Welcome to Abbey 345 Preschool
Abbey 345 Preschool is a committee run Charitable Incorporated Organisation, that has been providing Pre-school care and education within Crowland, Lincolnshire for over 30 years. We are situated within the grounds of South View Primary School, in modern, purpose-built premises.
Our ethos is for children to learn through play and exploration in surroundings where all families are welcomed, valued and enabled to become part of our learning community. Our role is to provide a safe, stimulating environment where, with the support of our highly qualified, experienced and enthusiastic staff, children can develop at their own individual pace.
Thorough knowledge of a range of Theorists (including Piaget, Bruner and Vygotsky) and Early Years Approaches (such as Froebel, Te Whariki and Reggio Emilia) underpins all our practice. This enables us to provide exciting opportunities to engage and extend learning with all our children whatever their interests and enthusiasms. Children are offered a wide variety of activities and situations in which they will be encouraged to use their imagination and advance their social skills.
Call us on 01733 212399
We break up for Easter Wednesday 31st March and return Monday 19th April - Happy Easter
What we have been learning about?
We are finding pleasure in exploring the outside world as much as possible and learning from the wonders of Mother Nature. We took part in the Great Garden Bird watch to see how many different visitors we had to our woodland garden, having first made sure of their welcome by creating a variety of bird feeders - suet balls, orange halves filled with dried fruit & nuts and cheerio’d pipe cleaners.
Within Preschool’s walls we have been exploring a wide range of lightbox resources, learning about all sorts of emotions and doing lots of cosy comfort cooking – yummy!
As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, we have continued to explore our emotions, sharing a variety of resources including The Lion inside, a book that shows us how we all have both a lion and a mouse within us - and The Colour Monster, which explores emotions through colour. We have used our mindfulness scavenger hunt cards and discussed what makes us happy and sad, what you can do to make someone smile, what we are grateful for and what is to be treasured.
During Forest School we have been working on developing our observation abilities, searching for the mini beasts as they hide and hibernate from Winter (not disturbing them but capturing on film). The children were fascinated by the number of different spiders and habitats they found – and enthralled by the discovery of a massive rope spiders web that they lost no time in climbing on and through – whilst keeping an eye out for the equally giant spider that might be nearby.
We have not lost sight of our physical needs whilst examining our inner feelings and our children have continued to cook up a veritable feast of healthy savoury snacks and the odd “naughty” nibble.
Abbey 345 Pre-School was awarded OUTSTANDING in ALL 4 Areas by Ofsted in October 2016.
Some Quotes from the Ofsted Report include:-
“Children are highly motivated and keen to learn in this inclusive & very welcoming setting …”
“Children are independent & confident. Children are acquiring extremely positive attitudes & reliable key skills to support their future education”
“Children make excellent progress in their learning & development…”
“They show awe & excitement in the world around them…”
“Their emotional wellbeing is highly prioritised”
“Staff know the children extremely well & skilfully tailor the experiences they provide to reflect children’s individual interests…”
“They use their excellent knowledge & teaching skills to challenge children and extend their learning to the highest level”
“Leadership is Inspirational. The Manager, Staff and Committee members all share a passion to provide a highly stimulating & continually evolving provision”
Parental involvement is key to every area of your child's early education. Please contact the office for the password access to the secure area.