Welcome to the Early Years Centre

Welcome to the Early Years Centre

Welcome to St Andrew’s Early Years Centre.  We provide high quality learning experiences for our youngest children, from age 2, in purpose built accommodation as part of the Primary School. The team is led by an Early Years teacher, supported by other highly qualified staff. We have excellent facilities both inside and out, to enable to children to flourish in a caring and supportive environment where each child’s needs are developed.

The Early Years Centre is able to access all of the facilities and be managed by the school to ensure a smooth and continous transition into school life.

We currently have vacancies for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Funding is available for 15 hours a week for all 3 and 4 year olds (starting the term after your child's 3rd birthday). Some funding is available for 2 year olds who meet certain criteria. Please contact the office for more information.

Due to high demand, we strongly advise that parents visit the Early Years Centre and register before their child turns two. This will help to ensure that we can offer your child the sessions you would prefer by allowing us to plan ahead for the statutory staffing requirements.

Please come and have a look at our fantastic facilities to see for yourself!  Click here to arrange a visit or ring 01460 220534. For a copy of our prospectus please click on the information section.

Andrea Rice

Executive Headteacher

Acorn Multi Academy Trust - Early Years Centres

  • Axminster - Age 2+ Tel: 01297 33005
  • Chardstock, St Andrew's - Age 2+ Tel: 01460 220534
  • Membury - Age 3+ Tel: 01404 881491

Juice Station in Pre-School

Juice Station in Pre-School
This week the children are developing their fine motor skills using a variety of different juicers to squeeze the juice out of oranges, limes and lemons at the juice station.
This afternoon the children squeezed some oranges and made delicious fresh orange juice which they all enjoyed with their afternoon snack. Please click on heading for more pictures.

 

Planting bean

Planting bean

Today the children have been talking about the life cycle of a bean. We have been discussing what beans and seeds need to grow and how we can take care of them. The children all planted their own bean and we have left them in the window so we can watch them develop over the next few days and weeks. We have also put one bean in the cupboard and we are going to leave one without water so we can observe and compare the differences. We also have some bulbs to plant later in the week in our outside area.

Royal Reply

Royal Reply

This week the children were very excited to have received a letter from the palace. In May the children made the Queen a beautiful birthday card and wrote her a letter wishing her a very happy 90th birthday. On Tuesday this week were all very excited to receive the card and letter from the Queen and her lady in waiting.

Caterpillar roll

Caterpillar roll

This week the children have continued their learning through the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. At the beginning of the week the children have had the opportunity  to explore flour in the sensory trug, measuring, weighing, mixing and pouring the flour pretending to make dough. 

On Thursday morning the children made the dough, leaving it to rise before shaping into rolls and cooking it in the oven. The delicious smell of fresh bread could be smelt around the corridors of the school. The children resisted temptation and took their caterpillar rolls home.

Shape Hunt!

Shape Hunt!
Today the children explored the school and playground in search of different shapes. We were on the hunt to find different objects around us that were circle, square, triangle, rectangle, star and diamond shapes. We searched high and low and we were able to find lots of shapes and we recorded our findings on our paper, drawing pictures to represent the objects as well as taking photographs. The children found lots of different shaped drains in the playground and they were able to find different circle shapes on the play equipment. The stars and diamonds were a little tricker to find but we did manage to find one of each, they were hidden really well! Click on heading for more pictures.