Pre-School Journey at Kids adVentures Salford

Pre-School Journey at Kids adVentures Salford

At Kids adVentures our pre-schoolers are constantly learning through play. We are outside every day and incorporate nature as much as possible. Our Salford Nursery Manager, Robert, is a trained Forest School Leader and is passionate about giving the children outdoor learning opportunities.

Pre-school is an important age where children get ready for going to primary school. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage throughout the nursery but this becomes even more important as the children get older.

We use child centred approaches, as we are a small nursery we are able to utilise the children’s individual interests to help them learn in a way which is enjoyable and at a pace that is right for them.

The different areas of education that we cover are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Art and Design

 Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This covers a broad range of topics including using roleplay and flash cards to learn about daily routines, understanding different emotions using masks and mood boards, using games to find out how children can help at home, learning ways to help each other, learning about the difference between right and wrong.

 Physical Development

We utilise music and movement and have a dedicated Move and Groove session each week. We also do tasks around learning about balance such as stepping stones and around building our own structures. We are outside daily in our large garden and also learn about being healthy, trying healthy foods and tastes through things like making fruit skewers and smoothies.

 Communication and Language

This covers everything from A-Z to storytime, starting to read independently and learning rhymes. Here we use our imagination creating our own stories and sometimes utilise resources from outside to start this process.

 Literacy

We go out for walks around our local community and are constantly identifying objects and their associated first letter. Phonics are used and we also do mark making where the children learn to write the different letters.

 Mathematics

We are constantly counting objects – “how many butterflies can you see?”. We also create natural size charts, collecting leaves and putting them in order of size. We paint and count pebbles and we count how many class mates we have.

 Understanding the World

We help our pre-schoolers to make sense of the world around them by visiting the post office or going to our local shop. We also use roleplay where we might pretend to be a baker or to work in a hospital. We learn about days and months and we utilise our garden to grow seeds and learn where vegetables come from.

 Expressive Art and Design

This is about giving the children the confidence to express themselves. We do lots of fun activities from making our own hats through to clay modelling, painting and mask making. We also utilise instruments to make music and use our imaginations to tell each other stories.

We are a small and friendly nursery offering a home from home nursery feel. We enjoy supporting the children through their fun learning experience, as we get to know each personality we are able to tailor the learning around them.

During the last year before primary school we also start to learn about school to make the transition natural and exciting. We meet our local primary school teachers, find out about the primary school day, try on school uniforms and learn about our different journeys to school.

Pre-school is an important time in a child’s life, it’s a magical period of learning and discovery. We enjoy helping the children to develop and while we are sad to see them leave for primary school we are proud to have helped get them ready for the next step in their educational journey.

To find out more about our Salford Pre-School or to book a visit 0161 212 4965 or email enquiries@kidsadventures.org.uk

Intergenerational Sessions at Kids adVentures Salford

Intergenerational Sessions at Kids adVentures Salford

We hold Young and Old sessions at our nursery in Salford every 2 weeks. Here our pre-school children and residents from local care homes come together to take part in an activity together.

The kinds of activities that we do are crafts, singing, afternoon tea, dancing, games, chair exercise and more.

Both age groups get a great deal out of the session and come away laughing and smiling.

We have been running intergenerational sessions at Kids adVentures for 2 years now, it’s something that we think is really important.

Simone Sharrock, Activities Coordinator at The Angel Centre says, “We hold a variety of different activities for the older generation at The Angel Centre but this is by far the one that gets the biggest reaction. The older people all take part and become really animated, even those that rarely show a reaction end up involved and happy.

Robert Hughes, Manager at Kids adVentures Salford says, “The children look forward to the sessions with the older people. They learn age isn’t a barrier, they gain respect for the older generation and really enjoy singing with them and hearing their stories. The children really look forward to seeing their older friends”

Kids adVentures and The Angel Centre are both part of health and wellbeing organisation Social adVentures. The social enterprise organisation is constantly looking for ways to innovate to help people of all ages live healthier and happier lives.

In the nurseries they provide a variety of free services including weekly Move and Groove sessions, swimming and lots of outdoor play. Kids adVentures also runs two Forest Schools where pre-school children learn outdoors full time.

If you are a Salford care home that would like to take part in our intergenerational sessions give us a call on Tel: 0161 212 4980 and speak to Simone.

If you are a parent who would like to come and have a look at our Salford nursery call Rob on Tel: 0161 212 4965

Radcliffe Forest School – Now open

Radcliffe Forest School – Now open

We’ve had the first week of our new Radcliffe Forest School this week and have enjoyed exploring our new space.

We have been out into the woods around Close Park, have enjoyed activity at our base around Radcliffe Tower and have been out into the E’es to see what wildlife we can find.

We have been identifying plants, doing mini beast hunts, building dens and learning new skills. We’ve enjoyed playing games, team working with our new friends and exploring this wonderful outdoor space.

The Forest School is open during school holidays for children aged 4-12 years old. During term time our nursery pre-school will be based at the Forest School 3 days a week.

Just 2 minutes walk away from our nursery base we are lucky to have access to this wonderful and varied natural space where we can carry out forest school activity.

This is our second forest school, our first one having been established for 2 years,  is based in Prestwich and is extremely popular.

We have 5 fully trained forest school leaders who run all of our outdoor sessions. There is an emphasis on learning through play, building confidence, team work and imagination.

The forest school is open 7.30am to 6pm with drop-off and pick-up at our Radcliffe Nursery.

