The English Pre – School provides:
A prepared environment which is directed towards providing the ideal surroundings for children, those are appropriate for their learning. An environment that’s:
- Safe, happy, secure and caring environment in which pupils are offered developmentally appropriate activities through the medium of the English language.
Gives children a sense of belonging
- Stimulates friendships amongst the children
- Encourages sharing of toys and materials
- Provides both challenges and opportunities for success
- Values children’s contributions
- Combines children’s interests and experiences
- Offers experiences that encompass all development areas
- Encourages understanding and respects difference
- Acknowledges and supports children’s culture and language diversity
- Safe, happy, secure and caring environment in which pupils are offered developmentally appropriate activities through the medium of the English language.
- The opportunity for children to work to develop an understanding of and respect for individual differences.
- A teaching philosophy, that recognizes that children are naturally curious, and wish to experiment, explore and make sense of the world around them.
- An emphasis on the growth of children’s inquiry, creativity, curiosity and imagination, while the development of children’s basic skills are carefully nurtured.
- The chance to work in partnership with parents in providing an Early Year’s educational experience that is positive and fun.
- Children with an extensive range of resources, large open space areas for indoor activity based learning and large outdoor play areas.
- Our educational framework is based on the UK National Curriculum (Foundation Stage for ages 3 - 5), Key stage 1 (Ages 5 - 6) and the Montessori Methods of Education especially for our youngest in Playgroup.
- Hot nourishing lunches with an extensive and varied menu from across the continents.
- Parent-Teacher Sessions
- Freedom to explore, experiment and question
- Workbooks and Materials
- Play facilities and plenty of toys
- Computer lessons (Nursery to Year One)
- Encourages Independence
- Hot Lunches
- Small Classes
- Library Books (borrowed once a week)
- Large Play Area
- Field Trips (e.g. at U.W.E.C. Entebbe)
A happy start at the English Pre – School
Starting school is like a journey, a huge step in every child’s life that takes time, preparation and planning. We can help children more successfully by supporting them before, during and after they have commenced school. It is important for Parents and teachers to work together, sharing information that they have about their child, and what support she / he may need. We definitely want this to be smooth and stress free for your child and you too.
We aim at developing confident young people and to help prepare for their further education. Children will learn basic procedures and rules for school life: learn to communicate and socialize with peers and start on developing each child’s basic literacy and numeracy skills.
We know that settling into school and separation from parents can often be difficult. This is not unusual and most children from time to time find it difficult to say goodbye to parents and caregivers at the start of the day/week/term.
Starting school can mean many things to different children. It may be the first time your child has been left with people she/he has never met. Adapting to different teachers, classrooms and friends can be exciting for some children. However, it can also be overwhelming for children if they have less experience in dealing with the unknown.
Here are some tips on what you can do to make starting school a pleasurable experience.
- You can help your child settle in the Preschool by being positive about it and talking about what they might do at school.
- Help your child be as independent as possible. your child will feel more comfortable if she/he can do things such as being able to open a snack container and drink bottle, zip/unzip or button/unbutton and put on/put off trousers and coats/jumpers/shirts/blouses/dresses, and identify his/her bag and other belongings when you are not there.
- Plan with your child how you will say goodbye. Make a routine for leaving your child, such as arrive, put a bag away, do a puzzle or read a story, then say goodbye and leave.
- If you use the same routine each time, then your child know when you will be leaving, and it is easier to accept.
- Tell your child that you will be back to pick them.
- Say goodbye to your child before leaving, no matter what the circumstances, as this helps to develop the trust.
- In order to keep communication between school and home open we will have a “Home – School Diary”. In addition to letters, anything that the school will want to communicate with you will be written in here. You are requested to use it for any communication you might want to make with us.
First week at the Preschool
- On the first day of school we would encourage you to stay with your child if possible. This is a short session and will help your child feel more secure and accepting of their new environment.
- In the first week, you are most welcome to stay for a short period of time in the class and help your child settle. However, we would like you to make some attempt at leaving your child, even if it means just sitting outside the classroom where she/he can see you.
