Our decision to offer a Stay and Play session was based on the low numbers attending on a Friday afternoon. We anticpated that it owuld last for one term and then finish.
How wrong we were!
Stay and Play has become a valued session which demonstrates the necessity of building, and maintaining, strong relationships with parents. The children who attend have good levels of confidence and self-esteem, and seem very comfortable in the setting. The transition to "proper" preschool is much easier.
For the staff who are involved there is opportunity to get to know the child and parents in a less formal manner; there is also an interesting view of the child with the parents which isn't always visible when they are attending idependently. There has also been more autonomy for staff as they resource and plan activities for the children, and parents, to particpate in.
We celebrated Diwali with Indian inspired dancing, Bollywood music, diva lights and Rangoli patterns.
We used the computer to research mendhi painting and looked through some pictures of India, elephants in particular :)