Red Balloon uses the practice guidance Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to plan and provide a wide range of exciting activities, to help children make progress in all areas of learning and development. In some of these activities children decide how they will use the resources, and in others the adult lead in helping all children to take part.
The Pre-School main area is a mobile unit which consists of a playroom (pictured above) and an entrance hall. We have free use of Tweedmouth West School’s school field, school hall and school playground (all pictured below) and toilet facilities. This enables Red Balloon children to become familiar with going into school and becoming familiar with the daily life of a First School, in particular Tweedmouth West School.
At Red Balloon we pride ourselves on being able to use the outdoor play areas such as the school field and we have our own allotment patch where we have had great success growing vegetables.
Red Balloon uses the school hall twice a week for ‘hall time’ where the children enjoy ring games, musical activities and have fun with items out of the P.E. cupboard.
At Red Balloon we believe it is important for children to get out and about and children play outside everyday with our outdoor equipment and toys.
Read Write Inc, Numicon & Tapestry
Read Write Inc.
Read Write Inc is a scheme used throughout schools which focuses on pure sounds instead of names along with a simple rhyme to assist with early reading. In the children’s year before school we spend time with each child daily to help make a start with their development in this area. It has proved to be very popular with the children and many children in past years have started school being able to read.
Numicon is a government scheme used throughout schools, this time focusing on mathematical development to help children develop in all aspects of their mathematical understanding.
We use the confidential online learning journal ‘Tapestry’ which builds up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us. Staff will guide you through the set up of your child’s journal. https://tapestryjournal.com