Towards the end of the session, we gather together to have some group fun.
This is an opportunity to learn songs, rhymes and actions. We explore musical instruments, play games and dance to all kinds of music. By the way, we really love to dance! Children gently learn to listen, understand, follow simple instructions, and practise waiting and taking turns.
We use books, puppets, soft toys, parachutes, scarves and choice cards to support our play and learning. We also have a simple set of fun exercises that the children love, developed by physiotherapists for very young children. These ensure a sound strength in areas vital for youngsters healthy physical development.
Younger children are not always developmentally ready to sit still and listen, so we encourage, but do not force, children to join us.
All the children are free to move in and out of the group until they are mature enough to take full part in all the activity, which tends to take a little while. Even when playing quietly to one side, they are usually very aware of what is taking place and absorbing songs and conversation as they play.
We finish with our 'Goodbye Song'. The children quickly learn that this means it's time for home. They love being with us, but they also love coming back to you.