Located within the secure environment of Pre-Prep, Kindergarten comprises two classrooms which encourage ‘free-flow’ learning in a space which flows from indoors to an exciting and stimulating outdoor play area, designed to encourage curiosity, develop early motor skills and engage children in their learning.
There’s an amazing, interactive ‘White Room’ too, which uses the very latest cinema standard projection onto floors, wall and ceiling to create a truly engaging, sensory learning experience.
The School’s Golden Rule, ‘Treat others as you would like to be treated’, is taught to all children from the very beginning. From the age of 3 years, we nurture the uniqueness of each child and enable them to develop a sense of pride in their own identity and in the way they behave. All children are encouraged to have a ‘Can Do’ attitude and to always try their best as they learn about the world around them through exploration and play.
Each child is assigned a Key Person who is their class teacher and in addition, there are three part-time Kindergarten Teaching Assistants per class, who work closely with the class teacher to support the children’s development and also act as a second point of contact for parents.
Hear from Karen Kembery – Head of Kindergarten
The Kindergarten Day
The day starts at 08:30 and is structured so that children can be collected at the end of the School day at 15:30. We also offer a safe and fun Wrap Around Care provision, held in the Kindergarten Unit, to accommodate earlier drop-off and later pick-ups of children. The optional pre-school Breakfast Club is held in the Kindergarten Dining Room. It starts at 07:45 and we ask that all children attending arrive by 08:15 at the latest. After the School day ends at 15:30, children are also able to attend After School Club with Kindergarten staff, which runs until 18:00.
Children are welcomed from the age of 3 years. We offer several options including three full day sessions, or depending on availability and interest, full-time. Children may be able to build up sessions before they move up to the Reception class.
Kindergarten is open during term time in line with the rest of the School.
Children spend most of their time in the exciting environment of the Kindergarten Unit and its outside play area.
Outside the classroom, they have the opportunity to attend our wonderful Forest School to benefit from learning in the great outdoors with sessions led by our Level 3 accredited Forest School Leader.
Kindergarten children also receive specialist teaching in music and singing where the exciting ‘Colourstrings’ programme is introduced; a fun, child-centred approach to learning basic music skills stimulating lots of movement. It is based on a philosophy which seeks to develop and foster an intrinsic understanding and love of music. Please click here for further information.
Modern Foreign Languages is taught by, Madame Izard, who engages the children in a range of languages, instilling a love of learning in this area.
Physical development is key to every child’s learning and adds further support to gross motor skills. Our weekly PE lesson is taught by Mr Rennie and yoga is taught on a weekly basis by Mrs Butterworth.
Food in Kindergarten
Fairfield has a dedicated team of experienced caterers, giving us with complete control over the sourcing of our food and menu planning and meeting a wide range of dietary, cultural and religious needs. All children enjoy a hot meal in the Kindergarten dining room, with staff on hand to help encourage good table manners and sensible eating habits. Parents are asked to provide a healthy snack and water for morning break time, whileSchool provides a healthy snack in the afternoon, including the option of milk.
Moving up to Reception
Children in Fairfield Kindergarten generally move up to the adjacent Reception classes in the September term when they are 4 years old. Towards the end of the Summer Term, children take part in introductory sessions allowing those children moving up, and those children joining Fairfield for Reception, to meet their new teacher and to spend some time in their new classroom ensuring that their transition is seamless and happy.
We operate an ‘Open Door’ policy at Fairfield and parents are asked to share their child’s successes or concerns with staff as soon as they arise.
Parents can expect to receive regular information via the School’s ‘Schoolcomms’ email system and, in addition to specific Kindergarten information, they will receive our weekly newsletter, @Fairfield.
Your child’s online Learning Journeys enables staff to record photos, observations and comments, in line with the EYFS curriculum and to build-up a record of your child’s experiences during their time in kindergarten. This allows us to work with parents to share information and record the children’s play and learning both inside and outside of the classroom.
To find out more about Kindergarten or to arrange a visit, please contact Mrs Willingham, Kindergarten Manager, via email at R.Willingham@lsf.org or Mrs Young, Pre-Prep Coordinator, at N.Young@lsf.org.