A typical day at Forest School starts with drop off at the nursery between 7.30am and 9.30am. We then walk the 2 minutes to our site at Radcliffe Tower where we sit on our tree stumps and have a morning meeting led by the children. Here we discuss the rules of forest school and what activity we would like to do that morning. We then do the set activity followed by free play before lunch. We meet back at the nursery for lunch before heading out again either to carry on the morning activity or to start a new activity. The outdoors day ends with more free play before heading back to the nursery at 4.30pm in time for pick up which is available up until 6pm.

To find out more about our nursery and forest school book a look around today. Call 0161 7240700 or email enquiries@kidsadventures.org.uk

Free Nursery Places Salford

Free Nursery Places Salford

Salford 2 year olds are entitled to free childcare funding in order to get a head start in education before starting school.

Toddlers and pre-school children can get up to 15 hours a week of free childcare. At Kids adVentures Salford we support this scheme and offer an unlimited amount of these places.

To find out about the full eligibility criteria you can read Salford City Council’s advice here.

Not only is the scheme great in helping children to socialise and learn from a young age but it gives parents free time to get back into training and employment.

Your child will become eligible for funding the term after they turn 2 and you can apply up to 9 weeks before this.

This 15 hours could be used to attend Kids adVentures Salford to take part in our weekly Move and Groove sessions, to access lots of outdoor learning, take part in den building, to enable your child to make new friends and build confidence, or even to take part in our new toddler Spanish lessons. You can find out more about the nursery here.

To be eligible for the free places you must receive one of the benefits below or meet one of the criteria as follows:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit – if you and your partner have a combined income from work of less than £15,400 a year after tax
  • Tax credits and you have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • The Working Tax Credit four-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • A child can also get free early education and childcare if any of the following apply:
    • they’re looked after by a local council (fostered)
    • they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
    • they get Disability Living Allowance
    • they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

To apply you will just need your National Insurance Number or your National Asylum Support Service Number.

You can check your availability and apply via Salford City Council’s website here.

To book a look around at Kids adVentures Salford with your child simply call us on Tel: 0161 212 4965 or email enquiries@kidsadventures.org.uk

What’s different about Kids adVentures?

What’s different about Kids adVentures?

Outdoor Play and Trips

Every child gets the opportunity for outdoor play every day at Kids adVentures. Additionally though, we have a full day of outdoor education for our toddlers and pre-schoolers every week.

At our Prestwich and Salford nurseries all families are offered the chance to book a full time pre-school Forest School place. We have five Forest School leaders working within Kids adVentures.

We go on lots of trips to give the children opportunities to get out into the real world and explore. These include trips to local parks and libraries, nature walks and, more practical trips such as visiting a post office.

Working in small groups allows us to go on more trips and to offer more outdoor education sessions.

Flexible Childcare

We offer more flexibility than most nurseries. Families can take a single half day if they like, we do half days, short days, long days and, we do not have a minimum booking requirement.

We abolished deposits so that the initial cost of childcare was not a barrier to families. This means families do not have to find any up-front cost to start at one of our nurseries.

We provide offers throughout the year such as additional free hours on top of standard funded hours, meaning parents can get more free childcare.

Smaller Settings,  More One to One Time

We specialise in providing small, family feel nursery care. We work in small groups with the same staff in each room meaning you and your child gets to know the room leader and nursery nurses.

Much of what we do is led by the children’s interests; this is a big part of our planning.

Much of the activity that we do from reading and craft sessions through to cooking and outdoor play involve one-to-one time with our staff meaning each child gets learning through play at their own individual pace.

Different Activities Everyday

We have a packed week of activities at Kids adVentures. Aside from our trips out and our outdoor education we also provide a number of other free activities which include: Stretch and Grow exercise, Sing and Sign, Languages, Swimming, Cooking and much more. We rotate the different activities available to keep it stimulating and interesting.

How can we provide all of this?

We are a not for profit organisation, our goal is to provide great quality childcare. Any surplus money goes straight back into the facilities and services that we provide for the children.

Ready to join us?

Book your look around today email enquiries@kidsadventures.org.uk

Prestwich Forest School Pre-School – 5 days a week from January 2018

From January 2018 our Prestwich Pre-School Forest School will be operational 5 days a week from 7.30am to 6pm.

Our Ofsted registered Forest School is completely enclosed within our site, Garden Needs which includes welfare facilities, large kitchen and a well-equipped, cosy pre-school room.  Also included on site are several specialist outdoor areas including a fire circle, mud kitchen, den making areas, outdoor craft area, mini beast hunting area and, covered areas.

Indoors we have a warm and cosy pre-school room, laid out to encompass all the areas of  the Early Years Foundation stage guidelines. There are opportunities to learn all around the room as this is a key time where the children are getting ready for school. Areas include mark making, reading and writing areas, imaginative play and much more. Learning is led by the children and their interests, who we encourage to explore and to express their interests and individuality. The majority of learning is from the outdoors, and inspired by the outdoors.

We have 3 Forest School leaders at Kids adVentures as well as a full team of highly professional nursery educators. We find that the children are inspired by the outdoors and this makes learning more fun. Children naturally pick up the additional skills of confidence and team work when being out in this environment regularly.

We have easy access straight out on to Kersal Dale, a wonderful naturally wooded environment which offers a host of adventures and learning experiences across the different seasons of the year.

The concept of Forest School comes from Scandinavia, there have been Forest Schools in the UK since 1993.

There is now much documented research that shows that children are stimulated by the outdoors and gain skills around self belief, confidence, learning capacity, enthusiasm, communication and problem solving.

We have a limited amount of pre-school places available for 2018, and only toddlers at our Prestwich Nursery are guaranteed places for the next in-take in September 2018.

To find out more or to book a visit call 0161 798 7465 or email enquiries@kidsadventures.org.uk