Bright Sparks provides care and education for young children between the ages of 2 and a half and 5 years. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, and our provision reflects the four themes; a unique child, positive relationships, enabling environments and learning and development, and 16 commitments of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

 


 

Our high ratio of adults to children ensures we can give time and attention to each child, interact and support them, help them experience and benefit from the activities we provide and allow them to explore and be adventurous in safety. During a session children have opportunities to choose resources that can be used in many different ways to help children's play and exploration. This results in happy, interested and independent children.


Reading and Phonic Sound Work

During the first hour children who are learning their phonic sounds get to practice them on a one to one with a practitioner. Once a child is confident with this, an opportunity to extend their knowledge is given to the child and parent to introduce them to our reading scheme. Children are given a book to read at home on a weekly basis along with words to recognise. All children learn at their own pace which we fully acknowledge and support.


 

Discussion Time

As a whole group we sit and have an informal and fun 'talk time' where we do a variety of things, such as counting and number rhymes, discussing the season and what is on our interest table. Through this children develop their concentration and listening skills and it gives them the confidence to share their knowledge and experiences with their peers.


 

 

Snack Time

We provide nutritious snacks at Bright Sparks. During 'free choice' children have the opportunity to have a drink; either milk or water, and snack. We provide a variety of healthy snacks, such as fruit, breadsticks, or toast. Children make their own choices and we encourage their independence by giving them the opportunity to self-register, pour their own drinks and wash and wipe up their plates and cups.


 

 

Group Times

During a session we have adult led group times. These are in small groups either with the child's key person or led by another practitioner with children of a similar age. We provide opportunities for children to learn through various enjoyable, exciting and stimulating activities. These include;

Practical Number Work:

The children learn about numbers, counting, shapes, patterns and positions and sizes. We practice counting and number recognition through playing board games. puzzles, songs, number rhymes. Computer programmes and creative activities.

Group Board Games (numbers and letter sounds), Concentration, Listening and Sensory Games:

Our wide variety of games improve children's concentration and listening skills and help to reinforce their colour, numbers, shape and phonic sound recognition They also help to develop the children's social skills, for example, co-operation, taking turns and sharing and working as part of a group/team on a given task.

Mark Making:

The children have many opportunities for mark making on a large or small scale. This could be either using brushes in trays of sand, chalks on the concrete outside, using their fingers to draw and write in shaving foam or the pens, pencils, crayons and paint dobbers. These activities help with children's fine and gross motor skills that lead to them being more confident with their pen control, letter and number formation and name writing.

 

 

 

Other Group Activities:

These include puzzles, threading, sorting, construction, cutting, cooking activities, topic discussions, looking at books, sensory activities and exploration and investigative learning.

 

The children love participating in large group physical activities, parachute play, movement and ring games. These are all included throughout the week, and usually last for 20-30 minutes. The children also benefit from a wide range of physical apparatus which is all age/stage related. These all help towards children's physical development, hand/eye and gross motor co-ordination and special awareness.

 

 

 

Stories and Singing

The session ends with a story or songs. Children will be encouraged to join in with, and respond to music and stories.