It was undoubtedly a difficult and unpredictable time for many preschools across the country. The constant fluctuations and disruptions in the daily routines of teachers, families and students can be difficult to follow. We reached out to Bluebell Cottage School, part of the London Preschools Group in London, to find out how their early childhood environment is doing.
“We are doing our best to ensure that children are always able to receive a full education while maintaining a safe and nurturing space for children to continue their positive development,” says Sara Brennan, Head of Kindergartens London.
Action for early childhood communities
Changes are underway across the country to ensure that early childhood facilities are a safe haven for children. Bluebell Cottage School has been busy implementing measures to help keep everyone safe while meeting the evolving needs of children and their families in the chaos of the coronavirus.
Safety, health and well-being
Bluebell Cottage School puts the safety of children at the forefront of everything they do. Their implementation of a strict COVID-19 policy has been carefully put in place to maintain a balance of fun and play-based learning that will impact children as little as possible.
Teachers are not encouraged to wear masks during the school day. Children are so sensitive to facial expressions and sight and speech interactions, and inhibiting this natural contact would have a detrimental effect on their learning.
Kindergarten puts positive health and well-being at the top of their priorities. This initiative is not only aimed at school children, but also at their entire family.
“It’s no surprise that this year’s events have been tough on everyone’s mental health. The school is busy thinking about the implications for each member of the family, ”says Sara. “The Bluebell Cottage School believes this is a community issue and a barrier to overcome together.”
The preschool program
The cognitive skills that your child will learn at this point in their life are of crucial importance. Children at this age are busy developing socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually. The education they receive will form the basis of a lifetime of knowledge and learning.
The Bluebell Cottage School believes that a preschool program should place emphasis and equal weight on all aspects of positive development to provide a well-rounded experience. The varied curriculum follows the seven areas of Early Childhood Learning and Development (EYFS).
Academics and languages
Bluebell Cottage School offers an enhanced language program that includes Spanish, Italian and Mandarin. “Preschoolers have the ability to develop an extended vocabulary in other languages. We encourage all children to express themselves and integrate into different cultures, ”says Sara.
PE is a great way to motivate kids to exercise. It plays an important role in building good habits for a healthy lifestyle.
Bluebell Cottage School engages its children in stimulating physical education classes designed to advance in key areas of child development. These include fine and gross motor skills, balance, social interactions, confidence, and building self-esteem. “One of the favorite activities for children is practicing yoga which we hope will inspire a pastime enjoyed by the whole family at home,” Sara smiles.
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE
The 20 best private nurseries in London
Is this the most creative nursery in London?
Bluebell Cottage School believes that all children should be encouraged to develop their understanding and use of different musical instruments. Their teachers use song, dance and different instruments in all aspects of school life.
Children are responsible for creating songs reflecting the seasons, cultural celebrations, days of the week, and specific work topics. And, of course, kids are encouraged to create their own unique music!
Art and design are integrated into all aspects of school life with daily opportunities for children to create and design. “With the support of their teachers, children can experiment using paints and a selection of other materials. We are always looking to stimulate the creative nature of children and empower them to express themselves through art and design. Sara Brennan.
While healthy eating is not a “topic,” Bluebell Cottage School believes it is just as important as any lesson learned here. All food is prepared from fresh ingredients in the school kitchen, and children are encouraged to try a range of different foods, especially fruits and vegetables. Teachers help even the pickiest of eaters enjoy a selection of breakfasts and snacks with our “Superfoods for Super Heroes” program.
New school opens in Chelsea
LNS is delighted to announce the opening of its new school in Chelsea on Ives Street! The builders have been working hard and we will be opening our admissions for our January 2021 quarter in the coming weeks! Please contact the office by e-mail at [email protected] or phone 0207 937 7435 to discuss admissions.
As working from home increasingly becomes the “new normal”, the school is working alongside parents to navigate this period of uncertainty. Preschool timetables have been updated to give parents the freedom and flexibility to choose the plan that best suits their family.
Morning school – 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- 5 mornings per week – Monday to Friday
- 3 mornings per week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday
- 2 mornings per week – Tuesday and Thursday
Afternoon school – 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- 4 afternoons per week – Monday to Thursday
- 2 afternoons per week – Wednesday and Thursday OR Monday and Tuesday
Where to pick a pumpkin in October: locations across the UK
CYBEX Melio Carbon: Is It The Best Lightweight City Travel System In The World?
Sponsored content in collaboration with Bluebell Cottage School / LNS