Provision for 3 – 4 year olds

Are our oldest group of children led by Rachel Thomas.  Rachel works with the children in Oaks to build confidence and resilience, in her own words, ‘Over the years I have found that children learn best from experience.  By encouraging them to use their senses actively rather than passively their experience, ability, and passion to learn will see them right through to adulthood. 

A particular analogy I use is to compare children to sponges. If you hold a sponge tight and submerge it in water and then take it out it will not have absorbed anything. However, if you put the sponge in the water in a relaxed manner it will soak up the water.  Ensuring we have relaxed, and happy children is the key to creating and improving their ability to explore, investigate and learn. These factors when combined give children a CAN-DO factor throughout not only childhood but also their young adult lives and beyond’. 

A day in Oaks…

8:30 Continuous provision play Starts with self-registration and a free choice session in which the children decide where and what to do in the main room/nature garden. Staff will be very happy to help you to settle your child if needed, please do not hesitate to ask. The staff will be available on the door if you need to discuss anything at this time too.

9:45 Registration/circle time morning greeting song, children will be doing a variety of activities. These sessions will be short and involve lots of interaction and children will be encouraged to develop listening and concentration skills as well as getting to know each other better.

9:50 Small group activity – phonics, listening, speaking Children join together for sound activities, singing, making sounds, playing instruments, recognising sounds and letters- sounds.  We use letter and sounds and ICAN to support this.

10:00 Continuous provision play supported by main activity of week Which staff support children to develop their learning by choosing from the activities/areas available and then to explore either on their own, with a friend, in a group with or without an adult.

10:30 snack During this time children have an opportunity to learn about food, aspects of healthy lifestyle and to develop their language and social skills.

10:50 Muddy Math’s/exploration Through concrete experiences we will lay the foundations for future Mathematical develop.

11:15 Free play explorations and investigation

12:00 Rhyming, songs, stories his is also when we celebrate anything special like a birthday or other achievements. This is a time when we again encourage the children to focus and listen to the adult and to other children as well as to participate.

12:30 Lunch

Afternoon continuous provision play support by main activity, 3pm afternoon snack.

Oak’s outdoor environment

Our Oak’s children have use of the Nature Garden and when weather allows, we will often run our whole session outdoors.  Our Nature Garden has been purpose built to meet the needs and requirements of our children.  All the areas of learning are covered in our dedicated outdoor space.  Children are encouraged to actively learn and develop through exploration, investigation, and play.  This safe dedicated space allows children to take risks and test out their ideas. 

Oak’s indoor environment

Our indoor environment is carefully planned to meet all the areas of learning.  Children are encouraged to explore and investigate building independence and confidence.  We plan to meet children’s interests and needs and will carefully select toys and equipment to cater to our individual children. 


Orchard Preschool offers nature based early years care and education for children aged one until they are ready to go to school.

Get in Touch

Get in touch to discuss your needs or book a visit:

e: orchardpreschool@gmail.com
t: 01647 277546
Lustleigh Village Hall, Lustleigh, Newton Abbot, TQ13 9TA

Opening Hours

8:30 am – 4:00 pm
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
8:30 am – 4:00 pm

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