The new purpose-built Edge Grove Pre-School is celebrating a successful first half-term since opening its doors for the first time last month. Gone are the traditional classrooms filled with uniform tables and chairs, replaced by cutting-edge learning zones. All inter-connected, they allow free flow around the building, independent choice of activity for children and an exciting, bright and modern environment.
The school also includes a Stem Zone-comprising science kitchen (designed to be compatible for the height of a three-year old) with sinks, fridges, induction hobs and cooking utensils, not to mention science equipment.
It also boasts a new high tech computer suite (complemented by numerous iPads) and construction area. Circle upholstered and illuminated nooks have been built into the walls for children to nestle into for a chance to rest, relax and seek some quiet time in the midst of a busy day.
Ben Evans, Headmaster at Edge Grove School, said: “We are very proud of our new Pre-School which also has a fantastic Creative Zone; with a splash of bright red, this area is full of resources for art, craft and learning. Horseshoe-shaped tables allow the teachers to work with small groups and also in collaborative learning. A large walled area has also been incorporated for the children to mark-make and draw to their hearts content and it is wonderful to see them enjoying these special new features.”
The Physical Zone contains a 75-inch interactive screen, musical instruments, role-play areas and lots of space for music and movement. A ceiling-mounted projector also illuminates the floor with different colours.
Outdoor play and learning environments have been carefully planned and developed to in a bid to complement the indoor zones and further enhance the children’s learning, creativity and independence.
Housing 40 children aged between three and four years, the Pre-School also offers a breakfast club from 8am and after-school activities until 6pm including dance, arts and crafts, tots’ tennis and multi sports. Music and French are taught each week by specialist teachers from the nearby main Edge Grove school site.