How important is pastoral care within our Nursery and Reception classes?
The girls’ emotional well-being is woven into everything that we do within the Early Years. We provide a nurturing environment and a curriculum that builds in time to carefully provide guidance, support and opportunities to talk or listen. We plan circle times, small assemblies, yoga sessions, mindfulness activities, and we link many ideas through stories. We believe that our close partnership with parents enables us to ensure that the girls in our care are safe, secure and happy.
‘The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is excellent’ — ISI Report, 2019
Parental involvement in the Early Years aids the smooth transition of our girls to Nursery and Reception. Regular interaction with parents at drop-off, pick up and updates on our weekly blog as well as the use of Tapestry provides a visibility of the activities girls have taken part in during the week. Once part of our family, we encourage parents to join us for many events throughout the year, including outdoor learning mornings, craft activities, cooking and storytelling.
“We are delighted with the progress our daughter has made in Reception. Her self-confidence, social development and core academic skills have flourished in the engaging and stimulating environment at Streatham and Clapham Prep.”
SCPS provides two healthy fruit snacks per day for a morning and an afternoon snack. School lunch times provide a social time for girls to chat, see friends from other age groups and spend informal time with their teachers. Lunchtime is a very happy time for the girls in Early Years; the range of food provided for them is delicious, healthy and varied.