Pre-school

Spaces which Support Learning

Following on from our Toddler section, children move into the Pre-school section where we offer dedicated spaces for construction, exploration, imaginative play, sand & water play, mark-making and working with all the senses. We have ‘Ateliers’ which work as laboratories, workshops and studio spaces where our artists or ‘Atelieristas’ support children’s creative expression. And we offer empty spaces for the children to express themselves.

You will notice too that our spaces frequently change in response to the interests of the children. To support this, children can access our dedicated materials store called ReCreate where we keep all the resources they need for their explorations, constructions and their project work.

Child-Led Learning through Projects

We believe that children are capable of leading their own learning supported by experienced, expert educators. We encourage children to develop their own theories so they can make sense of the world and to explore those theories with their friends. We listen to their ideas, take them seriously and help facilitate their research.

This research often develops into project work which is supported by the whole team including our Atelieristas and our role is to bring our experience to provide resources, skills, time, space and to help them overcome problems. Our interventions often provoke a new line of enquiry. You can see examples of project work in Children’s Voices.

Keeping Parents Involved

We keep you involved in your child’s progress sharing our observations with you through the online-based Tapestry Learning Journal. We document using photos and videos along with comments by your child and you can access these at home and share them with your family. We also meet with you regularly to talk about your child’s development.

We update the information on the doors to each of the rooms every few days to illustrate the children’s current experiences. Please look out for the documentation panels on the walls in each room which explain the children’s project work. We often publish project books of the children’s work which we share with you too.