Stay and Play for U5’s
‘The best group we go to and it’s free! Lovely welcoming ladies, make you feel at ease. Always loads of indoor and outdoor activities’ comments from a parent.
We started grown-up and baby, toddler (not yet at school) sessions on 17TH March 2017 to provide a fun, relaxed, social and learning environment for our families at Leesland and also for those in the local community. We met with Gateway Leesland pre-school staff, as they are based on our junior school grounds and a key worker comes along most weeks to play, chat and lead some singing at the end.
We run term time only on Tuesday mornings 08.45-10.15. If you are a Leesland family the dates are advertised on the school newsletter and we send out flyers with session dates by email. If you are a family in the community then please check our website for dates or phone the infant school. We do not charge, the sessions are free.
Every session we put out a variety of different activities and try to make each session a little different to the last.
We have area of play that include some outside space where we have toys that can be used to throw and catch, toys to ride and bounce, water play in warmer weather and a fort area already in the school playground for the children to climb.
Inside areas include a climb area, baby area, story books, messy area and snack table. The baby area has some baby toys and is laid out on a soft mat and blankets.
For messy play we have different paint activities, playdough and we have planted seeds. One parent showed us photos of some healthy tomato plants on her kitchen window sill that started out as sunflower seeds that she planted with her daughter at Stay and Play for U5’s! We think the tomato grew from the home made compost that the seed was planted in.
We provide snacks like fruit, bread sticks and dry cereal to eat, water for the children to drink and tea and coffee for the grown-ups who bring them. You are also welcome to bring your own snack. We are a nut free school so no nuts please.
At the end of each session we ask all the grown-ups and children to help tidy the toys away and then for the last ten minutes we sing some songs and maybe have a story. Learning rhyme and songs is one of the great ways to give children some skills to help learn to read.
Come along and we will make you welcome.