Our School

Little Stars

Here at Little Stars our vision is to provide high quality, play based early childhood education for 2-year olds in the local community. We ensure a safe, nurturing, home from home environment where children’s needs and interests inspire planning to extend learning. Children make use of a range of indoor and outdoor spaces with the best resources which allow children to maximise their learning experience.

Little Stars provides early education and childcare for children aged two to three providing both government funded and paid places. Little Stars is open for term time only.

Much like Nursery and Reception at Bessemer Primary School, the learning in Little Stars is based on the seven areas of learning from the Early Years Foundation Stage.  However, the Little Stars curriculum focuses heavily on the prime areas of learning as it is these areas which support learning in all other areas of the EYFS curriculum and are fundamental to children’s early development.

The Prime areas are:

  • Communication and Language Development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
  • Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

All of the activities and provision are planned to support the Characteristics of Effective Learning

  • Playing and Exploring – finding out and exploring, playing with what they know and being willing to ‘have a go’.
  • Active Learning – being involved and concentrating, persevering and enjoying achieving, what they set out to do.
  • Creating and Thinking Critically – having their own ideas, making links and choosing ways to do things.

The day consists of a combination of child-initiated play and group sessions. Group sessions include singing, speaking and listening and storytelling activities particularly designed to encourage language development.

During the week we also offer indoor physical development sessions in which all children can practice key skills to support their physical development.

The environment is equipped to meet the needs, interests and stage of development of each child, igniting curiosity and providing opportunities for quality independent play.

Typical Day in Little Stars AM:

8:00am Welcome, settling in and breakfast
9:00am Group time, welcome songs and singing/ story time
9:20am Choosing time / adult led activities
10:00am Snack time
10:20am Choosing time / adult led activities/ nature garden
11:00am Choosing time in the Early Years playground
11:40am Story time
12:00pm Lunch time

Typical Day in Little Stars PM:

12:30pm Arrival of afternoon session children
1:00pm Sleep time/ Group time for afternoon children, welcome songs and singing/ story time
1:20pm Choosing time / adult led activities
2:30pm Snack time
3:00pm Choosing time in the Early Years playground
3:40pm Story time
4:00pm Tea time
4:30pm Choosing time / adult led activities
5:45pm Home time

 

Little Stars Times and Costs

Little stars provides AM, PM and full time places, as well as a wraparound service for those who pay for a place.

Please see below for costs and session times.

 

Paid places

Full Day

8:00am – 5:45pm

 

£65.00 per day

AM Session

 

8:00am-12:30pm

£35.00 per day

PM Session

 

12:45pm-5:45pm

£35.00 per day

 

15 hours free eligible places

There is no charge for those eligible for 15 hours free childcare, but parents entitled to this funding may also choose to pay for additional AM or PM sessions on top of their free hours. These are listed as additional sessions below, and cost £35.00 per day. This cost does not change if your child attends less hours than available per day.

AM Session

 

8:45am-11:45pm

No charge

PM Session

 

12:45pm-3:45pm

No charge

Additional AM session

 

8:00am-12:30pm

£35.00 per day

Additional PM session

 

12:45pm-5:45pm

£35.00 per day

4Children Parent’s Guide, is a useful document which supports parents with ideas around supporting child development. Please click on the link below:

4Children Parents Guide

Communication and Language Ideas at Home

Personal Social and Emotional Development

Physical Development Ideas for Home