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Clouds in Sky

Welcome to Pre-school!

Our children move up to Pre-school during the term before they turn 3.  Children stay on a 1:4 ratio until they turn 3 and enjoy exploring their new environment in small and secure groups.

Your child’s key person will continue to observe and extend your child’s learning to ensure they are developing and achieving their next steps, and we will continue to use your child’s Learning Journey Profile to track their development in all areas.

In Pre-school we follow a very flexible routine where we provide the most challenging activities in the morning when your little ones are refreshed and ready to learn.


Pre-school is a fast paced, busy and exciting room.  All the activities we offer your little ones are specifically chosen to encourage them to explore new experiences and push themselves a little, through the support and encouragement of amazing staff that have a passion for this age group.

We believe that your child will experience the Pre-school room confidently and happily, this will help them learn and develop and will encourage them to continue to thrive in all areas.

We know that they will continue to have lots of fun every day and their skills and learning will flourish through their play

We care for a maximum of 28 children a day on a 1:4 and a 1:8 ratio.



Sensory Play

At Sunrise we love sensory and tactile play!  This type of play helps to build nerve connections in the brain and encourages the development of motor skills, supports language development and encourages ‘scientific thinking’ and problem solving.

The use of sensory play can assist children by touching, smelling and playing with textures in an environment with little expectation. As they develop trust and understanding of different structures and compositions it helps build positive pathways in the brain to say it is safe to engage with this object.


Sensory activities, in addition to being fun and interesting for young children, encourage each child to explore and investigate. Furthermore, these activities support children to use the ‘scientific method’ of observing, forming a hypothesis, experimenting and making conclusions.

Sensory activities also allow children to refine their thresholds for different sensory information, helping their brain to create stronger connections to sensory information and then to learn which are useful and which can be filtered out.  Through sensory play, each child can learn to block out the noise which is not important and focus on the play which is happening in front of them, with their friends.


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