- After 5 school days, we would like all parents to leave their children in the class and the Preschool. It is often disruptive for all the children if parents keep returning before the end of the session.
- Some children will become upset when parents leave. However, rest assured, if your child is unable to be consoled by staff in a reasonable time, then we will let you know. Every child reacts differently in new situation, some children settle quickly from the beginning and others take longer to become comfortable with their new surroundings and routines.
- Whether your child settles easily or takes a bit longer, the most important thing you can do is talk to them about how they are feeling and reassure them.
- Please talk with Preschool staff about how your child feels and how you are feeling, as they have seen children and parents experience similar situation. Together we can all work towards making our child have a happy start at Preschool.
- Please do not stay longer that the time you specified or prolong the goodbye process, this only makes the child feel insecure.
- Please be punctual when coming to pick up your child. They can become very distressed if you are late and she/he is last one left at school.
Children who start later in the year.
A lot of children start at different times throughout the school year. While a few children have been in other Preschool settings, they may need time to adjust and settle into our programme, and into established classes.
Arrival and Departure
In the morning
- Children may be left at the Preschool at 7:30 a.m. Before this time, an adult must stay with the child at the Reception area until one teacher arrives at the Preschool.
- Please ensure, when you bring your child in the morning that you have taken them inside their classroom to greet their teacher and that the teacher is aware of your child’s arrival.
- If your child is walking to school with someone else other than yourself, please inform them not to let the child walk from the gate to the classroom alone. We have a busy parking area with cars driving in and out. We would like to avoid accidents.
- The school day ends at 12:00 p.m. If your child is not having lunch at school then it ends at exactly 1:00 p.m. for children having lunch and going home if not attending afternoon sessions.
In the Afternoon
- The day ends at 3:00 p.m., please collect your child from the Preschool on time.
- If anyone other than yourself or usual caregiver is to collect your child, please notify the classroom teacher(s) verbally or by telephoning the Preschool in advance.
- If you are collecting your child early from school, please notify the Preschool or teacher so we prepare your child, ready to go when you are arrive.
- Bus children will be picked up by the driver, taken to the bus and taken home.
- If there is any change in routine for children travelling on the bus, the class teacher and driver need to be notified either by telephone or verbally.
- Please try to be punctual at the end of each day. It can be very unsettling for a child to be waiting after school has finished. If you are detained, please telephone and inform staff to avoid undue concern and for your child’s peace of mind.
- If your child is leaving school with someone else than yourself, please inform them not to let the child walk from the classroom to the gate alone. We have a busy parking area with cars driving in and out. We would like to avoid accidents.
- Please remember to HOOT your car horn when driving in and out of the Preschool gate as a way of alerting anyone on either side of the gate as it is quite a blind spot.
How our classes are organised
- We have four classes of children from 18 Months – 6 Years Old. These classes are grouped according to age. Each class has class teacher and an Assistant teacher.
- Our classrooms are open plan. Children from other classes are allowed to play together in different classrooms during the morning and afternoon.
- Each Class Teacher takes responsibility in planning activities for their class, as well as for other classes especially for lessons in P.E, Music and Art. This enables more and varied play areas to be set up, so the children are exposed to wider range of activities.
The class groups are:-
- Play Groups I and II (18 months – 3.5 years old)
- Nursery (3.5 - 4.5 Years old)
- Reception (4.5 – 5 Years old)
- Year one (5 – 6 Years old)
We endeavor to balance our classes by age and also according to what we think the child can do or cope with. You may choose to place your child for a half day only but children in Reception and Year classes must be in school until 3:00 p.m.
In the morning when children arrive in the classrooms, they are free to choose toys from the shelves to play with. These may include activities to develop fine motor skills such as threading, drawing and cutting, puzzles, construction sets, play dough, reading books etc……with the help of the teachers, while we wait for other children to arrive. After the children have tidied up, they will then go to their respective classes to do activities in Maths, English, topic work, music & singing, and listen to stories.
