station, gardening and the responsibility of tending their own raised beds. The children have access to the wider Junior School grounds and twice a week they venture out to our Wild Woods, come rain or shine where they are able to safely experience all the wonders of nature while developing an understanding of the environment in which they live. Playing outdoors and accessing nature helps to improve children's self esteem, physical health and development of language skills. During the afternoon, the children enjoy many activities from making swings and dens to playing in mud kitchens.
To ensure a smooth and happy transition into our Junior School we use the same resources as Junior 1 for early number work and reading skills and our Prep class (4 year-olds) is involved in weekly school assemblies and Christmas celebrations.