- Tables are setup in the classroom for the children to have snacks and have a drink at 10:00 a.m.
- Boiled drinking water is available all the time.
- Snack is provided at school and it will include a piece of fruit, boiled eggs, fruit juice, buttered bread etc and you will be charged a small fee for it. If you wish to pack snacks for your child, please feel free to do so.
- Please do not pack sweets, chewing gum, chocolate, glass bottles, cans and fizzy drinks to school.
The outside play area is also a learning time where children can develop their Gross Motor skills, play in the sandpit hut, and play ball games.
Children have lunch at 12:00 p.m. After lunch; some children are picked up to go home by 1:00 p.m. where others stay on to play. During the afternoon, children in Playground and Nursery who may need to sleep will be given child sized mattresses to lie on.
Children in the Nursery, Reception & Year classes are able to continue with work in different areas, especially in topic work. You may choose to pack lunch for your child but please remember the Preschool does not have a microwave to heat meals sent from home.
If you live nearby the Preschool and just want to bring the lunch in, please make sure it is at the Preschool by midday so as for your child to sit with the others while they eat.
We try to foster a more family type atmosphere during meal time and encourage the children to be independent while feeding themselves. Younger children of 18 months - 2.5 are helped with the feeding.
Children love to celebrate their birthdays at school by bringing in a cake to share with the Preschoolers. This is fine and completely optional and free if its happening during the week during the term.
If you wish to have a full birthday party at the school, we would allow you to book the Preschool venue on weekends and charge you venue fees. You will have to bring in all the necessities yourself.
Toilet Training & Independence
Children who join the Playgroup 2 class should be toilet trained already and can therefore use the toilet independently or should be able to let the adults in the school know that the wish to use the toilet. Please remember to pack extra nappies/pampers/ diapers and wipes for your child.
If you wish, you may bring your child’s potty from home especially for children who are being toilet trained.
Is also advisable that you provide a small towel, Vaseline and spare clothes for your child which can be kept at the Preschool to be used when needed. Please label items with your child’s name.
Ensure that we are able to contact you or any of your friends/relatives in case of emergency, please be sure that the telephone contacts you have given the Preschool are always up to date.
Clothes & Shoes to Wear
Please make sure to label your child’s clothing with their names.
For physical education classes, children need a pair of navy shorts and a T- shirt (school uniforms are available for sale at school, plus sports shoes they are also able to put on quickly and independently. Please provide Playgroup and Nursery children with spare clothes such as pants/underwear, trousers / shorts/ skirts/dresses. Children are involved in a variety of activities at school, which can be messy, such as painting and water play.
Whilst we take precautions against paint etc… children get their clothes/uniforms dirty. We therefore suggest that children should not wear fancy clothes at school. We do encourage the children to be as independent as possible when it comes to dressing and putting shoes on and off.
Toys from Home
While younger children may need a special toy for comfort during the settling in period, we generally discourage children from bringing toys to school. Toys can easily be broken or lost, causing distress to the owner. They also cause friction among children PLEASE do not let the children bring toys to the Preschool. We try to encourage co-operative and creative play.
Much of the Preschool’s assessment is ongoing and informal. Our groups are relatively small and a lot of individual programming is necessary and desirable. Individual or small group plans are usually based on immediately detected deficiencies or strengths. Tests are devised for children in Reception and Year 1 Classes by the Class Teacher, for individuals, small groups and the whole class. These are usually informal and built into the daily routine.
If your child is feeling unwell, PLEASE KEEP THEM AT HOME. It can be very stressful for children come to school if they are not well.
There may be times during the school year when your child needs to be excluded from school due to ill health.
Children often say they would like to come to school when, in fact they are not well enough to attend.
If you require medication to be administered to your child during the school day, please talk to your child’s class teacher who will then give your child the medicination at the right time. Please indicate the dosage to be taken by your child.
Included is a list of diseases which you can consult for the recommended exclusion time from school.
- German measles
- Rheumatic fever
- Ring worm
- Chicken pox
- Blood poisoning